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Leica vs MicroFourThirds poll!


With the release of the X1 compact camera Leica has chosen to go its own way by not joining the Olympus-Panasonic MicroFourThirds partnership. Let us know what you think about that!

Select your favorite future Micro Four Thirds lenses (choose a maximum of 10 lenses!)

  • 25mm f/1.2 (4%, 973 Votes)
  • 12mm f/2.0 (Compact) (3%, 772 Votes)
  • 12-50mm, f/2.0 (Video optimized, OIS) (3%, 691 Votes)
  • 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 (like the Four Thirds Zuiko) (3%, 663 Votes)
  • 12mm f/1.4 (3%, 605 Votes)
  • 14mm f/1.4 (2%, 517 Votes)
  • 17mm f/1.4 (2%, 509 Votes)
  • 50mm f/1.4 (with OIS and Macro) (2%, 503 Votes)
  • 12-75mm f/2.8 (Video optimized, OIS, for $1.000-$1.500) (2%, 500 Votes)
  • 50mm f/1.8 (Pancake) (2%, 477 Votes)
  • 50mm f/2.0 (Macro) (2%, 445 Votes)
  • 50-200mm f/2.8 (Video optimized, OIS) (2%, 439 Votes)
  • 14-50mm f/2.0 (Weather sealed pro lens optimized for video with OIS) (2%, 430 Votes)
  • 12-75mm f/2.8-4.5 (Compact version) (2%, 416 Votes)
  • 50mm f/1.2 (2%, 416 Votes)
  • 40mm f/2.0 (Pancake, Cheap) (2%, 388 Votes)
  • 100-300mm f/2.8 (Video optimized, OIS) (2%, 384 Votes)
  • high quality 1.4x tele-converter (2%, 371 Votes)
  • 20mm f/1.2 (2%, 368 Votes)
  • 7-12mm f/2.5 (2%, 367 Votes)
  • high quality 2x tele-converter (2%, 358 Votes)
  • 90mm f/2.5 (Macro) (2%, 357 Votes)
  • 7mm f/3.5 (Compact, 400$) (1%, 328 Votes)
  • 12-45mm f/2.8 (OIS) (1%, 327 Votes)
  • 300mm f/2.8 (600$) (1%, 321 Votes)
  • 10mm f/2.0 (1%, 319 Votes)
  • 17mm f/2.0 (Pancake) (1%, 312 Votes)
  • 35mm f/1.2 (1%, 308 Votes)
  • 11-44mm f/2.0 (OIS) (1%, 293 Votes)
  • 9mm f/4.0 (Super wide-non fisheye, compact, $400) (1%, 291 Votes)
  • 35-100mm f/2 (Video optimized, OIS) (1%, 279 Votes)
  • 7mm f/2.0 (1%, 274 Votes)
  • 35-100mm f/2.8 (Compact) (1%, 273 Votes)
  • 12-60mm f/4.0 (Compact) (1%, 259 Votes)
  • 14-100mm f/2.8-4.0 (OIS) (1%, 250 Votes)
  • 45mm f/1.2 (1%, 250 Votes)
  • 10-20mm f/2.8 (Video optimized, OIS) (1%, 246 Votes)
  • 40mm f/1.2 (1%, 240 Votes)
  • 150mm f/2.0 (1%, 233 Votes)
  • 100mm f/2.0 (1%, 226 Votes)
  • 12-35mm f/2.8-3.5 (Compact) (1%, 225 Votes)
  • 70mm f/1.4 (OIS) (1%, 221 Votes)
  • 30mm f/1.7 (Pancake) (1%, 211 Votes)
  • 42mm f/1.4 (1%, 210 Votes)
  • 200-600mm (pro lens for sport and wildlife $3.500-$4.500) (1%, 206 Votes)
  • 35mm f/2.0 (Macro) (1%, 205 Votes)
  • 85mm f/2.8 (Pancake) (1%, 204 Votes)
  • 10mm f/4.0 (Tilt/shift) (1%, 203 Votes)
  • 14-45mm f/2.8 ($500) (1%, 200 Votes)
  • 14-35mm f/2 (Video optimized, OIS) (1%, 197 Votes)
  • 30mm f/0.95 (with AF, 1400$) (1%, 196 Votes)
  • 10mm f/4.0 (Compact) (1%, 188 Votes)
  • 45mm f/1.8 (1%, 186 Votes)
  • 12mm f/4.0 (Tilt/shift) (1%, 184 Votes)
  • 85mm f/1.8 (1%, 183 Votes)
  • 14-85mm f/2.8-3.5 (1%, 183 Votes)
  • 100mm f/2.8 (Compact) (1%, 180 Votes)
  • 25mm f/2.0 (leaf shutter to give flash synchronisation to 1/500 or 1/1000 sec) (1%, 178 Votes)
  • 42mm f/1.2 (1%, 168 Votes)
  • 14-75mm (Compact all-around lens) (1%, 162 Votes)
  • 15mm f/1.4 (1%, 160 Votes)
  • 10-20mm f/4 (Compact and cheap) (1%, 159 Votes)
  • 5.5mm (Super Fisheye) (1%, 155 Votes)
  • 70-300mm (with tripod mount) (1%, 149 Votes)
  • 11-22/2.8-3.5 (Compact) (1%, 144 Votes)
  • 9mm f/2.8 (1%, 142 Votes)
  • 400mm f/5.6 (under $1.500) (1%, 139 Votes)
  • 45-100mm f/2.8 (Video optimized, OIS) (1%, 136 Votes)
  • 200mm f/2.8 (1%, 133 Votes)
  • 180mm f/2.8 (Compact) (1%, 131 Votes)
  • 135mm f/2.8 (Compact) (1%, 115 Votes)
  • 18-60mm f/2.5 (Video optimized, OIS) (0%, 113 Votes)
  • 14-35mm f/2.8-3.5 (Compact) (0%, 112 Votes)
  • 58mm f/1.2 (0%, 103 Votes)
  • 1000mm f/5.6 (mirror lens) (0%, 101 Votes)
  • 10-30mm f/2.8 (0%, 100 Votes)
  • 100-400mm f/5.6 ($1.500-$2.000) (0%, 97 Votes)
  • 10-25mm f/2.8 (0%, 90 Votes)
  • 14mm f/2.8 (Zuiko version of the Panasonic lens) (0%, 86 Votes)
  • 15-200mm f/4.5-6.0 (collapsible MSC) (0%, 81 Votes)
  • 20mm f/2.8 (pancake) (0%, 77 Votes)
  • 35-75mm f/2 (Video optimized, OIS) (0%, 73 Votes)
  • 20-60mm f/2.8 (Video optimized, OIS) (0%, 72 Votes)
  • 55mm f/1.4 (0%, 68 Votes)
  • 67mm f/1.8 (0%, 67 Votes)
  • 150mm f/3.5 (0%, 36 Votes)

