Just felt like adding this in here as some food for thought.Q: You mention that you use three Leica cameras. Is there any difference in the kind of work you do with the Leica X1, V-Lux 20 and D-Lux 4, and what characteristics of each camera work best for your kind of shooting?
A: The X1 has amazing low light capabilities so I try to use it in low light settings more than the other two. I think the X1 is also very good for shooting portraits because of the richness of the files it produces. The V–Lux 20 on the other hand has an edge in terms of flexibility due to its superior zoom capabilities. It’s a technological marvel really and I use it primarily when I need to be discreet. Nevertheless the D-Lux 4 remains my overall favorite, and it’s my number one choice.
I was walking through the market this morning and I came across a photo shoot. I hauled out my X1 and took a quick picture completely forgetting that the the last time I had used it was in very bright sunshine and not a shady courtyard. The result was a woefully underexposed image.
Can this image be saved? After playing around with it in lightroom this is what I ended up with.
In the raw image you can see noise in the dark areas and overall I find it rather flat. But, I was pretty pleased with the results.
The reason they are special to me is an indefinable "3D warmth" right out of the box with little or no altering in Aperture or LR.
Thanks for the link Kristen, (I saw very little, if any difference in their comparisons between those two candidates btw) I agree that there's more than the sum of parts and the red dot. The X1 just plain nails warm subtleties that my eyes see, very analog.