As many of you know, I’ve been experimenting with — and immensely enjoying — the Sony A7S.
The images from the CMOS sensor in the A7S come closest to the look I get with the CCD sensor(s) found in the Leica M8 and M9/M-E vs any other CMOS sensor camera I’ve tried to date (that list includes the Nikon D800E, the Leica M240, the Sony RX1R, the Nikon Df, and — whatever else I left out).
The CMOS-on-steroids A7S also allows me to photograph at amazingly high ISO levels. And does video too.
Frankly, the A7S is a fun camera to use.
On the other hand, the M8/M9/M-E cameras produce superior images at base ISO.
But Leica doesn’t appear to want to make any more CCD-based M cameras in the future, unless of course a million of you sign My Open Letter to Leica (by the way, only 999,660 signatures to go…). And the CCD Leica cameras are clunky and dated with respect to technology (they were dated, in fact, at the time of their introduction!).
Then again, Michael Jordan was considered over-the-hill when he returned to the NBA for the second half of his career, and look what he accomplished.
The point of all of this?
I’m a minimalist. Keeping things simple helps me produce better images.
I mentioned previously that I don’t function well juggling different camera platforms, as added variables (like differences in ergonomics, the way of “seeing” (through the viewfinder), menus, etc.) just get in the way.
Variables are the enemy. They are to avoided. They create convoluted paths between you and your images.
So of course, one of these camera platforms is destined to go.
But you already knew that.