The M240

Discussion in 'Leica M Camera Forum' started by BillN, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. BillN

    BillN Leica Place Rookie

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    Mar 30, 2013
    Rave reviews or what

    Is it as big as a small DSLR

    Could seriously "dint/dent" a few people's cash budgets

    best Leica digital ever

    Leica M 240 | STEVE HUFF PHOTOS
     
  2. Duane Pandorf

    Duane Pandorf Leica Place Regular

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    Mar 30, 2013
    I had the opportunity to handle the new M at the new Leica Miami Store opening two weeks ago.

    Leica Store Miami Grand Opening | Duane Pandorf

    I only had it in my hand for a few minutes and found it to handle not much different from my M-E. I could see getting one in a couple years as by then whatever bugs crop up will have been corrected and there might actually be a couple available for sale.
     
  3. ajramirez

    ajramirez Leica Place Veteran

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    Antonio
    I think this is one of the best features of new Leica products. The relative unavailability of new products for the first year (or two) after their introduction helps immensely in keeping my GAS in check. :)

    Having said that, the M 240 certainly looks like an interesting prospect.

    Cheers,

    Antonio
     
  4. serhan

    serhan Leica Place Regular

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    Excellent review I saw this morning from Tim Ashley:
    Tim Ashley Photography | The M (Typ 240) - Leica's new baby reviewed

    Other reviews from Jono and Ming:
    Testing the Leica M (240)
    The 2013 Leica M - Ming Thein

    For pixel peepers, here is a comparison of Sony full frame NEX-VG900E and Leica M with the Leica Summilux-M 50 ASPH lens:
    http://www.digitalversus.com/camcor...6043/full-frame-sony-nex-put-test-n28888.html

    Leica M looks sharper esp the corners and the fabric. They should have checked with a wider lens also to see how much the corner performance differs....
     
  5. Christilou

    Christilou Leica Place Veteran

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    Apr 5, 2013
    My M240 is in stock

    The question is.... do I want it still? Not sure what to do, it's a lot of money but then, I've always wanted one. Will it cure me of gas forevermore? Help me decide someone!
     
  6. Mijo

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    I was waffling between a M-E and getting in line for a 240. There's a lot of features on the 240 that could potentially reduce the overall cost of my system (i.e. one EVF instead of multiple VF for wide angle lenses). However after doing some research on the differences between CCD and CMOS sensors (in terms of color), I decided to go with an M-E. I figured that from here on out digital M's will probably all have CMOS sensors so I might as well experience CCD while I have the chance.
     
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  7. VINCETAN

    VINCETAN Leica Place Top Veteran

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    Aug 19, 2013
    I like the ergonomics and somewhat simplicity of the old M8, M9, ME camera. It might just be because of the number of years I have been using them but it just seems to flow well. On the M240, it is a bit different. It really throws me off somewhat. There are lots of things to like about the M240. The shutter is one of my favorite. I also like the idea that it is weather resistant. The electronic frameline is very nice. I like the idea of LV. It is easier to use than the LV of the Nikon D800e in my opinion. With LV, I can now use almost any lenses out there. Might that be that balanced but at least, I can use them. Nice but not too important to me is the large screen that is also much better looking. I would just go straight to the M240 if you do not have an M body yet. Just save up and wait a year, the price will probably start dropping by then
     
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  8. Christilou

    Christilou Leica Place Veteran

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    This would be my first (and probably only!). Leica M and I think that being able to use lv and also the option of an electronic vf would be a good back up for me in case I find manual focus too problematical. I've earmarked the money from a small inheritance, my worry is that if I don't use the money for the longed for Leica, I'll just squander the money away on continual swapping and changing cameras! Leaning towards the go for it camp at the moment :rolleyes:
     
  9. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    Go for it! The Olympus EVF-2 introduced with the EP-2 works with the M Type 240.
     
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  10. asiafish

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    I can't wait for the Monochrom version.
     
  11. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    Here's my speculation- the uniformity of the CCD used in the M Monochrom is extremely good, gives a true 14-bit image without banding. Truesense is "Cherry Picking" detectors, the best of the best. A monochrome image requires better uniformity than a color image because there is no interpolation of the image.

    I think it is going to be a while before a CMOS based monochrome camera comes out with the clean image given by the M Monochrom.

    Truesense does have a monochrome 4/3 format CMOS sensor. The published specs on it are on par with the sensor in the Olympus EP2.
     
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  12. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
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    Andrew
    Not interested in 4/3. With what I've spent in time and money building my M lens kit, it will will be along time before I buy an interchangeable lens in any other mount.

    Now something like a fixed-lens RX1 or X2 I'll likely pick up before my trip to Germany in April, just for the family happy-snaps when I don't want to teach strangers (or my wife) how to frame and focus the MM.
     
  13. Christilou

    Christilou Leica Place Veteran

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    I love the M Monochrom pictures that I've seen. Having a camera simply for b & w really is a luxury ;) Taken a couple of days to actually hit the pay button but have finally done it this afternoon. Will be getting the Leica 50mm 1.4 as my one and only Leica lens. Think I'm going to have to spend quite some time trying to master rangefinder focusing now.
     
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  14. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    So which one did you hot the Pay button on????? The M240 or the M Monochrom???

    Either way: rangefinders are so easy to use, a 4-year old could do it. That's when Nikki first used my M3. On an outing, Nina asked her "Do you want to take a picture with Mommy's camera?"

    Her answer- "No, I want to take a picture with Daddy's camera!"

    We are standing by, glad to answer any question as best as possible!
     
  15. Christilou

    Christilou Leica Place Veteran

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    I got the M240 :) Thank you, that's very kind :) :) I've a feeling I'll be asking a lot of daft questions!
     
  16. VINCETAN

    VINCETAN Leica Place Top Veteran

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    You can't go wrong with the 50mm Lux Asph.
     
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  17. VINCETAN

    VINCETAN Leica Place Top Veteran

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    Congratulations!, enjoy the M 240, it is a great camera. I'm sure you will have lot of fun shooting it. A little learning curve from SLR but well worth it.
     
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  18. ajramirez

    ajramirez Leica Place Veteran

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    Antonio
    Congratulations! I'm sure you will enjoy the camera and put it to very good use.

    Cheers,

    Antonio
     
  19. Christilou

    Christilou Leica Place Veteran

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    Thanks Antonio, I'm expecting a very long learning curve before I have anything worth showing :)
     
  20. Mijo

    Mijo Leica Place Veteran

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    Congrats on the 240! one of my local camera shops has one for demo purposes and I went in on Saturday to check it out. I was really impresed with LV and the EVF. It looks like the wait times have been greatly reduced as the shop owner indicated it only takes about 4 months to get a black one and even less for the silver.
     
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