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  1. Here's the story of a photographer who thought Leica was a serious camera company who cares about their trustful customers. My name is Kaïs, french photographer based in Paris, France. I started my Leica journey with a M9, ten years ago, sold and upgraded with a M9-P A Monochrom (version 1) quickly followed him all of them bought brand new. Wanting to get my hands on a "real Leica", I bought a M6 Titanium set with its Summicron 35/1.4. The medium lust was too hard to resist: a S2 with a Summarit 70 joined my stable. Let's add a wide angle to my S system: a brand new Summarit 35. Time has past, I added a M7 (0.58 finder), a Q Titanium, a Monochrom version 2, a M5, an Elmarit 90/2.0, a Summicron 50, a Summarit 35/2.4... We are talking about minimum 44 500€ (including the S007)!!!!! Then, the problems begun: both my M9-P and Monochrom I had a sensor failure (cracked sensor). How come a "pro" camera could have a sensor cracked? During my carreer, I owned a 5DmkII, a D3x, a Df, a 5DmkIV (I'm still using today) that NEVER failed me, NEVER. Anyways, Leica has been kind enough to replace both sensors for free. When the S007 came out, I was tempted to upgrade my aging S2. At my usual Leica dealer, they kindly checked my S2 before it goes on sale and discovered a corroded sensor! Come on! A third failure from a so serious comapany? I must be the unluckiest photographer on earth then. Still, I upgraded to a reconditioned mint grade SOO7, checked by Leica with a one year guarantee. During my second shooting, the 70 started to rattle from time to time, missing focus lock. Of course, my poker face never let any worries showed to my clients. Back home, I uploaded the photos into Capture One and got struck by what I have discovered (picture attached). I thought my memory card failed (I exclusively use hi-speed Sandisk Extreme and Extreme Pro SD). I tried with different cards, same problem. The DNGs are available if requested. I met the people of Leica at Paris Salon de la photo (photoshow) and, after hours of friendly chat, they acknowledged that there was a video card failure. Wait a second. Are we talking about Leica's flagship camera here? The one that is supposed to compete with a Hasselblad HD6-50 or a PhaseOne XF??? A failure after less than 2000 photos taken? Is this german so-called excellence? Since November 8th, 2018 my SOO7 is at the customer service (I hope) and I have NO NEWS from them!!! How come a pro photographer can trust such miserable products????? How come my 2400€ 5DmkIV works like a charm after litteraly thousands and thousands of photos??? How come it takes 10 days max to Canon to fix and upgrade the firmware of their pro camera when I have been waiting 6+ months to get any information from Wetzlar??? I'm over with this overrated brand. Keep on releasing limited edition for rich Qataris and Russians and let the pros (Canon, Nikon, Hasselblad, Fuji, to name a few) run the photography business. SHAME ON YOU Leica to ignore and disrespect your loyal customers!!! We made you, never forget that. I sent them a letter and I know the drill: they will send me apologies. But I'm not paying for apologies!!! I don't need them!!! I'm paying for equipment that pays my bills and feed me! Today, I'm waiting to get my hands back on my S007 to trade it for a Hasselblad H6D-50c. I am so disappointed by Leica... www.kaisdebali.com
  2. OK - I’m heavily into the M system with an M240, M Monochrom, M3 and the delightful Q. I also have a range of lenses including 3 50mms. I do some macro and fashion work which I use Medium Format - a Pentax 645D. The images from the Pentax are great but I call it the hedgehog as it has lots of buttons and dials and it takes me a good 30mins to work out the buttons. So I have decided to change for something which follows the Leica simplicity. There seem to be a couple of options with the S system the 006 and 007. I prefer the CCD sensor ( ISO range isn’t a problem as I work with lights ). I like the idea of staying with Leica but I have seen a couple of posts which say the S both the 006 and 007 are unreliable and it has been suggested that the Hasselblad X1D -50C might be a better bet. I’d be keen to hear members views on reliability of the S and if anyone has played with the X1D
  3. What you want for next S? I start another topic now because market change quickly in last few years, competition from 35mm system and other medium format digital move very fast. Here are the lists of mine: Must have (For me or for market need): 1. Mirrorless is fine as long as it can make it cheaper, smaller and attract more customers, but it has to offer lag free shutter and at least as good as SL EVF with fast refresh rate. This is essential. I believe Leica will make it right given how much effort it give to S's OVF and SL's EVF. 2. If it is not a Mirrorless, I won't be disappointed. Please reduce the weight of the camera and maybe reduced size a little bit as well, I feel the grip is on the large side to feel truly comfortable to hold. I am sure it will make it more competitive by reduce size and weight. 3. Please offer full articulated LCD, it will save my knee for low angle shooting or even on tripod shooting. If not, at least a flip LCD. I think this is a important feature for modern digital camera. 4. IF it stay as a OVF SLR camera, please offer fully electric shutter, even read out is slow. It is very important to be able to hand hold at slower shutter speed without mirror slap. It will also help for tripod shooting. 5. make it at least 60M. No further comment on this, I personally don't need pixel, but considering it has to be competitive for next 5 years, it better offer more than 50M. Nice to have: 1: more AF point, smaller AF point size if it is a OVF camera. For EVF, I am sure it will offer more. 2. Sensor have similar DR as other medium format digital as good as Sony chip, I wish they can simply use Sony sensor with 16 bits flow. maybe a wild dream. 3. If it is a EVF camera, maybe make it 4:3 format than 3:2 (I like this format more and we can simply use Sony chip. cheaper!) Another wild dream. 4. if it is an OVF camera, improve shutter and mirror impact. This is another very important not on paper spec.
