10 Reasons I Sold My Leica M 240 And Bought A Fuji X100T For Street Photography

Sold My Leica And Bought Fuji X100T

Cameras come and go but when I bought a Leica M 240 I finally had a keeper. It was a beautifully crafted instrument with legendary optics that produced stunning images. So when I decided to sell the Leica and buy a Fuji X100T for street photography my friends nearly staged an intervention. But it turns out there were some very good reasons to make the switch. Hit the jump to find out why!

10 Reasons I Sold My Leica And Bought A Fuji X100T For Street Photography

Sold Leica Bought Fuji X100T - Intro

Photo © Karl Edwards – Shot With Leica M 240

I was totally content shooting with my ultra expensive Leica M 240. It was the pinnacle of craftsmanship and design and the 35mm f/2 Summicron lens produced breathtaking results. Don’t get me wrong – I enjoyed just about everything about the Leica. But when I reviewed the Fuji X100T for the site I realized some very important things about what I need in a camera.

So after nearly 2 years of marriage, I ended up selling “my precious” and picked up a much less expensive (but equally capable) Fuji X100T. What, am I insane? Let’s look at my reasons:

My Own Fuji X100T Review Opened My Eyes

When I reviewed the Fuji X100T for StreetShootr I used the camera for a couple months to see how it actually performed as a street photography camera. And I was definitely impressed by the little guy. It was more than capable and produced excellent quality images with only a little tweaking in Lightroom. Is the image quality better than the Leica? No. But the X100T produces excellent quality images in its own regard and there aint nothing wrong with that!

The more I used the little Fuji X100T the more I wanted to use it and I developed a strange emotional bond with the camera. I found myself reaching for the Fuji over the Leica more than once and about halfway through the review I realized I hadn’t touched the Leica in weeks! So when it came time to sell the Leica the X100T was my first choice and I never looked back.

Now don’t get me wrong. The two cameras really aren’t equals in any way. The Leica is a finely crafted manual camera with manual focus lenses. It’s a precise instrument designed for photographers that want to work in a very specific way. But with some minor adjustments to the way I work the X100T produces excellent results in just about any situation.

Manual Focus Really Isn’t That Big Of A Deal

I Sold My Leica And Bought Fuji X100T - Manual Focus

Fuji X100T Photo © Karl Edwards – Click To Enlarge

One of my favorite things about the Leica M 240 and 35mm f/2 Summicron was the fact that it was an all manual camera – including manual focus. We live in an age of autofocus everything so why would I actually WANT to use a manual focus camera? Speed.

Leica lenses have a nifty little focusing tab on the focus ring that can tell you where your lens is focused without even looking. By feel alone I could set the lens to its hyperfocal distance of 12 feet (at f/8) and I was set for most shooting on the street. If I saw something interesting happening a little closer I could swiftly and easily pull the focus to 4 feet and I was in the zone to get the shot. This means my focus was generally set before I even brought the camera to my eye. Waaaay faster than any auto focus system.

But the X100T is an autofocus camera. Yes, it has a manual focus capablity but it’s fly by wire system is generally fiddly and not particularly responsive. So I set the camera to manual focus and use “back button” autofocus to quickly set the focus distance to my hyerfocal distance for most situations. If something interesting happens a little closer I use back button autofocus again to lock onto that new target.

While I was able to quickly adapt to this new way of shooting I have to admit that it’s not quite as responsive as the Leica system. But I haven’t missed a single shot because I’m using the X100T.

The X100T Is The Perfect Size For Me

Sold Leica Bought Fuji X100T - Perfect Size

The Leica M 240 was a tank. It was ginormous. Freaking huge. And heavy. Did I mention it’s big and heavy? Sure it’s full frame and the X100T is only APS-C but when you compare the two the size difference is almost ridiculous.

The X100T is sort of the perfect size for a street photography camera and I’m finding it’s almost always around my neck when I leave the house. After lugging around the M 240 for a couple of years I can tell you the X100T is a joy to use. I barely notice it’s there until I reach for it to grab a shot.

Small and light wins the battle this time!

