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  1. Happy to chime in and clarify! Nope, no tripod for any of the images. No Night Sky filter. No filters of any kind. Yes, I did use some special "factory-fresh" lenses - the 35 APO and 50 APO. They are indeed quite special! But my other three lenses aren't even produced any more. I used the 18 Super-Elmar, 24 Elmar and my 20-year-old 90 Elmarit-M. They all performed wonderfully. The 18 SE on the M11 was a killer combo. I also saw AWB tending towards the blue and magenta side, moreso on the pre-production firmware. On the current production firmware, I still feel AWB is a bit cool in daylight but just about spot-on in artificial light. I also didn't prefer the default M11 profile in Lightroom and ultimately ended up reprocessing all of my images using Adobe Color, which resulted in color response much closer to the M10 and M10-R. The only issue with the Adobe profile was the slight desaturation of the deepest reds. In those cases, some HSL or red channel camera calibration tweaking fixed the shortcoming. I'm confident we'll see updated profiles from Adobe fairly soon, but the current workarounds are quick and simple. The files from the M11 have massive dynamic range. To get the most out of them, you do need to process them with a bit of a heavier hand. Otherwise, the results will look flat and lifeless. The shift between the M10 files and those from the M11 remind me of the move from M9 to M240, or from the S006 to the S007. In each of those cases, the huge difference in dynamic range and file malleability from CCD to CMOS sensors was misinterpreted to be flat, uninteresting, and less desirable. Just like those first-gen CMOS cameras compared to what came before, there is a quantum leap forward in image quality with the M11 that just needs to be untapped in post processing. And just to get ahead of the question, yes, once fully-baked profiles come out from Adobe I will work on an M11 LR preset to share with the community.
  2. Just a quick word of caution on drawing definitive conclusions based on image comparisons right now. In my experience, once Adobe rolls out official support for a new camera, image quality often improves by a noticeable margin. Color fidelity is the most obvious, as is the behavior of color gradation in highlight roll-off. And to a lesser degree, noise handling usually improves as well. My takeaway is that quality will only get better from here once official camera profiles roll out.
  3. I'm not sure dithering is the correct term here. Leica isn't interpolating the 14-bit data to make it 16-bit. The data from the A/D converters is 14-bit. The container to hold the image information is 16-bit. Imagine a water glass that is 16 cm tall. You fill it with water to the 14 cm mark. The water is your digitized sensor data and the glass is the DNG container. As to why, this method might result in more flexible manipulation in post processing, or it might simply be a matter of convenience. I actually have covered this information before, specifically when I interviewed the head of R&D at Leica Dr. Volker Zimmer around the S007 launch at Photokina 2014: https://www.reddotforum.com/content/2014/11/why-leica-is-staying-at-37-5mp-for-the-s-typ-007/ Apart from this one tidbit, there is actually a lot of really interesting information about Leica's approach to sensors and processing and may offer insight into why they waited so long to move towards higher resolution sensors.
  4. I can shed a little light on this. Both cameras capture a 14-bit image, stored in a 16-bit DNG container. Both are capable of 15 stops of DR, more than any other still camera.
  5. Definitely not what I would call my full review, but rather an overview of the S3, along with a selection of sample images I shot with the S3 and various lenses in Patagonia: https://www.reddotforum.com/content/2020/03/leica-s3-64mp-medium-format-camera-now-shipping/
  6. Yes, you can power the camera over USB Type C. It works with a battery bank like you'd use for a phone, from a simple USB wall charger, or from a V-mount USB breakout. I covered this in my overview video. Here's a screen grab with the charge light illuminated indicating USB power. Supplying power was my myCharge 6700mAh battery pack.
  7. Yup. Full review coming soon on Red Dot Forum. Stay tuned.....
  8. I'll throw my hat in the ring. I published a hands-on 'first look' video discussing the main differences between SL (Typ 601) and SL2. Will be posting a full, in-depth written review shortly and hopefully a longer form video review in the near future.
  9. I never use the lens shades. First thing I do when taking a new lens out of the box is to put the hood back in the box and seal it up. Seriously. I don't use any lens hoods for my SL lenses, TL lenses, or S lenses. Of course, I do use the metal, screw-on shades that are part of the newest M lenses. But that's it. Why not: I lose them. I often use a 4" filter holder or a polarizer, both of which necessitate me removing the hood. I see absolutely no need to do so from an image quality perspective. These lenses are so flare resistant that the hood serves little purpose. They make the lenses look enormous. Lenses like the 16-35 are large enough. Why make them look twice the size with a lens shade? They break easily. The hoods are designed in large part to protect the lens in case of impact - like a crumple zone in a car. If you make the shade too strong, a small knock ends up destroying the lens. So, they are essentially break-away, sacrificing themselves for the greater good. No one in my team uses lens shades either. Even if Leica redesigned everything and they were amazing, we still wouldn't use them.
  10. LOL. I was thinking the same....which is why I'm currently working on a 16-35 SL review.
  11. I would second this. With the S2, I felt that 1/(2x focal length) or even 1/(3x FL) would be necessary in many cases to get really sharp results. Sure, I had my rare 1/30 shot that was tack sharp, but more often than not, I aimed for much higher speeds. On the S007, I can nail just about every handheld shot at any reasonable shutter speed. The mirror and shutter dampening are just so much better. I even wrote an article on it Night Shooting with the Leica S (Typ 007)
  12. I really hope so. But.... the incredible S007 sensor never was scaled down. The M10, SL, and Q used a different sensor architecture which was better suited to Live View operation.
  13. The only accurate statement is the second one, and partially so. This is a closed alliance, not a partnership. New members might be added in the future if the alliance members agree that it would be beneficial. 1) Leica is definitely not considering selling Sigma and Panasonic products. 3) The L-mount is proprietary Leica technology, used under license to L-mount alliance members. No one else can offer L-mount technology. If you'd like the full details, and not speculation or rumors, go to the source. I interviewed Stephan Schulz, product manager for Leica professional products, who is deeply involved in the L-Mount Alliance. I also spoke to Dr. Kaufmann and Peter Karbe regarding the alliance last week. Still working on the final two interviews, but this is the discussion with Schulz: Photokina 2018: Details on the L-Mount Alliance
  14. I only saw the 4K video on the rear LCD and honestly didn't try to move the camera laterally to test for rolling shutter. From what I could see on the LCD, it looked nice, but I would definitely want to test this once the camera gets closer to final release.
  15. Just to clarify: This isn't marketing speak. The people that I spoke to regarding the new sensor architecture are engineers. While they were reluctant to share too much technical information, they were more than confident in making image quality claims based on extensive internal testing. So, yes, the S3 will be pushing close to 16 stops of DR, will have 2 stops better ISO performance and improved color. All while offering a sizable jump in resolution with lower power consumption. Win, win. I took a look back at interviews I conducted last Photokina and they said that they weren't going to increase resolution on the S until the sensor technology offered better quality along with more pixels. Clearly, that is what Leica was able to accomplish here. But, remember, they aren't just using an off-the-shelf sensor like the Sony 50MP that is making the rounds. This is a Leica exclusive sensor architecture that they developed from scratch. Doing this takes time and considerable resources.
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