Reid up with more M details

Started Sep 26, 2012 | Discussions thread
Joseph S Wisniewski Forum Pro • Posts: 34,136
What does one use an EVF for?

photomeme wrote:

I read Sean Reid's part II preview.

Frankly it was kind of a yawner,

You are familiar with Sean Reid, right?

unless you want to hear all the ins and outs of EVF, Live View and Video. These topics don't interest me, so I don't know how much new information he's offering.

He points out the EVF frame rate is a disappointing 30fps, so the image blurs when recomposing or following a dynamic subject.

It's a bloody Leica M, and they called the EVF the "visoflex". It does exactly what is needed. Primary focus is macro, where you don't really deal with "dynamic" subjects. Secondary focus, to Not have to have separate aux finders for the 24, 21, and 15 mm lenses. Again, not the lenses one uses for dymanic subjects.

A review that doesn't take into consideration what a photographer would actually do with a feature is something I sure don't want to Reid through.

I was crushed to hear that the spot metering I'd heard mentioned is just a hack of the video feed that comes out of Live View mode, and not usable when in standard rangefinder mode.

I'm curious, why would you have expected that? I must have missed the discussions where people were rumor-mongering such a silly thing? Was it discussed here, or was it one of Reid's hallucinations? It goes against physics. Spot metering works with long, perpendicular optical paths so you can intercept the proper ray bundle.

I'd thought the M was bringing a significant improvement to metering, but now I'd say it's no big deal.


Reid didn't seem to appreciate the importance of image stabilization to video. He suggested the M might be an alternative for video gathering for reportage use.

It's a convenient "extra capability" for those already doing reportage with an M. But for the most part, DSLR, EVIL, and now, DRF video isn't for "videography" or "reportage" as much as "cinematography" and stabilization doesn't come from your camera, it comes from your rig. I am dying to see an M on a dual rail Redrock.

I'm not sure that's the case (although I'm aware you can do digital tricks to stabilize a reduced frame in post processing).

You can do tricks to stabilize a full resolution frame in post, too, as long as the shutter angle is low enough.

I was surprised by his report that the shutter speed is no quieter than the M9 in standard shutter mode.

Reid says it's just as loud, only more brief. If true, with the removal of discreet mode to support Live View, the M will be less stealthy than the M9 in many situations.

It wasn't necessary to remove it for liveview. Either the real reason will come out, or Leica will add it back in the next firmware update.

There's a lot more in his part II, but nothing that grabbed my attention.

No comment on ISO noise or IQ, btw.

He probably had to agree not to comment on those things. Very common in previews.

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