I’m posting this now because I’ve had a number of people email me today asking my opinion of the sample images provided in Ming Thein’s review of the new Leica M (240). Thus far, I’ve been responding to the questions individually, but given my previous comments about the whole CCD vs. CMOS issue I thought I should at least go on written record on this site.
First of all, full credit should go to Ming for posting (as always) a well-written and polished review. If you haven’t previously checked out his website, you should.
Now, about the images.
These are the first set of images coming from the M(240) that I actually like. I don’t know whether early versions of this camera (with early firmware) lacked a certain je ne sais quoi in the files, but either way Leica should take note for future product launches: call Mr. Thein first to generate your sample image gallery.
Finally, the dynamic range looks to have expanded relative to the M9, making for very “rich” files. All good stuff. Still to be sorted out are colour issues and banding (seen in some other reviews) at higher ISO values.
In any case, it looks like things are moving in the right direction.