A play about a wealthy Socialite, an act of betrayal, a tenacious Detective, and of course… a (nervous) Butler.
A Childhood Production.
A year ago, I wrote My Open Letter to Leica.
This followed my initial predictions on September 15, 2012 (prior the release of the Leica M240).
As the years have passed, more of you have realized what I said was true: CCD rendering is superior to CMOS at base ISO.
So far, over 290 of you have signed my letter.
Please share my letter with other photographers who haven’t yet seen it.
Let’s hope that Leica listens and, in the interim, that our M8, M9, M-E, and Monochrom cameras last…
Conventional internet wisdom states that the Leica M8 is a better camera than the M9 for B&W file conversion — True or False?
The answer: True… but barely.
My old B&W conversions with the M8 were more pleasing than the ones I subsequently obtained with my M9/M-E, but now I realize that the less pleasing M9/M-E conversions were mostly secondary to my use of Silver Efex Pro. Lately I’ve been doing straight de-saturation of my M9/M-E files, and they look more natural and almost as good as my M8 files. The M8 still wins because of its greater IR sensitivity — this allows for slightly better B&W output.
For all practical purposes, however, the M8 and M9 sensors behave almost identically (for both B&W and colour). This shouldn’t be too surprising, given how the sensor in the latter evolved from the former.
Which makes me want to re-state something I’ve been saying for years: the M8 was the most under-appreciated and underestimated digital camera ever.
If there’s anyone from the original Kodak KAF-10500 (APS-H 10.3-megapixel) CCD sensor development team reading this, I sincerely thank you for your fine work.
[Upcoming Insight: Film vs. Digital].