Peace Of Mind

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Photo © Karl Edwards – Click To Enlarge

Anyone who owns a Leica knows the worry of walking around with $10,000 bucks around your neck. What if my camera gets stolen? What if I fall down and it smashes on the ground? I actually carried a floater on my insurance policy that cost nearly $400 a year – just for the Leica M 240!

The Fuji X100T is an unassuming little camera that doesn’t attract a lot of attention and it’s not the end of the world if it gets banged up or even stolen. $1099 is still a hefty price for a camera but it’s a far cry from Leica prices. I can finally relax and just think about shooting when I’m out on the street.

It’s So Damn Quiet

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The Fuji X100T (just like all Fuji X100 cameras to date) uses a near-silent leaf shutter that’s about as stealthy as you can get. No, it doesn’t make you invisible but you never have to worry about the shutter sound attracting attention on the street. I know a couple of X100 street photographers who actually keep the fake electronic shutter sound turned on when they shoot just so they know that an exposure has happened.

I personally hate those fake shutter sounds and I’ve found I can feel a light click when the shutter goes off so it’s rarely an issue for me. And I love the fact that I can shoot quietly and never have to worry about the shutter sound disturbing the scene.

It Has A Built In Flash

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The X100T has a built in flash can easily be used as fill in most street photogrpahy situations. But what about the times when you want a bigger flash? The X100T has a commander mode that will trigger your off camera flash in slave mode. This means you can keep your thumb grip attached to the body and still shoot flash.

Yes, you can easily add a flash to any camera including the Leica M 240. But the built in flash has saved my butt more than once and while this feature wasn’t at the top of my list it’s still a nice addition to an already excellent little shooter.

Flash Sync At Any Shutter Speed

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Photo © Johan Jehlbo – ISO 400, 1/320s @ F/16

And speaking of flash street photography, the X100T’s leaf shutter means your flash will sync at any shutter speed. This makes balancing daylight to flash a breeze and explains why so many flash street guys love shooting with an X100/s/t!

The Leica’s flash sync was locked at 1/180s which meant to shoot at f8 in full sunlight I had to crank the ISO down by approximately three stops. I normally shoot at ISO 400 (old habit from the film days) so that means shooting at ISO 50 or lower depending how I balanced the flash to daylight. Easy enough to do but an extra step that often left me fumbling with the camera when I should be shooting. With the X100T I can adjust the shutter speed to affect the background brightness and just keep on shooting.

This, I like.

The Hybrid Viewfinder Is A Gateway Drug

Fuji X100T Street Photography Review Hybrid Viewfinder

Toronto, December 2015 – Photo © Karl Edwards

The X100T sports the coolest version of Fuji’s Hybrid Viewfinder to date. You can use it as an optical viewfinder, or flip a switch and turn it into an electronic viewfinder. There’s even the in-between “Electronic Rangefinder” mode that lets you view the scene optically with a small EVF patch in the lower right corner to aid with focus.

The Leica M 240 is a digital rangefinder which means you view and focus on your subjects using the optical viewfinder. Sure, sure.. They have an external wart of a EVF that you can attach to the camera but it’s expensive and hideous and most Leica guys would rather stay at home than walk around with that thing attached to their camera.

I can say that I drank the Leica Kool-Aid and for the longest time I swore by the OVF. It was “always on” and you were able to see a little bit outside of your active frame so you can anticipate the action before enters happens. In theory this gives you more control over the final image but when you’re shooting 35mm you can’t see that much outside the frame in the viewfinder and I can’t recall ever using the OVF in my Leica in that way.

The reality is that Leica rangefinders (and the optical viewfinders that contained them) were comprimises for not being able to see through the lens when focusing. This was the tradeoff Leica made for having such compact bodies and for the longest time it worked. But it’s now the 21st century and EVFs have gotten good enough that they can easily replace the optical experience for most people.

To be honest, I started off using the X100T as an OVF only camera. But I started fiddling with the EVF from time to time and I slowly warmed to the idea that you can see what your final image is actually going to look like in the viewfinder. Both in terms of perspective and exposure. This unlocked many creative opportunities for me and I find that I’m using the X100T exclusively as an EVF camera these days.

It sucks up the batteries like crazy but that’s just the way it is.

