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  1. Had a chance to go hands on with an M10 Monochrom in New York for a couple of hours with the Summicron-M 28 ASPH, APO-Summicron-M 50 and Summilux-M 90. Thought you might find this interesting:
  2. Sean Reid https://www.reidreviews.com/article-content.asp?ArticleID=513&PageNum=1&newwin=1 Jono Slack http://www.slack.co.uk/leica-m10-monochrom.html As I mentioned on the M10M Image thread, I was quite pleasantly surprised when I was granted the opportunity to beta test the M10 Monochrom camera. I tested it against the MM1 and M10 and have put some images on the M10M Images thread. I am very happy with my MM1, “Henri,” and initially did not think I would want to get the M10 version. However, I really like and prefer the form factor and user interface of the M10 platform. To me, it is the perfect camera. And during my brief time with the monochrome version, it fit right in. I am partially color blind (red deficient), so black and white has always made more sense to me, which is a large part of my affinity toward the camera. There are no surprises with this camera. You already know what it is without holding one. It’s a monochrome version of the M10 with a larger sensor and better ISO performance. Jono's review is excellent as usual, but look out for noise and resolution comparisons by Sean Reid if that is important to you. I would have liked the M10D faux film advance lever and I know some hate it, but it makes a nifty little built-in “thumbs up” stabilizer, leaving the hot shoe free. One thing I learned from the comparison tests is that the MM1 still is a damn good camera, albeit with several quirks. I think for handheld work the motivation for upgrade to M10M would be the platform and user interface. For tripod work, like landscapes, the M10M will offer better resolution in very large prints, as well as an improvement in shadow detail. It’s kind of like a M6 with Tri-X vs. a 500CM with Panatomic-X. The M10M files are much more plastic than MM1. I don’t mean more plastic looking, but more depth with which to work. I’ve been sending used camera gear to my dealer for the past two years in anticipation of this camera and I think I’m in striking distance of getting one, depending on availability. The M10 Monochrom is not a camera for everyone, obviously, but it is a camera for those to whom it speaks.
  3. The M10 Monochrom is an extension to Your eyes In film days I was mainly a black & white photographer. This changed more and more with the M9. One reason was for sure my photographic themes - for many of them color was more adequate. But another reason was the camera itself. I knew there was a color sensor in it and so I saw mainly photographic subjects for color-pictures. I became aware of this soon after getting the chance to test the M10 Monochrom (M10-M). I recognized motifs that I did not recognize before. They were for black & white not for color. This is the same like I see with the angle of a lens as soon as I put it on the camera. So for me the M10-M is an extension to my eyes. The tool has a big impact on the way I see. I see in black & white holding the M10-M in my hands. I think this will be alike to many others. I did not expect this. I ever thought, a Monochrom is nice, but with a color sensor I can do the same and I have both worlds in one camera. I was wrong. To me this is the true reason to buy an M10-M. But apart from this, it is a great camera: Basis of the M10-M in technology and design is the M10-P. Especially the fantastic silent shutter is the same. The big difference is the sensor. It is not only a black & white version of the 24 MP sensor of the M10, it is a new 41 MP black & white sensor. Despite of the bigger data volume, camera operation is very smooth, no noticeable difference to the M10. Only the buffer gets full a bit earlier when shooting in continuous mode. 41 MP are real 41 MP because the sensor needs no Bayer pattern for color interpretation; for this reason a color sensor needs to have nearly twice the number of pixels to have the same resolution. Therefore I was a bit surprised, that there is no big advantage in visable resolution in comparison to the M10 sensor btw. it is so little that it is not eye catching to me (tripod mounted cameras, Apo-Summicron 2,0/50mm). But to be frank: We discussed this in the group of beta-testers. One was with me, two of us saw more obvious differences. But this is not very decisive, it only shows that higher pixel number are overrated - a fact, that Andreas Kaufmann stated in a late interview with LSHA too. An advantage of the Monochrom sensor is the smoothness of the tonal value. In comparison the M10 sensor is a bit harsh. It is subtle but it is there. Perhaps this has its reason in the higher resolution. And You can do nearly everything with the M10-M DNG. You can torture them anywhere - to my feeling much more than the DNG of the M10, but I have not tested this, it was an observation at the image processing. Exposure latitude of both sensors seems equal. I could recover the same amount of overexposure. ISO 50.000 on the M10-M is very usable. Very nice grain in comparison to the M10 sensor. JPG out of the camera is similar to the DNG conversion in Lightroom. The JPG has a bit more contrast than the DNG. The DNG of the M10 have a bit more contrast than those of the M10-M. The M10-M sensor seems to have a little orange/red filter, anyway You have to decrease the values of red and orange in the pictures of the M10 to get the same (a bit darker) skintone as in the pictures of the M10-M. One last word to focus accuracy: There is a long lasting (beginning with the M8) discussion, if the mechanical system of the rangefinder is precise enough to handle the requirements of the digital age. Leica had great problems in the M8/M9 days with calibration, but since the M240 it is much better. With the M10 Leica improved the tolerances and the magnification of the viewfinder once again - I think very sufficient. The first thing I did after getting the M10-M was testing the focus accuracy. It was perfectly calibrated with my Apo-Summicron 2,0/50 mm. I had no problems focussing in practice too. And I never noticed anything negative due to the higher resolution of the sensor: Not more blur, no need for higher shutter speed to avoid blur, no problems with sharpness. I shot nearly all photos at f 2,0. All photos are from Berlin.
