This is an everyday camera great for family photography!
3 May 2013
Summary: This is a great four-thirds digital SLR camera that produces stunning images. I bought it because it can take the Panasonic - Leica 14-50mm zoom lens and the Olympus Macro 35 mm lens among many other lenses. The size is perfect -- not too big and not too small. It is light weight as well. The built in strobe can do both direct and bounce flash which is a nice feature that many other cameras do not have. The image quality is excellent.
Summary: I bought a used body for the specific purpose of using my numnerous old OM1 lenses on a reasonably sized format digital camera. I find that I dont need more than 7.5 megs. Most of the time I am using much lower size pics. I paid 200 which was very good value for money. My old OM1 lenses are acting at approx 1.6 x focal length so my old 50 mm Zuiko is now effectively approx 85 mm My old 28mm is now effectively circa 50mm It has rekindled my interest in photography.
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 or at best restricts zoom movement.
Summary: if your a photographer and in the digital age, wants a camera to act and feel like a film dslr, this is the camera for you. its aperture is on the lens, the speeds are on the top, it takes multiple exposures with the newer firmware, etc etc. it also comes kitted with an amazing leica lens. a definite recommend for anyone.
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. I love using this camera and I find it quite comfortable to use with everything where I expect it to be. Some features I particularly like are the manual controls, two-stage flash, live view, and the kit lens.
Summary: I bought this camera when Amazon had them for $799. I thought it would be a good camera to re-familiarize myself with manual controls and a higher degree of involvement with photography. I was also in love with the design and layout of the controls and the body. I will not get into an analysis of the pros and cons of this camera; there is enough information out there to provide anyone with a sense of how the L1 measures against the competition.
Summary: I preface this review with the note that I am a professional photographer of some 37 years. I have used nearly every camera from sub-miniature to 11x14 view cameras. I liked this camera for the past year but was hesitant to purchase it because of the price. When the price dropped to below $1000 I just had to jump on it. I am very pleased with the results. The lens is one of my best. It is very sharp and I love the fact the f stops are on the barrel.
Fantastic retro-camera with some of negative features
8 August 2007
Summary: It's a 7.5 megapixels digital single lens reflex camera with Live View feature and fantastic analogue like control. the Leica 'kit' lens is awesome, the Mega Optical Stabilizer works fine. Unfortunately it's only three focus point, and the viewfinder is dark and small.
Summary: Although I thought this "four thirds" camera might be a little smaller than it is, I am very pleased with the ease of use and the quality of the images. It is simple to use and controls are in logical locations. The "Live View" has been of value as well as the option to shoot 5 shot bracked exposures for HDR. The camera is a little pricey but the lens quality makes it worth it. Construction is solid too.
Summary: I've been into photography for over 30 years. During that time I've owned quite a number of film point and shoots and SLR's. During the last 10 years I've owned a number of point and shoot digitals, super-zooms, and now my first Digital SLR. Manufacturers included Agfa, Canon, Casio, Contax, Leica, Nikon, Panasonic, Pentax, and Sony. During my DSLR search, I looked at Nikon D80 and D200's.