Summary: Beautiful camera, great seller, as advertised. I own a DMC-LC1, will never part with it and this L1K is just natural progression for me, wanted to experiment with my many older AI Nikon lenses in a digital format, for my taste this is the perfect platform to do it, so far so good, but have to learn...
Summary: I bought into the hype, the great build quality, the retro looks, the analogue controls...but all that wore off fast when I realized that, for me, it was too big and heavy, bulky, and uncomfortable to grip.
Summary: It is now a few years later. This camera has survived and unlike the models it was compared to, still viable. Looks may have something to do with it but not everything is based on looks. Others like the Canon or Nikon have most likely been replaced with newer models as they appear.
Summary: On the heavy side. But the functionality is great. There are two custom set buttons on the top, so you can decide which settings you change most often. I love how it looks like a film camera - rectangular and with a shutter speed button on the top. The lens, from leica, is great.
Summary: This is a great camera with a stunning tack-sharp lens. That said, many owners on the Leica forum have reported a problem with the 14-50 lens that comes on the camera. The lens sometime comes with, or later develops, the problem of binding of the zoom function, which after time locks up completely...
Summary: When this camera was introduced I knew I wanted one. The look and feature set just appealed to me. Finally I got one. It is not a perfect camera for everyone, but get your hands on one and it speaks for itself.
Summary: I love this camera. I've used Canons and Nikons in the past, especially D30s and D40s, and I much prefer using the L1. I almost always shoot manual, and find the actual, physical controls on this to be a great improvement over all the buttons on the Canon.