The Digital Leica M Samples Gallery (Any digital M from M8 to M-D 262)

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Below are all images taken with a digital Leica M from the 240 to the m_P to the M-D, the latest and greatest M Rangefinders from Leica Camera. You can click any image for a larger view which is the best way to view it as this site compresses these down to what you see below, so click ’em if you want to see the better file at 1800 pixels wide. My full Leica 240 review can be seen HERE and it is a 15,000 word extravaganza so be sure to sit down to it when you have some time to spare.

Once you browse the selections below you will be able to see the amazingly rich color that the M puts out. You can also compare the B&W conversions to those in my Leica Monochrom gallery HERE, but the MM is the superior tool for B&W over the M or M9 if you are truly serious about your B&W. I tried to showcase all kinds of samples so you can get an idea of what to expect from the camera.

 

To see them how they were meant to be seen, YOU MUST click them for the correct size/view. These range from base ISO to ISO 6400

FOLM2

oldman

RVN2

ZEKE

L1000084

L1000200

gt5

L1000169

L1000876M

L1000923

L1000749

L1000860

debby1s

Voigtlander 50 1.5 ASPH (latest M mount version)

mikeandboo

Leica 50 Summicron f/2 – NOT the APO

debbydoor

90 Summarit

L1000776

50 Summilux ASPH

97yearsold

50 Summilux ASPH

L1000549

90 Summarit

L1000779

50 Summicron f/2 (NON APO)

cron

90 Summarit

L1000782

24 Summilux (Alien Skin IR filter applied)

L1000717

75 Voigtlander

L1000453

50 cron

L1000233

24 Summilux (Alien Skin IR Filter)

L1000704

50 Summilux ASPH

L1000542

50 APO

L1000727

90 Summarit

man

50 Summarit 1.5 (OLD lens)

swirlybutterfly

Voigtlander 35 1.4 SC

maskman

Voigtlander 15

L1000192

Voigtlander 15

L1000205s

50 Summicron f/2 (NON APO)

res2

Voigtlander 15

L1000216

Voigtlander 50 1.5

L1000048

50 Summilux ASPH

L1002440

Voigtlander 50 1.5 ASPH

mikeread

Leica 50 Summarit 1.5 (OLD lens)

L1002164

Voigtlander 15

L1002065

Voigtlander 50 1.5 ASPH

L1001565

Voigtlander 15

L1001816

Leica 35 Summicron 8 Element (rare classic)

L1001994

50 Summarit 1.5 (Old classic)

L1002151

35 Summicron 8 Element

L1001988

50 Summarit 1.5 (classic)

toddman

Voigtlander 50 1.5 ASPH

L1000934

Voigtlander 50 1.5 ASPH

colorfulbarnsm

50 Summarit 1.5 (classic)

summ

Voigtlander 50 1.5 ASPH

L1002050

50 Summicron f/2 (NON APO)

mar

Voigtlander 50 1.5 ASPH

L1000185

Nikkon 8.5cm f/2 (classic RF lens)

L1001796

Leica Noctilux 0.95

L1001600

Nikon 8.5CM f/2

L1001842

50 Summarit 1.5 (classic)

L1002138

Nikkor 5cm 1.4 (classic RF lens)

L1002204

Leica 50 Summarit 50 1.5 (classic)

L1002236

Voigtlander 50 1.5 ASPH

cattleL1001651BW

Voigtlander 50 1.5 ASPH

L1001659-2

Nikon 8.5cm f/2

L1001684

Voigtlander 50 1.5 ASPH

L1001680

Voigtlander 15

L1001639

Voigtlander 50 1.5 ASPH

L1001858

Voigtlander 50 1.5 ASPH

L1001862

Voigtlander 50 1.5 ASPH

L1001648

Leica 50 Summicron f/2 (NON APO)

