Today when I read a post with the title “Is the RX1R II Too Expensive?“, I find the arguments resembling with somewhat people think of the price of Leica cameras.
This is an interesting topic some people would like to raise often from time to time to justify what they believe is true. Now this article talks about what people think of the Sony RX1R II with its US$3298 price tag, not a Leica Q. It is pointless to compare just the price without knowing who these two cameras are targeting at. A photographer who understands what he or she needs would choose the right tool. Don’t be surprised for the sport photographers to choose the Nikon D5 or Canon EOS-1X. I would like to see one day sport photographers will use the Leica SL. I have a few minutes using it when I attended the Master Class conducted by Thorsten Overgaard in Sydney. The viewfinder is magnificent, which is an unique feature, not to mention the quality of the autofocus zoom lens. The possibility of a new era for Leica has emerged.
Nowadays the body of the top of the range DSLRs are closely matching the price of a Leica M body. So if you say Leica cameras are expensive, so do the others. Leica offers the Summarit-M lens series to keep the price down of a body and a lens. The M series has body variation to meet the need of demanding photographers, such as Leica M (Typ 240), Leica M (Type 262), Leica M Monochrom and Leica M-P. Don’t forget the reason to choose a Leica camera is to choose the best. Best value does not mean best results.
I believe the next generation Leica M is on its way by the end of this year, if three years is a cycle of renewal. Start saving your money.
Images featured in this post were some Black and White shots taken in my home with the Summicron-M 50 mm f/2.0. Today I have not ventured anywhere. Home is the best place whenever you want to take a break.