I’m not so sure the difference is as big as Johnston makes out but, since I’m in the Fuji camp now, I ordered the recently reduced-in-price Fuji 56mm f/1.2. I’ve been pining for that lens since its introduction, and finally pulled the trigger. It was a bit of a hard decision, since the extremely well-regarded 85mm Nikon is pretty easy to find substantially cheaper than the Fuji, and it’s hard to argue with the quality of that lens on my D800.
I have to admit, though, that I’ve had no lust for Nikon gear lately, but do find my eye wandering to look at the Fuji lens selection. That, coupled with the lens roadmap Fuji’s put out (oh, the 16mm…) has me considering whether I shouldn’t sell off my Nikon stuff and be done with it. I’ve done that twice before and come back each time, so I don’t want to make that decision lightly. I do have significant money tied up in my Nikon gear, and it’s not seeing action these days, so it probably makes sense to move it on.
Back to the linked article, though: I have to admit that despite the love for the Fuji 56mm, that Leica is wonderful. Were it available for the Fuji mount natively, I might lean that way, even at the price differential. Image stabilization is a big win, even at a slight size increase. I can only hope that the next X-Pro 2 has IS built-in.