There's a fine line between retro/cool and old, and Leica just moved the goalposts on their imitators. Thankfully, the look is just part of the point of the Fujis, so their owners and admirers can continue to shoot happily. But maybe we're nearing the end of the retro fashion era and surprisingly Leica is leading the way. The NEX 7 and various Samsungs and others have come close, but to me their designs say, "device" or "consumer electronics product." Others, like the Nikon A, Ricoh GR, and the Nikon V1/V3 (let's skip the V2, it was a camel) are also very good, but the A and GR are almost too utilitarian to be iconic.
The T, because of its materials, construction, and attention to detail, says "machine" and I suspect that in five and ten years it will continue to look fresh while the others will begin to feel out of fashion, old but not yet retro/cool.
I agree, and the main reason I sought out a nice X1, the second I've owned. The X2 was capable but the X1 has a much more pleasant rendering and color.There's no doubt that technically it is a very good sensor and one that has seen service in many different cameras, hence my Cosworth DFV reference (the ultimate customer racing engine that kept winning over two decades). However my favourite Sony APS-C sensor is the 12mp that was used in the Ricoh GXR, Fuji X100, Leica X1 and Nikon D90 (and probably more besides, which being an earlier model than the 16mp makes it the Coventry Climax FPF of camera sensors).
Love the Sony16 in my Pentax K-01 and K-5. How good is it? The newer K-3 offers 50% more megapickles but no real improvements otherwise. If anything, the 24MP is starting to make my computer feel slow, and I'd gladly settle for the K-5 sensor paired with the K-3 AF.
Maybe. I am a Leicaholic in recovery.
The system I am building around Sony's A series with Carl Zeiss lenses seems to be quite good for the price.
And of course it is full frame and able to accept any lenses, including Leica lenses.
I must agree with you about the 12mp Sony sensor that graces the GXR and X100. They have colour signatures that are unlike those of newer cameras, and I quite prefer it, in many ways. Mind you, I was not so fond of the way that Leica handled that sensor with the X1. Something was weird about the colour signature and I prefer that of the GXR and X100.
I'm quite curious about how the new T handles the 16mp sensor, though.
No focus peaking? Strange for a camera touting use with M lenses.
I think it would be vry difficult. Focus peaking isn't using two images, like a rangefinder, just contrast detect. And the current M has focus peaking.
is somehow the fact that this focusing method is here and employed by fuji eluding folks here? software genius not necessary...