L1000320

Canon 50 0.95 Dream Lens

L1000837

50 Summicron (NON APO)

L1000719

50 Summarit 1.5 (classic)

L1000601

50 Summicron (NON APO)

L1000501

50 Summicron (NON APO)

L1000575cr

50 Summicron (NON APO)

L1000577

50 Summicron (NON APO)

kyleatmall

50 Summarit 1.5 (classic)

L1000385

50 Noctilux 0.95

L1002376

50 Summicron ASPH APO

L1002002

50 Summicron ASPH APO

L1001832

50 Noctilux ASPH 0.95

L1001706

Canon Dream Lens 50 0.95

mike1

35 Summicron ASPH

L1001394-3

Zeiss 50 Sonnar 1.5

L1002894lg

 35 Summicron ASPH

L1001419

50 Summilux ASPH

L1001348

50 Summarit 1.5

kyleat1.5

50 Noctilux ASPH 0.95

L1002049

Zeiss 50 Sonnar 1.5

L1002944

50 Noctilux 0.95

L1002034

Zeiss 50 Planar f/2

zeiss50

Canon Dream Lens 50 0.95

L1000841

50 Summilux ASPH

summliuxcolor1

50 Summilux ASPH

L1001624

35 Summicron ASPH

housedit

50 Summilux ASPH

L1001352

50 Summilux ASPH

L1001365

Canon Dream Lens 50 0.95

L1000872

50 Summilux ASPH

L1001381-Edit

50 Summilux ASPH

L1001158

50 Noctilux ASPH

L1001574-3

50 Summilux ASPH

L1001152

50 Summilux ASPH

L1001147

50 Noctilux ASPH

L1001483-2

50 Summilux ASPH

brandonsnow

50 Noctilux ASPH

L1001612

Brandon and the 35 Summicron ASPH

L1001650

50 Noctilux ASPH

L1001677

50 Summilux ASPH

debbycolor1

35 Summicron ASPH

jhnnyp

50 Summilux ASPH

L1000901

50 Summilux ASPH

L1001201-Edit

35 Summarit 2.5

smallside

50 ?

L1000293

50 Summilux ASPH

smallprotest

50 Noctilux ASPH

L1002374

75 Summilux

smallpoolman

50 Summilux ASPH

L1001396

50 Noctilux

hydrant

35 Summarit 2.5

smallwho

50 Summilux ASPH

smalllep

50 Noctilux ASPH

L1001587

75 Summilux

resized3feet

75 Summilux

resizedeb

50 Summilux

L1001391

50 Summilux

L1003039

50 Summilux

meltawaybirds1

50 Summilux

L1000724

50 Summilux

iso10001.4

35 Summicron

L1001564-Edit

50 Summilux

L1000324

50 Summilux

smallart

50 Noctilux

L1001497

50 Noctilux

L1002238

35 Summarit 2.5

smallbates

50 Summilux

L1001285-Edit

50 Summilux

L1001093

75 Summilux

resizedpoolfoot

89 Comments

  1. What you said made a great deal of sense. But, think about this, suppose
    you wrote a catchier title? I mean, I don’t want to tell
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    In my opinion, it might make your blog a little bit more interesting.

    • This was NEVER a post or meant for mass traffic. It was set up long ago as a companion page to the M 240 review, and linked from there. Nothing more or less. My posts get plenty of traffic in google, but this is a page, not a post meant for mass viewing. The review was set up for that 😉

  2. Hey Steve,
    Many thanks for your reviews. You are an inspiration. You may have explained elsewhere, but how does the 240 get those clean edges with the Voigtlander 15? My 15 is a disaster
    with the m9/m8; correction helps, but never fixes it. So what’s the secret? Is it BW conversion?
    Regards Will

  3. Hi Steve,
    Would it be a possibility to add a function showing the EXIF data (at least cam type, lens, aperture and shutter speed used) for the photos shown when moving the mouse over a picture?
    Would be very helpful for beginners in photography like me 😉
    Regards and keep going!
    Alex

      • Thanks a lot for the quick reply!
        Didn´t know that this info is not inlcuded in the exif data.

        Greetings from Germany.

    • Thanks for putting the lens labels. I am really digging the look of photos taken by the voigtlanders 15mm, 35mm, 50mm. They have some sort of magic going on with the photos.

      Also the 50mm summicron (non-app) images looks very nice to my eyes too.

  4. The Rooster, the Barns & the Cows in mono are my fav shots.
    I really want a 240, hopefully the wait times will get a little better as time goes on.

