Sigma manufactures in Japan, and still offer extremely low prices. Leica is a "tad bit" overpriced...
RStyga: Worst-design camera record.
No. Hasselblad Lunar sure is ugly but still ergonomic. This Sigma is completely counter-everything in terms of design.
Worst-design camera record.
RStyga: With the rate Leica is releasing special editions and special purpose cameras, instead of fixing the quirks and functional crippling of their existing models, it would not be far from truth to consider all Leica camera models as special edition or, perhaps, special-need, cameras: they lack this, they lack that, they are digital but don't expect up to date digital technology, made out of that worship-inducing material, and, funny enough, costing more than several good digital cameras together... surely, they are special edition/special need cameras. Ah, but the Monochrome uses all pixels for image capturing, earth-shuttering technology! Let's have a new religious Leica movement out of this "concept" and throw to the fire all who dare to oppose buying this and opt for an actual modern digital camera.
I didn't say it is.
What's crippling it is obvious.
Sensor cost does not account for the "Leica" camera price.
It is for me, for the right price, only.
With the rate Leica is releasing special editions and special purpose cameras, instead of fixing the quirks and functional crippling of their existing models, it would not be far from truth to consider all Leica camera models as special edition or, perhaps, special-need, cameras: they lack this, they lack that, they are digital but don't expect up to date digital technology, made out of that worship-inducing material, and, funny enough, costing more than several good digital cameras together... surely, they are special edition/special need cameras. Ah, but the Monochrome uses all pixels for image capturing, earth-shuttering technology! Let's have a new religious Leica movement out of this "concept" and throw to the fire all who dare to oppose buying this and opt for an actual modern digital camera.
Andrew Elliott: Due to near-endless years of long hours of and hard work, at the cost of many a relationship, etc., I was able to buy a Monochrom last December. The 5dMk3, EM1, K5, GR V, etc are all gathering dust in the cupboard as this fantastic camera proves its worth again and again with its magnificent output.
Each to their own, but for me, the Monochrome, foibles and all, is the best camera out there. I even love its quirks. I also like the name of this new one, the Elliott. Even that is spelt properly (other Elliotts will understand)!
And here we have a clear example how well the GXR A12M sensor performs:Voitglander 15mm f/4.5 Heliar /// Leica Wi de Tri – Elmar @16mmhttps://luminous-landscape.com/ricoh-gxr-a12-field-report/The reviewer is a very experienced Leica photographer and demonstrates how well GXR performs even when using a symmetrical-design WA lens.
It uses "angled" microlenses and it does the job. I'm not sure how different that is to "curved".A diagram is here:http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/2949464?page=2
The release price was very high, actually. Now, it's been a superseded / out of production (I think) model / system so the price is quite low although I can see a camera shop selling just the module (no body) for $650. I sent you before the link describing the sensor technology; it does use microlenses and it's very effective. The RD1 uses an ancient 6MP sensor...
I think it is safe to consider GXR A12M as the best non-Leica sensor implementation camera system for M/M39 lenses. If only they had released an updated 16MP version... not that the 12.3MP AA-filterless A12M is not sufficient for up to A3 prints.
The advantage using A12M is primarily against peripheral colour shifting and smudging, ever-present in DSLM+adapter implementations with WA lenses, that can degrade IQ sharply. Vignetting is also a concern but it can be corrected PP easily. I cannot rely on a single image /single lens to determine vignetting. It's not true that the reviews are not worth looking assuming resampled jpegs- in this way we'd have no basis for conversation. See this one that shows no vignetting:http://www.waloszek.de/gxr_mm_vc15_e.php
"Inherenty APSC avoids many of these problems."Not really. As I said, DSLM cameras do not 'respond' well to certain-design WA M lenses. GXR A12M is by far superior to them. Have a look at reviews. I can't see the problem at the image you refer to: vignetting might be present in the actual image or the result of a specific lens, independent of the sensor's output.
The GXR M is designed not to cause the issues that other APS-C or A7 sensors have. Have a look at reviews: there is a consensus about how well A12M handles those film-era M lens designs.
