I didn't quite got that. Does that mean, we'll see re-branded Sony cams with expensive logo? Like PanaLeica? Can't wait to throw my money on that...
Hasselblad Lunar - or SonyBlad for lunatics?
Anyway, that's great. The king of swedensteel could do with some help from Japan, no doubt. But besides irony, I really expect nothing but re-branded Sony's at a much higher expense, and that would be just sad.
on second thoughts, this is propably a clever marketing step by leica. there was people all over the world mentioning that if leica would sell their collector's items without internals, they could make even more profit out of it. since these collector's items hardly ever see any use, nobody would notice. simply put some lead weight inside and you're done.
now, with every bleedin' serious collector must have such a Meeh camera to complete his collection, this one is as clever as the M1-MD-line.
think of it.
no frame lever ? that's great, thank you, leica !
seems they're severely overstocked with old rubbish like 2.5" low-res displays.
any cellphone can do better.
oh well. enough praised.
I share all the gripes about the dull user's interface with You, no doubt. As a part-time Canon pro for 15yrs, I expected a much more refined entry into the ILC market.
But, on the other hand, this little camera appeals to me like no mirrorless camera else. Maybe we should take the livin' easy and just point and shoot with it. The fun potential is immense. If one had offered to me a P&S with the IQ of the EOS T2i (550D) one or two yrs ago, I'd have jumped up and down.
This lil' gem is by all means a proper alternative to the G1X, and I wonder how the pics will be looking like if my Tokina 11-16 is attached once...
Hm.The imagery ain't bad at all, but the few landscape pics didn't exactly knock my socks off thus far.My 5D classic does a better job, with strong AA filter, and my brother's D700 exceeds as well.The equation "APS-C + unusual color mosaic - AA filter == FF or better" doesn't work to my eyes, and I have close examined many of the full-sized samples.Maybe it was just the photographer, or processing?Anyway, those picture samples are leaving something to be desired, at least to me. Even my T2i did better during my last vacation!Don't know. Is it my eyes?
Sigma SD1 - 8000
Canon 5D3 - 3500
Canon 24-70/II 2200+
Muahahahahahahahahaha (evil laugh)
Nikon D800 - 3000 ... seems to be the only reasonable price.
C'mon, we're getting ripped-off right now!
singveld: canon 24-70 without IS and nikon which goes from 12 to 36 while canon still lumbering at around 21. I am selling all my canon camera and lens and move on to nikon. canon is a sinking ship. We all know why, their semiconductor lithography tool unable to catch up with competition, their pride prevent them from buying competitor tool, so i think canon domination going to end.
The numbers might be right, but where did the 18MP APS-C sensor with it's incredible pixel pitch came from (talkin' about 2009)?
The new NEX7 sensor (together with Samsung NX200) resolves even higher detail. 4Ti announcement only a matter of time.
I still own and use a Powershot G10. Okay, that's CCD. But their pixel pitch would be good for (beyond crazy) 21k x 14k pixels FF.
If Canon is going to stick with around 21/22 MP FF, they might have good reason for that. Besides, neither Canon's current lens selection (WA) nor the 100MB file size out of a 36MP sensor would make me smile.
Around 2005/6, Nikon undergone a coup d'etat. The old board was flushed away due to stubbornness and dramatic sales losses toward Canon and Sony. The now much younger board used to turn the product line(s) upside down and introduced a battery of FF cameras and excellent lenses.
Nikon claims to be proud of legacy lenses that could be used with the most modern cameras. Since almost all 35mm lenses fail to convince at the extreme cornes of the frame, 35.85mm sensor width makes a lot of sense and helps to reduce new lenses' R&D.
DeMaatin: Well, Fuji, here's another fine mess you've gotten me into !
But besides, I'm having a hard time to figure out why this new camera must exceed all the dimensions of the (fully framed !) Leica M9 ?With all those fancy new EVIL cameras around, the new X-1 Pro looks like a blackbird amid the sparrows.
Hehe ... then I'd be death for 55yrs.
No, I'm currently in a process of upgrading from APS-C to FF.Since I never could afford a "real" Leica, the new X-Pro 1 is sort of "...and lead us not into temptation". Oh well.
I suppose I have to do what I always do:
Wait a couple of months (years) 'till all the quirky bugs got fixed.
Luta M: The best M9 review I have found so far is written by Danish photographer and writer Thorsten Overgaard: http://www.overgaard.dk/leica-M9-digital-rangefinder-camera.htmlI'm keeping a blog about my experiences with the M9 here:http://lutaatwork.blogspot.com/There's some reviews on it as well, but the main thing about the blog is to show that it is possible to switch from a DSLR to a rangefinder and that it is fun, but hard work.
Well, thank You for introducing Scientology to dpreview !
Overgaard is an avid messiah all over the world.
Well, Fuji, here's another fine mess you've gotten me into !
jmmgarza: I would love to have one of these to take better than average snaps during a casual trip.
Another ugly duckling by design. A real drawback IMHO is the lack of a useful front dial. That is what I love on my Powershot S-90, a programmable front ring. Maybe to set zoom steps (28-35-50-85-112) and the like. But now we have a large cover for a useless bayonet mount. To zoom the lens w/ the dedicatet zoom switch has always been a PITA, at least to me. And what about the number of knobs that are burried under my hand while shooting ? Am I likely to change settings by accident just when holding the cam ? Again, a poorly thought design design. Only time will tell if that really works.All other spec's are great, although I'd love to have 24-120mm or EVIL.