The world’s longest-running CCD “Open Letter to Leica” :) continues…

Inspiration, Q&A, Teaching point

I’d to like see CCD sensors in future Leica M bodies.


Because I believe CCD is superior (in tonality, micro-contrast, general je ne sai quoi vibe) to CMOS with respect to image rendition at base ISO (you know, the kind of environment in which most of us photograph).

Most of you realize this to be true.  Even those of you who initially disagreed now see there is a difference, and it favours CCD.

Am I splitting hairs in citing such nuances in sensor rendition?

Not any more so than the frequent discussions that take place around lens rendition.

Come on, you know the superior qualities of CCD befit a company like Leica!

So, if you haven’t already, please consider signing my Open Letter to Leica.

(over 270 signatures so far… )

Prosophos Open Letter to Leica


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6 thoughts on “The world’s longest-running CCD “Open Letter to Leica” :) continues…

  1. I still don’t see a major difference between the output from the m9 and M240, but putting CCDs back into rangefinder bodies isn’t the kind of thing isn’t what I want Leica to be doing.

    Anyone who has seen the output from a Nikon D810 in EFCS mode realises that the 36MP Sony sensor unit is capable of staggering image quality. To me at least, that’s the direction Leica needs to go in, not a step back or sideways to CCD. Either Nikon or Sony tweaked the way colours were rendered in the D810 (supposedly it’s Nikon via their new expeed processor), and it has ludicrously good tonality, particularly when processed through NX-D. I would buy a rangefinder body that incorporated that sensor/ processor combination in a heartbeat.

  2. I don’t get it. Do you have any examples of the difference you’re seeing?
    I finally let go of my old M9-P after shooting it side-by-side with the M for months. Color and noise look much better to me with the new sensor.

  3. I also don’t see CCD being “better” having used both cameras and a current owner of the M240. To be honest, comparing the unprocessed RAW files from each camera (with the same lens) – the differences are negligible (in my opinion of course!) although I do feel the files are cleaner with the M240. I suppose we all see different things and if you truly like CCD, great! The M9/M9P + MM are superb cameras! I’m not sure CCD will be the future of Leica though. Cheers.

  4. I have to agree with Peter on this. I owned the M240 for a few months, before going back to an M9-P. I can see a difference in skin detail and micro contrast. Don’t get me wrong, as a camera in its own right, the M240 is fantastic. It’s just if you are used to and love a certain look, then nothing else will do. And no matter what anyone says, there is a different look between CMOS and CCD sensors. Which you prefer is of course a personal choice.

  5. Some people can not see the difference even when it exist. It’s like music …
    But for people who can see the difference- its a hammer.

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