I never really found the ideal bag but I bought a lot of others. Fortunately they were all used/eBay; as my outfit varied so a choice of bags was handy. Some days I would carry more weight than others, sometimes less. I doubt the whole lot cost $400 altogether. Bags get made in the Orient so a $400+ price looks a rip-off. (Anybody got an opinion on mobile phone prices?)Philip
bovverwonder: They must've made this with Leica SL in mind, and just as ugly.
The SL isn't ugly. It's just oversized and overpriced, as were the Leica R slrs. (I had a few). Will Leica sell many?Philip
But it's a must-have if you want to impress!Philip
JakeB: Can anyone report on the NON-SLIP qualities of these straps?
In other words, when I have my Fujifilm X-E2 over my shoulder with this strap, will it start to slide off, as my current strap does?
Better to put the strap round your neck, as that way it's harder to snatch the camera and run... Applies to ladies' handbags too.Philip
fatdeeman: Not convinced the corner quality of these is going to be all that great but hopefully I'll be pleasantly surprised.
From experience of using the CV lenses on a Leica M9 or M240, they give somewhat dim corners, to be put right in Pshop and no doubt the same applies on the Sony. What is a bit more of a problem is colour fringing on the vertical edges of a landscape image. Coding the lenses in as a Leica 21mm pre-aspheric reduces the problem. One way to deal with fringing is to select the area affected and reduce the red or magenta saturation. Another way is to crop the edges off! Quite often the images from ultrawide lenses need cropping anyway. Philip
colin turner: Shoot film _ more interesting than the state of your camera (was always the mantra). Shame photography has become a fashion statement. I had a student, amoungst many others with impressive equipment bags, he had an Agfa Clack _ couldn't and wouldn't have stopped him shooting pictures - as I recall he had his camera in a supetmarket plastic bag.Also bollovks to prefivtivr tect as it has taken me miles lonher to eritr thos thsn post a pigron.
I like a nice bag but it draws attention to itself. I prefer people to view my outfit bag with indifference, boredom even, in view of what the contents cost. Philip
Poweruser: And the rf ist still perfectly aligned? I have my doubts...
I didn't drop mine but the rangefinder needs adjustment. What should I do?Phil
thejohnnerparty: This new image processing and senor technology looks very promising. If it lives up to the promise, how are small senor P&S cameras going to survive?
The best small camera have sharp zoom lenses and better sensors than phones. If you want high quality images you won't get them from a phone.Phil
88SAL: Reminds me of miyazakis perar lenses. Is it rangefinder coupled?
The tiny Perar triplet lenses are sometimes seen for sale at high prices. Some comments can be seen online. Fall-off in the corners has been mentioned but what's new about that?Does anybody have personal experience of these lenses? Philip
Toccata47: Leica's sample images, as shot by Ragnar Axelsson, seem to show less dynamic range than the original, particularly in the blacks/shadow areas. This could very well simply be a matter of the quality of the uploaded files as they do seem pretty poor overall (hello iPhone).
Anyway, glad I bought the ccd model.
I used an M9 for 2 years; images improved when given extra exposure . This particularly applied to Voigtlander wide-angle images whose corners were vignetted and noisy. 1-2 stops more exposure made a real difference. Moving to an M240 I did see blown highlights; I set the exposure at minus 1 stop and an improvement resulted.I like the way both cameras wake up smartly when switched on; can't understand why some say otherwise. I use a fast card and SDFormatter. The playback is pretty quick. There are faults:the artificial horizon tilt thing is much better executed on my old Lumix G5. Dust is a regular visitor in the M9 but not the M240.A limited Leica outfit (camera and three lenses) can be carried with no effort (quite unlike my Canon V and zooms). In the real world however I just bought a big outfit bag and carry my M240 with a sackful of lenses until commonsense returns.The Canon is at Fixation having the mirror replaced.....Philip
garyknrd: I am fairly new to photography ( since retirement ). I enjoy looking at the pics, but hard for me to justify the cost. What is the difference in buying a Leica lens and putting it on your existing camera and snapping some pics? Is there that much difference?
I tend to hold my cameras for years. I can afford it if I really wanted it. I just cannot seem to turn the corner.
