I know I haven’t updated this site in a long while…that’s about to change: I’m writing a review of the Leica M Typ 240.
- For an APS-C camera, it’s really small. If you have used any of the GR-D cameras, you’re gonna be at home with the latest one. The camera is fast and responsive. No noticeable lag that I can see.
- The lens is truly sharp even wide-open. Probably surpasses the M9 + Summicron 28 ASPH…but I’ll confirm that once I get my 28 ASPH back from repair. However, I never thought f2.8 is fast enough with the way I use my cameras (usually available light)…and sure enough, more often than not, I wished the lens was faster. I would have preferred an f2.0, but obviously this would have compromised a lot of its features like size, lens sharpness, and price.
- The way Auto-ISO is implemented in the GR is genius yet simple. It has 2 levels of Auto-ISO: one Auto-ISO that goes to a relatively low ISO (max ISO 800, non-configurable) and a Auto-ISO “High” mode which goes to a max ISO (configurable) that you are comfortable with. This is great because with the conventional Auto-ISO, it always takes your max ISO as your ceiling, which is not what you want in certain situations like good lighting where you don’t want the camera to get fooled into using a high ISO.
- AF is not so great in low light. Hunts a LOT.
- Noise even at base ISO when RAW is processed other than the Aperture or Lightroom. I expected this, and I personally isn’t bothered by it. This little trade-off is worth the details offered by the sensor due to lack of AA.
All in all, a camera I intend to keep for a long time, just like the origina GR-D (which I still have). More sample shots here.ƒ/2.8 GR 18.3mm 800 1/40s
So Leica has a new product to be announced on June 11th. Here’s my prediction on what the new Mini M is going to be:
- It will be an interchangeable mount. I think it’s going to be a brand new AF mount but will come with an adapter to mount existing M-mount lenses
- It will have the same sensor technology (CMOSIS) as the M240, but it will have 1.5x or 1.33x crop factor.
- It will not have a viewfinder, supports the same EVF as the M240.
- It will not be manufactured in Germany. In fact, it may be OEM’ed by Panasonic and may share the same internals with the rumored Panasonic L1 revival.
It will be autofocus. AF technology isn’t exactly alien to them (they have the S2, after all). Making it MF-only wouldn’t make a lot of sense even with focus-peeking; the lack of AF alone would drive away potential buyers (i.e., the ones looking at the somewhat-oversaturated mirrorless market)
This will drive the cost of used M8s in the market and even get more people to at least try digital M’s for a relatively even cheaper pricepoint.
In any case, it’s a good move for Leica.
With the recent announcement of the new Ricoh GR Digital (technically its fifth iteration), it looks like Ricoh/Pentax is betting all its chips to take a huge chunk of the pocketable digital camera. Having owned the original Ricoh GR-D (the user-interface and overall handling is unmatched for any point and shoot camera) and after perusing all through the available videos and preview write-ups from various photography websites, it’s hard to see how this new camera can fail.
Suffice to say I pre-ordered one. Hey, maybe we’ll see some real reviews on this site, no?
I hope they come out with the same design but with the Leica M-mount. I’d buy that one in a heartbeat, too!
I am making a huge gamble on what the next Olympus ‘E’ is going to be. I am certain that Olympus is not going to abandon its FT line of lenses and would go as far as stating that it’s going to be its core. I’m making such a huge gamble that I did what is thought as unthinkable nowadays: buy the FT Olympus 35-100 f2. Granted that I paid much less than what a new Panasonic 35-100/2.8 is going to cost new, the idea may seem, again, silly nowadays.
Now it would even sillier that I’m using it on…an EP-2 and on an EPL-1. Yes, you got that right: just downright insane. The thing is really nose heavy (at about 3.5 lbs!) and makes my arm sore after hand-holding it for less than half an hour…and using it to take photos of my two-year-olds I get a keeper rate of probably less than 5%.
The lens is just phenomenal. Note that this is a zoom lens. At f2, there is very little veiling, and unlike most zooms (even with some primes) where the true acceptable performance starts at one-stop down, this lens already performs at its best a f2.2! not f2.8…f2.2!E-P2 no 95mm 800 1/40s
Olympus would need to somehow repeat the success of the EM-5, and to do this it should have features that would make one easily choose the next E vs the EM-5, price notwithstanding.
- The camera will be mirrorless and will have that recently announced digital viewfinder made by Epson. I would think that it would also have a hybrid VF a-la Fuji X series but that maybe too much.
- Magnesium alloy body and weather-sealing similar to the E-5. I may have the form-factor of the E-Volt.
- The camera will have a slightly larger than FT sensor. Olympus will reveal that the FT lenses (especially the SHG line) are actually spec’ed to cover slightly larger than FT (but would still be smaller than APS-C)
- To make this happen, the camera will have a FT mount natively and somehow will have an adapter to mount MFT lenses.
- Having a larger sensor would Olympus/Sony to have an expanded ISO (with ISO 100 as the minimum, vs 200 in the current generation of Olympus MFT cameras)
- No Art Filters…because, you know, fuck Art Filters.
- Built-in Flash
- Dual SD Slot
- Control the camera via Bluetooth
- Real buttons and dials instead of that stupid touch screen navigation that does not work with gloves.
- Olympus will probably tack on support for 1080p 60fps video recording just because they’ll be crucified by not supporting any form of hi-def video.
Of course, I clearly have no basis for this list except my insanity. You would have to agree, though, that an E having these specs would be a hit.
The Micro Four-Thirds format have always had a soft spot in my heart. Olympus and Panasonic has made the level of interest (both consumer- and professional-level) go through the roof in the format when they introduced its first camera in the line-up back in 2008 which paved way to the advent known as the MILC format that we know today. It’s because of the MFT success’ forged the slew of “me too” MILC formats from other camera manufacturers.
Add this to the backlog of reviews that I have to do.
I was astounded by its wide-open performance: no veiling whatsoever even at f1.8 and there is virtually no fringing even at high-contrast images. Even with the EP-2 with its strong anti-aliasing filter I didn’t really need to do much sharpening.E-P2 no 75mm 400 1/160s