I had purchased my X1 used and it already came with the Leica 36mm Brightview OVF, Kiwiphoto Adapter, B+W Kassman Circular Polarizer and the Artisan & Artist half case.
Things I've added are Marumi +3 Achromat Close-up lens, Generic Thumbs up grip, Olympus VF-1 OVF (34mm), Nicna King Kong II Glass (9-Layer) Screen Protector (rainbow imaging)
Purpose of this post:
1. Show off my X1 (Artisan & Artist Half case and Nicna screen protector)
2. Generic Thumbs-up grip
3. Show the Marumi Lens
4. Optical Viewfinder: Leica 36mm vs Olympus 34mm
Artisan & Artist leather half-case for Leica X1 with built in grip and Nicna King Kong II ($10 amazon. I originally had the Giottos, but it fell off and would not restick. The Nicna is from Rainbow Imaging and cost less than half the price of the Giottos for relatively the same amount of protection. Giottos 12-layer / Nicna 9-Layer)
Generic "Thumbs-up" grip ($50 ebay): HUGE difference in handling. I just couldn't imaging paying ~$150usd for the real name brand product and really did not need the OVF hot-shoe either. My thinking was that if I am using the OVF then, camera to eye and head will stabilize the shot, however when shooting with the EVF the thumbs up becomes very handy, especially when shooting vertical. Feels more natural to have hand in a "C"
49mm Marumi +3 Achromat close-up lens ($50 amazon)
I really love taking close-up detail shots (not MACRO) but you know close-up. One of the X1 weaker points to me was the inability to get closer than 30cm. With this attached to the Kiwiphoto adapter the minimum focus distance is reduced by HALF. 15cm or 6" for us yankees. This makes a HUGE difference in not only capturing details, but also provides more bokehlicious shots. IMO this screw on lens is a must have for the X1.
100% no crop
Coincidental Finding of Quality: Both products are from Japan
Min Focusing Distance:
With Marumi Lens
Without Marumi Lens
49mm B+W KSM C-Pol MRC
Optical Viewfinder: Leica 36mm vs Olympus 34mm ($50 ebay)