That APS-C Look

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I know, I know… We’re supposed to think that full frame sensors are automatically better than APS-C. Bigger pixels, larger photo sites. Bla bla bla.

But APS-C sensors have come a long way and there’s little if any appreciable difference in image quality. The real difference is that APS-C sensors need wider angle lenses to get the same field of view as their full frame counterparts. So an APS-C camera uses a 23mm lens to get the same field of view as a 35mm lens on a full frame camera.

And this is where it gets interesting. Wide angle lenses expand the space in a the scene so that objects in the background appear a little farther away than they did in real life. This effect is more pronounced with a 23mm lens than with a 35mm lens and even though the difference is quite subtle it affects the way the images feel.

I’m a fan of the enhanced depth perception wider angle lenses introduce. It creates an almost cinematic sense of place with foreground, midground and background taking on substance within the shot. Jack Simon is one street photographer who makes great use of this effect to create an atmospheric sense of place in his images.

Fuji Colors And That X-Trans Sensor

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A lot has been said about Fuji’s X-Trans sensors over the years and photographers are either passionately for or against the technology. In short, Fuji has modified the way that red, green and blue pixels are laid out on the sensor to minimize color moiré so there’s no need for an optical low pass filter. This means images that can resolve well beyond the megapixel count of the sensor.

Images from the X100T are punchy and have an almost 3d quality that I rarely see from other digital cameras. And this sensor has incredible latitude especially in the highlights. This lets you expose for the shadows and print for the highlights just like traditional negative film and gives you a certain amount of versatility in post but there are practical limitations before skin tones start looking a little “plastic”.

That’s not to say that the sensor in the Leica M 240 is any slouch. In fact with a bit of fiddling in Lightroom I was able to get fantastic results from my M 240 raw files. But when you compare the two it’s hard to give the edge to one or the other. They both have qualities that are nice so it’s really a matter of personal taste and what you’re willing to spend.

For the money, it’s hard to beat the X100T for image quality. It was definitely good enough to make me question the Leica. And that’s nothing to sneeze at!

What About The X100U (Or Whatever It’s Going To Be Called)

Next Version Of X100T

Chances are that a new X100 is on the horizon. But that doesn’t change the usability of this camera. In fact it’s a great time to buy an X100T because the prices are excellent. The new version will have some improvements and some new features and I’ll probably get one when it becomes available. But I needed a camera that was currently available and X100T doesn’t stop being usable the second a new model is released.

After using the X100T for a few months I do have a few things that I’d love to see in the next version:

  • Same 24MP sensor as the X-Pro2.
  • Higher resolution electronic viewfinder.
  • Higher quality optics in optical viewfinder.
  • New battery system with higher capacity batteries.
  • Better build quality – full magnesium body instead of just top and bottom plates.

But by all means keep the same form factor. The Fuji X100 series has redefined our expectations of what a compact camera can be and there’s no point messing with a winning formula!

At The End Of The Day

Why I Sold My Leica M 240 And Bought A Fuji X100T

Photo © Karl Edwards – Click To Enlarge

Let’s face it. If money were no object I’d probably still be shooting with a Leica M 240. But this is the real world and when things got tight a few months back I started thinking really hard about my priorities when it comes to photography. A new Leica M 240 (with a 35mm f/2 Summicron lens) sells for $9,990 bucks new. That’s ten thousand dollars! At current prices you could buy 9 Fuji X100Ts and still have enough money to take your bestie to dinner. Or you could just buy 1 Fuji X100T and go on the street photography trip of a lifetime.

There’s no doubt in my mind that the Leica M 240 is better than the X100T in a lot of ways. But it’s not that much better. And when you consider the price difference you really have to question the value added by the red dot.

Do I miss shooting with the Leica? Sometimes. The images from the Leica M 240 had a clarity that’s difficult to describe but I’ve never seen it duplicated from any other camera. But at the end of the day I’m shooting with the X100T a lot and I’ve never thought, “That shot would have been so much better if I shot it with the Leica.”

Will I ever get another Leica? Maybe, but for now I’m super happy shooting with the X100T!

