Smallest of the MF format; only 30 x 45mm, a little larger than the FF... Only 37.5MP, a little more than the D800 series 36MP... A phased out CCD sensor to turn obsolete in couple of years in the world of MF-CMOS. Hopefully they can sell this "only 100 units" of limited edition. (BTW, would it differ much if the new lens was offered for $4K?)
Otus is outstanding, Sigma Art is magnificent, however many of us still need something closer to them but not costing more than $500.
When Leica was Leica, there was no red dot. The first red dot we have seen was on the preliminary run of the M4-2 (probably less than couple of hundreds units) and then on the M4-P. And on the red dot it was not "Leica" but "Leitz". It might be hard to believe but for the Leica users then, the red dot was also meaning the end of the most desired models (M3, M2 and M4) and a sort of "decline" for the quality Leica was famous of.
Looking at his portrait this monkey seems to be more talented than some of us....
Does this mean the 'noticeably unnoticeable' costs $1000 more than the 'unnoticeably noticeable'?
A camera costing only $2.500 has been chosen by some top pros to do the job of an Alexa costing beyond $50.000 and some of us bashing DPR for making it news??
Thank you DPR for the photographs looking like photographs worth to look at..
Pay $1.850 to have privilege to live with the Leica quirks.
Magnificent pictures; a new look and interpretation to macro photography. Thank you for demonstrating that art can be performed with macro photography too.
I wonder if Justin would want to upgrade to the "T" after reading all these..
Thanks Leica for making us appreciate the quality of the kit lenses we have.
"Leica is very proud of the T's unique 'unibody' design"; at the first rate, probably for machining down a solid block of aluminum of 1.2kg. which represents the most inefficient method of making a camera body. This inefficiency is reflected also in price: $1.850 on this side of the pond.. very exclusive. We, however, must be thankful for Leica for keeping this "exclusivity" within bearable limits by not starting with a solid block of aluminum of 1 cu.meter size, weighing some 2.8 tons and consequently charging probably $185.000 for each body and wasting 99.95% of the material to recycling.
bigdaddave: Anyone worried about sharpness or dynamic range?
No, of course not because when the subject matter is so fantastic stuff like that really doesn't matter at all. Nor should it.
@electrophoto : A car is what it offers to "use", even those buying a Bugatti or RR or Ferrari pay those sums with the primary goal of driving (or be driven in) it. A photograph is to "look" at the first rate, then comes the quality of the elements involved in making it. Would Mona Lisa be a greater Mona Lisa if it was painted with the material sold in our day?
ManuelVilardeMacedo: Yabokeh will show us this is really a 30mm-f/3.4 lens in 3... 2... 1...
Whatever Prof. Yabokkie states is beyond any discussion as he's consultant to the optical engineers of Panasonic.
A well deserved Gold rating..
Aww! This one looks so banal to go with my Bubinga-wood Stellar and Lunar bodies.. When would Hassy offer this with burgundy lizard hide, anyone having an idea?
One thing is for sure: It is "the reference" normal lens below $1.000.
Francis Carver: "....at around $999 / £900, it costs several times as much as the 50mm F1.4 options for DSLR systems. So what exactly are you paying for?"
Oh, that is an easy enough question to answer, yes indeed.
Let us see now... okay, so the lens will go for USD 999 buckaroos, correct?
Okay, so first you pay the "name surcharge" associated with the Sony name: $300.
Next, you pay the "name surcharge" associated with the Zeiss name: yeap, that will be yet another $300, good people.
What you have got left -- $399 - is all that this lens is really worth and should be selling for. Really.
Do you know any other lens of the same optical quality before setting its real worth as $399?
I think what Rarindra Prakarsa was for Jakarta (fotocommunity.com) Mrs. Shumilova is the same for Russia.
What do these photographs tell us at the first rate?
"Keep on dreaming of the highest technology that would match your capabilities while in capable hands some DSLRs most would quiver their noses at still continue to fascinate us."