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Discussion in 'Portrait' started by XVARIOR, Dec 9, 2013.


    XVARIOR Leica Place Regular

    Dec 9, 2013
    Hello everyone,
    I'm a pro photographer and videographer, manly in documentary and fashion arenas, my gear and that of the magazine I wok for "ELLE Orient" is Nikon & Canon Pro DSLRs with a dozen of boat-anchor prime and L lenses. Although I'm a strong guy with a very good low heart BPM, my hands and neck started to feel like they had enough with DSLRs and was like begging for something lighter and easier to carry on specially when I'm on the go or during outdoors hikes or backcountry skiing adventures.
    I did all my best to convince myself to use one of these small to medium compacts instead of my DSLR but honestly I couldn't. I just couldn't make the compromise in IQ or the built "plasticity" of those machines... Then the X Vario came out, with reviewers butchering it as if was Leica's biggest mistake. Then, months later, some different reviews started to hit the net, reviewers were talking positively about the X Vario this time, showing stunning pictures and somehow admitting Leica was not wrong after all, and that the choice of sensor/lens combo was a killer. So, 2 months ago, during a trip to LA, I had the chance or luck to test drive the Leica X Vario at Leica Store Los Angeles. I said luck because there was a special event called X Vario Discovery Day and it happened that I dropped by that beautiful store just one day before. So I immediately got myself subscribed.
    My first impression when I first get the XVario in my hands was ROCK, this is way better built than any compact I've seen, I was amazed but not sold not until I see the results of my test shoots, they were all taken in B&W high contrast JPG. What I experienced that day and every day since, was beyond my expectations, the camera not only is ridiculously easy to use and reliable but also capable of outputs that exceeds the sum of its specs or size. The x Vario has simply put My DSLRs into deep hibernation mode.
    From portraits to Macro, from architecture to landscape and everything in between, I'll show you the outcome here and in future posts so you can judge by yourself.
    Thanks for reading. It's Showtime :)

    My XVario









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  2. tmldds

    tmldds Leica Place Regular

    Nov 20, 2013
    Good to see you on this forum. I recently joined as well. Brian has an encyclopedic knowledge of cameras and lenses!
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  3. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    Beautiful Pictures!

    Welcome to Leicaplace, I understand about lugging heavy equipment around- and Leica gives a serious alternative. Once hooked, hard to switch back.

    " I recently joined as well. Brian has an encyclopedic knowledge of cameras and lenses! "

    What a nice way to say I babble a lot!

    "sent in between power outages from the ice storm"

    XVARIOR Leica Place Regular

    Dec 9, 2013
    Thanks guys, the last picture of the model demonstrate one of the X Vario's hidden gems; the built in flash. I had never used an on camera flash in my life but this one is a tremendous tool as a filler. As you see, the model was posing with almost direct sunlight coming from behind, the flash did a fantastic job not only filling but also giving that amazing skin tone!
    Those pics are OOC By the way.

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  5. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Welcome XVARIOR, I second what Brian said about Leica, very hard to go back. The X cameras are terrific, with outstanding sensors and perfectly matched optics.

    I usually shoot with my M Monochrom, but I never feel in any way lacking when I go out with just the X2 in my pocket. The quality of tone and color is far better than anything that small and light has any right to produce. From everything I've read, the X-Vario is even better, as evidenced in your shots above.
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  6. ajramirez

    ajramirez Leica Place Veteran

    Mar 30, 2013
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Fantastic looking shots, XVARIOR. From what I have seen, the X Vario is capable of fantastic output in the right hands. Yours is certainly in quite capable hands.

    Enjoy it in good health!



    XVARIOR Leica Place Regular

    Dec 9, 2013
    Thanks Antonio. I'll do my best to keep showing you guys what this Mini-M is capable of... Stay tuned ;-)

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