The Fuji X100T is available online at your favorite retailer:

Fuji X100T at B&H (Black)
Fuji X100T at B&H (Silver)

Fuji X100T at Adorama (Black)
Fuji X100T at Adorama (Silver)

Fuji X100T on Amazon (Black)
Fuji X100T on Amazon (Silver)

What’s your take on Leica vs. Fuji? A ridiculous comparison considering the quality of Leica optics? Or a reasonable take on the inherent value of the little Fuji that could? Post your ideas in the comments below and keep the conversation going!

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  • Mike Hannon

    I have the X-Pro2 and miss the X100T!

    • I hear that, Mike!

      I picked up an XP2 at launch and it’s a fine camera. But it never replaced the X100T for me so I let it go. I’m interested to see how I feel when and if Fuji releases the fabled 23mm f/2 lens for the X-Series. Might swing me back in that direction but for now I’m super happy with the little X100T.

      K.

      • Mike Hannon

        I’m tempted to switch back but I’m trying to force myself to wait for the updated X100U or whatever they decide to call it. For me I just felt more secure with the 24mp sensor in terms of cropping latitude and ability to print. Funny thing is I never really print much of anything!

        • Hugh Rigley

          I have to say these are the best comments I have seen so far on Streetshootr that I can only describe as Phantasmagorical. It was (is) great fun.

          Thanks to all.

  • alansf

    Still shooting with my X100s. I drowned the original x100 while in Alaska. There is something engaging about actually shooting with this camera that no other camera I have possesses. While I can get similar image quality from other cameras, I enjoy shooting with the x100 series more

    • Sounds like you have the same kind of emotional bond with your X100S as i have with the X100T. These little guys have some kind of special mojo!

      • alansf

        I think it is the actual “shooting” experience. It is just plain fun to shoot with this camera.

  • robert

    I totally agree with you. I LOVED my X100T…big time.

    However…I like my M6 more…and so I don’t have a “T” anymore. I like the fact that my M6 was only a grand and that it’s not the end of the world if something bad happens to it.

    I must confess, I love my Oly XA just about as much as the Leica too…but in a different way.

    I would NEVER own a digital Leica…for the same reasons you outlined here.

  • Great post and video!

    I’m really surprised you gave up your Leica. I thought it’s that type of camera you get and never ever get rid of. :p

    A while ago I wanted to get X100T, but I got two unlucky copies and decided to give up with the purchase. Finally, I got X70 to replace my Ricoh GR (annoying sensor dust :(((( ), but I’ll be also trying something completely new to me – shooting streets with XP2+35/2.

  • Leslie Hoerwinkle

    Fuji X!

  • Bruce Harding

    Great post!

  • Tim Hogendoorn

    Lovely to read.
    Although I love my M9 and the way it handles, this makes me think… ;)

  • francois karm

    I had two M240…. yes thet are briks….but you can’t compare with the fuji x100t.
    I had this one also, and the xpro….good camera, a lot of bells and whitthles., but the picture….are NOT the same.
    I did like you, sold the M240… and after 8 month….went back and bought an other M240.
    Why….just look after few month on your computer screen….
    I am not talking zbout the build quality or the simplified interface….I am talking about PICTURE QUALITY.
    And I am not picky….I do familly, friends and street….

    FUJI is very good….but sorry LEICA is excellent.
    just shocking good !
    Not flat, not grey…..goooood

    Now I bought the new MD and this is something…..
    I experiment LIBERTY on street photpgraphy, like I was doing with my M6 and M7….. whaouuuuu

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/francoiskarm/

    • Hi Francois,

      I can only speak from experience with both cameras. And as I said in my conclusion, the Leica is definitely a better camera. it’s just not THAT much better to warrant 9X the price of an X100T.

      In the end it’s about the content of your images, not the box that you used to create them. For my money, the X100T holds its own on image quality and really hits the sweet spot between usability and size.

      K.

  • I’m selling a beautiful x100T with extras, if anyone is interested. That style works for so many people, but it wasn’t for me in the end.

    • D’Agosta David

      What is the selling price?

      • Are you on Twitter? Send me a PM: @rwreich for details. I’d rather not clog the comments with that info. Thanks!

