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  • And I know there are several L1 users looking in...

    I'm interested to know what aspect of the L1 drew you to owning one? Was it the tradition aperture ring and shutter speed dial? Leica lens quality? The rangefinder styling of the body? Have you upgraded from an LC-1?

    Ian
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    Re: And I know there are several L1 users looking in...

    The complete package, it has the true feel of a film SLR. it has been designed by photographers for photographers, at last someone was listening.

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    • #3
      Re: And I know there are several L1 users looking in...

      I bought the L1 because it felt like a real camera, the offset viewfinder prevents "nose grease" from getting on the LCD, for some reason I could see better through the L1 than the D80 and K10d i compared it to. and of course the Leica lens.

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      • #4
        Re: And I know there are several L1 users looking in...

        I accidentally stumbled upon the L1 on a local classified, bought the new kit in box cheap while pondering a k10d for my first dslr... and am so glad to have made that quick decision. The 14-50 Leica designed lens rules, and having the L1 set up like it is teaches me more about photography than any other consumer entry level camera could offer. I will miss that aperture ring when I move over to Oly for telephoto lenses!

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        • #5
          Re: And I know there are several L1 users looking in...

          To all those lucky people who have just purchased an L1 at the low price of
          700 YOU HAVE A CLASSIC, The build quality is top of the line. the lens sensor combination when used in RAW is all you will ever need, don't be tempted into the latest SUPER camera, you already own it.

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          • #6
            Re: And I know there are several L1 users looking in...

            Originally posted by Unregistered View Post
            To all those lucky people who have just purchased an L1 at the low price of
            700 YOU HAVE A CLASSIC, The build quality is top of the line. the lens sensor combination when used in RAW is all you will ever need, don't be tempted into the latest SUPER camera, you already own it.
            There isn't much to argue against there - the stabilised lens will justify much of that price straight away.

            Ian
            Founder/editor
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            Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
            Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
            Olympus camera, lens, and accessory hire (http://e-group.uk.net/hire)
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            • #7
              Re: And I know there are several L1 users looking in...

              I bought the L1 for the Leica lens, the aperture ring on the Leica lens and the unique rangefinder styling of the camera. What I like about the camera having used it for a bit now is the image quality from the lens, the aperture ring on the lens (I'm old fashioned), and the unique rangefinder styling.

              George

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              • #8
                Re: And I know there are several L1 users looking in...

                It's all been said already in the above posts. I bought mine as I could not afford the Digilux 3 version at the time. I haven't been disappointed at all and I particularly like the 25/1.4.

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                • #9
                  Re: And I know there are several L1 users looking in...

                  Originally posted by spylaw4 View Post
                  It's all been said already in the above posts. I bought mine as I could not afford the Digilux 3 version at the time. I haven't been disappointed at all and I particularly like the 25/1.4.
                  Good to see some more L1 users joining the forum! You're very welcome

                  Ian
                  Founder/editor
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                  Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
                  Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
                  Olympus camera, lens, and accessory hire (http://e-group.uk.net/hire)
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                  • #10
                    Re: And I know there are several L1 users looking in...

                    I am seeing complete L1's in mint condition for $650 to $800.
                    Akiva S.

                    Pany L1, Pany LX-2

                    My website

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                    • #11
                      Re: And I know there are several L1 users looking in...

                      Ugh! - so much for the 2nd hand value!
                      On the other hand if you want a spare....?

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                      • #12
                        Re: And I know there are several L1 users looking in...

                        Very simple for me, I wanted a camera without all the amorphous lumps allowing me to jam it down into a nook in my carry-on bag.

                        What I got was a camera that I love for a whole variety of reasons - lens, speed/aperature control just like an old SLR, great pictures, ease of use, and it looks just like an M8.

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                        • #13
                          Re: And I know there are several L1 users looking in...

                          I just got one for Christmas -- $950 from Amazon brand new. It had the original 1.0 firmware, so it had probably been sitting around for a while.

                          I love the traditional controls, the simplicity of use, the relatively fast lens, and the telecentric 4/3 format optics.

                          I'm saving my pennies for the 25mm f1.4 lens -- that would be sweet to own.

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                          • #14
                            Re: And I know there are several L1 users looking in...

                            I just have it for 2 months after waiting for 2 years! The price was drop down to ~ 1300 $ here in Bangkok. Great design with wide range OIS leica lens. Feeling a lot better than my ex.Canon 400 D. I love it's design and feel but it's viewfinder a bit too samll and dim.

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                            • #15
                              Re: And I know there are several L1 users looking in...

                              I got mine used for $800. I love the rangefinder type body, the Leica lens, the controls and, along with my Nikon adapter, using all my old but goody Nikkor lens. How's a black tape L1 with a Nikkor 24mm f2 for street cred? Nice.
                              Akiva S.

                              Pany L1, Pany LX-2

                              My website

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