"35 hours of shooting over the course of 15 days just to capture. A further two months were required in post-production to stitch the images together, creating a 46 terabyte finished product".All this to produce a deeply uninteresting picture.
Mssimo: Does it use the new or old style Olympus EVF?
Brendon, what made you assume anyone is afraid of technology?The telemetric rangefinder is by its own right a technological prowess. It's not like all technology has to be based on electronics.And yes - I still find it ludicrous that people should want to buy an expensive camera with such a sophisticated viewing system and use it with something that is a digital rendering of the subjects. I admit the EVF may be handy in some situations - but hey!, this camera has live view.
princecody: The 246 shouldn't be more than $3,000 in reality.
Prince, as someone said before, Zeiss lenses are not that inexpensive. And I didn't say M bodies are built in Portugal: they're *assembled* in Portugal. The bodyshells and components are made in Germany then put together by hand in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal. Which is not really that far from Germany - a mere 4000 km or so. It's not like they're made in China.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portugal
helmut weber: A stupid tool for edonists! Not a camera!
You could at least have spelled 'hedonists' correctly.
Prince, you are wrong. All M bodies are made in Germany and manually assembled in Portugal by highly skilled workers. The process of selecting glass for the lenses is in itself a high-cost one, let alone all the polishing the elements have to go through. QC complies to the highest possible standards of the photography industry. Add to it the use of materials such as solid brass and sapphire glass. The sensors are outsourced from a small belgian company named CMOSIS. Assembly lines are completely out of question when it comes to the M's. As production rates are fairly low, it all costs a lot of money. Even with the low taxes and under-EU average salaries paid in Portugal, producing a Leica M will always be costly - hence the high prices. In the end you'll have a high quality product which purchase many photographers regard as the accomplishment of a lifetime.
This camera is for those who used to shoot with a Leica M6 loaded with Kodak Tri-X and made the switch to digital.That is the ethos of the M Monochrom. If you fail to understand this, you'll miss the whole point of this camera and surely it is not for you.Having said that, I agree with what tinternaut wrote below about the camera's lifespan. Whereas the M6 was a mechanical camera build to last forever, the M Monochrom is a computer, albeit a luxurious and superbly well built one. I'm just not sure anyone will inherit one of these cameras. (Unless, of course, its owner happens to die in the next two or three years...) They're as prone to obsolescence as any other digital camera.
Sorry, Massimo, I fail to see your point. That's probably my fault, but I really can't see what a monkey taking pictures with a camera previously set by a photographer has to do with Leicas and EVF's. You seem to be in the same state of confusion as Anders.
Anders, I'm sorry but your reply doesn't make any sense. Were you trying to say something?
I wonder how Robert Capa, Cartier-Bresson, W. Eugene Smith, René Burri, Mary Ellen Mark and all that gang managed to get any decent photographs without an EVF on their Leicas...
justmeMN: No red dot, no Leica logo, no sale. :-) The purpose of buying a Leica is to show off the fact that you have an expensive camera. :-)
Starwolfy, those ladies will be like:Lady - Oh, what a loooooovely camera. Can you take a selfie with me?You - No, sorry, you're very beautiful and all that, but this is too serious a camera for selfies.Lady looks at you as if you'd escaped from a madhouse and walks away.Sad but true.
Buying a rangefinder camera and sticking an electronic viewfinder on it is ludicrous.
tinternaut: A lovely set, and a complete focus on the photography alone.
Yes, no gear porn this time. Nice.
D200_4me: I'd rather not have my bones or my family's bones decorate someone's walls or made into a coat of arms. Just put me in the ground when I'm expired and be done with it.
Well, there's always cremation...
ekaton: Why f1.4 for a wide lens? For light gathering ability? But sensor sensitivities take sufficiently care of this these days, at much lower cost. For dof control? This is limited with a wide lens anyway - get a longer lens for real dof control. Just because they can? So it seems.
Zeisschen, for your information Leica still make film cameras: MP, M7 and M-A. The adjective 'old' is not entirely accurate...
Oh my god i'm so excited...
samfan: It would be funny if it wasn't coming from a legendary SLR manufacturer that still offers 4/3 DSLR lenses.
Yes I know Olympus has usually made smaller (D)SLRs than the others but still. First they leave their 4/3 customers hanging, now it looks like they're making fun of them...
OM-2n owner here. We can never praise Maitani-san enough.
Olympus will never learn. Anything about gear needs a tone that's akin to addressing to the UN General Assembly. Or a funeral.There's no room for humour when the topic is photographic equipment.
SFXR: This is useless without a crop factor.
This is useless period.
bigdaddave: Not sure why these are on a photo site, but it's amazing to think these pictures were taken with a useless, banding-ridden DR-limited Canon 5D mark 2.
Yes, bigdaddave, I have 'actually' seen the name of this site and it is DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY REVIEW (sorry for the shouting). I don't know what part of 'photography' you've missed, but the concept of 'photography' is, however hard it might be for you to comprehend it, much broader than gear.
Why bring gear into the discussion? That's way off the mark!This said I too applaud DPR for showing us this. The US have a great tradition of gathering public awareness of social issues through photography. Think Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Lewis Hine et al. It's quite moving to think photography has a role in building a better society.