        • D’Agosta David

          Hi Wayne, I’m not on twitter….but I could send you my e-mail?

          • Sure, no problem: ralph wayne at gmail dot com (all one word, no spaces)

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  • Steven Bleistein

    I had been shooting with an X100T, but then switched to film only with a Leica M3 and an M7. I broke down after a year or so and bought a used M240, which I love. However, I have recently revisited the X100T, and I have to say I appreciate it much more now that I have used the M240. I too find I am reaching for the X100T more often. The X100T is a different experience from using a Leica, but amazing nonetheless in its own right. Even with both of these excellent digital cameras at my disposal, I still find myself reaching for my Leica M3 with the same frequency. Variety of experience is part of the fun.

  • Ian Boys

    In your x100T review video you suggest that changing lenses changes perspective. This is very misleading – changing lens has no effect on perspective whatsoever, only changing the relative distances of foreground/background.
    This talk of telephoto compression etc has been around for decades but it isn’t the case, as a 2 minute test would show you.
    It is true that you stand closer with a 28mm than a 135 but it is the standing closer that changes perspective, not the change of lenses.

    • Zos Xavius

      I read the article and he’s not suggesting that. How a 23mm lens renders a scene is definitely different than a 35mm. The 23mm has less DOF and tends to make the scene look a little bigger (edit: deeper?). What he is saying is fundamentally correct and he is right, the effect is subtle. When you use a 12mm lens on aps-c it looks much different than an 18mm on FF. You can get a similar perspective, but they both render distance very differently. I actually kind of like the 12mm on APS-C but that’s me. No doubt a FF and tamron 15-30 would yield better quality. This is why people get caught up in the whole “full frame” look argument. If you match an aps-c shot with an equivalent lens, things change because you are using different focal lengths. There is a look to FF just like there is a look to medium format. Its subtle, but it is there.

      • Ian Boys

        Zos, sorry but no.

        1) The 23mm has MORE depth of field not less.
        2) The only difference between a 12mm on APS-C and 18mm on FF is that the former has greater Depth of Field at the same aperture.

        I’m pleased you say that the perspective is the same. OK, I know you say similar but I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt.

        • Hilarious.

          • Ian Boys

            You know I’m right on (1) and you still haven’t demonstrated your claim.

          • It’s hilarious because:

            1) You’re not right. I posted a video which clearly demonstrates the effect I discuss. And your response to that video even explains why the effect happens in the first place. I quote:

            “The change in the video is ENTIRELY down to the fact that the camera has moved. If the original distance to the subject was (for example) 2 metres and the camera approaches to 1 metre then that is a massive difference while the camera has (proportionately) moved little closer to the background 500 metres away.”

            In other words, wider angle lenses do in fact have the APPEARANCE of expanding the space in the frame based on the relative position of the camera. Which was my original point. Hurray for both of us!

            2) You chose THIS as your crusade.

            Hilarious.

            K.

          • Ian Boys

            Oh you’re too stupid to bother with.

          • Hilarious.

          • Richard Brown

            Regardless of your video, in this article you state:

            “And this is where it gets interesting. Wide angle lenses expand the space in a the scene so that objects in the background appear a little farther away than they did in real life. This effect is more pronounced with a 23mm lens than with a 35mm lens and even though the difference is quite subtle it affects the way the images feel.”

            However this paragraph is in the context of you comparing the use of a 35mm on your full frame Leica to the 23mm on the APS-C Fuji. As you know, the 23 on an APS-C has (roughly) the same angle of view as a 35 on FF.

            You go on to say “I’m a fan of the enhanced depth perception wider angle lenses introduce”.

            Perhaps you didn’t mean it, but it certainly reads as if you’re suggesting that you get a different perspective/the scene is expanded/objects appear further away using the Fuji. As Ian has correctly pointed out, the only difference between using a 35 on your FF and a 23 on your APS-C will be a difference in depth of field at a given aperture and focal distance.

        • Zos Xavius

          Omg. I meant to say more dof. Typo but hey if you want to insist that the only thing that changes is perspective with focal lengths that’s your own problem really. A 35 on aps-c will not look identical to a 50 on FF. Just like a 75mm on medium format will not look the same as a 50mm on full frame.

