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    bencoyote reacted to spylaw4 in Creating pre sets on the Leica T   
    Indeed!
     
    It would IMO be a simple matter (?) to permit naming. After all, there is already a full list of alpha-numeric symbols in the T memory for use in wi-fi network naming. So could this be the basis?
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    bencoyote got a reaction from jank in Current State of Leica T   
    In addition to what Tom said:
     
    Pro:

    USB charging - this ends up being how I charge it most of the time. It is great in the car or when I'm backpacking and so much easier than 12v.
    light and small

     
    Con:

    the aluminum is a tiny bit soft. I have a couple of minor dents/scratches now.
    The live view CMOS sensor is a bit of an Achilles Heel with the current firmware.
    [**]Though firmware 1.3 improves the sleep wakeup time, it is still not quite fast enough to really do good shoot from the hip photography because it has to wake up the sensor and put it into live view mode before it responds to a shutter press even if you are using MF, completely manual shutter, aperture and ISO. So you sort of have to keep the camera awake which burns batteries otherwise it is about 4s from initial wakeup shutter press until the camera will activate the shutter.
    I find that it gets sensor dust frequently. Others don't seem to be affected as often as I am. I think it may be related to how I often times toss it in a pack. It would be nice if they closed the shutter when it turns off like the M.
    The iPhone app is a good start but it needs a lot more work.

     
    Before you go on understand that I really really really love my Leica T. This is my full list:
     
    Software

    More frequent firmware updates to build interest and momentum and show people that this is an innovative project. "Predicting the future is hard, I prefer to make the future what I would like it to be."
    Defer initializing the lens and the screen when waking up in MF mode. Just activate the shutter. Allows shooting from the hip and zone focusing. (1/30/2015)
    DFD licensed from Panasonic to improve autofocus speed
    Tracking AF
    Focus scale in AF mode when you have focus lock (10/29/2014)
    Make 2s self timer stay on for multiple shots. (10/29/2014)
    Feature: (low) Write to both SD and internal memory for data protection
    UI: make the ISO selection a matrix rather than a scrolling list
    Bulb mode. Hopefully live bulb mode.
    Feature: (high) WiFi Authentication on web browser
    Bug: WiFi Browser access doesn't work on firmware 1.2 (10/29/2014)
    Feature: (high) WiFi Use https rather than http for browser so that data can't be sniffed.
    Feature: WiFi automatically phone home and download new firmware.
    Feature: WiFi Use GPS position from iPhone app to fill in EXIF data when viewfinder is not attached. Might be better if they used bluetooth for this in real time which would reduce battery consumption. However I don't know if there is HW. An offline mode that records a track and then updates all the photo's EXIF data might be a good option. (1/20/2014)
    Feature: WiFi IPv6
    Bug: No cursor when entering network passwords
    Grab current almanac for GPS over WiFi (1/20/2015)
    Set time and date via NTP (1/20/2015)
    Download tzdata over WiFi and set local time. (1/20/2015)
    Feature sunset and sunrise at location - golden hour
    Local time & GMT so that travel doesn't jumble the picture order
    Feature: Ability to disable video button or reassign it to a different feature.
    Feature: Ability to rename Profiles to something specific like a person's name or a use case
    Feature: save and load profiles from SD card like on M.
    Feature: (very low) some way to see the gps position of a photo when playing it back.
    Feature: focus bracketing. This is particularly useful for macro photography.
    Feature: time lapse mode.
    Spend some serious effort on video to bring it up to the level of the LX100 - license from Panasonic. If you are going to do it, do it right.
    A camera feature which may be a nice heuristic while not taking away from Das Wesentlisch would be to have the camera recall its last location and when it gets an GPS position from the EVF that would put it in the new timezone, have it prompt the user and ask if they would like to set a new timezone.

     
    Hardware

    More subtle physical design - thumb grip & index finger overhang
    Slight texture difference between left and right thumb dials.
    Charger that takes USB (or 12v) as well as AC.
    Faster processor to allow more FPS
    M-Adapter with cam to record focal length
    Built in EVF rangefinder style
    Weather & dust sealed
    Harder alloy of Aluminum