I am beginning to think these are for long time pro's that gradually move into this type of shooting. Not sure.
Leica lenses fit Leica cameras. How can you put them on another camera? The only adapters seem to be for macro.Philip
Monochrom: Allthough picture quality will be super, i still don't get why anyone wants to pay for a rangefinder and then use the camera with liveview or an EVF. M camera's were since the 70's a tool for photographers who wanted to work different: unobtrusive, quick and sure to get a picture up, close and personal. Now Leica is turning the M into a "do-it-all" camera. Maybe they feel that they can't sell their camera's without all the extra's, but i think they are losing the edge they allways use to have with the M line.
" i still don't get why anyone wants to pay for a rangefinder and then use the camera with liveview or an EVF."This on an M240 is a great improvement after my M9. I use Voigtlander ultrawides sometimes and I no longer need the distorting supplementary viewfinders as I can see exactly what's going to be in the image. I use my Nikon PC lens sometimes for architecture and it's much easier to do so than on my M9. I just bought a sharp Leica R 35-70mm (heavy!) and it's easy to use on the M240. How would you use a zoom lens on an M9?Philip
Mike FL: Leica is a different company who makes camera having no LCD, but more expensive, so does the seller.
The seller charges $9.37 shipping for a $19,000.00 Leica.
It has an excellent rear view screen now. Why do you need a separate lcd read-out? The main settings - aperture, shutter speed and focus are self-evident. The only thing lacking is a serious gap in the market for an M240 with the colour deleted. I can convert colour images to monochrome in P'shop, no charge.Philip
Boxbrownie: Looks interesting, but just look at the view of the side of the lenses you will get through the viewfinder!
Did you mean that the viewfinder outlines don't show the full coverage ? I understand the M240 is improved in this respect. A real problem might be obstruction by the lenshood of the viewfinder's view. I recently bought a narrow tubular hood for a 40mm Summicron - can't see it in the viewfinder. Worth the money. The ultrawide Voigtlanders need an auxiliary viewfinder on the M9 mounted on the flash shoe so more out of the way. The M240 accepts an electronic live-view finder VF2 by Olympus or Panasonic (badged EVF2 by Leica!) This gives a good view of what the lens sees with no obstruction (fingers apart!)Philip
OortCloud: 42mm portrait lens? LOL!
What's wrong with being an amateur? I gave up working years ago.Philip
OM2n Dan: Looking to buy a new camera absolutely loved my 40-year old OM2nGot to make the jump into digital and was thinking about the Nikon D5500 camera any comments on how you would compare it to Sony a7?
Full frame versus non-full frame is not a big thing to me I don't quite understand that anyway. I do like the idea of more light getting to the chip/processor thingy whatever you call it.
I want a fairly rugged (so is mirrorless more rugged) camera that's excellent in lowlight situations a reasonable degree of lens (Sony a7??) options easy to operate in the automatic mode with full features for being creative in the other modes (took about 40 years to figure out everything on my last one) I do like the smaller body Cameras most of my stuff is Jeeping, hiking, hunting & sightseeing/vacation if it's too big I just don't take it.
Between those two (or add another) what your thoughts? Of course the Nikon would be a little easier on the pocketbook?
Small rugged and cheap? I use a micro 4/3 format Panasonic G5 (something like a reflex camera but no mirror) on holidays and can confirm how well-made it is after falling sideways onto granite paving and hearing the camera clatter along with me. Damage was two tiny scratches in the paint and a mark on the edge of the lenshood. It works as well as when it was new a couple of years ago.Philip
rhlpetrus: This is what Leica should be doing, an all electronic RF system at a reasonable price. If the IQ is good, this could be a very interesting camera for those with M lenses that find current Leica prices beyond their reach.
Leica doesn't do reasonable price! Not sure the M240 needs an improved rangefinder although it does need an electronic eye-level viewfinder when using zoom lenses.Philip
Felix E Klee: The electronics in the Pentax 645Z looks like something from the early 90s. It's not what I'd call compact, even cut in half.
Can you get ultrawide lenses for it for interiors of buildings? There's a lot to be said for keeping to 24x36mm, where plenty of lenses can be found, sometimes at sensible prices.Philip