    I’d love a 50mm for my first Leica lens but I think that a 35mm would be more usable overall.

    Ta for your reviews, thoughts & photos Steve. 🙂

  5. Love the pictures! The colorful barns photo totally reminds me of the Bliss (Windows XP Wallpaper) photo. Maybe because of the greens, or the hill in the background.
    Thank you for a lovely collection. Makes me want to sell my car and get the Leica! 🙂

  6. The M 240 is very ergonomic. Having to take the back cover off each time one wants to change the battery or card is a pain, and not having the WB easily accessible as a button is cumbersome. Also, the EV is hard to control. Otherwise, I have no complaints.

  7. Feel very confident with the M240 and a 35 mm lux. Easy to travel with, total control over the camera, and I know that if I get a lousy picture it is my own darn fault.

  8. It’s really cool to see that older / classic lenses work nearly as well on the M 240 as the do on the M Monochrom! I can’t wait to try my 40mm f/2 Rokkor M when my M 240 comes in.

  9. I think the shots that the M240 can take are very beautiful. I agree with some peoples posts about finding it harder to distinguish a photo from a DSLR more so than with the original M. I own an M9P and RX1. For me that is the perfect solution. For others without an M9/8 a M240 would work out great!
    I haven’t managed to spot one in the wild yet. Hopefully soon!!!

  10. I’ll stop coming here because I’ll break my piggy bank and buy Leica….PS. Photos are fantastic, you can feel your joy when you took them…

  11. Why can’t we all just get along?! Clearly we are all reading and responding because we like what Steve has to say and how he says it and I will thank him (thanks Steve) with every correspondence. I traded in my beloved M9 last weekend and I have been shooting my new M 240 for the last 5 days and I write simply to echo the sentiment that there is most definitely a learning curve when moving to the M from the M9. I use Lightroom 4 for PP and I am finding that the new M files respond entirely differently to practically every single adjustment when compared to the M9 in Lightroom 4. If not for reading Steve’s exhaustive review of the M before downloading my first M file, I’d have been really freaking out that I traded in my M9, which I felt was an extension of my arm, for this new prosthetic appendage. With the successive passing of each of the last 5 days I’ve learned more and more how to shoot and how to process these files. It is not a simple matter of just “switching over” to the M, it is akin to an early romance, learning how to treat her and learning what you can expect and even sometimes being surprised by how she responds without even asking her to. Thank you Steve, for the succession of files, exemplifying even your learning curve, as well as your eye as a photographer. No one is being forced to agree, no one is being forced to buy, we are all here exchanging ideas. I would argue for a positive approach as opposed to a negative one.

  12. Love that the library is growing here – showing a variety of lenses to compliment the new M. Appreciate the totally untouched shots that you sprinkle in as well (meaning no Lightroom clicks at all – not even a B&W click). Nothing that says it’s better than the M9 legacy yet – but still impressive to watch unfold.

  13. Hi Steve,

    Thank you for the great review !! Marvelous Job !!

    I also used the M9 (since early 2010), and like most viewers above, thought I was to hold on to my M9, cos it is still the best out there,
    but I ordered my new M anyway, and regrete only why I did not order on the 1st day of launch like Steve did,

    over and since the late years of the M8, I have collected all the Summilux
    21mm (replaced the 24mm), 35mm FLE, 50mm, and I also have a Elmar M90 f4 (with marco adaptor),
    all very hard to use wide open, and if the new M focus peeking and live view helps,
    I am willing to spend another 7K to make all my above lenses more joy to use

    like steve I sold my 50mm summilux back then and only missed it and buy it back (almost at double the price) !!!!