  4. I just published my new article dedicated to the Leica M10 applied to Fine Art Landscape Photography. Hope you'll enjoy, drop me a comment to let me know what you think about it! https://vieribottazzini.com/2018/01/fine-art-landscape-photography-with-the-leica-m10-review.html Best regards, Vieri
  5. Here's a PC Mag review on the 11-23mm T zoom, confirming what many folks here already know. It's an outstanding wide angle zoom lens with excellent all around performance. http://www.pcmag.com/review/345419/leica-super-vario-elmar-t-11-23mm-f-3-5-4-5-asph
  6. I've been working for quite some time on my first user report on the Leica M-D 262. It's a lengthy piece that comes around most things. I hope you enjoy it. Cut it up over some reading sessions so you don't spend all weekend on it :-) "What's This - A Digital Camera Without a Screen?"
  7. I took the Sl out for an initial spin to take some of the central London night lights. I've been shooting a Sony A7r II and an M240 with M lenses and was hoping that the SL experience would be better than either. My feelings are somewhat mixed. I tend to shoot such scenes in one of two ways: * using a table top tripod, placed on a suitable support -- London is not short of street furniture -- at ISO 100, f2.8-5.6 * hand held, auto ISO, near wide open (the fast Leica M lenses tend to suffer from bad purple fringing wide open, but improve significantly even one stop down) Starting with the shooting experience: I like to use both focus peaking and the level. This is hard to do on the SL without multiple button clicks because focus peaking is a separate viewing mode, rather than being something that you can switch on and off in any of the different viewing modes (information modes). This is a fundamental problem, because I need to fiddle with the bottom right button to switch between the level and focus peaking (without that much indication of which mode I am in). I then have to fiddle with the bottom left button and the joy stick to get me to the place I want to focus on, at the right magnification. The absence if a tilting screen makes this even more wearing. Leica are not known for changing the user interface aspects of their products in firmware revisions, but I certainly hope that they address this fundamental usability problem in future releases. As it is, the supposedly technocratic Sony, a camera not known for the ergonomics of its user interface, will be providing a more natural, intuitive one than the Leica. On the plus side, both the screen and the EVF are excellent. Even in the dark, where the Sony and M240 struggle to help you with focusing ( because of the accompanying noise) the SL excels. I was gratified to find that infinity focus was infinity focus with the M-T (not M-L, as it is referred to in the manual) adapter. (With the Sony, I tend to find myself focusing at a marked 5m or so to get infinity focus.) The exposure metering is excellent. Night pictures look like slides of yesteryear. Exposure is, if anything, a bit under, for highlight protection. I have yet to do much processing, but suspect that +1/2 or +1 would be a better compromise, as the shadow performance of the SL is not class leading. By comparison both the M240 and the Sony need about -2 night to preserve any highlight detail. The colour balance of the EVF was not completely accurate, in comparison to what I was seeing, but the results were pleasing enough. I like having GPS (as I do with the M240's multifunction grip, but don't have with the Sony). It's not hard to add GPS data with Photo Mechanic after the event, but having it removes the chore. Similarly, getting the lens spec directly into the picture metadata removes the further chore of getting the right profile correction applied by Lightroom. I have not compared lenses or resulting images with the M240 or A7r II in any systematic way, but the results are pleasing for the weight, which is what counts to me. The Batis lenses for the Sony are bulkier and heavier, but the body is lighter, so it's much of a muchness. The produce great results (clean pictures from wide open) and have AF. The absence of image / sensor stabilisation is a pity. I can get great results at 1/f shutter speeds on the Sony; the SL allows the setting of 1/2f shutter speeds in its auto ISO settings, but would probably benefit from a 1/4f setting. It would also be good to be able to set a minimum ISO to avoid drifting into ISO 50, if you don't want to. Although the camera has a touch screen (unlike the Sony or M240), it appears to be largely wasted (unless you are using the AF lens, perhaps; which I don't, because it is too heavy, bulky and expensive). Anyway, the upshot is that it's not (yet) a more pleasurable camera to use than the M240, or even the Sony, for M lenses, but the pictures look good to me. After all the rabbiting, here's a sample pic: https://www.flickr.com/photos/14315820@N03/23519536246/
  8. I've done a review of my favorite lens. You can read more here: Zeiss Planar ZM 2.0/f Review. Has anyone else had this lens and switched to Summicron? What was your reason to do so?
