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...
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.
I concur with you there. The digital M is a significant 5mm thicker than a film M at least! Look at these cameras in profile or from the top and they're extremely chunky.
Papi61: Samsung can work on the actual technology that makes thing possible. Apple doesn't have any manufacturing know-how and can only buy (cheap) components from other companies (Samsung being one of the biggest contractors, if not the biggest.) Once the stupid fad vanes and Americans become less racist, xenophobic and nationalistic, it's easy to see who will come out on top in the long run.
"You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time."
-- Abraham Lincoln
Neal Hood: Samples definitely seem to have a "darkish" trait to them. I would not want to buy that camera without using it for a weekend or so.
Fujis tend to underexpose slightly. If you're shooting RAW it shouldn't be an issue or you can just adjust the exposure-comp dial to compensate.
This really is a lovely little camera! I'm now actually starting to regret now that I didn't wait longer before purchasing the X-E2. Which is a great little camera too mind. I really like the X-T10s simple retro-geometric styling and silver finish too. Reminds me of the Pentax K1000 I used way back when!
When I first saw the scoop photos of this at Fuji Rumors, I thought it to be quite ugly and nowhere near as good looking as the X-T1, but watching this video its grown on me enormously! Hopefully it'll be a big sales hit for Fujifilm.
VisualFX: "MADE IN CHINA". No purchase from me. Fuji had something going there for awhile, being Made in Japan. Now they are going cheap like everyone else. Whoever wants to support sweatshops and poor labour conditions and poor human rights, go right ahead and purchase this camera.
I have nothing against products being manufactured in China or elsewhere in Asia. But from my experience with cameras in particular. The Japanese branded ones manufactured on home turf still generally have less quality and reliability issues than the ones that aren't.
Again I'm referring to cameras here. My Mac and iPhone are Chinese and their quality and reliability so far has been excellent.
Oppo manufacture very high-end audiophile grade planar driver headphones, universal disc players and DAC/headphone amps that generally receive rave reviews. But this smartphone division of theirs is very lacklustre by comparison and nothing on the Samsung S6 series. A 6" 1080p display - that's very two years ago!
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.
Didn't they say made in Thailand? None the less I agree. What I liked about Fujifilm cameras is that they were manufactured in Japan. It was one of my main considerations when purchasing the X-E2.
In my case for quality and reliability reasons. Now they seem to be going the Oly and Nikon way, which I don't like...Canon have recently announced that they're bringing their camera manufacturing back to Japan for instance.
I also think, that gradually Fujifilm are becoming like all the other Japanese brands. Their Kaizen firmware updates now seem to target only their latest model cameras, rather than older ones, which used to be one of their most endearing qualities. Again just like all the other main stream brands...a little disappointing.
For instance both the X-E2 and X-T1/T10 use the same sensor and image processors. So all the features now available on their XT series cameras could be added to the X-E2 via firmware. Such a move wouldn't effect sales of their latest I don't think.
flysurfer: "It's also worth noting that users now have the ability to toggle their AF point when shooting with Face Detect on, which is new."
It may be worth noting, but it isn't new, because the at least my X30, X100T, X-A2 and X-T1 also offer this feature. :)
Great work if you can get it!
retro76: Honestly right now the Olympus EM10 is the camera to beat, especially @ $499. I purchased a Fuji XM1 before sending it back for the Oympus. I know it's subjective, but I really don't get the appeal of Fuji, it's a camera that reviewers seem to put on a pedestal, yet IMHO it's a camera that falls short in just about every category especially so compared to other brands I have used. Maybe I missed something in my short time using the camera, but it's a system that didn't impress me in the slightest, in fact it's the most clever marketing I have ever seen for a brand.
Very subjective...before purchasing my X-E2 I went for an Oly E-M10 based on its great for the price feature list, and good reviews. But when I received it, it left me cold despite the fact that it took good photos. Also the built-in flash on mine didn't work. Which is not something you expect in a brand new camera (another Japanese branded camera not made in Japan!) so I ordered a replacement, which took an absolute age to arrive.
So I got fed up waiting, added a little more money and went for a made in Japan X-E2 instead! Which didn't leave me cold, despite the lower specification. So yes, what one thinks of a particular camera is very subjective...you like the Oly but I didn't!
I like it. I'm an X-E2 user and this is its successor apparently. One little thing I didn't like though is that this camera is manufactured in Thailand rather than Japan. I know there's quality control and all that. But from my previous experience with Japanese brand cameras I've used over the years. The one's manufactured on home turf...so to speak...tend to be more reliable.
You've got a lot of Fujifilm cameras! A fanboy then? I'm not being cynical, I use an X-E2 myself.
As this is a limited edition, why couldn't they've put in a little more effort and made the upper and lower panels real titanium instead of just paint?
RStyga: Leica "upgrades" a $7,500 camera with Live View and 3" 921K LCD in 2015? At this rate they might catch up with the rest by 2050, give or take a decade.
Although good adapters are abundant for DSLM cameras, a native M mount camera could put a stop, or at least a brake, to the Leica camera charade...
I believe there is some startup working on a digital rangefinder like camera with a native M mount. It appeared in the news sections here and elsewhere a while back.
maxnimo: Why do they call it a 1" sensor when not even the diagonal is even close to 1" in length?
Very informative Joel, I didn't know that. Nice to learn new things.