cgarrard: So much for sleep eh Richard? :)
I say its about time camera companies take risk and start building more enthusiast friendly cameras. I'd still like to see more risk and more niche's filled.
And maybe one of them will be bold enough to finally make a digital film cartridge we can use for our film cameras.
But it would sell and breath new life to existing SLRs:
The default wish of many photographers: a digital film cartridge; I second that! I'm afraid, however, that there is not enough space for a digital sensor without altering a 35mm film SLR's internals so no generic cartridge can be made.
RStyga: I love the fact that it is marketed as a digital-rangefinder-feature camera; that will kick Leica's butt to move a bit towards better-featured products and perhaps slightly lower prices.
True but it doesn't hurt to have another "rangefinder" out there... Leica is a small company and went nearly bankrupt in early 2000 so they do care about their market share...
I love the fact that it is marketed as a digital-rangefinder-feature camera; that will kick Leica's butt to move a bit towards better-featured products and perhaps slightly lower prices.
Gesture: I understand your comments about the battery, but if I can afford a $1,300 camera, I'll have 4 or 5 batteries in pocket. I wish Leica has the resources and motivation to try and advance viewing systems, as Fuji has.
For Leica, it seems, lack of features is sold as a "purity" feature!
Just calling this model a digital rangefinder is great since it will push -even a little- Leica to improve on specs and become more competitive in their pricing; nothing like a little monopoly disturbance!
Samsung seems to have had internal competition with the introduction of a colourful model on page 13!
Well, well, Olympus has started making the "small" and "compact" lenses, now that the initial craze about 'm4/3' equals 'compactness' has subsided...
PENTAX execs:Recall KS-1, please! Say that the battery circuit causes led malfunction, or that the flash light turns reddish in anger when the "leds" are on. Something.. just get this "thing" out of production, now!
KonstantinosK: Whatever happened to the MX-1? Is it still in production?
MX-1 is a very capable compact camera and, if a bit chunky and heavy, it has style and substance. It has a subtle brick-like design slightly reminiscent of the singular K-01.
ManuelVilardeMacedo: Dear Ricoh people: please give the Pentax brand the mercy shot. The brand formerly known as Asahi Pentax, which gave us spot metering, does not deserve being subjected to so much ridicule. Just call every camera "Ricoh". It's OK. Ricoh has a nice reputation for great cameras too. I'd rather never see a Pentax-branded camera again than see gold point and shoots (and DSLRs with LED lights on the handgrip) with an once prestigious name on it.
The truth is that Pentax have been delaying the release of a full frame DSLR but let's not forget that the company changed top executive route several times in its recent history (Samsung partnership, Hoya merger, Ricoh merger). At the same time, they have indeed, managed to release a number of award winning DSLRs including the classic K10D, the K-5 series and the APS-C king K-3. I do believe they are now under way to produce, at last, the long-awaited full frame. Long live Pentax. :-)
007peter: Panasonic hits a home run this year and last year. The GH4 is a stunning achievement as a Film/Photo hybrid, then Panasonic release a FZ1000 super-zoom fitting a lens that almost seem impossible. Now Panasonic managed to squeeze in a 24-75/1.8 ~ 2.8 lens into a Micro43 sensor camera that is no bigger than a GX-7, what's more its stunningly cheap when compare to buying an M43 camera + Panasonic 12-35/2.8. Good Job Panasonic.
Panasonic is doing great. Olympus has recovered -hopefully- from the executive management scandal and cruising at top speed in the DSLM arena. It will be great if Ricoh enters the mirrorless market but, I'm afraid it would disturb Pentax's course too much to risk the move.
Nice and informative video. I liked the Panasonic rep's pitch: to the point and well-delivered. If only this camera was a bit smaller and lighter...
The RF film Leica cameras are nice but I'd personally prefer the Zeiss Ikon (sadly, out of production, I think, but still available new for $1100-$1500) which is a magnificent camera with the highest standard of build quality and better ergonomics (handling, film change, volume design & weight) than Leica M RFs.
RStyga: I think an RX1 is cheaper...
Paxton's ebay seller is part of Paxton's; they offer the official Sony warranty and Paxton's tax invoice. They are as reputable as the brick and mortar store and Paxton's is one of the largest camera chains in the country. I've purchased from them several times in the past and picked up the goods from one of their actual stores. I've also purchased before from other ebay depts of brick and mortar stores, including the official representative company of Pentax/Sigma in Australia, as shown in the tax invoice that came with the product.
And, I could not care less if you live in the US and it's an inconvenience to purchase from Australia. Don't. My point was that RX1 is cheaper than the Leica model, in the first place.
How old are you, 15 ???
BY THE WAY, FYI, I'M NOT PLANNING TO RESPOND TO ANY OF YOUR COMMENTS IN THE FUTURE. THIS IS WHERE CONVERSATION ENDS WITH YOU.
RStyga: To complete the joke we need the price:http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1083146-REG/leica_10779_m_typ_240_edition.html
To be fair, I have to admit that it is a beautiful choice of design and materials, though, for a collectible.
I am not expecting an abundance of features but Leica need to get it right on the few features/functions they put on their cameras including LCD, LV, buffer, focusing, sensor. I'm not closely monitoring their product line and, still, know of problems with low res and discoloured LCD (until very recently), LV lag, serious shooting buffer issues, RF alignment issues (due to the nature of the mechanism, as well), and sensor performance and/or IR sensitivity (until recent models and M8, respectively). I've read reports of people servicing their units every so often and wonder why do they need to besides a sensor clean and RF alignment... A premium product with extremely high build quality should be expected to last without paying for expensive service every so often.
I, too, like craftsmanship and form and do appreciate it, sometimes more than technological features. If, for example, I do not like the design of a camera there is no chance of purchasing it, no matter how well it might perform. However, I get the feeling and there is clear evidence from the actual products that Leica is not balancing these two well. I am against Leica's pricing policy and lack of drive for technological perfection as much as it is expected given the historical significance of the company.
I have used them. They feel really nice, occasionally, depending on the lens and the RF alignment status, but restrictive and loaded with quirks that work against the photographic experience. No, it is not that subjective what I said. Ask the numerous people in this forum, or just read their comments... the Leica BS needs to stop. They are cameras like the rest, nothing more special. Of course, some people like them and use them. Good for them. As far as discussion and arguments is the matter, Leica cameras are not that great, and a major drawback is the price and mostly mediocre technology used.
@ HowAboutRAWI just quoted one.... I restrain myself for not expressing myself more liberally towards you... but you behave like an idiot (hopefully, you're not one).
Mauro.B: I hope they nailed auto white balance, as in my M240 it is still the weakest link. And offer exposure compensation on the back dial, too.
Well, considering that 99,999% of Edition 60's will spend their life behind glass, my comment is totally useless.
Hahahaha!!! Leica jokes are the best stuff in the industry...
Maybe there should be a customization web page where you could order the Leica of your dreams. I'm thinking, next to choice of leather texture, how many minutes the body should be polished, how many times it would be touched by human hand until completed, how pure the original aluminium block should be, how many holes the needle would do on the leather case, what type of grass the cow, whose skin was used to make the leather covers and case, ate, and other "important" build & purity features.