     
    App

    Feature: (low) Transfer full res images over WiFi
    A key feature needed to be able to quickly review pictures is the ability to swipe through them. The current way that the app works is, you have to return to the gallery view and then select the next picture to view. This interrupts the flow especially when trying to show people the pictures you have just taken or when you are trying to select which version you are going to post on social media. Please add a feature to allow you to swipe left and right through the images without returning to the gallery
    From the gallery view, please add a feature that allows you to select multiple pictures to download into the camera role. It would also be nice if there were a "Select all" feature
    Because the EVF makes the camera so much more difficult to carry in a case or a coat pocket, I don't always use it. I primarily use it when I'm going to be needing to use the camera in bright light when the screen is difficult to read. However, it would be nice if the camera could geocode images even when the EVF is not connected. A way to do this that other camera vendors have done is to hit a button in the app and the smartphone starts recording the track in the smartphone. Then when you connect to the camera to the app, it compares the date and time of the pictures to the positions on the track recorded in the app and then sets the location metadata for the photos. This feature could also be a boon to those who would like geocoded pictures but who don't have an EVF. A variation of this which might not be idea might be to maintain a connection to a smartphone using the Personal Hotspot feature and fetch the position from the phone at the time that the shutter is pressed.
    When it is connected to the smartphone app, fetch the current timezone so that when you are traveling, the metadata can be correct for the location that you are traveling in. That way the an event doesn't get split into two days when imported into lightroom just because it happened to span midnight in your hometown and you forgot to reset the clock for local time.
    When the EVF is connected, I notice that it seems to take a rather long time to acquire its position. I suspect that this probably has to do with getting the initial rough approximation of position as well as the almanac for the satellites. There are several ways that you can speed this up. One is to store the last known position as well as the latest almanac in the camera that way the GPS can find itself more quickly. When the camera has a WiFi connection to the internet, it can also download the current satellite almanac to upload to the camera. This is the technique often used by watches and smartphones. If you don't want to add this to the camera firmware, a convenient place to add it might be have the Leica T app fetch the latest almanac over the internet and share its current location and set those in the camera for the next time that the EVF wants to find its position.

     
    Lenses general

    Generally faster zoom lenses
    Macro lens
    Weather and dust sealed
    Aperture ring on the lens with scale
    Manual focus tab.
    Stops at minimum focus-infinity focus length rather than free spinning. Quoting: A second glance: two takes on the Leica X: Digital Photography Review "When compared to other focus-by-wire systems, this camera does things well. The focus ring has hard stops at minimum focus and infinity within less than one 360-degree revolution (something Olympus has also got right on a handful of its Micro Four Thirds lenses). This solves two major problems with focus-by-wire systems. First, it means minimum and infinity are always where you left them. There aren't any sort of algorithms calculating how fast the focus mechanism should move based on how quickly the ring was turned, and it means that infinity isn't going to be anywhere from 1 to 16 turns away: it will always be within one turn of the wrist. Plus, this system enables Leica to paint on a pretty distance scale instead of forcing you to stare at a screen to estimate focus distance. Combine this easy to use manual focusing with focus peaking and finally there is a compact camera with fast, simple manual focusing."

     
    Requested lenses:

    Summilux-T 35mm f/1.4 (50mm equiv)
    Summilux-T 57-60mm f/1.4 (85-90mm equiv) f/1.2 would be nice.
    Macro-Elmar-T 60mm f/4-22 (90mm equiv) The tiny f/22 is handy when doing close macro work. Diffraction be damned.

     
    Leica please make a Type 702 quickly. It can be basically the same camera just put the EVF into the camera, you can forget the flash if space is a problem. Then weather seal it and I'll be happy.
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    bencoyote got a reaction from opstx in Current State of Leica T   
    In addition to what Tom said:
     
    Pro:

    USB charging - this ends up being how I charge it most of the time. It is great in the car or when I'm backpacking and so much easier than 12v.
    light and small

     
    Con:

    the aluminum is a tiny bit soft. I have a couple of minor dents/scratches now.
    The live view CMOS sensor is a bit of an Achilles Heel with the current firmware.
    [**]Though firmware 1.3 improves the sleep wakeup time, it is still not quite fast enough to really do good shoot from the hip photography because it has to wake up the sensor and put it into live view mode before it responds to a shutter press even if you are using MF, completely manual shutter, aperture and ISO. So you sort of have to keep the camera awake which burns batteries otherwise it is about 4s from initial wakeup shutter press until the camera will activate the shutter.
    I find that it gets sensor dust frequently. Others don't seem to be affected as often as I am. I think it may be related to how I often times toss it in a pack. It would be nice if they closed the shutter when it turns off like the M.
    The iPhone app is a good start but it needs a lot more work.

     
    Before you go on understand that I really really really love my Leica T. This is my full list:
     
