I've never used Hasselblad cameras, so I have no point of reference. But a lot of people in the comments below keep on saying that Hasselblad's H series medium format digitals are pigs, their lenses too apparently (I always thought Hasselblad used Zeiss optics) are they really that bad? Because almost every time I watch a video or documentary that shows pro photographers in studios taking photos, its a Hasselblad that they're using.
Hallelujah! They seem to have come to their senses. I wish them well and look forward to see what they come up with.
On the other hand, you could just carry a smallish large sensor compact for a similar price in another pocket...
I like this a lot! It's a great solution for day to day candids and grab photography when you aren't able to carry around your main camera. Give it a proper tripod socket, OIS and ND filter and maybe even an optical zoom and 4K video (both not deal breakers) in the same size compact body and it'll be perfect for its intended market...maybe with the second-gen version. One downside though, it's very pricey! Still really nice, even this first-gen model.
JamesD28: It's good to know Ricoh's putting quality control over getting a new product out for sales as quick as possible.....
No worries, I didn't elaborate enough on my initial comment and turned it into an opinion without detailing the thought process behind it. Also you're correct on third party lens companies potentially getting Pentax owners business instead, that didn't occur to me, so the pressure is on Ricoh after all.
Do Tamron, Sigma etc...offer a 70-200 f2.8 in a Pentax K mount though?
Wow what a lot of hate going on in the comments section here! Anyway I like this idea a lot, it's an ideal solution for me. Allowing me to pocket and carry around a high quality camera connected to my iPhone. The only off putting thing About it, is the very high price. I was hoping for a price point at least a couple of hundred Dollars less than this! Hopefully it'll come down...
It's nice enough, but seems to be another case of Canon's too little too late policy. The Sony and the Panasonic leave it trailing spec wise.
@DSudio - My comment was not meant to put anyone down, I like Pentax/Ricoh and wish them success, as I do all other camera brands. I just reasoned that because of the smaller customer base there would be less pressure on Ricoh, thus allowing them to take more time to get this lens right.
GabrielZ: Where's the rumoured a7000? I wonder if Sony are still developing APS-C MILCs at all? They're priority seems to be profitable FF MILCs and high-end compacts now. I wonder if this deemphasis of APS-C will effect future development of Sony's excellent APS-C sensor line? We've seen Sony's BSI-CMOS 1" and FF sensors, but no APS-C equivalent! This worries me a little being a Fujifilm user and their dependance on APS-C sensors...I think they use Sony sensors but with a custom Fujifilm designed colour filter array.
Patience has never been a strong point of mine and the comment above is not one of my best - LOL! I don't think Sony are going to be abandoning APS-C any time soon.
Where's the rumoured a7000? I wonder if Sony are still developing APS-C MILCs at all? They're priority seems to be profitable FF MILCs and high-end compacts now. I wonder if this deemphasis of APS-C will effect future development of Sony's excellent APS-C sensor line? We've seen Sony's BSI-CMOS 1" and FF sensors, but no APS-C equivalent! This worries me a little being a Fujifilm user and their dependance on APS-C sensors...I think they use Sony sensors but with a custom Fujifilm designed colour filter array.
True, but is there really that many people nowadays buying Pentax lenses? They're a good but tiny-tiny niche of the market.
GabrielZ: Finally a Leica with a thoroughly modern specification. A nice if very pricey camera...Leica par for the course then. But why a FSD EVF when there are better options available?
Yes, I forgot about the medium format "real" Leica and was thinking about their (real Leica not Panasonic badge engineered compacts) APS-C/FF range.
Finally a Leica with a thoroughly modern specification. A nice if very pricey camera...Leica par for the course then. But why a FSD EVF when there are better options available?
A good rugged option.
GabrielZ: Very slow flash-sync speed. But never the less, seems to be a major improvement on its predecessor. Gives Oly's E-M10 a run for the money. But Panasonic cameras like Oly's leave me cold somehow.
I ordered myself an E-M10 a while back. Apart from the built-in flash that didn't work on a brand new camera! It took good photos, but I just didn't enjoy the experience. None the less I ordered a replacement which just took way too long to arrive, Oly doesn't seem to have good customer service where I am.
In the end I got fed up, so I canceled my order and replaced the Oly with a Fuji X-E2 instead, which I've been happy with ever since. Apart from being fault free, I find it to be just a nicer camera to use.
Bill Dusterwald: What people forget is that black and white film had a color palette. The graytones rendered by TriX is different than that of HP-5. B&W is not just the absence of color. The question is which algorithm does Leica use in profiling their sensors, and could it be changed using firmware?
Just want to clarify, Iridient doesn't give you Tri-X and HP-5 film type presets or Agfa and Ilford warm-tone paper options. Even though it does provide 11 toning effects. But mono and paper sliders that give you an enormous range of adjustment. I don't use Lightroom but that might supply similar facilities too as would other RAW developers...
I think what you're referring too can be achieved in post. Leica M's come as standard with Lightroom...so you could use that.
I use Iridient Developer for my X-E2 and that software has a great section for achieving a wide range of monochrome effects through toning, mono film type emulation (what I think you were referring too) even mono paper types!
It might defeat the purpose, to some extent, of a purely B&W sensor but the option's there. Its still monochrome.
wilsonlaidlaw: As a Leica user for well over 50 years, I think they have made an aesthetic error on this camera. To my eyes, the very prominent screw in the middle of the top cover is hideous. It covers the port, behind which lies the vertical alignment adjustment for the rangefinder. In most Leicas for the last 30+ years it has been hidden behind a Leica badge, usually red. I can understand why they did not use a red badge but surely a black and gunmetal grey badge would have been better than the screwhead.
I know the theory behind the better grey levels and definition you get with this camera but looking at some of my photographs with the M240, printed to A2 size in black and white using Hahnemuhle Baryta Silk paper on an Epson Stylus Pro 3888, I struggle to see how they would be significantly better with the M246. I think you would have to be pixel peeping with a magnifying glass to see it.
That screw-head bothers me too, kind of cheapens the camera a little. None the less over time I don't think you'd notice it anymore. Apart from that screw-head I really like the look of this camera and all M's for that matter.
I have to admit, I really like this camera. Those understated minimalist lines and tank like build really appeal. And then there's the M lenses! Happy for those who can afford one...