    No doubt Leica is expensive, I hate the high price too !! I wish it is cheaper !!
    I see a lot of people buy Canon and Nikon (they are all great cameras), and spend 10k USD easily over their lenses alone,
    usually 16-35, 24-70, 70-200, 50 f1.4 (if not f1.2), fisheye, tilt/shift, or even 300mm f2.8

    for Leica, you need just 2 lenses, 3 at most (after you fall in love)
    and for 10k you can buy 35mmf1.4 and 50mmf1.4 and 90mm f2.5

    Leica just grows on you,
    if you have yet tried “Leica M” please give it a try for a year or so, if you don’t like it, just sell it,
    Leica is a experience that no Leica user forgets,
    I sold all my Nikon lenses purchased with the D3, and never regret it,
    but I still hold my M8, because it is still a special camera, and the new M will enhence my “Leica experience” further,

    recently I got a used M8 and Voigtlander 15mm ASPH for a dear friend as birthday present, he had never used Leica before,
    but I am confident that he will love it in no time 🙂

    I also used the Hasselblad H3DII-31 (nice files and nothing special)
    503CW with (CFV, and Phase One P45+)
    and recently S2
    but what defines Leica is the M series, if I can only keep one camera, I choose the M,
    so for camera fans not using a Leica M yet, and try to justify buying a Leica M,
    I say “why not give it a try ? even with Voigtlander lenses like 35mm f1.4 at 600USD, it will grow on you”

    thanks Steve again for many lovely samples of your family !!
    I enjoy all the pictures !!

  14. Hi Steve,

    Thank you for the great review !! Marvelous Job !!

    I also used the M9 (since early 2010), and like most viewers above, thought I was to hold on to my M9, cos it is still the best out there,
    but I ordered my new M anyway, and only regrete only why I did not order on the 1st day of launch like Steve did,

    over the years since the late years of the M8, I have collected all the Summilux
    21mm (replaced the 24mm), 35mm FLE, 50mm, and I also have a Elmar M90 f4 (with marco adaptor),
    all very hard to use wide open, and if the new M focus peeking and live view helps,
    I am willing to spend another 7K to make all my above lenses more joy to use

    like steve I sold my 50mm summilux back then and only missed it and buy it back !!!!

    Leica just grows on you,
    if you have yet tried “Leica M” please give it a try for a year or so, if you don’t like it, just sell it,
    Leica is a experience that no Leica user forgets,
    I sold all my Nikon lenses purchased with the D3, and never regret it,
    but I still hold my M8, because it is still a special camera, and the new M will enhence my “Leica experience” further,

    recently I got a used M8 and Voigtlander 15mm ASPH for a dear friend as birthday present, he had never used Leica before,
    but I am confident that he will love it in no time 🙂

    thanks Steve again for many lovely samples of your family !!
    I enjoy all the pictures !!

  15. The M 240 images are worse than the M9’s? What did I miss? I think these M 240 photographs look terrific. I saw a mint used M9-P today priced at a bit under $6000. The M 240 is “only” a thousand bucks more. I’ll start saving. Thanks for posting.

    • Take it from me. I have used the M9 since launch up until 3 months ago or so. This new M is better in every single way from features, speed, usability and IQ. At $1k more it is a no brainer.

  16. Steve,
    I do not have any intention to buy the M240, I do not have the currency to spend for that now. I use NEX-7 and a few elder dslr’s like D200, Fuji S5, all gear that make good shots. Now, I have never been a fan of Leica prices, nor am I yet. But those pictures speak for themselves. Different from the M9 sensor, much different, but with that crisp and sharpness, this crazy dynamic range one can await from a camera. Yes, Leica turns to become a photo-video camera, it will sooner or later have automatic features, it will look like others, but on the end, it is still a too expensive gear. Just must say, congrats, you got a great camera there, despite of it’s overpricing. I love those shots, they have all one can have, for the moment. I just wait to see what Sony and others will make out of the new 20 mpix apsc. I prefer that format for dof reasons, the shots I do, need sharpness in depth, something where a FF is too narrow for me.

  17. I just looked at this series of pics for the first time. Since the first 240 pics I saw, I changed my opinion. At first I was somewhat disappointed in the M240’s IQ, because its character indeed differs clearly from the M9, which I loved (and still love).
    But with every new set of M240 pictures, I appreciated them more. This really was a “learning” process. In the meanwhile, I have to say that I see a kind of serene riches (again in these pics), that I appreciate tremendously. I clearly see more nuances. I really love it. Really love it.