    Software

    More frequent firmware updates to build interest and momentum and show people that this is an innovative project. "Predicting the future is hard, I prefer to make the future what I would like it to be."
    Defer initializing the lens and the screen when waking up in MF mode. Just activate the shutter. Allows shooting from the hip and zone focusing. (1/30/2015)
    DFD licensed from Panasonic to improve autofocus speed
    Tracking AF
    Focus scale in AF mode when you have focus lock (10/29/2014)
    Make 2s self timer stay on for multiple shots. (10/29/2014)
    Feature: (low) Write to both SD and internal memory for data protection
    UI: make the ISO selection a matrix rather than a scrolling list
    Bulb mode. Hopefully live bulb mode.
    Feature: (high) WiFi Authentication on web browser
    Bug: WiFi Browser access doesn't work on firmware 1.2 (10/29/2014)
    Feature: (high) WiFi Use https rather than http for browser so that data can't be sniffed.
    Feature: WiFi automatically phone home and download new firmware.
    Feature: WiFi Use GPS position from iPhone app to fill in EXIF data when viewfinder is not attached. Might be better if they used bluetooth for this in real time which would reduce battery consumption. However I don't know if there is HW. An offline mode that records a track and then updates all the photo's EXIF data might be a good option. (1/20/2014)
    Feature: WiFi IPv6
    Bug: No cursor when entering network passwords
    Grab current almanac for GPS over WiFi (1/20/2015)
    Set time and date via NTP (1/20/2015)
    Download tzdata over WiFi and set local time. (1/20/2015)
    Feature sunset and sunrise at location - golden hour
    Local time & GMT so that travel doesn't jumble the picture order
    Feature: Ability to disable video button or reassign it to a different feature.
    Feature: Ability to rename Profiles to something specific like a person's name or a use case
    Feature: save and load profiles from SD card like on M.
    Feature: (very low) some way to see the gps position of a photo when playing it back.
    Feature: focus bracketing. This is particularly useful for macro photography.
    Feature: time lapse mode.
    Spend some serious effort on video to bring it up to the level of the LX100 - license from Panasonic. If you are going to do it, do it right.
    A camera feature which may be a nice heuristic while not taking away from Das Wesentlisch would be to have the camera recall its last location and when it gets an GPS position from the EVF that would put it in the new timezone, have it prompt the user and ask if they would like to set a new timezone.

     
    Hardware

    More subtle physical design - thumb grip & index finger overhang
    Slight texture difference between left and right thumb dials.
    Charger that takes USB (or 12v) as well as AC.
    Faster processor to allow more FPS
    M-Adapter with cam to record focal length
    Built in EVF rangefinder style
    Weather & dust sealed
    Harder alloy of Aluminum

     
    App

    Feature: (low) Transfer full res images over WiFi
    A key feature needed to be able to quickly review pictures is the ability to swipe through them. The current way that the app works is, you have to return to the gallery view and then select the next picture to view. This interrupts the flow especially when trying to show people the pictures you have just taken or when you are trying to select which version you are going to post on social media. Please add a feature to allow you to swipe left and right through the images without returning to the gallery
    From the gallery view, please add a feature that allows you to select multiple pictures to download into the camera role. It would also be nice if there were a "Select all" feature
    Because the EVF makes the camera so much more difficult to carry in a case or a coat pocket, I don't always use it. I primarily use it when I'm going to be needing to use the camera in bright light when the screen is difficult to read. However, it would be nice if the camera could geocode images even when the EVF is not connected. A way to do this that other camera vendors have done is to hit a button in the app and the smartphone starts recording the track in the smartphone. Then when you connect to the camera to the app, it compares the date and time of the pictures to the positions on the track recorded in the app and then sets the location metadata for the photos. This feature could also be a boon to those who would like geocoded pictures but who don't have an EVF. A variation of this which might not be idea might be to maintain a connection to a smartphone using the Personal Hotspot feature and fetch the position from the phone at the time that the shutter is pressed.
    When it is connected to the smartphone app, fetch the current timezone so that when you are traveling, the metadata can be correct for the location that you are traveling in. That way the an event doesn't get split into two days when imported into lightroom just because it happened to span midnight in your hometown and you forgot to reset the clock for local time.
    When the EVF is connected, I notice that it seems to take a rather long time to acquire its position. I suspect that this probably has to do with getting the initial rough approximation of position as well as the almanac for the satellites. There are several ways that you can speed this up. One is to store the last known position as well as the latest almanac in the camera that way the GPS can find itself more quickly. When the camera has a WiFi connection to the internet, it can also download the current satellite almanac to upload to the camera. This is the technique often used by watches and smartphones. If you don't want to add this to the camera firmware, a convenient place to add it might be have the Leica T app fetch the latest almanac over the internet and share its current location and set those in the camera for the next time that the EVF wants to find its position.

     
    Lenses general

    Generally faster zoom lenses
    Macro lens
    Weather and dust sealed
    Aperture ring on the lens with scale
    Manual focus tab.
    Stops at minimum focus-infinity focus length rather than free spinning. Quoting: A second glance: two takes on the Leica X: Digital Photography Review "When compared to other focus-by-wire systems, this camera does things well. The focus ring has hard stops at minimum focus and infinity within less than one 360-degree revolution (something Olympus has also got right on a handful of its Micro Four Thirds lenses). This solves two major problems with focus-by-wire systems. First, it means minimum and infinity are always where you left them. There aren't any sort of algorithms calculating how fast the focus mechanism should move based on how quickly the ring was turned, and it means that infinity isn't going to be anywhere from 1 to 16 turns away: it will always be within one turn of the wrist. Plus, this system enables Leica to paint on a pretty distance scale instead of forcing you to stare at a screen to estimate focus distance. Combine this easy to use manual focusing with focus peaking and finally there is a compact camera with fast, simple manual focusing."

     
    Requested lenses:

    Summilux-T 35mm f/1.4 (50mm equiv)
    Summilux-T 57-60mm f/1.4 (85-90mm equiv) f/1.2 would be nice.
    Macro-Elmar-T 60mm f/4-22 (90mm equiv) The tiny f/22 is handy when doing close macro work. Diffraction be damned.

