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  1. I'm a landscape photographer, and my current main lens is the Zeiss Distagon 35mm/1.4 ZM, for my Leica M-P. I usually focus with RF then compose with the EVF. The Voigtlander 35mm/2 looks very interesting to me. A bit more compact than the Zeiss, a bit better, probably the Zeiss hood fits it, and if I ever upgrade to the M10-R it would be worthy of the higher res sensor.
  2. Really fugly. Irrelevant to me unless it's funding R&D of a 45MP M body with a high res optional EVF.
  3. Oversampling the image from a lens will almost always give you a better result for a given print size. If you could print an M10 picture at 20x30" 300DPI and a similar shot from a higher MP camera at 558 DPI shot with the same lens, aperture and shutter speed, the 558 DPI shot will have the same diffraction blur, motion blur, and nearly identical signal to noise ratio, but it would have smother gradation, less moire, and slightly better recording of the finest details. However, you would need to observe the print from mere inches away, probably with a magnifying glass or loupe, to notice much
  4. I'm hoping the new sensor gets adapted for the Leica M and SL systems. The reason I never gave into the temptation to get an M10 or M10-P was that they have no more resolution than my M-P, but a 47 MP M11-P would probably get me to upgrade.
  5. Is the lens improved in distortion and corner coverage versus the Leica Q? That camera has a lens that needs post exposure distortion correction to fill the corners, so it can't produce truly sharp images into the corners ever. Hope the 28mm/1.7 lens is redesigned.
  6. I'm not buying another M camera until they have one with at least a 36MP sensor, though I would prefer a 45MP sensor. Leica's lenses and RF mechanisms are certainly up to the demands of a higher res sensor, which would reduce moire and allow for more enlargement, cropping or correction of perspective without compromising image quality too much. Nikon and Sony are doing a fantastic job of increasing resolution while keeping noise levels low, so it can be done. While making a high res sensor for the RF is more complicated than a similar sensor for DSLR or mirrorless with more telecentric lenses
  7. This seems silly, though presumably it appeals to some rich Russians. I'd rather have an M mount camera with a better resolution sensor in the 42-50MP range (or at least 36MP). When is Leica going to catch up with where Nikon and others have been for years in terms of sensors? I'm guessing never. 24MP is OK, but the good lenses cry out for more resolving power for landscape work or to reduce moire and color aliasing for photographing people and their clothing.
  8. But even pre-rangefinder Leicas of the 1920s had accessory shoes for viewfinders and flash units. I think it's just minimalism.
  9. I'd rather have a ≥36MP sensor in a Leica M-P like black paint-body with a nice, high-res, optional EVF that doesn't get in the way of the shutter speed dial.
  10. The strap lugs are a great idea, but the rest of it leaves me cold.
  11. The Voigtlander 90mm/3.5 Apo Lanthar is a wonderful lightweight travel telephoto. It's very sharp by f/5.6, has no visible longitudinal or lateral chromatic aberration, and is higher contrast (no flare, more accurate looking) than the 90mm/2.8 Thin Tele Elmarit. It's Leica screw mount so you need an adapter fo M cameras, which is an easy conversion. 90mm Apo Lanthars are not available new now but used ones are pretty common. The 35mm/1.4 Zeiss Distagon ZM is a terrific lens, but slightly bigger than the Leica 35mm/1.4 ASPH lenses, and perhaps people would not like it for travel. The 35mm/1.4
  12. Huge, heavy. I hate zooms. I'm so very glad I am in the Leica M system not the SL system. I would rather carry my Leica M-P and my Zeiss 35mm/1.4, my Leica 28mm/2.8 or 28mm/2, a 24mm/3.8 and a 21mm/3.4. Sure I don't have AF, or 18-16mm, and I might have to switch lenses frequently, while an SL user just zooms this lens. But I would have a couple faster lenses for low light, and my arms and hands won't get tired from holding a heavy weight like an SL user's probably would. To each his own of course. I'm sure this lens will be useful for some people. But Leica still has no 35mm sensor size c
  13. Optically the Zeiss 35mm/2.8 and 35mm/1.4 ZM lenses are fantastic lenses, both are better than the Leica 35mms in almost every respect. I own both but mainly use the f/1.4 lens because of its versatility. It is a bit on the long side. Optical Finder blockage is significant in the lower right corner, which can be a pain, especially for vertical shots holding the camera grip side (right side) down. This was more of an issue with my M9-P than the M-P Typ 240 I now use, and I often use the EVF for composing with the 35mm/1.4. This is my favorite lens for the M-P, followed by the Leica 24mm/3.8 and
  14. For what it's worth, Lloyd Chambers compared the performance of Leica M Typ 240 and Leica M10 at various ISOs fro indoor and urban evening scenes. The M10 sensor seems less noisy at all ISOs, and particularly above ISO 800, the M10 is at least one stop better in noise. The M10's ISO 100 seems ever so slightly less noisy than its ISO 200 performance in evening blue sky rendering too. Landscapists may want to use the ISO 100 setting when practical, but avoid blowing out highlights by bracketing exposure.
  15. Lightroom CC does a good job on HDR processing for urban night images, so long as you don't go with the automatic tonality, which makes pictures look very weird in my opinion. Tripod is a must for such HDR shooting, but the results with my M-P were very impressive. Showed some at the Art Complex Museum in MA in a group show last year, and they were well liked.
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