Who will be the first to make the first "real" ILC/MFT

Started Aug 28, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Dirk U
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Re: Leica
In reply to pavi1, Sep 2, 2012

True that Leica pursues perfection with admirable single-mindedness. They do impressive engineering development (which causes the price levels) to minimize the drawbacks of the flat imaging sensor. However, they do not yet seem near. The sensor of the M9 seems flat, albeit with radical microlens orientations. That layout can IMO not match the Petzval field curvature for the majority of lenses used with that camera (Iā€™d love to be wrong ā€“ never had the opportunity to shoot with one). The flat sensor is probably the main reason why Leica makes so many retro focus lenses.

It is also possible that a theoretically ideal curved sensor would only work with lenses of a particular focal length ā€“ I do not know enough about lens design to know whether a concave sensor would work with lenses of different focal lengths, but I think it would at least be (a lot) better than a flat sensor.

Symmetrical lenses of course also have the drawback of vignetting. Maybe such lenses would only find acceptance once sensors have variable ISO, with the corners more sensitive than the centre.

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