Hands on with the Leica X-E Typ 102 (same as X2 or XE) Comparison & Review

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This gorgeous version of the Leica X2 has a very special look. Very modern, sophisticated, small, almost silent and has a fixed 35mm angle of view at f/2.8 which is like sharp and somewhat fast.

I made a direct comparison to my Leica M Typ 240 and one of the sharpest 35mm lens available, the Zeiss Biogon ZM f/2.8

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Leica X-E at f/5.6
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Leica M Typ 240 + Biogon ZM at f/5.6

The Leica X-E can be used in full manual mode as well as full auto mode. The Leica M is full manual focus but the shutter and ISO can be set to full Auto as well as full Manual. The experience in using both cameras is different of course, let me explain…  The Leica M requires more technique to focus and a different hold while the X-E can be a point and shoot experience.

Great scenarios to use the X-E?  Street photography, travel photography, business meetings, parties, etc. This camera lets you select a manual aperture and focus distance for pre-zone focus to shoot away  and  including the flash on camera that pops up and you have a really powerful and pocket size camera.

Another thing to keep in mind is the simplicity of the Menu system and the button layout. One of the ideals from Leica is to keep cameras simple, only include essential tools to create images, not complicated menus or extra buttons. All you need is there and can be accused quickly. I like it!

Keep in mind that this X-E camera has the same internal components as the Leica X Typ 113 and X2 and X-Vario. So if you want to know how those cameras perform, they are alike internally…  the only differences will be size and lens. The X-Vario has a zoom lens, the X2 is the same and the X Typ 113 has a bigger lens that opens to f/1.7 and a bigger body and uses a newer external electronic viewfinder connector.

What Leica camera is your favorite?

Links to get yours from Amazon.com

Leica X-E: https://amzn.to/2I54QXr

Leica X: https://amzn.to/2ruD54F

Leica M: https://amzn.to/2FZU7vE

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