Summary: Für the LEICA owner (someone who already owns and shoots several bodies and many existing lenses), owning the M typ 240 is obvious. It's faster and quieter than the M9, and its direct from-camera images are superior, and its electronic finder allows us for the first time to shoot everything from macro to ultrawide while seeing through the lens.
Conclusion: The Leica M (Typ 240) is the camera that many a rangefinder photographer has been waiting for. It fixes many of the issues of previous models, but it doesn't come cheap.
Pros: Big, bright optical viewfinder. Large, high-contrast rangefinder focusing patch. Full-frame CMOS image sensor. Compact for a full-frame camera. Live view with focus peaking. Detailed images at every ISO. Impressive build quality. Sharp rear LCD. Resistant to dusts and splashes. Optional EVF available. Near universal lens support via adapters. GPS add-on grip available. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is included.
Cons: Very expensive. A little slow to start up. Manual focus only. 1080p video could be better. Odd auto ISO exposure issue.
Leica unleashes M Monochrom for B&W photography and X2, the compact with a DSLR-quality sensor
13 May 2012
Conclusion: The 16MP Leica X2 features an APS-C format CMOS image sensor similar to professional cameras. The high-end sensor works hand-in-hand with the Leica Elmarit lens (24mm f/2.8 ASPH) in producing images with great quality. X2 features an enhanced autofocus system so it can adapt to different situations. Settings are fully customizable and allows manual and automatic control of functions. Maximum ISO range is 12500.
Summary: 2.) The pull-out hood of this lens is awful compared to the clip-on A42 hoods of earlier 50mm lenses. This pull-out hood slides back-in on its own, and blocks the finder more than hoods like the 12 585 . The good news for all of us is that Leica has been cranking out this design since 1979, so if you'd rather not buy new, you can get exactly the same lens used for half the price, especially if you know how to win at eBay .
Summary: For the LEICA man , this is LEICA's very best lens for travel and light weight, which is the whole point of the LEICA. This is also LEICA's newest real 90mm lens. (The newer SUMMARIT-M is a bargain lens with excellent optics, but sub-LEICA-standard mechanics.
Summary: The LEICAMAN knows only the best. This LEICA SUMMICRON-M was the best until it was surpassed by today's LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-M 90mm f/2 ASPH in 1998. Thus the APO ASPH receives the distinction of the company of the LEICAMAN today, not this Canadian classic.
Summary: In updating the Leica M9 with more current features, one can't help get the feeling that Leica has slightly missed the point with the M Typ 240. Yes, the additions of live view, an EVF and full HD video are welcome (especially for Leica R-mount owners), but these features have handling snags that smack of a product that hasn't been thought through properly, and this impacts upon the M's performance as a rangefinder camera.