  4. dritz

    Outdoor portrait

    S007 at ISO 400, 100mm at f4.8. Only modifications are a slight boost in exposure of the iris.
  5. Today I'm writing a check for $3,840.89 for repairs to my 007 and leaving Leica at the same time. I've been a Leica aficionado for quite a long time, well over ten years. I started out with an M7, then bought an M6, an M3, an MP, and followed Leica into digital with an M-9P. I had a slew of lenses with all those Ms, from the 35mm Summicron to the 90mm APO Summicron to the 0.95 Noctilux. And, honestly, it's been a lot of fun. My Leicas turned into those little, precious possessions that we all have because, well, just because we get such a kick out of them. With some guys, it's the big Taylor drivers in their bags. With others, its the air-cooled Porsche in the driveway. With me, it was those Ms with their jewel-like lenses. Plus, I really liked the idea of hooking up with a small, funky company that wasn't satisfied with stuffing its products with off-the-shelf materials, but was determined in going its own way, even if that meant a little weirdness (think of the M9's shutter). When Leica introduced the S2, boy, they were on to something, weren't they? New sensor size, new lenses—actually the best in the business—weather sealing. How wonderfully tempting it was. To describe the prices as "nose bleed" was a concerted effort at understatement. But this was Leica, the little camera company that could and did. I didn't buy my S2 and 70mm new, but just two weeks old for a cool $18K. Those were heady days. Loved, loved, loved them. I couldn't believe how awesome the files were. It wasn't too soon that I was able to pick up a 120mm, then a 180mm, and then a 35mm as prices started to fall back down to earth a bit. But the thing is, my enthusiasm for Leica didn't. It stayed up there in the clouds. I loved this company, this little runabout with this fabulous photographic history who was still thinking outside the box. Later on it improved on the S2 with the 006 and I snatched up a lightly-used one from "my" Leica dealer (Isn't that fun? "My" dealer says, yada, yada, yada). It didn't matter to me what Zeiss, Hasselblad, PhaseOne or anyone else was doing. I had thrown myself in with the Red Dot who had almost died a million deaths and I was the oh-so-happy camper with my avant garde Texas Leica (I'm from Texas so how cool was that?). And just when my bank account crept back from the grave, Leica introduced that are-you-kidding-me? 100mm. $7 grand? Are you kidding me? F 2.0? Are you kidding me? Weather sealed? Are you kidding me? Thank you, Leica! I'll make it up to my wife and kids later. And then before you know it. There it was. The 007 review. I had said to myself, "Self! You have the 006, a brand-new 100mm, all the other lenses you need. You certainly don't need this 007." But I'm not Spock, and I couldn't get enough of that review. David Farkas had taken the 007 to Iceland and his take of the punishment he could dish out on this Texas Leica made me think, "Gee whiz, Leica has done it again! How great is this? A Texas Leica that you can take anywhere, anytime in virtually any conditions." Listen to David: “And yet, with all the water, all the time, the only item that I didn’t worry about was the S. I took special pride in seeing Nikon and Canon users tucking away their pro DSLRs into zip top bags, struggling to keep their cameras dry and protected from the elements, all while I continued to tough it out with the S in torrential downpours. When walking around in the rain, I had a few concerned hikers an campers alert me to the fact that I had a camera at my side, hanging off my shoulder, soaked. I assured them that the camera could withstand far more wetness than I could and not to worry.” “The grueling conditions in Iceland truly put everything to test and showed me very quickly what I could count on. The S (Typ 007) withstood my constant punishment of water, water, and more water. It held up to rain, waterfall mist and salt water spray from crashing waves. I didn’t baby it whatsoever. No bags or covers. I carried it around no matter the situation. It never complained. It refused to function at anything less than 100%. And, I had no issues using the camera in such wet, cold conditions. All the controls on the camera can be operated with gloves, even soaking wet, freezing ones. Or, with numb bare fingers