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M240 vs Sony RX1: Usability and Function

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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Diglloyd Guide to LEICA contains in-depth coverage of Leica M system cameras and lenses, with additional coverage of Leica M Monochrom, Leica Q, Leica SL and Leica S.

Special emphasis is placed on Leica M lenses and certain Zeiss ZM lenses.

  • Make better images by learning how to get the best results right away.
  • Save money by choosing the right lens for your needs the first time, particularly the Summilux/Summicron/Elmarit choice and/or Zeiss ZM.
  • Make better images, a sort of “cheat sheet” saving yourself months or years of ad-hoc learning. Processing parameters are discussed and shown.
  • Jaw-dropping image quality found nowhere else utilizing Retina-grade images up to 28 megapixels filling up to 5K display, plus large crops [past 2 years or so].
  • Real world examples with insights found nowhere else. Make sharper images just by understanding lens behavior you won’t read about elsewhere.
  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.

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Leica M Typ 240 vs Sony RX1R with EVF and Really Right Stuff grip
(Leica M240 shown with 50/1.4 Summilux, comparison uses 35/1.4 Summilux)
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