     
    Leica please make a Type 702 quickly. It can be basically the same camera just put the EVF into the camera, you can forget the flash if space is a problem. Then weather seal it and I'll be happy.
  4. Like
    bencoyote got a reaction from tdavis in Current State of Leica T   
    In addition to what Tom said:
     
    Pro:

    USB charging - this ends up being how I charge it most of the time. It is great in the car or when I'm backpacking and so much easier than 12v.
    light and small

     
    Con:

    the aluminum is a tiny bit soft. I have a couple of minor dents/scratches now.
    The live view CMOS sensor is a bit of an Achilles Heel with the current firmware.
    [**]Though firmware 1.3 improves the sleep wakeup time, it is still not quite fast enough to really do good shoot from the hip photography because it has to wake up the sensor and put it into live view mode before it responds to a shutter press even if you are using MF, completely manual shutter, aperture and ISO. So you sort of have to keep the camera awake which burns batteries otherwise it is about 4s from initial wakeup shutter press until the camera will activate the shutter.
    I find that it gets sensor dust frequently. Others don't seem to be affected as often as I am. I think it may be related to how I often times toss it in a pack. It would be nice if they closed the shutter when it turns off like the M.
    The iPhone app is a good start but it needs a lot more work.

     
    Before you go on understand that I really really really love my Leica T. This is my full list:
     
    Software

    More frequent firmware updates to build interest and momentum and show people that this is an innovative project. "Predicting the future is hard, I prefer to make the future what I would like it to be."
    Defer initializing the lens and the screen when waking up in MF mode. Just activate the shutter. Allows shooting from the hip and zone focusing. (1/30/2015)
    DFD licensed from Panasonic to improve autofocus speed
    Tracking AF
    Focus scale in AF mode when you have focus lock (10/29/2014)
    Make 2s self timer stay on for multiple shots. (10/29/2014)
    Feature: (low) Write to both SD and internal memory for data protection
    UI: make the ISO selection a matrix rather than a scrolling list
    Bulb mode. Hopefully live bulb mode.
    Feature: (high) WiFi Authentication on web browser
    Bug: WiFi Browser access doesn't work on firmware 1.2 (10/29/2014)
    Feature: (high) WiFi Use https rather than http for browser so that data can't be sniffed.
    Feature: WiFi automatically phone home and download new firmware.
    Feature: WiFi Use GPS position from iPhone app to fill in EXIF data when viewfinder is not attached. Might be better if they used bluetooth for this in real time which would reduce battery consumption. However I don't know if there is HW. An offline mode that records a track and then updates all the photo's EXIF data might be a good option. (1/20/2014)
    Feature: WiFi IPv6
    Bug: No cursor when entering network passwords
    Grab current almanac for GPS over WiFi (1/20/2015)
    Set time and date via NTP (1/20/2015)
    Download tzdata over WiFi and set local time. (1/20/2015)
    Feature sunset and sunrise at location - golden hour
    Local time & GMT so that travel doesn't jumble the picture order
    Feature: Ability to disable video button or reassign it to a different feature.
    Feature: Ability to rename Profiles to something specific like a person's name or a use case
    Feature: save and load profiles from SD card like on M.
    Feature: (very low) some way to see the gps position of a photo when playing it back.
    Feature: focus bracketing. This is particularly useful for macro photography.
    Feature: time lapse mode.
    Spend some serious effort on video to bring it up to the level of the LX100 - license from Panasonic. If you are going to do it, do it right.
    A camera feature which may be a nice heuristic while not taking away from Das Wesentlisch would be to have the camera recall its last location and when it gets an GPS position from the EVF that would put it in the new timezone, have it prompt the user and ask if they would like to set a new timezone.

     
    Hardware

    More subtle physical design - thumb grip & index finger overhang
    Slight texture difference between left and right thumb dials.
    Charger that takes USB (or 12v) as well as AC.
    Faster processor to allow more FPS
    M-Adapter with cam to record focal length
    Built in EVF rangefinder style
    Weather & dust sealed
    Harder alloy of Aluminum