  18. can any one explain to me why CCD can’t do liveview on stills cameras? I use CCD video cameras all the time for tv programmes, like the sony pmw500, and that has/has to have “liveview”…cheers

  19. Wow, wow, wow….just got my M9…and was happy to keep it for the forseeable future especially as it was a pressie from my dearest …but these pics are just outstanding especially re the colour…and no doctoring?…
    Incredible…
    Absolutely, tangibly… incredible!

  20. HelloI steve, sorry but it seems that every new leica is for you better than the older. This time, it’s not true. I have buy the last M9 available In Brussels in september 2012 and i’m so glad i’ll have do that. Your pictures are good but nothing amazing that justify to buy the new M.

    • Hate to disappoint you but the new M is better in every way and my images from this camera look much nicer than my M9 shots. Add to that all of the other improvements… I would not go back to the M9 after using the M for a few weeks. But for you the M9 may be better. For me, technology improves as did the M just as the M9 did over the 8. Why didn’t you just go to an M8 since the M9 is newer? In any case, the new M is the best digital M yet, hands down.

    • If you really feel that way, go buy any digital camera, and just crush your blacks and tint everything slightly cyan and you’ll essentially have the poor colouration and contrast of an M9. 😉

  21. Steve, I’m just not sure how the new IQ is going to grow on us when the images look like they come from any decent FF camera (D800 for sure). Those that complained about the M9 when it came out could not argue that the IQ was like every other DSLR on the market. Leica kept the M9/ME in production bc it produces an image that you cannot find anywhere else. The feature difference between the M9 and M are obvious but it does seem that you have to compromise the signature look for the bells and whistles. I think your images are good, but the CMOS look just isn’t unique. Not a knock on you as a photographer, just a statement of fact about what I see in the shots the new camera produces. You continue to tell us how the new camera is superior in every way but I struggle with how that could be if true if the images are nothing special.

  22. Have to agree – these M images lack “something”. When I first saw M9 images all those years ago, they bowled me over instantly. They looked nothing like anything that had come before, or since (although the new Fuji X’s are catching up). The colours were deeper and denser. These, by comparison, are more “digital”, and “samey” when compared to other digital full frames.

  23. Thanks for all these updated Steve.
    Great pics, quick question.. it seems that most of them have heavy vignetting. That is from your post process (and thus artistic interpretation) not the sensor/lens combo, correct?

    One lens you have to try on the M is the 90mm Elmar Macro. I just sold my Summarit 90 for one (I hated the build quality and rough focus) and was stunned by how the Elmar renders in regular photography. Smooth , sharp and that Leica 3D pop we love. I had no idea the Summarit – albeit sharp – was so flat in comparison.

    • There is no vignetting with the 50 Lux on the M. What you see in some of the B&W conversions is a result of the AlienSkin filter, that is all. Others are due to me lowering exposure or deepening the black level. All photos I show have gone through RAW processing with minor tweaks during the raw conversion. No PP in photo shop or external editing has been done.

  24. Ad Evil Ted…..

    Hyperfocal is an option most camera’s these days ommit (no DOF markers on lenses for instance is normal these days)…..and that is not only so for the RX-1 also for most of the Micro 4/3 group and some Nikon…..I use manual Nikon glass on my OM-D to counteract that. The fastest AF is HF (or ZF Zone Focus).

    “Any “look” is achievable in post” I should say yes as far as color rendition is concerned…..but for the cripsness of the M9 sensor….well, that is hard to copy (no AA filter and blisteringly sharp and (micro)-contrasty glass coupled to the smoothness of the CCD sensor).

    Greets, Ed.

  25. Sorry everyone but isn’t the lenses the most important to obtain the best image If you seriously want the best Leica experience don’t buy a M240 with a Summilux lens Buy a secondhand M8 or M9 and spend your $7,000 on a Noctilux 50mm f0.95 which is approximately the same price. A M8 and Noc vs M and Lux the M8 and Noc would win hands down in every way.

    • M8 and Noct will not beat an M and a 50 Lux. No way, no how. You can also not buy a Noct 0.95 for 7k. Even used they are $9200 or more. The M8 is very limited in its use (daytime only mostly) and you will also need a $200 filter on that noct for the IR issue. For $11k plus it would cost for a Noct and M8, the much better buy would be a $10k M and 50 Lux. This is coming from someone who has shot all of these combinations. The Noct is gorgeous but in reality it does one thing very well.

