First Impressions – Leica X (Typ 113) Review


If you are a street shooter, product or food photographer, photojournalist on assignment, or wedding photographer, you will be very happy with the photographic capabilities of the Leica X (Typ 113). I’ve been capturing images using the Leica X (Typ 113) since October 2014 and I’m impressed with both the camera’s simplistic design and outstanding image quality.

Here are some of my first images captured with the camera.


Albion River Inn on the Mendocino Coast – Love the Bokeh!


Goldeneye Winery in Anderson Valley, California – Amazing Image Quality!


The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey – Edge to Edge Sharpness at f/1.7!

The Leica Summilux 23mm f/1.7 ASPH lens mounted on the Leica X (Typ 113) produces natural color rendition, gorgeous bokeh, and the finest reproduction of details. The Leica X (Typ 113) accompanied me on my visit to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in November 2014 and I was thoroughly satisfied with the image quality of the interior shots in the museum at ISO 1600 f/1.7. You will have no problem producing a 16×24 inch print with images from the Leica X (Typ 113) using DNG files.


  • Beautiful image quality you expect from a Leica camera when capturing and processing DNG files using Adobe Lightroom or Iridient Developer 3.0
  • Excellent manual focus capabilities
  • Close-focus distance of 7.87 inches
  • Gorgeous bokeh
  • Natural colour rendition
  • Finest reproduction of details
  • High quality workmanship and design


  • Manually pressing the DELETE/FOCUS button for one second (1s) to move the AF frame. Ideally, would prefer the capability to program the “Video Shutter Button” to activate the movement of the AF frame.
  • No ability to disable the “Video Shutter Button”
  • No built in viewfinder (highly recommend purchasing the Leica Visoflex Typ 020 Electronic Viewfinder)

Throughout 2015, I will be using the Leica X (Typ 113) on my photographic excursions to the California Gold Rush Country, specifically locations off Historic Highway 49. I’ll periodically publish articles on my website related to the functionality and image quality of the camera.

Colleagues and friends know I’m very picky when it comes to my camera equipment and the Leica X (Typ 113) get a “two thumbs up” from me. The combination of both the camera and lens produces phenomenal image quality, especially when the camera is in Aperture Priority mode at f/1.7.

Well Done Leica!

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