Leica User Forum


Go Back   Leica User Forum > International User Forum > Leica Products > Leica M / M-E / M9 / Monochrom

Leica M / M-E / M9 / Monochrom The Leica M9 Forum is dedicated to everything around the new LEICA M, M-E, M9, M9-P and LEICA M MONOCHROM.

Reply « Previous Thread | Next Thread »
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04/09/12, 07:22   #1 (permalink)
Erfahrener Benutzer
 
Join Date: 16/06/12
Posts: 124
Default Leica MM Scoop

Ad
Scoop?. I was just burning the candle over at JCH and read this. It's suspect.
__________________
V/r

Michael

Last edited by MichaelRabern; 04/09/12 at 07:25.
MichaelRabern is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04/09/12, 08:21   #2 (permalink)
Erfahrener Benutzer
 
adan's Avatar
 
Join Date: 04/03/04
Location: Denver
Posts: 5,659
Default Re: Leica MM Scoop

Well, that's about how I also heard it, from someone in the Leica supply chain.

A National Laboratory, or a sub-contractor, needed the high-ISO capability (and didn't need color) for some project or other. Offered to fund all the research and development costs for 6 cameras - but Leica said "No, we'll fund it ourselves, sell you 6, and keep the intellectual property for ourselves."

The first 6 into the U.S. were delivered to the lab last month. I don't know if the name of the lab is classified - but if you know the National Lab system, and consider that the dealer mentioned - and I - are both located in the southern Rocky Mountain area...it doesn't take James Bond to do the math.

They're probably snapping pix of neutron trails right now on some lab bench....
adan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04/09/12, 09:11   #3 (permalink)
Benutzer
 
Join Date: 12/10/11
Posts: 66
Default Re: Leica MM Scoop

Thats a funny story right there, scientists hanging out with leica monochoms around thier necks, lol, you just have to have a light weight portable over priced black and white camera for cutting edge research these days
hillavoider is offline   Reply With Quote
Thank You says
sdai (05/09/12)
Old 04/09/12, 09:38   #4 (permalink)
Erfahrener Benutzer
 
adan's Avatar
 
Join Date: 04/03/04
Location: Denver
Posts: 5,659
Default Re: Leica MM Scoop

You think that's funny - there was a Swiss city using M8 bodies as their traffic cameras in 2007.

Leica M8 Speed Trap Mod
adan is offline   Reply With Quote
Thank You says
digitalpowershot (05/09/12)
Old 04/09/12, 10:00   #5 (permalink)
Erfahrener Benutzer
 
Join Date: 12/11/02
Location: London
Posts: 9,140
Default AW: Re: Leica MM Scoop

For us ignorant Europeans, what National Lab is located in Colorado?

As for the Swiss, that's a rare example of them showing a sense of humour in their approach to speed limit enforcement...
__________________
Mark
marknorton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04/09/12, 10:50   #6 (permalink)
mjh
Erfahrener Benutzer
 
mjh's Avatar
 
Join Date: 01/03/06
Location: Hamburg
Posts: 9,450
Default AW: Leica MM Scoop

The idea of a monochrome digital M had been tossed around for many years until it came to fruition. First time I had heard about Leica contemplating a monochrome M was in 2006 when they introduced the M8. The project was put on the back burner back then but when the digital rangefinder market had expanded with the M9 (quadrupled sales figures compared to the M8), an M Monochrom – i.e. a camera for a niche market within a niche market – appeared to be commercially viable at last.

The idea that one individual’s request for six custom built cameras was the incentive Leica had needed is patently silly.
__________________
Michael J. Hußmann
mjh is offline   Reply With Quote
Thank You say...
aesop (05/09/12), Benqui (05/09/12), bybrett (04/09/12), jaapv (04/09/12), Paul J (05/09/12), sdai (05/09/12), spylaw4 (05/09/12), stunsworth (05/09/12)
Old 04/09/12, 10:52   #7 (permalink)
Erfahrener Benutzer
 
Join Date: 08/08/10
Posts: 490
Default Re: Leica MM Scoop

Quote:
Originally Posted by adan View Post
You think that's funny - there was a Swiss city using M8 bodies as their traffic cameras in 2007.

Leica M8 Speed Trap Mod
In 2009, some bright spark stole TWENTY TWO Nikon D2X's that were being used in speed cameras in New York.