     
    App

    Feature: (low) Transfer full res images over WiFi
    A key feature needed to be able to quickly review pictures is the ability to swipe through them. The current way that the app works is, you have to return to the gallery view and then select the next picture to view. This interrupts the flow especially when trying to show people the pictures you have just taken or when you are trying to select which version you are going to post on social media. Please add a feature to allow you to swipe left and right through the images without returning to the gallery
    From the gallery view, please add a feature that allows you to select multiple pictures to download into the camera role. It would also be nice if there were a "Select all" feature
    Because the EVF makes the camera so much more difficult to carry in a case or a coat pocket, I don't always use it. I primarily use it when I'm going to be needing to use the camera in bright light when the screen is difficult to read. However, it would be nice if the camera could geocode images even when the EVF is not connected. A way to do this that other camera vendors have done is to hit a button in the app and the smartphone starts recording the track in the smartphone. Then when you connect to the camera to the app, it compares the date and time of the pictures to the positions on the track recorded in the app and then sets the location metadata for the photos. This feature could also be a boon to those who would like geocoded pictures but who don't have an EVF. A variation of this which might not be idea might be to maintain a connection to a smartphone using the Personal Hotspot feature and fetch the position from the phone at the time that the shutter is pressed.
    When it is connected to the smartphone app, fetch the current timezone so that when you are traveling, the metadata can be correct for the location that you are traveling in. That way the an event doesn't get split into two days when imported into lightroom just because it happened to span midnight in your hometown and you forgot to reset the clock for local time.
    When the EVF is connected, I notice that it seems to take a rather long time to acquire its position. I suspect that this probably has to do with getting the initial rough approximation of position as well as the almanac for the satellites. There are several ways that you can speed this up. One is to store the last known position as well as the latest almanac in the camera that way the GPS can find itself more quickly. When the camera has a WiFi connection to the internet, it can also download the current satellite almanac to upload to the camera. This is the technique often used by watches and smartphones. If you don't want to add this to the camera firmware, a convenient place to add it might be have the Leica T app fetch the latest almanac over the internet and share its current location and set those in the camera for the next time that the EVF wants to find its position.

     
    Lenses general

    Generally faster zoom lenses
    Macro lens
    Weather and dust sealed
    Aperture ring on the lens with scale
    Manual focus tab.
    Stops at minimum focus-infinity focus length rather than free spinning. Quoting: A second glance: two takes on the Leica X: Digital Photography Review "When compared to other focus-by-wire systems, this camera does things well. The focus ring has hard stops at minimum focus and infinity within less than one 360-degree revolution (something Olympus has also got right on a handful of its Micro Four Thirds lenses). This solves two major problems with focus-by-wire systems. First, it means minimum and infinity are always where you left them. There aren't any sort of algorithms calculating how fast the focus mechanism should move based on how quickly the ring was turned, and it means that infinity isn't going to be anywhere from 1 to 16 turns away: it will always be within one turn of the wrist. Plus, this system enables Leica to paint on a pretty distance scale instead of forcing you to stare at a screen to estimate focus distance. Combine this easy to use manual focusing with focus peaking and finally there is a compact camera with fast, simple manual focusing."

     
    Requested lenses:

    Summilux-T 35mm f/1.4 (50mm equiv)
    Summilux-T 57-60mm f/1.4 (85-90mm equiv) f/1.2 would be nice.
    Macro-Elmar-T 60mm f/4-22 (90mm equiv) The tiny f/22 is handy when doing close macro work. Diffraction be damned.

     
    Leica please make a Type 702 quickly. It can be basically the same camera just put the EVF into the camera, you can forget the flash if space is a problem. Then weather seal it and I'll be happy.
  5. Like
    bencoyote got a reaction from AndreasAM in Leica T lens roadmap?   
    Regarding keeping the scale dow. We know from the M lenses that Leica knows how to keep the size of lenses down which is great. We also know that one of the reasons that they went with 3.5-5.6 and 3.5-4.5 for the zooms was to keep size down for portability. So we know that is their intent.
     
    However, I would say that there is some room for negotiation when we are talking about the 56-60mm focal distance for a portrait lens. So much of portrait photography style (or maybe fad/fashion) has to do with narrow depth of field. On full frame they suggest <f/4. On m43 they had a problem with the 45mm - f/2.8 it wasn't narrow enough (@2.5m about 10") which compares with a full frame 90mm f/5.6. Even Olympus's f/1.8 wasn't quite enough for many people and so Panasonic came out with the 42.5 f/1.2 which gets to down to about about 4.5" of DOF like a full frame 90mm f/2.8. People don't complain about its size because it is a portrait lens and you don't necessarily need to walk around with it all day.
     
    I would suggest that for 56-60mm Leica tries to make a Summilux-T rather than a Summicron-T for the same reason: to match the narrow DOF of a full frame 85-90mm. So if they gave us a Summilux-T 60 f/1.4 it would be similar to the Summicron-M 90 f/2 in DOF. So I think that is the one place where I think that Leica could relax their concern about size and people wouldn't complain.
     
    Other than that one exception. I think that Summicrons would be fine.
     
    In addition to weather and dust sealing, I would make one other big change to the overall the Leica T lens design. Instead of a freely rotating manual focus ring, I would love it if they gave it stops at minimum focus and infinity. That way you can learn the focal distance by feel and know for example: all the way to the right is infinity, all the way to the left is minimum focus, and about 30 degrees from minimum focus is about 1.5m or whatever it happens to be.
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    bencoyote reacted to AndreasAM in Leica T lens roadmap?   
    As discussed before on this forum, Leica seems to hold the roadmap to herself and won't publicize any information about forthcoming lenses until they are absolutely sure that they are going to produce a certain lens of sufficient quality. Although I understand this strategy (it prevents deceptions when it takes longer), it makes it difficult for us users of the T, to determine for which lenses to go at this moment. I am very happy with the 23 mm. Cron.
     
