Alex_Venom wrote in post #15957282
I´ve been looking at rangefinders for a while. I quite like the concept, simplicity and specially size.
I travel a lot and bringing my beloved 5D3 and Holy Trinity with me can be cumbersome sometimes. Went to Torres del Paine and man... carrying that 70-200 almost killed me!
When entering the FF club, I considered moving to Leica, but the M240 wasn´t out yet and their offerings at the time (M9 and MM) didn´t cut the cheese for me. I actually don´t like the M technologically wise, but I do love their lenses and overall size.
Now I have a chance to grab the X-Pro 1, but there are a few things keeping me from it. I finally managed it to this:
Pros (for me):
- Good size
- Amazing IQ
- Good lenses at good price
- Crop sensor (and I LOVE full frame)
- Sluggish AF
- Even worse MF
- A bit on the expensive side (body)
So, what do you guys think? Is this the perfect traveling companion for me?
Please vote and let me know your experience with it.
Yes! Get one.
The X-Pro1 doesn't really operate like a Leica, but that's not necessarily a bad thing (and I say this with an M6 in my bag right now). The X-Pro1 is a bit larger than an M6, but about the same size as an M9. As you say, the IQ is incredible, and obviously much better than the M9 at high ISOs (for what that's worth to you). The lenses are not just good, they're outstanding. The XF 35 f/1.4 is a screaming bargain; it's a world-class lens.
The crop sensor is not really a big deal, to be honest. Just adjust your thinking a bit (a 35 is a normal instead of a semi-wide, a 50 is a short tele instead of a normal, etc), and you'll be fine. You lose a bit of DoF control, but I've never taken a shot with my X-Pro1 and thought "This would be a Pulitzer Prize winner, *if only* DoF were one stop shallower!".
AF isn't that bad, to be honest; I can AF my X-Pro1 quicker than I can MF my Leica, FWIW. That said, AF is nothing close to what a DSLR will give you. But learn to use it properly (hint: it's not the same as AF on a DSLR), and you'll be fine.
MF on the native lenses isn't great. What they really need is a DoF scale (and the newer 14mm prime has this).
Price is subjective. You're getting top-of-class IQ AND an OVF (which is spectacular, BTW) for far less than even a used M9.
All that having been said, if you really want an M9 and the real Leica/rangefinder experience, the X-Pro1 won't give you that. But it will give you a similar gestalt, and it will provide you with lots and lots of fun.