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On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (378 comments in total)
In reply to:

Jim Evidon: Found this morning on the Leica website:

Additionally, I have seen a letter address to the Leica Users Forum
( from Leica Product Management extending
sensor replacements to those already replaced that may have recurring corrosion as well as a refund to those customers who paid for replacement in the past.

I suspect that those of you who speculate that Leica will leave their customers in the lurch have been stung by past behavior of other camera companies; more likely those considered the big four. I have yet to see any such comments from people who actually own Leica manufactured cameras.

But I do expect to see continuing back biting by those who have nothing better to do than vent your spleen without any first hand knowledge of the subject you seem to hate . So pour it on if it makes you feel important.

Why would you be '...waiting eagerly for the fail in Typ 240...'
What has Leica done to you, poor soul, that you eagerly await their failing with one of their products?
Oh, sorry, name and posting history explains it all...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 22:36 UTC
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (378 comments in total)
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spencerda: Wow, they admit that they have sold a defective product, yet at an arbitrary point they are going to say to bad, you're on your own.
So it sounds like after three years if your camera develop or redevelops this know flaw to bad for you!

Don't own leica, but am neither a fan boy or a critic. Just a guy who thinks if a know flaw is found, either a permeate solution needs to be found or the offer of a full refund.

Dear spencerda.
Your English seems to indicate that you are not a native English speaker, just like me, but what is there to misunderstand in the statement Leica has published on their website? The following is just a short excerpt from that statement:
'...Leica offers a free replacement service for the CCD sensors of cameras affected by this problem as a goodwill arrangement. This goodwill arrangement applies regardless of the age of the camera and also covers sensors that have already been replaced in the past. Customers who have already been charged for the replacement of a sensor affected by this problem will receive a refund...'
You can read (and try to understand) the full statement at:

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 22:17 UTC
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fotobert: I confess that I am a Metz fan, but I would like to point out what dpr left out:

"the Mecablitz 64 AF-1, offers an impressive guide number of 64 (210 feet) at ISO 100 / 21°" ... AND 200 MM.

This is in the official press release of Metz. So this flash has the same power as the 58AF2, just the zoom has been enhanced at the long end.

Anyway: sure it will be a fine and durable product. The user interface has been enhanced and as the software can be updated by the user, it will still be fun to use when you do no longer remember what you paid for it.


Which comes down to GN 36 at 35mm (according to the manual).

I'll stay with my tried and trusted Metz 45 CT-1, CT-3 & CT-4
GN 45 at 35mm. They're 25+ years old and absolutely fantastic and can be found for around 20 Euro in the bay.

And whenever I need more exotic stuff like HSS E-TTL II etc... I just reach for my (just as tried and trusted) Metz 54 MZ-3.
GN 34 at 35mm costing no more than 50 Euro on the used market.

One of the problems of being a company that builds the most reliable and advanced system flashes is they last for ever and it's difficult to sell new stuff to old customers.
Kind of digging your own grave because you're manufacturing the best... :-(

Their service is just out of this world too. I'm sending the SCA adapters for my METZ 54 MZ-3 (I have six of those) of to Germany for a free (including free shipping back to me!) firmware upgrade from version M5 to M6 so they'll support all the flash functions my new Canon 6D offers. I'm a very very happy customer indeed...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 11:39 UTC

I asked the following from their support:
Are you referring to an old high voltage flash being connected to the V6 "standalone", or does it mean I can use the V6 sort of like a safe-sync? I mean does it bring the voltage down on the side connected to the camera?
If yes, to which voltage?

Allow me to explain.
Yes. You can use the V6 as a safe-sync. The top hotshoe and the sycn port can handled up to 300V to the flash/ strobe. The bottom hotshoe to the camera can handle up to 5V.

This means that anyone looking to buy a Wein Safe Sync (about 49.95US$) could just add a tenner and get the same thing PLUS all the added functionality of the Cactus V6!

This solved my problem of not being comfortable with connecting my old Metz 45 CT1 to my Canon DSLRs. They are supposedly safe up to 250V at the hot-shoe, but I feel much safer with 300V at the V6. Thank you Cactus :-)
Here's the link to my support question:

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2014 at 23:18 UTC as 2nd comment
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (684 comments in total)
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EssexAsh: wow the sensor in these things is so small. I'll stick with my 60mm x 60mm film thanks. A brand new sensor every time i wind on.

Agree about the workflow, but 8500 US$ buys me an awful lot of scanning & developing.
I'd love to have one, but for now I'm still content with the sensor of my 1937 Rolleiflex Automat :-)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 08:51 UTC
On Celebrated photographer Saul Leiter dies, aged 89 article (11 comments in total)

זיכרונו לברכה

May his memory be blessed.