Beware cheap Nikons on eBay: 22 stolen from NYC red light cameras -- Engadget

He should have gone to Switzerland. Much more money there, and not just in the banks!
__________________
~ Loving Every Image Captured Always ~
http://www.flickr.com/photos/archiver/
Archiver is offline   Reply With Quote
Thank You says
businessasusual (05/09/12)
Old 05/09/12, 03:20   #8 (permalink)
Erfahrener Benutzer
 
Join Date: 31/03/06
Posts: 945
Default Re: Leica MM Scoop

I doubt the story. Anyone at a Lab would want the IR absorbing glass left off of the sensor. Cuts the QE by 30%, and gets rid of an interesting portion of the spectrum. You can always use an IR cut filter if you need visible-only. The sensor Division of Kodak had wanted to do a Monochrome Leica since the M8 was discussed. A lot of Truesense engineers are very happy now.

The price of the M Monochrom is very cheap compared with some cameras used in Labs. A Sensors Unlimited 320x200 InGaAs IR camera was $25K for the body.

Last edited by brianv; 05/09/12 at 03:26.
brianv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/09/12, 03:48   #9 (permalink)
Erfahrener Benutzer
 
Bill Wendlandt's Avatar
 
Join Date: 17/12/06
Location: Central Texas
Posts: 2,406
Default Re: Leica MM Scoop

Well whatever the source, the high ISO of the MM is truly impressive. Thanks to the German Engineers and the USA whomever.
__________________
Thanks,
Bill

http://photobilly.zenfolio.com/
Bill Wendlandt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/09/12, 04:15   #10 (permalink)
Erfahrener Benutzer
 
adan's Avatar
 
Join Date: 04/03/04
Location: Denver
Posts: 5,659
Default Re: AW: Leica MM Scoop

Quote:
Originally Posted by mjh View Post
The idea that one individual’s request for six custom built cameras was the incentive Leica had needed is patently silly.
Which "one individual?" - U.S. National Laboratories are the size of small cities, and their subcontractors are corporations like Lockheed-Martin with additional thousands of employees.

My father worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory during WW2, and they used bicycles to get around inside some of the buildings. That's the scale we're talking about.

Just a part of Oak Ridge: http://worldfreenews.com/wp-content/...-12_Aerial.jpg

@ Mark Norton - In Colorado are the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency. But the one that requested debayerized M cameras is in a state a little further south (although Colorado Springs is likely the nearest city with a well-connected Leica retailer).
adan is offline   Reply With Quote
Thank You says
zlatkob (05/09/12)
Old 05/09/12, 04:19   #11 (permalink)
Erfahrener Benutzer
 
Join Date: 10/08/07
Posts: 282
Default Re: AW: Re: Leica MM Scoop

Ad
Quote:
Originally Posted by marknorton View Post
For us ignorant Europeans, what National Lab is located in Colorado?

As for the Swiss, that's a rare example of them showing a sense of humour in their approach to speed limit enforcement...
Off the top of my head, in the Denver area there is,
- NIST - used to be NBS (bureau of standards - very influential like the German DIN)
- NOAA your weather guys (or is it earth, air, wind and fire....)
- NCAR - National Center for Atmospheric Research (part of NOAA, I think)
- NREL - National Renewable Energy Lab

And then in the center of Denver is the old US Denver Mint. Maybe that is the most appropriate for us Leica admiring hobbyist....

RM
Robert_M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/09/12, 11:41   #12 (permalink)
mjh
Erfahrener Benutzer
 
mjh's Avatar
 
Join Date: 01/03/06
Location: Hamburg
Posts: 9,450
Default AW: Re: AW: Leica MM Scoop

Quote:
Originally Posted by adan View Post
Which "one individual?"
The article mentioned a “phone call from a major research laboratory”. So the individual was whoever made that phone call. Assuming there is any truth in this, which I doubt.
__________________
Michael J. Hußmann
mjh is offline   Reply With Quote
Thank You say...
aesop (05/09/12), jaapv (05/09/12)
Old 05/09/12, 16:20   #13 (permalink)
Erfahrener Benutzer
 
Join Date: 15/09/09
Location: toronto
Posts: 675
Default Re: Leica MM Scoop

Makes no sense at all. I do know that the folks at Magnum had been asking for b/w for some time, and that some Leica brass in New York were taken around the HCB show at MOMA by Peter Galassi. The fact that the MM project was codenamed Henri says it all. This is a project of love. I still have my doubts about the camera, and I can't afford it, but I am high on my dealer's list. A matter of weeks, the says. Hopefully after Photokina.
gjames9142 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/09/12, 16:43   #14 (permalink)
Moderator
 
jaapv's Avatar
 
Join Date: 14/09/04
Location: Behind a Red Dot
Posts: 36,994
Default Re: Leica MM Scoop