      • Have seen a Noc go for 7,000 maybe be better worded towards a noc never the less images I have seen recently of a noc easily surpasses the images just posted Don’t get me wrong as I love Leica and use all the time but the point i was trying to make is that the glass is more important than the camera, and I have seen many reviewers confirm that.

      • Steve, since I tried M + noctilux, I have been thinking of buying an XE-1 and SLR magic 50/0.95 to fit in my budget. Do you think you would be able to review that combination?
        I know you tried Fuji before and were not very happy with its speed, but would be great to see the IQ.

  26. If you want to pay $3500 for an RX-1 + EVF and have a fixed lens camera that is useless for street photography versus $7000 for a Leica that isn’t can support all the existing M lenses AND turn into a DSLR by supporting all the R lenses, then by all means go for it.

    It’s horses for courses.
    The RX-1 simply isn’t a good enough camera for the street, doesn’t manual focus worth a toss. Doesn’t support hyperfocal focusing and can’t find it’s own ass in low light. Sorry, I’ve had that experience with the original Fuji X-Pro1 and my feelings are the new X100s will kick the RX-1 into touch.

    The only feasible comparison today for a street photographer is Fuji X100s now, Fuji X-Pro2 in June or Leica M 240 now (or June if the wait list is forever).

    Personally, I have a Fuji XE-1 and a Canon 5D MK3 so, the only answer for me is the Leica M.
    If you complain about the new M look, learn how to PP better.
    Any “look” is achievable in post…

    ET

  27. The M9 sensor providing the “Leica look” is a myth. The Leica look is provided by the lenses, not by the recording media (be it film or digital sensor). The simple truth is that there is not a big difference between the look of the M9 files and the M-240 files, and it will be even less of a difference once the firmware and software camera profiles are a little more developed.

    The M9 is a great camera and there is no shame in sticking with it. But if you want cleaner files in low light, wider dynamic range and more flexibility in post processing, the ability to use live view and focus peaking, more versatility for shooting and accurately focusing lenses longer than 90mm on your rangefinder camera, and a host of other features, then the M-240 is a solid upgrade and well worth the money.

    And if you are justifying your decision to stick with the M9 based on the 240 not providing the “Leica look” (especially based on these very early images), then you are just fooling yourself. From the comparisons I have seen, there is very little difference between the two at base iso.

    • You summed everything up correctly…But just get a Nikon D800E save your self a tons of money plus reliability is a lot higher and no worries about RF being out of alignment. I know Leica fan boys will bite my head off, but I own two Leicas as well M8 and M6. I love my M6 but M8 is quite limiting.

  28. Hey Steve,

    The IQ on the M240 looks great pretty similar to the M9 in my eyes. The question I have is I LOVE my M9 but wish it was better at low light. I can shoot it at 1250 for blog type stuff but if I need to print big for a show 400 is max. How much advantage is the M240? All the other bells and whistles have no interest to me. Should I “upgrade”?

    Thanks Sean

  29. It would be great to see the virtue of the is camera as compared to the Monochrome in a direct camera to camera comparison.

  30. I own a M8.
    Now seeing the sample images of Steve, i still can see clearly, the images have a Leica signature. No doubt about that for me.
    That’s what count. It’s not the Cmos sensor or the CDD what makes a Leica a Leica. It’s the Glass!

    Jiri, The Netherlands

  31. Hi Steve,
    Thanks for posting these samples! If you get a chance to get to some dark sky, would you mind posting a sample Milky Way shot at ISO 6400 with your widest lens (using shutter speed 600 divided by the focal length)? Thanks in advance.
    -Ken

  32. Hi Steve
    I must admit some of the colord pics look really nice. Sharp with very good and pleasent colors -like the brown house for instance.
    I also like the B\W results

  33. Steve

    For me two of the more compelling images are the image of the woman’s toes in the pool and the image of the Howard Hughes statue (Hollywood Director). I like the image of the toes for the subitilty of the tones. There are other images which do this well,but don’t work for me in some way or another; personal taste I suppose. The image of Howard also shows tonality in a different way, but the clarity and sharp to soft focus transition of the lens really stands out.

