The LEICA Z(oom) 2X (with double focal length range) is an exceptionally elegant, handy, fully automatic 35mm-format camera with an excellent 35-70mm zoom lens. It is small enough to be stowed away in just about any pocket and thanks to its minimal weight it`s a pleasure to have around all the time. With it`s reliable passive autofocus-system, the LEICA Z2X focuses quickly and precisely even at greater distances. The programmed exposure control is combined with center-weighted metering and also fully automatic, ensuring well-balanced exposures. If considered necessary however, it is also possible to intervene manually. Flash-photography is also very easy with the LEICA Z2X: as soon as the ambient light deteriorates, the flash is activated automatically. The flash can also be switched on or off manually to influence the mood created by the light. Whether with or without flash, even the very last bits of ambient light can be effectively captured with the help of shutter speeds of up to 99s. In such cases the possibility to attach an electric cable release proves helpful to prevent camera shake. It is easy to concentrate on the composion of the image with the LEICA Z2X since everything visible in the bright new real-image viewfinder will also appear on the photograph. The LEICA VARIO-ELMAR f/4-7.6/35-70mm is a special Leica calculation. The use of high quality optical glass only and the individual lens surface coatings ensure true color -as well as high contrast rendition and exceptionally sharp exposures in any light. With a focal length range reaching from moderate wide angle to moderate telephoto, this lens can capture most of the usual photographic situations: Landscapes and indoor scenes with the distinct wide angle coverage of 35mm, natural looking shots of people in their surroundings with 50mm, and details and individuals that are to be emphasized with 70mm.