    As I mentioned in another thread, I think that everybody is looking around for alternatives that don't brake the bank. Otherwise, in my opinion, a move to Leica M-lenses and thus a M-camera would be more sensible.
     
    So, for now, I'm buying lenses in the more outer regions, a CV 12 mm and lenses longer than 50 mm.(Zeiss and R-lenses) knowing that Leica will (if ever) produce them in the later stages. And I am counting on it, that a 35 and 50 mm. fast, 50 and 75 mm. eq, (Cron/Lux) T-lens are the first to be delivered in a T-version.
     
    Still wishfull thinking.
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    bencoyote reacted to tom0511 in Current State of Leica T   
    pros:
    very good lenses
    simple and intuitive user interface
    nice display and solid camera body
    excellent image quality
     
    cons:
    high price
    AF and camera is fast but not as fast as EM1 or Sony A7II
    delay in viewfinder after taking an image
    only one native prime available at the moment
    wheels turn easy, can sometimes change by accident
    no real image stabilization
    no weather protection
     
    I like it better than I had expected!
    I am surprised there are not more people using it. I thin some make the mistake and believe it handles like a smartphone and is not made for real photographers. But I believe thats not the case.
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    bencoyote reacted to AndreasAM in Leica T lens roadmap?   
    When you look at the lenses that Fuji produces for the APS-C sensor, three things Leica has to beware of when producing T-lenses.
     
    Firstly, do it right the first time. Fuji is improving all the time, but has to make two iterations of the same lens with very short intervals, before the quality is up to scratch ( look at the 35mm./1.4 or the 56 mm./1.2) This is not good for customer confidence! So wait for production until the quality is Leica-quality, before selling it to the public. We can wait...
    Second, keep watch on the size , even when it means no ultra fast lenses. These Fuji lenses are almost equalling the size of DSLR-lenses. This can't be the intention for the T-line. So as fast as possible, isn't the only aim for the T-lenses, compactness is also important. A (APO-) Summicron quality will suffice if it is necessary to keep the scale down or make them manual and find a solution for the aperture coupling (electronics, not Leica's forte!).
    Third, incorporate weatherproofing as soon as possible. I tend to buy lenses once, don't make me buy a second version when the next weatherproofed T- camera is developed.
     
    Just some thoughts....
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    bencoyote reacted to Mike Rawcs in Leica T lens roadmap?   
    Zeds and Harold, I agree: although Fuji are creating a niche for themselves the race is by no means won. Nikon and Canon are wary of making a serious mirrorless camera system for fear of impacting on their DSLR sales. Leica do not have this problem.
     
    I see the T system as a work in progress and as Harold says, some stand out 1.4 primes would make the T a real alternative to other systems. I believe they will come: hence my hope of a lens roadmap.
     
    Other things on my wish list are DNG-only files, efficient dust reduction for the sensor and the EVF incorporated into the camera body rather than perched atop like an afterthought. Not much of a wish list, really.
     
    But first, the killer prime lenses. Fast lenses on a T-sized camera: sounds good to me.
     
    Mike.
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    bencoyote reacted to AlanJW in Firmware Request(s)   
    We may as well start talking about firmware changes we might like.
     
    I would like to see the video button made programmable. I would change it to focus assist, which would be much more useful to me than taking movies. I've already had one accidental video.
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    bencoyote got a reaction from IkarusJohn in Macro on the T   
    On m43 the Panasonic-Leica 45mm (90mm equivalent) Macro lens was nice. If Leica made a nice 60mm Noctilux, Nocticron or Summilux and gave it a wide focal length and a narrow aperture like F22 rather than stopping at F16 then we could have a nice combined macro portrait lens. At least for me portrait seems to be mostly static and so carrying around a bigger lens wouldn't be much of a penalty because I wouldn't be walking around with it that much.
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    bencoyote got a reaction from robert blu in 50mm Summilux on the Leica T   
    I'd say that moving from the E-M1 to the T taught me was that lightning fast AF isn't really all that necessary or more specifically that pre-focusing and intelligently using DOF is faster than any AF.
     
    I realized that most of the time there was no focus difference between whatever point I selected and some other point. Therefore used properly the T even without focus assist turned on was was fairly easy to use.
     
    For example with the 23mm f/5.6 focused around 2.2m easily has everything from about 2m to about 4m in focus and 2.5m gives you everything all the way up to infinity. It is an APS-C sensor after all.
    56mm at f/5.6 is a bit tighter and it takes some mental work to get used to Leica's logarithmic scale but with practice MF prefocused is faster than AF. Zoomed in that far, I tend to either be doing portraits which are all at about the same distance or I'm doing landscapes and they are focused to infinity. So MF wins again.
     
