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  1. Yes, I agree .... I have to think about the M8 too ..... but the M8 is worth less than half the second hand price of the M9, is still a very good camera ( at low ISO ), at least as sharp ( or sharper ) as the M9 and is a brilliant Infrared camera ....... it also has a relatively new 1/8000 shutter in it. Decisions, decisions .............................
  2. Thanks for the replies ............. I'll think about what to do next over Easter, but I think I should probably sell the M9 ........ even though it is a great camera .... Thankyou for your responses .. much appreciated.
  3. Hello Everyone I have just had a new replacement sensor installed in my M9. The camera was an early m odel and the sensor which was replaced was one of the early ones. I am tempted to sell this camera, exactly as it has come back from Leica, without using it - which I hope will give me the best price. The camera otherwise is in excellent condition. I have the M240 and an M8, and could use some cash at the moment. I was always very happy with the output of the M9. I seem to recall the original sensor was made by Kodak, but I think the new sensors are made by someone else. Before I make the final decision - can anyone tell me if the latest M9 sensor is better/worse than the original .... or has anyone noticed differences between these two sensors. ? Many Thanks.
  4. Perhaps I have been thinking about this in the wrong way ............. I still think the case should be better ergonomically ..... but ... Perhaps the eveready case is not meant to be something to be helpful in the taking of photographs ( it isn't ). Maybe its sole function is protection. It could be seen as a substitute for a small camera bag ............... Its primary purpose being to protect the camera ......... A much more sturdy version of the Leica neoprene protector ( which is very good ). So if I think of it as something to encase and protect the M 240 when I want to just sling the camera with its single lens over the shoulder and go out walking - climbing through fences bush, etc. - or tossed in the boot of a car - it would serve that purpose when I do not want to be encumbered with a bag. If I considered the eveready case as expendible camera protection only .......... it almost makes sense. Trouble is - it is so well made and so good looking - seems a shame to scratch it up.
  5. The M240 eveready case front cover does indeed separate from the main part which contains the camera body. The attachment clip ( stainless steel ) which connects the two pieces is extremely well made and looks like it will last many years - it is rather elegant in my opinion. Generally speaking, the eveready case is particularly well made with high quality leather and beautiful stitching. My problem with the both the halfcase and the eveready is that they turn an already slippy body into something even more awkward - they make holding and using the camera a more clumsy experience for me. They turn a slippery camera into a slightly larger slippery camera ............. Perhaps a person with quite large hands might have less of a problem, but for me - I can only hope the Leica grip will be a better solution. The M240 does not feel ergonomic to me for carrying in the hand. It requires too much effort - it is heavier than earlier M's and requires a constantly firm grip - there is nothing for the fingers to "hook on to " . Without the Thumbsup I would find it particularly difficult. My old Canon 20d is so easy to hold and carry all day in comparison. The M 240 is good ergonomically when operating all the controls, just as all the previous M cameras - it is just hanging on to it. Anyone with a touch of arthritis in the hand or Karpel Tunnel Syndrome will find it pretty difficult, I think. I am very disappointed that Leica have been unable to provide the grip for this camera despite announcing it over one year ago. Even the finger grip is still vapourware.
  6. I am in the same quandary with my new M 240. With both Leica cases - the halfcase and the eveready case - I find the leather to be very slippery ..... not grippy at all. The protrusion for the fingers to grip at the front of these Leica cases is far too shallow and not in the right place - and it moves my fingers too close to the lens release button........ Also the covering on the camera body itself is slippy, so using it naked is not fantastic either. The thumb grip on the rear of the camera is too small for a good but relaxed, secure hold of the camera. The aftermarket Thumbsup helps quite a bit. And the M 240 which is heavier than the M9 feels harder to hold easily ...... I keep feeling as if it will slip from my grip. When I make photos I carry the camera in the hand, ready for action ( not in the bag ) I do not know why Leica now make cameras which are awkward to carry in the hand ............. my M3 and M6 never felt like this. All it takes is a little arthritis in the fingers and wrist to make the M 240 quite difficult. Is there any way to make the leather more grippy ? Some magic product to rub on - I'm not ready to try sandpaper yet. Maybe some tacky stick-on tape applied to the body ? With no Leica M 240 grips available, the basic one - not the GPS one - not even a prototype to try - it is not clear if that would be better .... I really hope it will be, but how long will I have to wait to see one and find out .........
