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There is also a manufacturing logic behind the switch to mirror-less cameras: But digital M cameras share the same leicz identified above. Knowing how to interpret the numerical results and make them meaningful for the photographer as prospective buyer was and is a rare quality. Around the Leica company had modest background in digital technology and the original M8 can be interpreted as the optimum digitizing of the M7 while preserving the functionality and feeling of the traditional rangefinder camera.

Is this a problem? In those chapters he talks somewhat about the history, the optical design challenges faced by Leitz and some of the struggles they had had in meeting them in those days before computers made the job easier. Geoffrey Crawley was not only an excellent reviewer of photographic equipment, but wrote also in-depth opinions about the role of technical journalism in the field erwih photography.

In erwln past a lens would loose all detail as the flare level would wash all micro- and overall contrast. This attention is obvious because the quality of the ISO setting and the absolute maximum setting are one of the few parameters where one can easily make comments without sophisticated equipment or experience.

If not Compenduum try to replicate the phenomenon in different, but comparable circumstances.

A 30x45mm sensor does not imply better quality than an APS-C sized sensor. This approach ensured the best possible insight into the qualities of a product without neglecting its position in a greater environment.


It is more like a collection of pearls on a string. I see the same pattern with the Nikon D2X. Defining a new product that can cover all these different demands and wishes is not easy. A long time ago, that is before the internet, companies invited journalists to exotic places to inform them of the new products their engineers had created, to have samples of the products to play with and to offer some niceties that might help to get a favorable comment.

It is visually to my eyes on the screen and in prints the best image quality from any camera with a 35 mm sensor I have experienced to date.

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These are products constructed with the engineering approach: The finder magnification is still the now common 0. The first sketches for the new M were drafted three years ago, alongside the development of the M9. My Leica M3 from is still fully functional in its 52nd year and will function flawlessly for another thirty years.

Erwin’s articles, books and lists are helpful, so I have the books, the PDF’s and all handy for whenever I want to do research.

This economic model of constant growing through new products and the parallel compednium of continually adding features and gadgets to increase demand is not sustainable. The video capabilities are not my cup of tea, but tethered shooting is a fine idea when doing test shots.

This method is as close as one can get to replicate an autofocus functionality with manual focus lenses. The insecurity that the future brings produces a sense of insecurity and foot-looseness that backfires to the Leica products. It is logical to assume that there can be no true innovation because all creativity goes into upgrading existing products, based on cost reduction by re-using existing parts with proven reliability. This is a strange phenomenon: The Canon EOS however changed the landscape erein the evolution of camera design.

Their point is the loss of morality of the economic science. The other approach for performance is to settle for a lower height and use the shape of a tower: Buying material goods, like cars or iphones or cameras, is not a rational activity and certainly not based on a rational or logical reasoning.


As shown below it is always possible to produce flare and some reflections when shooting obliquely in the suns direction, but the flare shown here is much less than what is presented on the site in putw. Classical technical journalism was focused on the analysis and evaluation of products and instruments in such a way that a prospective buyer could get a clear and authoritative opinion about the performance of the product and its optimum use.

The thing that struck me was that this relatively small firm, E. Even with sophisticated statistical methods and machine control, one needs a certain time for the manufacture to settle to a state of high reliability.

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In modern culture it is permanent consumption that substitutes for the need for an anchor. Being purely mechanical, with a sprinkling of electro-mechanical linkages, the performance of the whole depended on the precise interaction of all different parts.

The new M transcends the classical rangefinder culture as it is purs by the M Monochrom and the M-E into a new culture of the manual focusing system camera that is expandable, versatile and compact.

The M6J used as many of the iconic elements of the M3 as possible. The white balance, sharpness, detail, color rendition, contrast, Dynamic Range, etc.

And when we look at the average srwin, the M system is only one of several options. You can bet your life on it that there will be a report that claims that the ASC 50 is not useable under many shooting conditions because of severe flare.