Leica M8 and M9 - High ISO comparison

Discussion in 'Leica M Camera Forum' started by Brian, Jul 15, 2014.

  1. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    A trip to the skating rink is always a good test for low-light, High-ISO, and Fast lenses. Yesterday, I took the M8 with the Minolta 50/1.4 MC mount converted to Leica mount and the M9 with the 50/1.1 Nokton.

    I used M8RAW2DNG with the M8, shooting ISO160 at -3ev (ISO 1250 equivalent) and with the Disco lights on Manual, 4 stops under the correct exposure for ISO2500 equivalent. I used "Levels" and "Curves" in Photoshop to correct the exposure in Post. No Noise Reduction used. I posted the full-res images on Flickr.

    The Leica M8, I've never had such clean ISO2500 shots from it before.

    14470625147_c35caeb74b_b. skate4_ISO2500 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr.

    14470373400_9ee822ae0d_b. skate6_iso2500 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    It was Dark. 1/45th sec and F1.4 for most of these.
     
  2. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
  3. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
  4. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
  5. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    "Whoops, I made a mistake" and left the M8 at ISO1250 and -3ev, had wanted to test DNG-8 at ISO1250, remembered to change back to RAW mode- but forgot to change ISO back to 160 for a few shots.

    SO- The Leica M8 at ISO 10,000. no noise reduction, just playing with levels and curves.

    14653819811_95f4cda3ac_b. skate8_ISO10000 by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    A bit worse than the original GAF ASA 500 Super-8 film? I used that a long time ago.

    So what's the verdict?

    Leica should have put uncompressed DNG into the M8 a long time ago, and would have spared itself all the criticism of high-ISO performance. I do not see much difference between the M9 and M8 at ISO2500 using M8 Raw.
     
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  6. Amin

    Amin Administrator

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    Mar 28, 2013
    I always felt that the M8 was better at high ISO than it is said to be.
     
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