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Photography Review
21 November 2005
  • Conclusion: The Leica Digital-Module R produces RAW images that are sharp, colorful, have good dynamic range, and require little post processing. The back is robustly made and well engineered. Attaching a DMR to the Leica R film camera yields a new camera that appears to have been engineered as a single DSLR from the start. It is easy to learn to use, and the resolution at low ISO settings was better than my Canon EOS 1D Mark II.
  • Pros: Converts the 35mm Leica R8 or 9R into a hybrid SLR that can shoot film or digital, Allows use of 27 Leica R interchangeable lenses, 10-megapixel CCD sensor with 1.37 focal length extension factor, Ease of use with simple, intuitive controls, Low-noise performance at ISO 100-400 with extension to ISO 1600, Sharp, contrasty images that require little post processing, Quick shutter response, Bright LCD and optical viewfinder, Rapid downloading of files to computer via Fi...
  • Cons: $5,999 price tag, plus cost of R8 or R9 camera body, Super-expensive Leica R lenses, Slow start-up, 19-MB RAW files require large-capacity SD memory cards, Small LCD monitor, Leica R bodies lack autofocus, built-in flash, and TTL flash control, Low burst rate and small buffer (ten images), Adobe Photoshop *.DNG RAW files not compatible with all image browsers
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