  7. Received replacement spare battery yesterday in time for my trip ( it was a relief ) ........ it charges up and seems OK. I plan to charge and allow to discharge a few times before travelling with it. On the plus side, the M 240 appears to be an extremely fine camera. I am looking forward to learning how to get the best from it.
  8. Let's not assume the Leica battery for the M240 is without fault. Really ..... let's not ........ I just paid a lot of money for a brand new Leica battery in sealed box which was absolutely faulty. No new replacement available where I am at the moment, and nobody seems to know when one will be available. For me, another failure of a brand new Leica product .............
  9. It has occurred to me that the corrections applied for each individual lens, as identified by the 6 bit coding, might be a modification done in-camera and the resultant modified DNG file then saved to card. Perhaps this is what the manual meant ................
  10. On page 164, the M240 manual states : " The available compression for DNG format .... retains all of the post-editing performed on the image data ..... " I don't understand this ............ I thought RAW meant direct recording of the sensor readout without alteration. Does the M 240 process/edit the DNG files in some way before writing to the card ? Does anyone know what is done in-camera to the DNG files ? Hoping someone can enlighten me please .... Many Thanks.
  11. My M240 arrived yesterday at my dealer, and as I have a really good trip coming up next month - I bit the bullet and bought it. A difficult decision financially, but the best decision for photography and lifestyle. No point buying it after the trip. It boiled down to a matter of priorities. I have kept the M8 ...... mostly for IR - and because it seems I can't get much money for it these days, even though it recently had a shutter replacement and has done very few shots since. It is still a fine camera and sometimes even appears sharper than the M9. Ditto the M9. I found a small sensor scratch ( yes, it was me ) which has dropped the trade-in value to the point that it is worth more as a backup than the money I will get - and will make an excellent fullframe backup for travel with the M240. Still works fine and I can easily work around this very small scratch in post. Besides, it is also backup until the M240 proves itself to me as far as quality and reliability ( which it is rapidly doing ). So I have ended up with much less money, and more Leica bodies than planned ...... the thing now will be to just keep using them all ............. at least until a Monochrom M240 appears - methinks that would be the time to trade one in ........... Many Thanks for the helpful replies.
  12. After the problems with the M8 - I also assumed Leica would have increased blocking filtration of IR in the M 240 as they did in the M9. Then I came across this on the internet - Leica M (240) IR Test #2 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! ..........which gave me hope that the M 240 might work well at IR photography...... Has anyone tried putting an R72 filter in front of any lens on an M 240 to see what happens ? ........ I would dearly love to hear about it ...................
  13. Hello Everyone I have an M8 and M9. I use the M8 mainly for infrared and as a backup when travelling. I want to buy the M 240 for all sorts of reasons ..... but money is a little tight and I would benefit from trading in either the M8 or M9 ( or both ). I have found the M9 to be very poor as an IR camera, but the M8 is superb. I think I want to end up with the M 240 and the M9 - but I don't want to give up shooting infrared photos. Can anyone please tell me how the M 240 performs as an IR camera. If I could get really good IR from the M 240, I could let the M8 go more easily ...... Many Thanks
  14. I do not have the M yet ..... but surely the EVF will be better than the RF on lenses with bad focus shift - like the first version 35 Lux Asph and the f1 noctilux ? These lenses by definition will not work reliably with the RF as the aperture is changed. Has anyone experience in using the EVF to say if it overcomes this problem please ?
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