Two things tickled me to go this way:
Originally Posted by jonoslack
- how much I like shooting with the X2
There's something about the dynamics of using a camera with one good lens, no distractions about changing lenses, picking focal lengths, etc, that is resonating with me at the moment very strongly. Particularly a camera which is utterly simple to understand and operate, easy to take full advantage of. The small size is a big plus—I'll carry it most of the time, same as I used to carry a film M with a 35mm lens all the time. The availability of AF for those 85% cases where it works well is a plus. Etc.- how little I like using manual focus with the X2
The X2 is actually a little smaller than I prefer most of the time where an M4-2 is right on the money. The M9 isn't that much bigger, but it always feels much larger and heavier. The X being just a little bit smaller than the M4-2, and a little bit lighter, should work well on the "compact and carry it all the time" scale.
I usually have the X2 set up with optical viewfinder and let it set focus itself, or use zone focus which means stopped down, because the X2's manual focusing whether to LCD or EVF is simply clumsy and imprecise. The control on the back of the camera is slow to respond, the view on screen or EVF is not quite high enough resolution to work at the level I want. Luckily, it's AF system is capable enough most of the time that I don't get annoyed with it, but it would be much more useful if I could rely on reliable manual focusing without having to give up AF entirely (aka the Ricoh GXR, Leica M9, Sony A7 with Leica lenses...). Too much thinking and analysis about this purchase, I think. I feel like I'm rationalizing—but eh? Such it is. In the end it's just another camera, and hopefully one that will work well. I bought from a retailer with a 30 day satisfaction return policy just in case it doesn't work out.
My journey to the camera shop and look at the X Vario and T's EVF convinced me to hope that the on-lens focusing of the X Vario combined with the brightness and clarity of the T EVF, and a fast lens, would be a critical advantage. I'd be able to use it in difficult light circumstances because I can focus it manually when the AF system gets in my way. (IME, all AF systems give up the ghost at the most annoying times... That's why the first thing I programmed on the E-M1 is a conveniently located button to toggle into MF as soon as AF became hopeless.)
I went for the black finish: the EVF is only available in black and I think it looks an unsightly lump on the beautiful silver/brown body. In black, it just looks "technical," not lumpy. I expect it will be on the camera a bit more of the time than the VF-2 on the X2. The black body also looks nicer with the black Leica or Voigtländer OVF; the latter I already have.
Presuming I keep it, I'll dress it up with an Arte di Mano half-case in dark brown or red. It will be a little different from my other Leicas (all also black finish) which live in black leather half-cases. That's my concession to camera style. ;-)
Now let's see if I can get UPS to deliver it today. It was due in by 10:30 this morning and requires a signature, but they just txted me that bad weather will delay delivery. And the options for pick-up aren't great. PITA!
I do have work to do today...