when I realized that gloves saturated with frigid water probably did more harm than good and removed them.” http://www.reddotforum.com/content/2015/09/leica-s-typ-007-review/ So, what do you think I did? You are right. I slapped down the price of a small car for this CMOS monster with all its built-to-last construction and seals where "water and dust will stay outside where they belong, meaning the system will be able to withstand harsh conditions and retain its value." (catalog) Yes, I had the 006, but it was CCD and it didn't have all these "control elements and body components designed and coated in such a way that there is no danger of foreign bodies and moisture penetrating the camera's interior." Now I was even more embarrassed about how much I had spent on this system, but, hey, this was Leica's best stuff. I was still stoked on the products and this great little company. I didn't even care that the 35mm's AF had blown out. Leica said it had my back on that. I packed up the 007 and 100mm for our trip to New Zealand for the Milford hike on the South Island. Was I worried? Are you kidding? This hike was going to be a walk in the park compared to Farkas's Iceland. Coincidently, this hike took place during the last week of the 007's one-year warranty. The camera performed flawlessly the first two days (yes, sunshine and spring-like weather). On the third day, we started out the hike in the early morning and there came a light drizzle. I was carrying the camera on a strap over my shoulder, over the straps for my backpack. I had read Farkas's review so many times I didn't worry about the camera at all. Plus, my backpack was full. As we hiked through a tree canopy, it began raining a little more, but nothing heavy, nothing like the "torrential downpours" that Farkas describes. It was a light rain, broken up by the canopy. I kept the camera under my arm, covered the whole time. Yes, it was wet, but, again, not any more than David's. When we reached our first stopping point, a little lodge on the trail, a couple of the hikers pointed to the S, just like some had done with Farkas, and I told them, "No worries." But then I checked it out and saw that something was wrong. It turned on, but that's all it did. I wiped it down quickly, rearranged my backpack, stuffed it in the middle of all my clothes, and it remained there the rest of the hike. Later on, I could turn it on, but then it finally failed. Today I am having to write out a check for $3,840.89 to have it repaired. Instead of taking my word for it or even owning up to Farkas's sales pitch,* Leica says, "We don't know what happened. It seems that the camera stood directly in water. We are not sure how this happened. The sealing is not built for direct water." And thus ends my fun relationship with my beloved Leica. I had eagerly bought into its marketing mantra of "family," enduring its sometimes-not-so-great manufacturing and software guffaws and glitches to join this contrarian upstart who touts its world-class craft and optical engineering. And, man, I liked it. But Leica's response which basically calls me out as a huckster or something has turned my 007, 006, and all their lenses into just another ordinary camera system, just another cold manufacturer-buyer relationship summed up in nickels and dimes—my nickels and my dimes. And, you know, I bought an M-D just last month. Yeah, and a few weeks ago as I was taking some pictures with it at a local museum, a guy walked up to me and said, "Hey, that's a nice camera! Leica? Oh, an M-D! How 'bout that new M10? You gonna buy one?" I beamed back at him, "Yep, already have it on pre-order." He gave me a thumbs up as he walked off. I wouldn't have the same reaction today. Leica has drained all my enthusiasm for all things Leica, even for the M10. I've got it on pre-order because I need it for a continuing project, but it will be the last new Leica that I will ever buy. And I hate that. *I don't fault David Farkas at all for his review. He took an 007 to Iceland and it performed flawlessly in extreme conditions. Bravo! But I call it a sales pitch because he is a Leica rep and the primary purpose of his review was to sell cameras. If he had said, "Hey, I took the 007 well beyond what Leica says you can do with it and got away with it" that would be one thing. But he didn't. No doubt Leica has sold a bunch of cameras based on this review.