        • Zos Xavius

          PS petalpixel has an article comparing equivalent focal lengths right now. Look at it. The aps-c shots compress the background slightly differently.

  • Ian Boys

    All of this is unscientific nonsense – not a shred of truth in it (given that you’re talking about a 23 on APS-C and the 35 on FF as the preceding para makes clear).
    If you think you can demonstrate it please do (and I’ll congratulate you on your Nobel). The only thing that changes is the depth of field:

    “And this is where it gets interesting. Wide angle lenses expand the space in a the scene so that objects in the background appear a little farther away than they did in real life. This effect is more pronounced with a 23mm lens than with a 35mm lens and even though the difference is quite subtle it affects the way the images feel.”

      • Ian Boys

        Yes, the relative distances are changing (the camera is getting closer while zooming out).

        • Correct. And this video clearly demonstrates my point that perceptually wide angle lenses expand the space in the scene causing the background to appear farther away.

          In the above dolly zoom the camera moves toward the subject as the lens is zoomed out. While the camera moves physically closer to both the the subject and the background, the subject remains the same relative size while elements in the background of the image appear to be “pushed back”.

          This has nothing to do with perspective and everything to do with the physics of wide angle lenses.

          K.

          • Ian Boys

            No, absolutely wrong. Your description of what is happening is correct but the cause is wrong.

            The change in the video is ENTIRELY down to the fact that the camera has moved. If the original distance to the subject was (for example) 2 metres and the camera approaches to 1 metre then that is a massive difference while the camera has (proportionately) moved little closer to the background 500 metres away.

            Also, you say it has nothing to do with perspective but the relative size of foreground and background objects is exactly what perspective means. It’s everything to do with perspective.

            Here’s a test you can do easily to show the truth. Fit a telephoto (or 50, or long end of a zoom). Focus on a near object and note its size in relation to a background object (example, book on table matches width of chair in background). Now change to a wide angle lens (or zoom out or whatever) WITHOUT MOVING THE CAMERA and you will see the relation between foreground and background is exactly the same and your belief in the “physics of wide angle lenses” is mere superstition.

            If I’m wrong, please demonstrate by the above method.

            My contention is that only the camera moving has the effect you describe. If the camera remains in the same place then the relationship of foreground and background objects does not change.

            In fairness your theory has been taught for decades in books and magazines etc. Unfortunately by people who believe things without testing them.

            A reminder – you said that a 23mm on APS-C and 35mm on full frame (same FoV) have different foreground/background relationships.

            “And this is where it gets interesting. Wide angle lenses expand the space in a the scene so that objects in the background appear a little farther away than they did in real life. This effect is more pronounced with a 23mm lens than with a 35mm lens and even though the difference is quite subtle it affects the way the images feel.”

            This is not true. Only relative distance changes have an effect.

          • Not really sure why you’re caught up on this point…

            Of course I’m referring to the perceived difference between the foreground and subject when the subject is the same size in the frame. My original statement (that you continue to quote) still holds true and the above video clearly shows this effect.

            K.

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  • Marko Burns

    I use the x100T with a 3d printed tab thingy from shapeways.com that works pretty well – speeds up the manual focusing. I really hope they put a tab on the next X100 and improve the manual focusing. Autofocus just doesn’t cut it for street stuff IMHO and just doesn’t make sense as a concept anyway as close street photography of 1-5m is really just all about the hyperfocal, which is pretty simple once you forget about the autofocus brainwashing we’ve all been lumbered with in digital cameras for years. Crazy that Leica is still the only brand to push manual focus functionality.

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  • deb_ch

    I have an M8 (swapped for a Canon L lens) and an M9 (bought used, but like new, for a very good price), a Fuji X100T (after the X100 and the X100S) and an X-Pro2. I really could not tell which one I like more, except that I did maybe like the design of the X100S a bit better than that of the X100T, just felt more tactile, buttonwise.

    All those cameras do feel and also handle differently, but all are very capable cameras and nicely built.

