Chilloutbuddy

Chilloutbuddy

Lives in Australia Melbourne, Australia
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Joined on Nov 13, 2007

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Skipper494: It does not impress me when a company keeps bringing out new firmware versions, means they didn't get it right the three times before. The lenses are excellent, the performance clean, but it's still a 16MP camera.

you are a salesperson's wet dream :)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 10:25 UTC

guys thinks are very simple:

Fuji has a camera in the market that sold X units. Sometime after the launch Fuji learned a new trick that can make this camera better.

Fuji has the following options:

a) Launch a new model with the new tech and call it an "upgrade"
b) Wait until the next planned release to incorporate the new tech
c) Give a FW for free

Lets just say I like the choice that Fuji made and call it a day.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 02:41 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
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Chilloutbuddy: yep, I agree.

the only thing that ruins it for me is the physical shape of this camera; with fixed-lens cameras I want them to be as flat as possible, because they are by definition my take-everywhere cameras and I want them to fit in as many places as possible, from jacket pockets to non-camera bags. One of the things I love about the X100 series and the GR. So I think I'll wait for the pancake lens version, if it ever comes.

PS it's been many years since I've paid for anything branded leica, but lately I feel better about their pricing since I noticed for how many consecutive years they were actually losing money from selling cameras. Search their financial reports up to 2010/11.

Hi Zlatko,

True about the Texas Leicas, which is why I avoided them, instead I went for a Fuji GA (medium format 645) which is a flat pack camera and can fit in surprisingly tight spaces, even in a jacket pocket.

I think it's mostly the choice of focal length and aperture that gives this lens that size, which is fine, just not my personal preference. Leica and others have a lot of experience making pancake-ish lenses with very usable rigs, but it would probably have to be around the 35 to 40mm range, and probably slower than f1.7.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 21:49 UTC

yep, I agree.

the only thing that ruins it for me is the physical shape of this camera; with fixed-lens cameras I want them to be as flat as possible, because they are by definition my take-everywhere cameras and I want them to fit in as many places as possible, from jacket pockets to non-camera bags. One of the things I love about the X100 series and the GR. So I think I'll wait for the pancake lens version, if it ever comes.

PS it's been many years since I've paid for anything branded leica, but lately I feel better about their pricing since I noticed for how many consecutive years they were actually losing money from selling cameras. Search their financial reports up to 2010/11.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 14:44 UTC as 138th comment | 2 replies
On Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on article (668 comments in total)
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skyfotos: I used film Leicas for many years but have never got used to the fatter feel of digital Leicas. I wish that they would slim the digital models down to the original film M3 size.

Well, here's what I know beyond doubt: a) rangefinders don't mix well with my shooting style, I've bought and used some awesome ones by Leica & Zeiss (35mm) and Fuji & Mamiya (medium format). RF shooting is great, just not designed for me. b) I like & need colour too much to have a dedicated B&W camera, I would use it rarely, if ever.

And yet, I'd really love to own this camera, with this lens. Try and explain this one :)

Edit: bah... I didnt mean to post this as a response but as a standalone comment, sorry

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 02:25 UTC
On Leica M-Monochrom preview (451 comments in total)
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MrFlash: Just when you think that Fuji (and others) may drag Leica kicking and screaming into the 21st century, they resist temptation and take a giant leap back toward the 60's.

Very few people will be willing to photograph exclusively in B&W, so it's a good thing that Leica bodies are priced so that most people can just buy two. One for color, one for B&W. Makes perfect since to me.

LOL

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2012 at 01:18 UTC
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