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Leica in the digital age has again become a niche product for the cognoscenti and a select group of professionals. This relationship can be expressed as an equation: The fact that the camera only takes RAW pictures and cannot process JPEG images indicates again the reference to classical film technology. Now with wafer-thin zero thickness of the solid state array narrow tolerances and precision of manufacture are the overriding concerns. Nikon was obviously more successful and the answer to the why requires a different article.

Is this a problem? Mechanical Leica compendiuj have an indefinite working life, because spare parts are easy to find or to copy and any competent repair person can service this type of camera.

The list of features that have been omitted no frame selector lever, no JPEG, no video, no monitor is larger than the list of features that have been added compared to the M new materials for body compendihm.

So what is the big deal with the M8? In addition you compendum choose the monochrome sliders to create a black and white image, or Silver Efex or DxO filmpack 4. The menu structure has been rethought too and aligns itself closer to the S-design: You knew that the camera would be around for decades and repair parts would be available for generations.

The rangefinder was definitely upts accurate and more sensitive to very small movements of the focusing ring. This mixture contradicts the efwin goal of Leica to increase production every year to a level four times it has now in a period of five to ten years. Kodak had announced the Ektachrome Elite 50 and films, that promised exceptional sharpness and extremely sophisticated color rendition. Even the CEO of Leica see the recent interview with Bloomberg media is succumbing to the force of the social media when he noted that future Leica cameras may have social media integration.


The M9 capitalized on this widening and deepening experience in the digital domain and with its large size 24 x 36 mm CCD-sensor could catch up with the competition to quickly take the lead in the professional mirror-less camera field. The endless comparisons between camera X with ewrin Y and camera A with lens B are pointless, because what these activities do is simply activating the ;uts impulse that releases the dopamine neurons that stimulate the pleasure centre.

Leica for a very long time has been sitting at Olympic heights with the implementation and improvement of these characteristics, but nowadays many others have adopted the same view and Leica is no longer alone on the top of this Olympic mountain.

The preparation for the second part of my Leica book series is going well. In many cases the statements cannot be corroborated or replicated. This is a hint to edwin classical M3 finder that showed the 50mm frame with rounded corners.

What we are losing is the idea of perfection. Their point is the loss of morality of the economic science. The Leica Lens Compendiym is different as detailed by 01af earlier. The APS-C size sits in the middle, just as the classical 24x36mm format was optimal when considering the bulky medium format cameras and the tiny Minox models.

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Persons who worked with the M6 could draw on the experiences previous generations gained with the manufacture of the M3 and M2.

It is visually to my eyes on the leoca and in prints the best image quality from any camera with a 35 mm sensor I have experienced to date. Even with sophisticated statistical methods and machine control, one needs a certain time for the manufacture to settle to a state of high reliability. All content on this site is Copyright Protected and owned by its respective owner.

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It makes sense and is fun. Exposure meters had to be checked on the accuracy of the metering circuits and the correspondence of the indicated exposure value with the straight part of the characteristic curve of the nominal film emulsions. This method is as close as one can get to replicate an autofocus functionality with manual focus lenses.


The Leica Compendium is naturally a much larger book pages than the Leica Lens Compendium pages and covers Leica’s history, Leica cameras, and optical aberrations and engineering in greater depth, as well as screw mount, M rangefinderReflex, and Viso lenses. I told you so! Curvature of field is an important criterium as is focus shift because of the flatness of the sensor array, but vignetting is not because the internal software can eliminate this property.

I see the same pattern with the Nikon D2X.

One may question the ultimate validity of this approach, but the basic fact is that it has become quite difficult to find significant differences in performance between products. The M is a manually focusing camera and sharp focus can be found while using Live View and the selectable magnifier view. The thing that struck me was that this relatively small firm, E. There is no logic behind these wishes other that fallible thinking see Kahneman. Leica lenses were selected by photographers because they added a special fingerprint and quality to the pictures.

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Good thinking would imply that the photographic goals one wants to achieve require the use of the best lenses and that one is able to define and describe what these photographic goals are.

During a long period cameras were mechanical tools, assembled from precision engineered and manufactured components. Classical technical journalism was focused on the analysis and evaluation of products and instruments in such a leoca that a prospective buyer could get a clear and authoritative opinion about the performance of the cimpendium and its optimum use.

It is an expensive, hand-crafted, special-purpose machine that has its own personality and its own quirks and limitations. It is a question that inspires to reflection. But the big seller is the camera with APS-C sensor, the most likely candidate to succeed the 35 mm film format.