I hope all is well with you!
Finally this 2013 is going to an end… I’ve spent this year mostly in London, with little time for photography.
Far from home and committed to work, I’ve been having a hard time developing my ‘artistic’ side.
However, in a strong effort to keep my eyes trained, I’ve dedicated a bit of time to explore film and rangefinder photography.
Now I’m thinking to jump into digital again (time and flexibility are the main reasons), but I have to save a bit before getting a new camera. I’m very interested in hearing a little more from you about your experience with the new M240. It seems you don’t consider it on par (sensor wise) with the new [Sony] Alpha7R and Nikon Df, and I’m curious about that. I’m still a bit puzzled about the available options, as I never had the chance to test extensively an M9 or any of these new models. I think I will stick to film for a little more .
Thank you very much Matteo for writing.
Well, it turns out I may have an opinion about the Leica M240…
As many of the readers of Prosophos.com know, I’ve written much about it:
- The Leica M9 still reigns supreme.
- About the M240… the image quality is a step down.
- The M9 and CCD sensor.
- Leica M9 vs. M240
- M240: More Thoughts
- Leica M240: Final Verdict
- Leica M9 sharpness vs. Sony RX1R, Nikon D800E, Fuji X100s
- My camera of the year for 2013
…And I have even written an open letter to Leica asking for an updated CCD sensor on a future Leica M model. So far, over 130 individuals have signed it.
However, to answer your question in a concise manner, I’ll note three things I don’t appreciate about the Leica M240 sensor:
- Colour signature. The native Leica M240 colour signature is suboptimal for skin tones, and one has to constantly fight against the default settings to achieve acceptable results.
- Colour Tonality. Colour transitions are rendered more coarsely by the M240 vs. the M9. The M9 renders tones in a more subtle and delicate fashion.
- Microcontrast. Although the M240 sensor (24 MP) will objectively out-resolve the Leica M9 sensor (18 MP) at 100% magnification, the M240 files as a whole are more “muddy” and “flat” as compared to the more “crisp” and “3D”-like images generated by the M9. See here for two examples (see various photo-sharing sites, photography fora, and generally the entire internet for more …).
As for the Nikon Df and Sony A7/A7R, they are not rangefinder cameras, and so obviously cannot provide the rangefinder experience, which is important to me. Also, being CMOS sensor cameras, they cannot equal the M9 in Points #2 and #3 above.
That’s basically it. I hope that answers your question Matteo.
[Incidentally, Matteo has submitted several images to me that will be featured in a not-too-distant Guest Post.]