The resolving power stands between D810 and 645Z at base ISO. That's good and quite expected. Unfortunately, the high ISO performance is not as exciting which is, again, quite expected since this is a FF, not MF, sensor.
Ricoh describes the key-characteristic of the sensor in the A12M module as follows:"The large 23.6 × 15.7 mm CMOS sensor offers beautiful bokeh as well as rich tone gradations. Taking into account the use of lenses such as the symmetrical wide-angle lenses of the film era, this sensor optimizes on-chip micro-lens performance and suppresses peripheral light falloff and color balance changes. There are approximately 12.30 million effective pixels. Based on the design concept of making the best use of the special characteristics of film-era lens, GR MOUNT A12 makes it possible to draw out all of the sharp imaging power of both classic lenses and the CMOS sensor."
The primary reason that the Ricoh A12 M GXR module is vastly superior to all mirrorless+adapter solutions on the market to using M lenses is that fact the sensor was specifically constructed to compensate for the M lens design challenges. As a result, when you use super wide angle lenses like the 15mm Heliar there is no image quality degradation in the periphery.
As Michael Reichmann from luminous-landscape.com in his review of the A12M module puts it:"The M module’s sensor is a CMOS design with 12.3 Megapixels . The size is APS-C. It has microlenses specifically designed for the back-focus distance of Leica M lenses, and as already mentioned, does not have an anti-aliasing filter. This latter point may be one of the most important contributors to the GXR-M’s very high image quality."
Jim Evidon: Actually, it is the Leica bodies as well and they do not suck. They are built like a bank vault which it not necessarily appealing to the average amateur, but very necessary to the professional and even the amateur that wants a long lasting camera body that can take a beating.
I bought my first film Leica many years ago and then succumbed to the SLR's. A few years back, I bought a factory refurbished demonstrator M8. Leica's are intuitive uncomplicated cameras that simply take superb images. No deep menus. As you remarked, the glass is unparalleled and combined with the Leica sensor and firmware gives the Leica that certain look which combines IQ with contrast, color and texture that is different from the competition. Not necessarily better. It is just different.
I've found that owning a Leica is a long term thing and in the long run, I doubt if it is any more expensive than owning a Canon/Nikon replaced every 3 to 4 years by owners that must have the latest bells & whistles.
Actually, they are not. If you exclude the RF mechanism, which cannot take any beating at all, needing alignment regularly, the occasional buffer/FW issues and LCD issues (depending on the model), then, yes, they are built like a bank vault... so no, they are not. Pieces of non-moving metal give a sense of robustness but metal does not malfunction or break down, mechanisms and electronics do, and Leica's are as reliable as any other manufacturer's, they're nothing special.
I'm not against technological pluralism, obviously. Leica, unfortunately, is the only digital RF camera maker (although Epson RD1 was very promising but wasn't followed up, and there is a new RF digital camera company in the making). Their pricing policy reflects poorly, in my opinion, on them. It is also very unfortunate that Cosina (Zeiss Ikon [now discontinued], Voigtlander) is their only competitor in the film RF camera market. For now, I prefer the Ricoh GXR + A12M that,although not an RF, is far better than M8 and close to M9 for a fraction of the Leica cost.
Could you care to explain what exactly is that this camera does, and at $7.5K at that, and others cameras don't as it is not all that self-evident?
Jylppy: I really really like what Leica does. They have taken photography to completely new level. I do not own a Leica and I cannot afford one, but to me shooting Leica is a life-style question and I do not mean "luxury life-style" here.
There is something very timeless, elegant and traditional in their cameras that have magnificent optics and "manual" and "slow" (in positive terms) shooting experience. These cameras are not about EVF, Zebras, 5-axis sensor stabilization, etc. but about timeless photography at its purest. I relate shooting Leica to having a Swiss Chronograph - there are far more accurate timepieces available at $20, but there is something beyond technical features in having a Swiss timepiece. And I am not talking about showing off wealth, but about respect for tradition, history and craftsmanship.
Maybe you should read abluesky's little thread further down.
These look like fakes of MS-Optical lenses...