For the first time in five years, I am without a digital Leica M (my Leica M9 is gone, and so are my Leica lenses).
I don’t see myself purchasing another digital Leica M again, unless:
- The sensor is state of the art. Leica seems intent on never going back to CCD (despite my best efforts), but the CMOS sensor in the M240 was a disappointment. There are better CMOS sensors out there.
- Leica regains its focus on still image photography. With the M240 and its already-obsolete-at-launch EVF, they produced a product with “me too” add-on gimmickry at a premium price. Thank goodness they weren’t silly enough to drop the rangefinder focusing mechanism, or else all would have been lost.
- Leica improves its quality control, and the reliability of its products.
The Leica M3 and Voigtländer Nokton 40mm are still with me.
The Mamiya RZ67 is with me.
My deep connection to rangefinders will remain with my M3, and I will continue to develop my portrait photography with the formidable RZ67. Both of these are, of course, film cameras.
I’ll therefore be exploring another digital system.
In fact, it’s already in my hands.