See ya around Saul...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2013 at 22:07 UTC as 13th comment | 3 replies
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MadManAce: I am not interested in this software until DXO:

1. Do away with Standard and Elite versions
2. Have a LR or Aperture like interface (DXO is just too slow)
3. Option for full DNG support like LR

DXO does great lens corrections and bought Viewpoint 2 to fix complex distortions that LR cannot do. However, with LR I have to create a TIFF file and then in Viewpoint I have to direct it to the original RAW file for it to find the lens used. It is a hassle, that is why I want a fast superior GUI and I will dump LR. Still having to pay extra to get access to full frame cameras is low. Come on, a Canon 5D can be picked up for near $400 and the software without promo is $300!

Full DNG support really is essential. Been using DxO since version 2 or 3 and still can't open Ricoh GXR DNGs. Upgraded every time but this is it for me... :-(

Also, expensive upgrade cycles are getting shorter all the time. Enough already!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2013 at 13:59 UTC
On Is this the new Leica 'Mini M'? article (369 comments in total)
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samhain: If only it was a:
• fixed 35mm f1.4 leica lens on an aps-c sensor (50mm equiv)
• fixed 50mm f2 leica lens on a FF sensor
• FF digital version of the CL/minilux with the fixed 40mm f2.4 summarit lens

It would create some serious competition for
Fuji & Sony RX-1 imo, even at $3100.

Why fixed?
Get a GXR and use a 35 Summilux, OR a 50 Summicron OR a Summarit OR OR OR etc,,,

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2013 at 07:28 UTC
On Is this the new Leica 'Mini M'? article (369 comments in total)

So glad I got a GRX with M mount.
APS-C (Ok, only 12MP, but really nice ones) and I can use just about every Leica lens ever made and many many more from other lens-makers via adapters...

Now if only DxO would recognize DNGs... :-(

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2013 at 07:25 UTC as 78th comment

Yes please please please... :-)

I could start using all my nice Canon lenses again.
For now I'm 98% Ricoh GXR with "M Mount"...

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2013 at 19:19 UTC as 52nd comment

Still no DNG support... :-(

Still does not even display DNG files! So one can't even correct files manually...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2013 at 10:24 UTC as 5th comment | 3 replies

copy / paste from version 8 update:

Again, still no support for the Ricoh GXR. :-(

Worse, STILL NO DNG support whatsoever. DNGs aren't even displayed in their "browser"...

And yes, I have been asking them for GXR / DNG support since version 3 or 4. :-(

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2012 at 22:49 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On DxO Optics Pro 8: What's New article (110 comments in total)
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carpediem007: Again, still no support for the Ricoh GXR. :-(

Worse, STILL NO DNG support whatsoever. DNGs aren't even displayed in their "browser"...

And yes, I have been asking them for GXR / DNG support since version 3 or 4. :-(

That's what just about everybody would "expect". Unfortunately it's not so. DxO doesn't even display DNGs... :-(

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2012 at 18:09 UTC
On DxO Optics Pro 8: What's New article (110 comments in total)

Again, still no support for the Ricoh GXR. :-(

Worse, STILL NO DNG support whatsoever. DNGs aren't even displayed in their "browser"...

And yes, I have been asking them for GXR / DNG support since version 3 or 4. :-(

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2012 at 15:31 UTC as 31st comment | 3 replies

And still, no support for the Ricoh GXR... :-(

Not even their DNG files!

This means, I still can't correct (not even "manually"!) pictures taken with the GXR, as they aren't even displayed (recognized) by DxO...

When oh when will I finally be able to use DxO with the GXR / DNG files???

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2012 at 07:31 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
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Igas: Does dxo support DNG?

This is exacltly my point... :-(
Whenever DxO upgrades Optics Pro, I again request at least DNG support but, to no avail... I'm a Ricoh GXR user and have been using DxO since (I think) version 3. It was great with my Canon gear (20D & 5D Mk2) but it won't even display my GXR images...
So disappointed...I don't know why I keep upgrading (currently using version 7 Elite and Filmpack 3 Expert edition). Perhaps it's time to move on and use LR4 exclusively... Pitty...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2012 at 18:25 UTC
On Shooting with the Leica M9-P article (629 comments in total)

Still love to work with my trusted M3 and for the digi-stuff, all my Leica, VC, Pentax, Canon etc lenses found a great home on my GXR... :-)

Only thing missing for digital nirvana is the Ricoh upgrade to a 24 mega-pixel FF sensor...

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2012 at 23:05 UTC as 106th comment

And when are you finally going to support the Ricoh GXR?

At least give us support for DNG files!

That would be appreciated too...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2012 at 19:04 UTC as 18th comment | 4 replies
On Just Posted: Sigma SD1 / SD1 Merrill review article (374 comments in total)

I wish Ricoh could / would make a "lensor" with this fabulous sensor for its GXR...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 17:34 UTC as 133rd comment
On Ricoh GXR Mount A12 preview (68 comments in total)

A full review would be very much appreciated...
Thank you...

And a quick request to DxO: Please add DNG support to DxO Optics Pro!!!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2012 at 11:01 UTC as 6th comment
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