    But yeah I totally want a 56 or 60mm Summilux-T. I think a Summilux vs a Summicron because unlike street with the 23mm where you are often doing street photography and want a lot in focus to bring in a lot of context, with portraits artistically you often times want to have a very narrow DOF. Also portraits tend to be at a location and don't pay as much of a penalty for a bigger lens. Unlike street where you want a small light lens because you will be carrying it around all day.
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    bencoyote got a reaction from STRLUX in T/TL/TL2 image thread   
    Bolinas, CA from Mt Tam at Sunset.
     
    I seem to be on a high contrast kick recently. This is straight out of the camera. One of the first shots that I took with the T.
     

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    bencoyote got a reaction from indie in T, X2 or X-Vario? Which would you choose and why?   
    As sacrilegious as this may sound, I think that the M is actually not a professional camera. It is more of an enthusiast's camera. It is built like a professional camera in build quality but when it comes down to actually shooting professionally, with only a few exceptions people use a camera other than the M. Even people who shoot other things professionally, may want a Leica or shoot a Leica personally because they like photography. Also, a notable number of people who buy and use Leicas are people who make/made their money some other way and just like photography, they are enthusiasts.
     
    I would say the the S and their new C series lenses which won the Oscar are Leica's professional products.
     
     
    As part of the tactic that they use to maintain the high price of the new product that they currently sell, Leica must maintain the price of the used market. By continuing to sell the older model under a new name, this supports the used market. In essence it says, "the old camera is worth this much". It makes it so that the value of the M type 240 doesn't drop precipitously when the M type 260 comes out. It is part of what they do to maintain their brand. I think that I first started to understand this when I listened heard this: Episode 584: What The LeBron? : Planet Money : NPR
     
     
    The X and X-V are both large sensor compact cameras. Although not widely recognized as such because they didn't crunch it into a tiny form factor the way that the Japanese did, Leica basically invented the idea of the large sensor compact cameras. Now the rest of the industry have discovered that segment and most of the Japanese vendors have put something out which is a large sensor compact. e.g. LX100 RX100Mark3 and RX1
     
    While the M is wrapped in tradition and the rangefinder concept and can't wander too far from that reservation without losing its essence, the T and the T mount are designed to be a platform where Leica can innovate. While the other camera vendors drown in feature-itus and grow ugly and warty with buttons everywhere, the consumer's relationship with technology has changed with the introduction of the iPhone. People no longer accept ugly complexity as required for capability and want simple while not sacrificing functional capability. How to tackle the collapsing camera market (video) | Photo Rumors The T just set a new standard for the camera industry with regards to user interface. How many times has a review said, "This is the camera that Apple (or Steve Jobs) would make." For Leica because of their price, their position as a luxury brand, and because of their limited R&D budget and production capacity, this may be an insider's game. They maintain their position in the camera industry and continue to be considered to be innovative by insiders but other companies will come along with products aping their innovation and sell many times more units.
     
    The T is also a platform where Leica can gain experience with new production techniques. The M designed decades ago is a difficult camera to build and requires a lot of trained labor to assemble. The T on the other hand is designed to explore modern production techniques to bring the labor costs down to so that Leica will ultimately have the option to maintain their margins while potentially lowering their price to increase market share.
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    bencoyote reacted to satureyes in Survey: Your Advice To The New Leica CEO   
    Use fresh, young talent to show how the M range fits into today's modern photographers workflow. Enlist young photographic 'ambassadors' to fly the Leica flag and promote it's use as not just a tool for the rich.
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    bencoyote reacted to jefo545 in Survey: Your Advice To The New Leica CEO   
    Be Bold, make innovation not tradition your main focus.
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    bencoyote reacted to Daedalus2000 in Craig Semetko Video: What is so unique about the Leica M?   
    For me one of the interesting points is that a Leica M camera, "demands more from the photographer". This is something that for some people is frustrating and may eventually give up, but for some others it helps them become better photographers.
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    bencoyote got a reaction from indie in leica-t-x-the-future-of-the-t-mount-lens-system   
    I think that Leica knew very well what they were doing with the T and I think the idea that they will move the X control system to the T mount is unlikely. Consider the German accented fellow who presented How to tackle the collapsing camera market (video) | Photo Rumors given his business analysis the T seems like the right design.
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    bencoyote got a reaction from Enrique1 in Lens for Leica T   
    One more thing, the Leica 23mm seems to be designed to allow you to shoot wide open. You don't have to back off a stop to get acceptable performance,
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    bencoyote reacted to yamarch in Hiding the red dot on the silver camera   
    I like the red dot but sometimes I like the stealth look too. I've added a button to my XV which gives it a nice simple look.

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    bencoyote got a reaction from SirPiet in Lens for Leica T   
    The 23mm is a really really good lens. It is a Leica lens. Isn't that what Leica is about? Plus it gives you native autofocus when you have time to use that. Expect about 1s to get good focus lock.
     
    For street shooting with the screen alone MF can be tricky unless you do zone focusing. It is likely me, but I've yet to master quick MF. I can zone focus and get a shot off quickly and I can take my time and compose and focus. For those in between times where I don't need to be right on it, the T's kind of leisurely AF is handy. Probably you will need the EVF to do good MF. Try a MF lens out before you buy it. It may be that mechanical stops and relative position of the focus ring will get locked into your muscle memory allowing you to focus more quickly. The T is not a rangefinder though.
     