  6. My recent blog post and summarized feedback on the Leica S007 after using it for over a year, including my recent trip to Iceland with behind the scene photos. This review is mainly based on my own personal experience of using this system in combination of a few S lenses in the field. http://www.faran.gallery/blog/2016/7/15/the-harsh-winter-of-iceland You can follow my work on: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/farannajafi/ Travel / Architecture: www.faran.gallery Fashion and portraiture: www.faranstudio.com Thanks! Faran
  7. I recently had the most strange two days at a Leica store with the Leica S system. I have been a long-time Leica S and M user for my work. For the most part, many of the Leica cameras and lenses that I have owned performed flawlessly as expected. Leica clearly wants to be known as the premier "luxury brand" of cameras and lenses. But to do this IMO, the company needs to offer the most reliable and highest quality products to it customers. Leica does this for the most part. What is most frustrating is the major hassle of getting product warranty work done by either Leica USA in New Jersey or in Germany. It takes on the average 8 weeks to get your camera or lens repaired. Base on what happened to me, I posted my in store experience on an earlier post, but believe this topic needs to be addressed by this forum and by Leica senior management. I invite your comments to my personal experience that happened to me. Bottom line, I firmly believe Leica has a S & M system product reliability and quality control issues. My suggestion to be a true "Luxury Brand", Leica needs to adopt a NO hassle, exchange on the spot with a genuine Leica dealer the malfunctioning or broken camera body or lens provided you have your store receipt, within your warranty period and you personally didn't damage the Leica product by dropping or damaging it. Here is what REALLY happened to me, I wrote earlier...TMLH....I feel your pain. In my most recent experience with the Leica S system and lenses, I had several very distressing events happen while at a Leica store. This is no BS, while in the store I was looking at a S 007 with a S 45mm...the store rep just handed me the camera after attaching the lens. The lens auto focus motor literally died in my hands...grinding to halt...this was a brand new, store demo lens. Then I was given a S 30mm to test...incredibly that lens motor died later while I was outside testing the lens and camera. Last...again...no BS...I had a store nearly new S 180 in my hands on the camera and that lens aperture blades locked up....Not kidding...no lie. The next day, I went back and used the store demo S 007 and it had back focus issues. I may have a black cloud and most likely will be banned from the store....but Leica clearly has a "reliability" of components problem. Yes, I know they are fixing the motors for free...good thing too. I believe Leica as a "luxury brand" should simply have a policy of immediate replacement with "New"..no questions asked if your lens or camera breaks within the warranty period and you bought it from a genuine Leica dealer. The idea of a "temporary" swap on camera bodies for the S is IMO NOT up to "luxury brand" standards. If you are paying $17K for a S 007 body or $8K for a lens, if it breaks or malfunctions...the dealer simply gives you a new camera or lens...no hassle, no issues. Same goes for the S lenses...if the focus motor dies, blades lock up etc...you get a new lens on the spot...no hassle, no issues. Leica senior management clearly needs to up their game on "luxury brand" warranty product exchange and fix their reliability problems plus quality control issues. If they do that...they will win far more customers and future business. Maybe the Leica S & M community (we all feel the pain...LOL) should press this issue with Leica. They want to be a "luxury brand"...then if its broken/malfunctions...the dealer swaps on the spot with your receipt in hand with a new one...no hassles. Your thoughts and comments are most welcome for this topic....
