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Leica 10771 M 24MP RangeFinder Camera with 3-Inch TFT LCD Screen - Body Only (Silver/Black)
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- Leica Max 24 MP Sensor for maximum imaging quality.
- Fast Leica Maestro image processor
- Universal capabilities with Live View and the electronic viewfinder.
- Splash-proof camera body.
- 3" display with 920,000 pixels, Corning® Gorilla® glass screen protector.
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|Compatible Mountings||Leica M|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||3 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||920,000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||24 MP|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Focus Type||automatic with manual|
|Form Factor||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|ISO Range||Auto, Pull 100, 200-6400|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2|
|Item Dimensions||3.15 x 1.65 x 5.47 inches|
|Item Weight||1.5 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||13.32 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||7.4 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||3 grams|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||5,952|
|Memory Slots Available||1|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||60 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||24 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Shipping Weight||5.14 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical (rangefinder)|
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|Screen Size||3 in||3.7 in||2.7 in||3 in||3.2 in|
|Item Dimensions||1.65 x 5.47 x 3.15 in||1.3 x 5.28 x 2.72 in||2.05 x 4.88 x 2.72 in||5.5 x 5.5 x 7.9 in||7.5 x 9.1 x 8.8 in|
|Item Weight||1.5 lbs||0.85 lb||0.76 lb||2.9 lbs||5 lbs|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||24 megapixels||16 megapixels||16.5 megapixels||24.3 megapixels||—|
|Photo Sensor Size||APS-C||APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm)||APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm)||aps-c||full_frame|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd||1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p)||other||—||—|
|Viewfinder||Optical (rangefinder)||Electronic (optional)||Electronic (optional)||optical viewfinder||electronic viewfinder|
The new Leica M is the most innovative and versatile M-Camera that the modern M-System has ever created. It unites decades of experience in rangefinder technology with groundbreaking digital technologies: It features a completely newly developed high-resolution full-format CMOS sensor that, in combination with its high-performance processor and the legendary M-Lenses; delivers outstanding imaging results. With Live View, video, and new additional focusing methods, it is also the M for photographers who do not wish to miss out on any of what modern digital technology has to offer.
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On my M9, with my Noctilux when shot wide-open, I'd only hit focus maybe 50% of the time. With focus peaking and 10x magnification, I'm able to hit focus 95% of the time or better. This is an amazing improvement (and considering the cost of the Noctilux, very welcome). Ditto for using my 90mm Summicron and 135mm Apo-Telyt. This fact alone makes the costly upgrade to the M240 well worth the money.
There are some down-sides to the M240. It is noticeably heavier than the M9. It is also a bit thicker. A mandatory accessory is the new M Handle. While way overpriced for what one gets, if you've already spent this kind of money for the M240, you can probably afford the M Handle.
White balance is only so-so. The frequently mentioned magenta cast is always present. While eliminating this in Photoshop is not an issue, I'd expect the firmware of this camera to take care of the problem. Leica should get on the ball and really fix this (I've got the latest firmware that was supposed to remedy this issue).
If they came to me during design, I'd have advised them to make some of the button and setting placement more consistent. A small complaint.
Last complaint… while my M9 mostly played nice with my Voigtlander 35mm Nocton, the new M240 plays much less nice with my Voigtlander. Even manually setting lens recognition to the equivalent Leica Summilux lens, I still get a vertical band of shading along the left edge when shot into a sunny sky. I'll probably just keep the Voigtlander lens glued to my old M9.
Overall, this is a very worthy upgrade from the M9 and one I highly recommend.
However, the camera should only be judged by the quality of the images it produces, not the inconveniences it may create. On this front, the Leica M is a winner! It is just not fair to compare the Leica M to any Sony or Fuji camera (or Canon or Nikon for that matter, which I have owned over the years because Leica was slow on moving into the digital realm). Those machines don't even come close! The other brands produce fine photos, but Leica is in a league of its own. Coupled with a high-end Leica lens, you will see the difference, you can't miss it!
I wish I could have given this camera 4-1/2 stars for it is definitely NOT perfect! But it is a major improvement over the M9, which I hated. The quality of the photos coming out of Leica M is simply impeccable. (Amazon should build in a feature to allow sample photos be uploaded)
The Leica M9 had lots of character, that special quality that's hard to describe but oh so easy to see in your photos - but the M9 also had a lot of limitations and sometimes frustrating shortcomings, the look was second to none, but trying to shoot a few frames in quick succession and the camera could freeze and require you to take out and re-insert the battery. The LCD screen was good for reading menu text, but really viewing photos on it was more of a theoretical thing since the color cast and detail was horrible and zooming in to see if you nailed the focus would take seconds to render - I could go on and on, but as far as the system around the amazing imaging went, it was a barely working camera.
The typ 240 changes all of that and more - the rangefinder focusing is more accurate and it'll nail more shots then ever before, the sensor is higher quality, the colors are more accurate, no more green cast and blown out reds. The LCD screen is beautiful and zooming in to photos is instant, files are now usable upto 3200 ISO - and it even has live view which can be quite useful when it's too dark to RF focus or when you're shooting at f0.95. Just everything about it is a huge step forward and makes for a much better camera.
If you haven't shot Leica before, then this short review won't be enough to tell you everything you need to know - but there's countless resources available online to help you out there. But I will say this, the quality of the photos from the M typ 240 are far better than any Canon or Nikon DSLR can produce, the contrast, saturation, colors and sharpness the M combined with Leica lenses can deliver is out of this world - and when you do nail that shot, the Leica will make it look better.
The rangefinder system is much harder to use, manual focus, a very poor exposure system, very few bells and whistles compared to most modern camera's - but that's not what the Leica system is about - the Leica is all about slowing down, taking photos full of intent and art. So it'll help you take beautiful photos if you're willing to take on the challenge, but if you're looking for features and something that can shoot 11fps, auto-focus, do subject tracking in sports of birding, or even has real lenses beyond 135mm or zoom lenses for that matter - get a D800 or a 5D Mark III instead - they'll give you 90% of the image quality for 30% of the price and give you a much wider choice of lenses. If however you want that special range finger experience with that look that nothing else can product, than this system is for you - and the 240 is the best Leica made to date, by far.