In honor of
John G. Morris and Abbas
On one of the forums they were debating the Fuji X vs. the Leica M240. I’ve used both of these cams extensively. They both have their own benefits. While I prefer shooting with the Leica, I work in dangerous conditions many times and can’t afford to get my Leica’s destroyed, so it is the Fuji or a Pentax.
The Leica excels at low-light, manual focus and / or zone focus work. The other benefit of the Leica is straightforward manual controls like shutter speeds and aperture. You can adjust the controls without even looking at the camera, you can just count the clicks. You can also zone focus a Leica by not looking at it. You feel the protrusion on the lens and adjust it to a predetermined spot correlating to the focus scale.
The Fuji-X does offers some of the same benefits as the Leica with limited manual controls sans rangefinder benefit.
If your not a camera fondler, you don’t need simplified manual controls – then I’d tell you to buy something other than a Leica. There are much better deals out there that a Leica.
The Fuji-X is somewhat Leica-like, but it has many shortcomings compared to a Leica.
Leica IS the epitome of perfection of simplicity when it comes to manual controls.
The problem with Leica nowadays is it is too expensive to be a reporters camera any longer, it is made mainly for camera fondlers.
The Leica is a very overpriced cam if you value it by what it produces. You would figure with all the $$ Leica charges they would use top end sensors. Sadly, Leica uses second rate sensors in their cams. (At least the color cams. The MM has a very sharp sensor, although it tends to burn out the highlights.)
With all the money they charge, Leica’s sensors should be the standard of the industry that the other camera producers are always trying to catch up to. Instead, Leica sensors are always a generation or two behind the other guys. My cheap $400 Fuji X will outshoot a $7000 Leica M240, especially in low light conditions.
Why do I shoot the $7000 Leica if my $400 Fuji produces more or less as good as my Leica?
I like the Leica controls, I like the rangefinder. I don’t like the controls on the Fuji. It is just sad that one has to pay such a premium for Leica’s manual simplicity, but that is how it is in the camera world. The camera fondling engineers have ruined the controls on the rest of the cams.
Now, if your into fondling your camera and like superb fit and finish, no one does it better than Leica or the old film Hasselblad’s. Leica is the Rolex of cameras. But, not being a camera fondler myself, fit and finish is on the back burner for me. I am after the photograph and not the fondling.
What needs to be done in photo land is for the Japanese to make an affordable Leica knockoff rangefinder. There are many times I can’t risk using the Leica and have to settle for the Fuji. With certain projects I know reasonably well my camera will get destroyed and can’t afford losing one or two $7000 cams.
Leica has perfected what is needed in a documentary camera eons ago. Impeccable manual controls and simplicity are what does it for me. For others that have the $ and like fine things, nothing matches the fit and finish of a Leica.
Here are some photos shot with the Fuji X- E1
Here are some shots with the Leica M240.
Above is a sample of ISO 3200 with the M240