This essay addresses an inflection point in the evolution of digital camera design: 35m full frame sensor cameras with a lens matched and optimized for the sensor in a smaller and lighter and more functional camera. New designs sidestep all the limitations of Leica flange distance and do not suffer from Leica’s limited access to the latest and best camera technology.
This sea change poses an existential challenge to the historical assumptions made about the superiority of Leica image quality; see the revealing and compelling comparison of the Leica M240 + 35/1.4 Summilux to the Sony RX1R.
Will Leica M be relegated even more to the role it already plays to a large extent, that of a luxury good bought more for prestige and status than for picture taking?
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