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
Excerpt: Leica Camera AG unleashed two new cameras this week, one being the world’s first digital camera dedicated to an all-time classic: black-and-white photography. The other is a much, much cheaper fixed-lens compact. Leica M Monochrom comes out as the very first digital camera that takes full-frame, 35mm black-and-white photos. And Leica X2? It’s a fixed-lens compact camera with a sensor that could match up to high-end DSLRs. Leica M Monochrom has an 18MP image sensor.
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.
Excerpt: De fleste husker deres første bil. Deres først kys. Nogle sågar deres første kamera. Alle har et billede i hovedet af det, selv om det er længe siden. Billederne fra det første kamera eksisterer måske stadig. Hvis ikke, så såede det måske det frø, som gjorde, at man aldrig er stoppet med at fotografere. Hvad enten man er lykkelig amatør eller hårdtarbejdende professionel.