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Subject: [Leica] Re: A new C1 for Cindy?
From: dave <>
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000 05:52:39 +0000

Thanks, Peter.  Interesting to note that you find the C1 better than
the Z2X in terms of contrast.  I always imagined that at the lower end
of the C1's zoom range, the performance of the vario-elmar would be
more or less the same as that in the Z2X.  Something that I have
personally seen is that the same shots taken from my friend's Z2X are
nearly indistinguishable from those taken with the minilux (prints
enlarged to 8x10, Reala in daylight).  This pertains to subjects no
further away than 15m.  When the lighting is a little trickier (i.e.,
more shadows), the minilux handles the shadow contrasts a little
better.  Both, however, are slightly less sharp than my TVS.  

Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2000 08:59:42 -0700 (PDT) 
From: pfang <> 
Subject: [Leica] Re: A new C1 for Cindy? 
Message-ID: <> 

I usually shoot 2xM6's, and purchased a C1 for the 
significant other. I had a chance to shoot with it 
just for kicks... 

Couple of comments: 

The good: 
1) Shots are definitely better in terms of contrast 
and resolution than what I've seen from other P+S 
cameras. I've tested on Leica Z2X, Pentax 928, and 
Olympus 35. 
2) Metering is accurate - I've NOT seen a single 
poorly metered shot as of yet, but then again, I 
haven't tested on slide yet. 
3) Range is REALLY good - I can't think of a single 
Zeiss (Contax) or Leica camera with a moderate wide 
(38mm) to Tele (110mm). It does it all in one elegant 
4) Fixed Zoom Increments - this could be a advantage 
or disadvantage based on shooting style. You are stuck 
in increments of I believe...38, 60, 75, 90 and 110mm 
5) It looks good - metal construction...'nuff said 

Some issues: 

1) Buttons - the user needs to have small fingertips 
(or long nails) to press on the buttons to the left of 
the LCD and the on/off switch... 
2) Shutter / Focus Lag - I'm not sure if it's the 
shutter or the AF system, but I tend to notice a bit 
of a lag after I depress the shutter... 
3) Aperture Control - an issue for me, but not an 
issue for the S.O. 

I guess the alternatives with zoom are: Contax TVS or 
T2, Rollei Pregos, and Leica Minilux Zooms. 

Overall, a pretty solid camera. It's very simple to 
use, looks like a machine, and produces some of the 
best pictures available in a P+S. 

(and...btw...she loves it!)