  8. I have been seeing some very positive reviews of the S007 in the last couple of weeks, but also a large number of critical comments and complaints about Leica and the S system. Coming from two years with an S006 and after a few days with the S007, I would just like to offer some feedback and advice to people who are looking into getting into the system or upgrading to the S007. For what it is worth obviously, so all “IMHO”. I have had some problems with Leica cameras and understand how annoying this can be, especially considering the cost of the S system. The day I got my S006 I went for a short walk in a park nearby and the camera got stuck after what must have been five or six shots. Having spent six months thinking about that investment, I cannot say how annoyed I was. I gave a call to Leica, fortunately found somebody still working at that time and we solved it through the phone (for some reason the mirror had staid locked in the up position). No issue after that with the functioning of the camera or lenses. I think that problems will happen and then the critical thing is how Leica reacts and how willing they are to helping us. At that price point and taking into account how they present their brand, I do not see any margin for compromise or disappointment. Hopefully they understand that. My experience in that respect has been an M body that froze and had to be sent back to Germany. It took them six weeks to get it back to me, but it had been fixed, cleaned, controlled and adjusted. I had to send my S006 a couple of weeks ago (small issue with a piece of rubber on the body) and it came back after a bit more than one week, again fixed, cleaned and so on. I can honestly say that I have never seen a sensor that clean by the way ;-) 
I believe that the dealer from whom you buy and who should then be there to support you is a very important piece of the puzzle. If you are lucky to have more than one dealer in your city or not too far, I’d recommend doing a bit of research and possibly getting some references. I am dealing with the Leica Shop in Vienna and could not hope for better and more helpful people to deal with. Now to the S007… I have read for a third time David Farkas’ review, after I saw a post where that review was qualified of “marketing hype” (or something like that). I know David a bit and am sure that he is always happy to sell one more camera, but, essentially, I came to the same conclusions as he did, with the caveat that I surely did not “inspect” the thing and its multiple aspects as deeply as he did. Also, I did not manage to go to Iceland in the last few days and cannot comment on the weather sealing ;-) My impressions so far, in a random order of what I noticed: > The first thing, by far, is the speed with which the camera can be operated. It’s not like a Nikon D4, but the improvement is very, very significant indeed and makes it more pleasant to use. > The white balance works fine and I end up with very little color adjustment, if any. > The continuous autofocus either does not work too well or my dog runs too fast ;-) > High contrast situations come out more balanced (metering?). Also, there is better ability to recover highlights and shadows. I do not know about the 15 stops of dynamic range, but there is an improvement compared to the S006. > As David mentions, the shutter has been improved and one can immediately feel the difference. > Live View makes a big difference to using the camera, for landscape for instance, and is well implemented in my opinion. I never needed the second battery with the S006, but I’ll get one when available for the S007, as Live View significantly increases the drain on the battery. > WiFi works without any issue (just need to select the camera as the WiFI network in use in the iPhone or Ipad). > I would not use ISO 6400, except in a bind if I really, really want to get the shot. The low light capability of the S007 is a nice improvement over the S006, but I was expecting just a little bit better. > Colours looks very natural to me: no issue I can see on a calibrated monitor. The Adobe profile looks more natural than the embedded one. > Some people have commented negatively on the speed dial now being blank and I expected not to like that too much, but in practice it is just fine. > One wise reviewer commented that the camera would be easier to use with 25 buttons as on the Pentax 645 and a tilting screen, but I am not a professional photographer and am not missing those features ;-) That’s pretty much what I can say so far about the camera. As to the lenses, I remember an interview of Peter Kalbe where the gentleman said the following about the quality of a lens: “the contrast has to fall off very fast in terms of depth of field. That’s it. That is the idea – and the ideal. The fall off has to be very fast! You point the lens and shoot, and where the focal plane is, the contrast should be high. The front and behind should fall off very fast.” Plus “Technically speaking, my interpretation of a good picture is: You get closer and you see more.”
 Suffice to say, the S lenses really drove that concept home for me. The one question left is the one of price/investment. I doubt whether anybody could argue that an S007 is worth (or not worth) three times a Nikon D4. The only thing I can say is that you have to factor in the cost of the lenses, obviously, but also the fact that once you are invested in a body and a few lenses, it is not so easy to get out (at least in Europe), as you would be facing a significant discount to sell the equipment. You can get by with the 70mm lens only, which is very pleasant to use, but adding the 120mm and one wide lens would greatly expand the possibilities opened to you. From my experience, reading all the reviews of David Farkas about the S system plus the ones published by Sean Reid would give enough reliable information to a prospective buyer. Better would be to have the camera for a few days for a test drive, but I understand that Leica does not allow that too often. Kudos to PhaseOne and their test drive program. I have found a few glitches and would be grateful if somebody could give me feedback or ideas of solution for these - not sure whether it’s me or the camera ;-): > I can’t make tethered shooting work (Mac OS, LR, Camera Shuttle, all last software versions). I see the PTP USB 3 Connection message on the camera’s display, the computer recognises the camera and can import the pictures, but I am not able to activate tethered shooting. > The manual says on page 31 that when in T (speed) mode “if 1/125s is set with the shutter speed setting dial, the camera switches to M (manual) mode”. Does not happen with my camera. > I cannot find the position of Flash speed sync on the dial. I have turned it several times around, but never saw the flash icon. I stopped turning the dial when my wife asked what that button is for ;-) > When switching from, say, ISO 100 to AutoISO, the camera does not accept the AutoISO setting immediately: I have to either switch it off and on or go to, say, ISO 200 and then again to AutoISO. Hope this all helps. Marc
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