    Those Leicas of course, are little “bricks” in terms of material feeling. I use them with Voigtländer M-mount lenses (plus a Summicron-C and an Elmarit-C from the CL). Good thing is that I can use all those lenses on the X-Pro2 as well, with a quick setting button on the Fujifilm M- to X-mount adapter, that takes you right into the menu to set focal length and when shooting jpg, lens correction settings.

    I should sell my M8, but honestly, I struggle to do so. It is a different cam to the M9 and its BW rendering is just organic. The X-Pro two and its Acros film simulation are wonderful, too, but different again ,-)

    Still, Fuji is doing an awesome job!! Except for peel apart film *g*

    • Sean Tubridy

      Agree on the peel-apart film. Those bastards.

  • DF

    It’s quite shocking how all the pictures you took with that Fuji are dull and flat, and how the one you took with the Leica (the first one in the article) is the only interesting image with a real creative process. In a few months, you will look back at those pictures you took with the Leica and regret your decision. Classic.

    • Helios777_

      LOL go home

    • deb_ch

      The use of the word shocking is quite.. shocking..

  • Tim Miller

    Went from x100s to m240 (brief pause for the M6 that started me down the road to ruin) partly on your recommendation LOL. LOVE the m240 (so thanks!), but still break out the x100s from time to time – especially at night when it’s hard to focus in the dark or when flash is required. I’ve been thinking about adding an x70 to carry around in my pocket.

    • tzBilbao

      Get a Ricoh GR. Is the inspiration for Fuji’s X70, it is cheaper, fits better in your pocket and has all around better control lay out for one hand shooting. Unless you need the stupid touch screen.

  • Ross Wilson

    I’ve sold and M8 and then an M9 to “release equity” so I could solve problems and still be able to buy a camera that did 90% of what the Leica’s did so I know where you’re coming from.

    Now I figure I won’t buy a new M until ten grand doesn’t mean so much to me as it does now (not holding my breath). Being a 28mm lover there’s always the “cheaper” Leica Q. Currently that’s giving me sleepless nights. Just hard to justify when I’m doing my best work ever on a Ricoh GR at 500 bucks!

    Ultimately it’s easier to get a sense of progression by buying gear than it is by working on projects. And projects, real projects are actually work, where drooling and wondering about cameras is kind of fun. One gives easy yet brief satisfaction, the other, well lets just say you get out what you put in. Currently all my gear is getting on and looking rough and that makes me happy.

    • Zos Xavius

      The GR is an amazing camera. I wouldn’t trade one for a Leica unless I was going to sell the leica and buy a bunch of stuff in the end. :)

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  • mcr

    To each his own. I’ve used the x100T and it is a fantastic camera. But…I prefer shooting at 28mm, and I really need the tab focus system. There are good deals on M 240s on eBay if you watch carefully. I picked mine up for $2600 in perfect working condition and use it for street photography all the time. I’ve also used it for professional event photography, and my clients love the results so it has earned its keep :-)

  • Paresh Pandit

    Now you’re making me miss my X100s!

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  • Craig

    I agree with your assessment of the 100T — However, you worry about the one step of lowering the ISO on the Leica for a flash — What about the 5 steps to taking a flash photo with the 100T – MS, no silent mode, Single shot, no bracketing, choosing turning it on and choosing the flash mode.

  • T_B_S_

    This was a “battle” from the very beginning.Fuji wanted to re-create Leica,and at the end I think they’ve done their job.
    About differences in resulting images,I think is more a matter of love and taste.

  • Anon E. Mouse

    So many think Leicas are owned by rich dentists and dilettantes. Most Leica folk I know are like me and made sacrifices to buy one. I know I wasn’t the only one with $20,000 worth of camera gear driving around in a $1000 car (or having no car). When I lost my job last year, I was able to live for 8 months off of my Leica gear, selling first my Monochrom, then the M240, then finally the M7 and all my lenses. My only camera now is a wonderfully preserved OM-1, which was the first SLR I bought new. I’m back at work now and when I can scare up some cash, I will definitely get a X100, probably a T. I’ve had three X100 variants over the years and came to love them all.

    • Check the X100F review I just posted. The T was amazing but the F is definitely the best X100 yet… :)