IIRC Brian has been asking for such a camera on LUF for quite some time. I think we have a convergence of may factors, the request by some agency in the USA may have contributed to the decision-making process.
__________________
Jaap

WWW.JAAPVPHOTOGRAPHY.EU

Posts in blue bold font are made as a moderator

Leica user since 1976
jaapv is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05/09/12, 17:00   #15 (permalink)
mjh
Erfahrener Benutzer
 
mjh's Avatar
 
Join Date: 01/03/06
Location: Hamburg
Posts: 9,450
Default AW: Leica MM Scoop

It was a project with an extremely long and drawn-out gestation period. Technically a monochrome M had been viable ever since the M8 but whether it made sense economically was cast into doubt – an order of 6 units wouldn’t have sufficed to tip the scales. Still there had always been ardent supporters of the concept, both inside and outside of Leica.
__________________
Michael J. Hußmann
mjh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/09/12, 21:40   #16 (permalink)
Erfahrener Benutzer
 
Photoskeptic's Avatar
 
Join Date: 26/12/06
Location: Folly Beach, SC
Posts: 1,789
Default Re: Leica MM Scoop

If Andy is correct, the boffins in Los Alamos can usually get anything they want.
__________________
www.johnbrewton.zenfolio.com
Photoskeptic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/09/12, 23:42   #17 (permalink)
Erfahrener Benutzer
 
Join Date: 06/08/11
Posts: 1,277
Default Re: Leica MM Scoop

I seriously doubt that a US government lab like LANL would go to a German consumer camera company to have them design a B+W digital capture device.

fwiw, when I was an undergrad I worked as a summer intern at NCAR in Boulder. To order anything (even to design a new device) they had to use an approved vendor list of domestic companies. Even contracted companies had to list their vendors for approval. And there would be sources in the US who could have easily built a B+W digital capture device (after all, TrueSense makes the monochrome sensor for Leica.) And what about all the monochrome CCD sensors used in astronomy labs?

btw, the private engineering firm Merrick (in Colorado) subcontracted with another firm to use a digital camera from Leica Geosystems for their own contract work with LANL:

"Los Alamos National Lab retained Merrick under an existing contract to provide color digital orthophotos for the area. Merrick utilized the company, Pixxures, Inc. to obtain the aerial photography utilizing an ADS40 large format digital camera manufactured by Leica.

LANL has benefited from the use of aerial photography since 1991 in its decision making for planning and monitoring facilities and infrastructure, emergency management operations, land use management, security and safety, and environmental management. The data is shared among the departments via GIS technology.
"
CalArts 99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05/09/12, 23:46   #18 (permalink)
Erfahrener Benutzer
 
Bill Wendlandt's Avatar
 
Join Date: 17/12/06
Location: Central Texas
Posts: 2,406
Default Re: Leica MM Scoop

Are you certain you did not just give away a bunch of classified information.
__________________
Thanks,
Bill

http://photobilly.zenfolio.com/
Bill Wendlandt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06/09/12, 00:29   #19 (permalink)
Erfahrener Benutzer
 
bybrett's Avatar
 
Join Date: 19/09/07
Posts: 1,392
Default Re: AW: Leica MM Scoop

Quote:
Originally Posted by mjh View Post
It was a project with an extremely long and drawn-out gestation period. Technically a monochrome M had been viable ever since the M8 but whether it made sense economically was cast into doubt – an order of 6 units wouldn’t have sufficed to tip the scales. Still there had always been ardent supporters of the concept, both inside and outside of Leica.
Agree. I was asked by Leica about the desirability of a monochrome M8 just after it's launch. And in June 2011 (Paris M9-P) I had another conversation about what would eventually become Henri. Following that some Magnum chaps were said to be enthusiastic. If true the outside request may just have been good timing, certainly I have never heard of this "scoop".
__________________
Brett
flickr
interview
bybrett is offline   Reply With Quote
Thank You says
Juseno (06/09/12)
Old 06/09/12, 00:38   #20 (permalink)
Erfahrener Benutzer
 
Join Date: 06/08/11
Posts: 1,277
Default Re: Leica MM Scoop

fwiw, Apogee Imaging has been supplying CCD cameras and capture devices for most all of the US national labs including NOAA, LANL, and Oak Ridge. I would assume they would have contracted them to design a 'monochrome camera with low noise.'

About Apogee Imaging Systems

Apogee provides high-performance CCD digital imaging cameras
CalArts 99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Current eBay Ads
Current bid:
425 USD
(5 bids)
Current bid:
2025 USD
(26 bids)

Thread Tools
Display Modes



Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT +2. The time now is 17:15.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0
© juergensen.net - Andreas Jürgensen