When Nikon has released D5, and Canon is rumoured to release the Mark 2 version of 1DX, people may wonder when will the next generation of Leica M be released? The current M Typ 240 was introduced in September 2012 with 24 megapixal CMOS image sensor. The predecessors , the Leica M8 and M9, used a CCD sensor.
More than three years on, why do we still believe the Leica M is an excellent camera?
This should not be a questioned raised by the genuine photographers, but by the investors, or those who are waiting for catching up with the vicious trend of change. Leica M Typ 240 is leading, but fundamental. The change from CCD to CMOS sensor is probably to respond to the call of the videographer, but the addition of video capacity seems not a big success. The capacity is not on par with Canon or Sony. I am also disappointed to find that the dust on the sensor causing some issues. Surprisingly, the CMOS sensor of Leica M Typ 240 is less prone to erosion or dust. Until now, I find only several tiny spots from the sensor cleaning tool.
I have never brought the camera back for cleaning. Some say you can do the removal yourself. But I leave it to the technician. The dusts can be removed digitally by the cloning tool in Adobe Lightroom easily.
To take a photo, the combination of aperture and speed is fundamental. The Leica M is simple and the menu is short. Simple is beautiful.
The Leica M has now released a little sister, the Leica M Typ 262. It is a technically a M Typ 240 without Live View and video. In Leica’s own words, “We are meeting a frequently-voiced customer request for a Leica M that combines the technological advancements of the M (typ 240) with the pared-down range of functions of the M9, meaning no Live View, no video mode and electronic viewfinder.” (LFI, 1 2016 January, page 48). Now all Leica M cameras use the CMOS sensor. The transformation has completed.
Featured in this posts are two objects found in my home. Instead of doing some adventure in the wilderness, I captured the pairs of Crocs in colour and converted image of the wall lamp to Black and White. The lens is still my favourite Summicron-M 50 mm f/2.0.