One year later.. I couldn't agree with you more!
But have to say XV (or X113) is a canera you have to use to understand it. And I don't mean just casual shooting for a day or two either.. travel with it and it'll really show you what it's made of.
I just spent the weekend in San Francisco on a Leica Akademie event (The Analogue Workshop) and while the main point was using my M5, I also brought my M-E, which I wandered around with at night and in the morning, and my X (type 113), which went out as a backup to the M5.
I shot the M5 with a 35mm f/2.5 Summarit, orange filter and Tri-X, and used the X as a digital equivalent with it usually set to ISO 100 (two stops off to match the filter factor) and always used with the EVF. The two were a perfect match, even sharing depth of field characteristics as 23mm at f/1.7 is very close to 35mm at f/2.5.
I shot two rolls of Tri-X during our assignments, and hundreds of shots with the X outside of the assignments. While I set the X for DNG+Super Fine JPEG in High Contrast monochrome, I did end up really liking a lot of the color images, but as always finding that the OOC JPEG black and white was usually better than I could do converting and processing in LR5 and SE2.
Here are a few samples from San Francisco last weekend.L1151121.jpg
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