  9. Apologies if this has already been posted... but I have not seen this particular review before and I follow this thread assiduously, or at least, believe I do! http://www.pocket-lint.com/review/134816-leica-q-review-the-best-fixed-lens-full-frame-compact-ever-made
  10. Hello, A review of the Leica Q after 4 days of tests on the streets of Milano. http://www.walkingphotographer.net/blog/leica-q-street-photography-review bye Eolo http://www.walkingphotographer.net/
  11. I've finished my rather extensive first article on the Leica Q Typ 116 after some weeks of use since I bought one. "To be, or not to be, that is the Q" Enjoy! "I don’t know if this Leica Q is what it takes for Leica to realize that what would really make their customers happy would be if Leica could make a Leica. As simple as that."
  12. I just released my next page in the Leica M 246 article series "Old School is the New School" I've been using the Monochrom for quite a bit in Munich, Berlin, Rome and Paris. This is the first in a series of articles on the M246 Enjoy!
  13. I wrote my first page about the new Leica M Monochrome Typ246 and have included a link to download of a few DNG files from the camera. There is also a comparison-chart of Leica M models. Leica M Monochrom Type 246 by Thorsten Overgaard I find that a lot of the questions about going from MM to MM246 is answered in my previous article on the M240 (Live View, EVF, batteries, focus peak, etc) but will eventually address some of the things in coming articles. So far, enjoy this one!
  14. For my Fine Art Landscape work, I find ultra-wide-angle lenses to be wonderful creative tools because of the different “view of the world” they provide: see in this Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D in-depth review my thoughts about this relatively new and promising addition to the ultra-wide pool, and about its place in a Fine Art Landscape photographer’s bag. https://vieribottazzini.com/2018/05/venus-optics-laowa-12mm-f-2-8-zero-d-in-depth-review.html Thank you for reading, best regards, Vieri
  15. Hello everyone, my review of the new Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH is finally published! I compared it with the Voigtlander 15mm at the wide end, and with the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm at the long end. I hope you'll find it interesting, here it is: LEICA SUPER-VARIO-ELMAR-SL 16-35MM F/3.5-4.5 ASPH IN-DEPTH REVIEW Thank you for your time and for reading the article! Best regards, Vieri
  16. After five months using the Leica M10, 20,000+ pictures and through 12 countries I finally made my first part of the Leica M10 review. I go over the SD-cards, Lightroom profiles for M10, EVF use and design, and more in this article. Enjoy, next article and video coming up real soon :-) http://www.overgaard.dk/Leica-M10-digital-rangefinder-camera-page-00-Expect-Simplicity.html
  17. I've launched my first video review of the Leica M10 before the article series starts. I'll get into more on the sensor, ISO, comparison to Fuji and more in the following videos and articles. Enjoy! Leica M10 Video Reviews by Thorsten Overgaard
  18. Hello everyone, I published today my user review of the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm ASPH. Enjoy! https://vieribottazzini.com/2017/11/leica-24-90mm-f2-8-4-vario-elmarit-sl-asph-user-review.html Best regards, Vieri
  19. Video 9 : Three Leicas side by side. Professional comparison - YouTube Is this guy: 1 - stupid & rich 2 - stupid & gangster 3 - stupid & joking 4 - just joking "with the MP you don't get computer programs.."
  20. Hey guys, I just posted a part one review of my M Monochrom here: Leica M Monochrom review – a real life review – part one | Bo Photography Check it out if you feel like it. It is very non-technical, and more about the usage of of the camera and I will go further into post processing techniques on the files within the next weeks.
  21. HI Everyone! I just posted a review of the Leica M Monochrom. Please visit: LEICA M MONOCHROM – Reality Check | Leica Liker Photo by O.
  22. This one REVIEW - LEICA M TYPE 240 seems to identify the M240's shortcomings while remaining pragmatically appreciative. There are also a few lens reviews on the site.
  23. I finally got around to buying the X2 last week after going through several brands of contacts. My overall impression is fairly good, but I have a number of nit-piks about the ergonomics. For one, you cannot access any functions until you take the lens cap off the camera. Then there is no RAW only setting on the camera. This means I waste card space with the added jpg I didn't want in the first place. There is a lot more of course, you can read about it on my blog: Foto Gizmo
  24. for anyone who wants to know how i liked the new Zeiss lens on my M9 i wrote a small article at gerhardsphoto.com hope you like it. elderin
  25. Hey guys. Just wrote a review of this lens after owning it for 10 months, with some pictures. Check it out if you'd like Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH review | Observations
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