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I have a nice set of 21-135mm Leica (and Sony) lenses that I have been using on NEX bodies, pending the emergence of the M240. Now that the M240 is potentially available, my mind has started to focus on what I should do: stick it out with Sony the bodies and lenses are much smaller / lighter than Leicas they are refreshed every year or two with the latest sensors, that seem to be at least a couple of generations ahead of even the latest Leica sensor, particularly for high ISO work (which for me means 1600-3200 indoor portraits, eg) they have folding screens, which can be incredibly useful focus peaking works well with Leica lenses and so I can use the 90mm and the 135mm, which are both incredibly sharp and render beautifully access to Sony / Sigma / Nikon lenses is very useful. Autofocus means that you can spend more time composing your pic, and image stabilization is a boon. The NEX-specific lenses are pretty good. If anything, it's the color rendition that sets the Leicas apart. But: APS-C sensor means that you either get v good edges from the Leica lenses or, in some cases, bad ones, where the lens has been designed for optimal full-frame centre and edge performance, letting the mid-range suffer [*]get a battered and brassy M9 or new M-E to see how I get on with the system, with the intention of upgrading to the M240 when they are more readily available, or selling out if I don't get on with the rangefinder way of life. the absence of Live View means that I would have to rely exclusively on rangefinder focus, which may or may not work well, as I have (vari-focal) glasses. Moreover the Leica has no diotre adjustment. for some reason used M9s are only about 10% cheaper than M-Es, so there is no point in going for them other than availability. but this is paradise postponed, as I am sure that I will ultimately want an M240 if I stick with the system as the better sensor and Live view are indispensible [*]wait for an M240 to appear for sale this is the riskiest approach as, if I don't get on with the M240, I take the biggest (VAT, depreciation, sales commission) hit it is not clear when the M240s will actually become available to those not on pre-order lists. Are there any other considerations that I have missed? Has anyone else made the transition from NEX to the M series? What have you found?
laut BJP: Photokina 2012: Hasselblad to launch mirrorless compact camera and full-frame digital SLR [update] - British Journal of Photography Und mit Verlaub, selbst bei meiner Verbundenheit mit Hasselblad: bei der NEX über Geschmack lässt sich trefflich streiten....
I've compared a few classical Leitz/Zeiss lenses at the NEX-5N - maybe someone ist interested: NEX-5N and classical 50mm Zeiss / Leitz lenses 1) Leitz Elmar 5cm 1:3.5, uncoated (1936) 2) Zeiss Jena Sonnar LTM 5 cm 1:1.5, coated (1941) 3) Leitz Summarit 5cm 1:2, coated (1952) 4) Zeiss Jena Biotar 5.8cm 1:2, cooated (1953) 5) Zeiss Jena Tessar 5cm 1:2.8, coated (1956) 6) Zeiss Planar ZM 2/50mm (2005) 7) Zeiss C-Sonnar ZM 1.5/50mm (2005) I'ts just a small comparison - but better than nothing. If someone of the native english speaking could correct my terrible English i would be more than glad - just send me a message via "contact" at artaphot.ch, including the corrected text. I will insert it as soon as possible. Stephan
I really love my M8. I gladly paid $2300 for it in 2011 - and even with two repair trips under its belt - I still love it. The entire concept of Leica was born from the idea pf better quality - smaller camera. In the digital age - the process of using a rangefinder became the standout point. There are smaller cameras that have better image quality at this point. The M8 still has its advantages: DSLR quality at a small size Ability to use best glass in the world Fast and reliable manual focusing system with a viewfinder At your fingertips manual controls solid build the NEX system really only eroded a few of these things - with image quality of the NEX-5 about the same as the M8 with vastly inferior controls and focusing/shooting process. Now the NEX-7 comes along: Will provide superior image quality (we've seen the RAW image files - it's no longer debatable) Better low light performance by a nautical mile Ability to use the best glass in the world DSLR quality at a smaller size Fast and reliable manual focusing system with a viewfinder (the Sony peaking system is amazing) At your fingertips manual controls Solid build This leaves the key advantage and differentiator of the M8 as having the ability to see beyond the frame of the image. VERY important - but now this is pretty lonely as the big advantage of the system. Also add smaller ones: 1.33x vs. 1.5x crop Bright viewfinder regardless of lens (but in low light, the M8 is kind of a donkey unless you have a LUX or a NOCTI) Perhaps better wide angle microlens correction Ultimately - there are fewer and fewer reasons to shoot the M8 despite nostalgia, habit, and the important "see more than you shoot" finder... trading off image quality and lowlight capability. (Learning to love the M8's noisy, grungey photos past ISO640 is compensation. We all do it. I did it) These reasons may be enough for me. But the NEX-7 really makes it harder and harder to love an M8 at $2,000. Thoughts?