Total Voters: 4,322

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  • Probably a non event for me.

    The M9 is desirable but unaffordable.

    The X1 is lovely but ultimately just a compact with a large sensor. The MFT offerings from Panasonic and Oly are more practical there for less money.

    I love Leica kit, but it’s so damn expensive I can only press my nose against the shop window and sigh…

  • Brian W.

    There should be an option for “Who Cares!”

  • After seeing the X1 in the hands of the dpreview people, I must say I actually like it more than from the ‘leaked’ photos. They will probably sell a few even if GF1 and E-P1 will put a pressure on it.
    I think Leica wants to distance it a bit more from Panasonic, instead of rebranding Panasonic designs, they decided to start from scratch with their own camera.
    Who knows, maybe they will design their own m43 camera instead of just reselling GF1?

  • A Leica X# with interchangeable lenses – that would be my choice. A modern version of Leica CL/Minolta CLE! This would be a good revival of the original Leica tradition of “small & handsome”.

    A Leica official said “The X1 ist the first modell of a new series”.
    So let’s hope, that Leica survives the adventure named S2.
    Then the next step will probably be a X2 with Zoom. If everybody has bought it, the system-version with interchangeable lenses will follow.

    Have a look at the M9 from the top, and you’ll see, how bulky it is.

  • Keith A

    I personally think this is a great move by Leica, who wants a rebadgedplastic Panasonic camera with a red dot, I much prefer the German made products and this should be a great camera, I was looking at a EP-1 with the fixed 17mm now I can have a bigger sensor and a nice Leica 24mm. Both are around the 35mm I want and fixed or not I dont want more lenses, That’s what my DLSR is for.

    Now if I could just afford the M9

  • ruz

    I think they made the right choice of not making another rebadge of a Panasonic camera, and just make micro four thirds lenses. Many people are complaining about the price of the E-P1 and GF1 being too expensive, I don’t think it could have the same success as D-Lux4 against LX3.

  • Jeff

    I don’t understand why they would make something to compete in an area that they’re already making lenses for? I mean… why not put the development money they spent on the X1 into making a unique m4/3 body so they could actually use their own Leica branded 45mm macro? Or make their own overpriced Leica official M-mount lens to m4/3 adapter? Or are they trying to kill their alliance with panasonic right after breathing new life into it? It just doesn’t make sense…

  • kww

    I agree with Jeff, Leica could of pursued their own sensor and took advantage of the m4/3 lens system. Leica sells lenses. Sell one body, many lenses….

  • brew

    Yes, I do believe that Leica has made the right choice by not joining the MicroFourThirds platform?
    Bigger is better; the 23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD from Leica is 65% bigger than the 17.3 x 13 mm.

  • Will

    Leica is essentially taking the position that micro4/3rds is not good enough for high-end users.

    Those who thought micro4/3rds would be something more than competition for compacts are getting a different opinion from Leica, Sony, and Ricoh.

    As these companies put full size sensors are into relatively-compact bodies, they are dooming micro4/3rds. Micro4/3rds cameras will only be able to survive if they drop in price by half, to compete with inexpensive compacts.

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