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After lurking on this wonderful forum for months, I hesitate to post my first comment as a thread of its own, but I thought many of you would like to know that Dr. Ulrich Rohde has posted on Dpreview a link to a number of new photos purported to be from the M240. You can find them here: With Leica winning is easy, M240/S2

 

I have to say I don't find them very exciting at all, but they do seem better than his first group of photos from a few weeks ago (plus the sensor is clean this time!). I'm interested to hear what forum members think. Unfortunately the small size of these images makes it difficult to judge sharpness and detail.

 

Note that the photos with the ID tags beginning with "L" are the one he identifies as M240 photos. The ones beginning with ULR are apparently shot with the S2.

 

With many thanks for all the wisdom and advice you have all contributed to this incredibly valuable forum!

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Seals never leak, or they would sink while chasing penguins.   Regards,   Bill   Sent from another Galaxy

They are just rich guys with connections.   I'm not sure that these add anything to the fount of human knowledge as far as this camera is concerned.   Might soon be time to re-subscribe to LFI though.

Sorry, I don't get it.   Dr Rhode is apparently an electronics expert, and Leica asked him to do some sort of testing, presumably within his expertise. I assume he has provided his input, and Leica has given it the weight it deserves.   If he doesn't have anything to contribute, or if Leica ignored his input, that is for Leica - should we really care?   What I don't understand is what the quality of his photographs has to do with anything.   Many people here seem hot and bothered that D

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After lurking on this wonderful forum for months, I hesitate to post my first comment as a thread of its own, but I thought many of you would like to know that Dr. Ulrich Rohde has posted on Dpreview a link to a number of new photos purported to be from the M240. You can find them here: With Leica winning is easy, M240/S2

 

I have to say I don't find them very exciting at all, but they do seem better than his first group of photos from a few weeks ago (plus the sensor is clean this time!). I'm interested to hear what forum members think. Unfortunately the small size of these images makes it difficult to judge sharpness and detail.

 

Note that the photos with the ID tags beginning with "L" are the one he identifies as M240 photos. The ones beginning with ULR are apparently shot with the S2.

 

With many thanks for all the wisdom and advice you have all contributed to this incredibly valuable forum!

 

 

Are you sure that's the correct naming system? Look at the first image with a U tag. It's a photo of the S, I believe. If there were only two cameras in use, the naming scheme should be other way around.

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I'm new here too but have ordered the M hoping to switch to Leica at a good time. The pictures aren't magical but again its bright and sunny in the sea so its a fairly harsh shooting condition. The pictures from the S2 looks a little better exposed compared to the M which looks darker in general.

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Once again, it's hard to pass any sort of judgment from web sized (and small, at that) jpegs. These shots were also taken in broad day light, which is fine when evaluating low ISO performance, but one can't do that with the images displayed at this web-sized output. Colors seem a bit high keyed, but could be the processing or OOC JPEG engine...

 

I wish Leica would release some official images....

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Essphoto, I agree that the file naming is confusing, but in the DPR thread Dr. Rohde himself says "The ULR refers to the S2". I'm not sure what to make of the fact that there is clearly an S2 in the first photo that was apparently taken by the S2! Maybe there were two S2s on the boat.

 

Yes, Ashwin, some full sized files would be great to see! I imagine we don't have to wait much longer for them now.

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Much better photography this time (albeit still not exciting). However these pictures, again, hardly tell us anything about the technical merits of the cameras used—except that they can take sharp pictures in broad daylight (doh), and that the colours are terrible. Especially red is way out of whack, and I'd say so is blue. Maybe it's just ham-fisted post-processing ... but remembering the poor M9 colours, I'm afraid it's not.

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I have to say, those photos look like they could have been taken with any inexpensive consumer digicam. They don't do Leica any favours that's for sure! Some nice photos in themselves, but very saturated and irregular colours, and skin tones look very red to me.

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I have to say, those photos look like they could have been taken with any inexpensive consumer digicam. They don't do Leica any favours that's for sure! Some nice photos in themselves, but very saturated colours.

 

No way, the inexpensive consumer digicam looks better!

 

Unless Leica is trying to send a message, they need to stop this madness!

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Mr Rohde is not just rich and connected- and sounds like he has earned 'early adopter' rights:

 

Work Experience

 

 

  • 1965 - 1968 Design Engineer, responsible for development of cable repeaters, United States Underseas Cable Corp., Cologne
  • 1968 - 1974 Director of military communication systems division, AEG Telefunken, Ulm
  • 1973 - Present Partner, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co., KG, Munich
  • 1974 - 1982 President, Rohde & Schwarz USA, Fairfield, NJ
  • 1977 Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Florida, Gainesville teaching a radio communications course, permanent appointment
  • April 1979 Sc.D. h.c., Clayton University, USA for accomplishments in the field of radio communication
  • 1980 Executive training in business administration, Columbia University, New York
  • 1982 - 1985 Managing Director of the military communication division, RCA Corp., Camden, NJ
  • 1982 Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering, George Washington University, Washington DC, permanent appointment
  • 1985 - 1997 President, Compact Software, Inc., Paterson, NJ
  • 1985 - Present Chairman, Synergy Microwave Corp., Paterson, NJ
  • 1990 - 1992 Visiting Research Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering, Newark, NJ
  • 1997 - 2006 Member of the Board of Directors Ansoft Corp., Pittsburgh, PA
  • May 1997 Professor of Electrical Engineering and Microwave Technology, University of Oradea, Romania, permanent appointment
  • October 1997 Dr. h.c., University of Grosswardein for accomplishments in microwave CAD
  • November 1997 Dr. h.c., Technical University of Klausenburg for accomplishments in microwave technology
  • October 1998 Honorary Visiting Professor of Electronic and Microwave Engineering, University of Bradford, England
  • November 2001 Gastprofessor (visiting professor) of RF and Microwave Technologies, Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus
  • April 2002 Honorarprofessor (honorary professor) of RF and Microwave Technologies, Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus
  • 2003 - 2007 Member of Advisory Council of IHP Microelectronics (Frankfurt(Oder))

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this sucks, again a plonker with connections and absolutely no photographic skills! I bet he can make the same images with his iphone..

 

that's just ridiculous

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this sucks, again a plonker with connections and absolutely no photographic skills! I bet he can make the same images with his iphone..

 

that's just ridiculous

 

That's unfair, no need to be jealous!

 

The only images from the M being shown pre-release should come from Leica and no one else.

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That's unfair, no need to be jealous!

 

The only images from the M being shown pre-release should come from Leica and no one else.

 

There are such things as NDAs. I cannot imagine Leica is not involved. Choosing this route with these results tells me Leica is still tweaking the colors.

 

(Btw I predicted this better batch in the earlier excitement:D:D. My new prediction: the next accidental/rumourlike release will show completely different colors...

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I'm not sure who is worse. The 'techy professor' with the CV, or the fools who actually take note of what issues forth from him.

 

In good time, I presume, Leica will publish 'good' files from the new M for slathering hungry beasts, but hopefully they have learned to rush slowly to 'feed the chooks' (quote from a past Australian politician) and wait until all is right!

 

If your good pics are dependent on samples of M files, I suggest they won't be any better after the release of teasers, so just go make pictures, if you can.

 

Methinks Shakespeare got it right when he wrote "much ado about nothing". (yet)

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