    It is a shooting style thing 35mm equiv vs 50mm but I will bet that you will get better performance out of a 23mm f/2 vs a 35mm f/2.5. However if you live at f/7 who cares. I have been happy with how far I to the night I've been able to push the T with the 23mm.
     
    One challenge with the T and street is that if it goes to sleep it takes about 4s to wake up and activate the shutter. You either need to keep the camera awake burning battery or anticipate the shot.
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    bencoyote got a reaction from Daedalus2000 in Lens for Leica T   
    The 23mm is a really really good lens. It is a Leica lens. Isn't that what Leica is about? Plus it gives you native autofocus when you have time to use that. Expect about 1s to get good focus lock.
     
    For street shooting with the screen alone MF can be tricky unless you do zone focusing. It is likely me, but I've yet to master quick MF. I can zone focus and get a shot off quickly and I can take my time and compose and focus. For those in between times where I don't need to be right on it, the T's kind of leisurely AF is handy. Probably you will need the EVF to do good MF. Try a MF lens out before you buy it. It may be that mechanical stops and relative position of the focus ring will get locked into your muscle memory allowing you to focus more quickly. The T is not a rangefinder though.
     
    It is a shooting style thing 35mm equiv vs 50mm but I will bet that you will get better performance out of a 23mm f/2 vs a 35mm f/2.5. However if you live at f/7 who cares. I have been happy with how far I to the night I've been able to push the T with the 23mm.
     
    One challenge with the T and street is that if it goes to sleep it takes about 4s to wake up and activate the shutter. You either need to keep the camera awake burning battery or anticipate the shot.
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    bencoyote reacted to pico in Hiding the red dot on the silver camera   
    Just take it off.
     
    In the meantime, you might consider getting rid of that orange T-shirt with your Social Security number on it.
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    bencoyote reacted to 2wk in Hiding the red dot on the silver camera   
    Some ideas in here:
     
    http://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica-forum/leica-m-type-240/271568-m240-black-dot-8.html#post2720062
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    bencoyote got a reaction from papimuzo in Goodbye Leica T..it's been fun   
    One thing that I must say, is that I've always thought of Leica photography as a deliberate thoughtful process, one that requires _THINKING_ until your brain rewires itself to the point that many times without thinking, it comes naturally. So I would say that I never expected the camera to do most everything well "under pressure". Making it perform well in time critical situations is a bit of the art of being a good photographer.
     
    The touchscreen interface, makes almost everything that I need really quickly accessible in a way that is easy to customize to my way of shooting. It isn't buried in some archane menu system which is different than every other camera. It is all right there in a clear organized way. The rest is up to me.
     
     
    My trick is a little bit different. I personally have seldom used touch focus. That two photographers have come up with two different ways to make the camera "sing", suggests that the capability is in there in the camera, it just requires the photographer to manifest the latent capability.
     
    It is an APS-C sensor, and the fastest native lens for it is a f/2.0. It isn't like you are focusing a Nocticron with an full frame M on a fast moving subject. With most apertures, you can use the same tricks that you have to use on the M to be very fast on the draw. If you use MF don't need to wait for the camera to hunt through a focus range:
    a) hyperfocal focusing

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    And if you want to be even faster, setup the exposure before hand as well. Then the camera doesn't even need to meter the scene and calculate anything before triggering the shutter. I haven't figured out how long the shutter lag is when you are MF, M mode with a preselected ISO but it is approaching 0s and well below anything that I can percieve.
     
    The biggest thing to make that work is you have to keep the camera awake (using batteries) when you are waiting for "The Decisive Moment" or when you feel a grab shot coming on. Otherwise it takes about 4 sec to gather itself and activate the shutter.
     
    You don't need continious tracking autofocus and a blazing frame rate in drive mode to take good photographs, and if you do then I would argue that it you aren't necessarily a great photographer but rather just playing an odds game and getting lucky from time to time.
     
    When I am not under pressure to get a shot and have time to move around to find the right arrangement of objects and camera parameters, the AF is plenty fast enough.
     
    Just keep this table in mind and think about how fleeting the moment you want to capture is likely to be:
     

    MF, M with pre-selected ISO - approx 0s
    AF focus locked (shutter 1/2 pressed) exposure parameters set - approx 0s
    MF, A S P mode or M mode with auto ISO - approx 100-200ms
    AF focus locked waiting for the moment - approx 100-200ms (not sure about this one - is the exposure locked as well?)
    AF approx 1s (hopefully Leica can improve this. e.g. License DFD from Panasonic?)
    Camera asleep in hand 4s (I'm hoping that leica will further improve this at the very least in the MF case.)
    Camera off or asleep around neck approx 6-10s
    Camera in bag 15-30s
    Camera in bag with wrong lens 45s-1min
    Camera in car or at home -- you missed the shot

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