Why the Leica M type 240 works for the general enthusiast!
By Gage Caudell
Steve, I’ve posted here in the past and visit your site daily. Thanks for creating this wonderful site for all of us too enjoy!
I have been fortunate to have received my Leica M240 when the first batch was released. For four months I’ve been extremely happy with the camera. I wanted to post a few of my pictures and explain why in my opinion this is the best Leica M yet!
I routinely read comments about how Leica has went away from their roots and have created a camera that is more Nikon/Canon like. The only reason for the similarity is due to the improved dynamic range of the sensor. Leica was in a no win situation. Either create a $7K camera with a subpar sensor or create a new sensor that rivals other top market sensors. Personally, I believe they did the right thing. The improved dynamic range of the camera allows Leica to enter new markets. In the past, the only person interested in a rangefinder was the street photographer. Now, landscape, studio, and general enthusiast photographers have a camera that is small and compact but allows them to shoot with the best lenses in the world.
For example, shooting landscape in the past was sometimes difficult and timely because you would have to review your picture each time and make adjustments accordingly. Using graduated filters, such as the Lee filter system was very difficult because the filter would be in your way when trying to compose and it was difficult to correctly place the filter. All these prior complaints and problems were fixed by enabling live-view or use of an external viewfinder. Now, you can see changes to the aperture, shutter, and exposure in real-time. I’m not a studio photographer but having the ability to use the EVF and having the increase dynamic range in my opinion makes the camera a no brainer in comparison to the M9.
I consider myself an enthusiast photographer and therefore take pictures of whatever interest me. One day it may be taking pictures of my daughter, the next might be for a friends engagement. Some days I feel like shooting landscape, others birds (ok, I really don’t like birds). The M240 has performed well with my type of photography and will continue for a long time.
Here are a few pictures encompassing my type of photography.