    Thanks for the stream of images, they are almost a stream of consciousness sort of thing. It really helps to see the mix (Blahs to good) of what you capture under a variety of conditions.

    Keep the images coming.
    PaulB

  34. Thanks for the uploads. I have one queation Steve.
    As one can see in the pool photo, the shade on 11m mark has different temperature than the rest of the photo. This than makes a white plastic sign to appear bluish.
    Do you have any recommendation how to handle situations like this? I noticed this is very common effect when shooting digital.

    • That’s not a “digital” problem.
      You would get the same effect shooting film without a skylight filter – especially with typical films that amateurs used like Kodachrome. Bluish shadow areas were the norm. Truthfully, in that light, I bet the shaded area was indeed bluish. That’s where millions of people got the idea to use Skylight filters in the slide/negative film days…
      You can use any photo editor that supports selective colour change to make that line of shade be whatever colour you like.

      • The sky is blue and add some light to the all shadows…..Uwe Steinmuller’s great book on printing devotes almost a whole chapter on these blueish shadows….

        Greets, Ed.

  35. Hah!

    Of all your shots with the new M, I really dig that one with the woman dipping her toes into the pool the most. Unique, clever and lovely as well.

    Great, fun capture.

  36. Fun gallery Steve. I appreciate you choose to photograph human beings often – it really helps me to judge a camera and len’s performance. What lens was used on guy walking by pool?

  37. Don’t listen to negative comment Steve. As far as I know this is the group that love and passionate with Photography and Camera.
    We enjoy your review, we love them. Especially Leica, we love it so much.
    So if some of them don’t like it just keep on moving, let them be, they are not your fans, your team, and your friend. I believe they are only a few.
    I also buy M240 using your Page connection. But mine is not arrived yet, so reading your review already make me so happy.
    Great Post

  38. There is nothing special about the output from the M, that is the real problem. When the M9 was released, there was an argument to be made that its output was unique, and nothing of a similar size could rival it. However, this is no longer the case and for the RF experince alone, I`m not wiling to pay the steep and excessive Leica price premium. The future will tell whether Leica`s attempt with the M to go more mainstream and appeal to a broader audience will pay off. I will continue to enjoy the M9 until it breaks. And for best in class FF sensor, I prefer the truly compact RX1 with the exquisite Zeiss lens over the M.

  39. Not convinced… Steve, thanks for your great coverage of the new Leica M. But everything you are saying about this camera and the sample photos you are graciously showing us here is simply not convincing me of the need to get rid of my M9 to go after the M. I realize that this is not your intention at all, but your great analysis is having that effect on me. Sure, the specs would have us believing that an upgrade would be worthwhile, but the results matter much more when lots of money is on the line. Perhaps the old “skip a generation” approach (as opposed to the “must have it” appeoach) would be a more prudent move at this point if the goal is to truly see nearly $3K of photographic difference in our art. I think I’m just going to give my trusty, old M9 big hug.

  40. Good but sorry Steve I can’t see in these pictures what can justify all that money spent on the M240…Really.

    • Just as there was nothing justifying the M8…M9…yea, I know. Heard it many times before with Leica. If you do not like Leica that is perfectly fine, but many of us do. It is much more than IQ (which this one is like having a D800 in a much smaller package) but it is also about the experience of using the RF and camera, which IMO is so much nicer than shooting an X-Pro or whatever. It’s the whole package. There is really nothing this new M can not do and what you see here are just a collection of snaps I have taken in the 1st 12 days of ownership of the M. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s a fantastic camera that to me, and many others who now have one, well worth the cost. I would take an M anyday over 3 D800’s and all Zeiss glass. Why? Size, weight, RF shooting, and the lenses.

      Thanks for looking!

      • you can´t do long exposures in good quality. 240 seconds, that´s about it. If you want to do that, you´ll have to bring your Canon/Nikon again.
        Although Steve, you reviews are fantastic. Very well founded and a pleasure to read!

          • No Bulb/Time mode? On some cameras, going into Bulb/Time brings up a stop-watch style timer for you to manually time out your exposure beyond the limits of the pre-set times.

  41. no doubt see your passion for photography, especially with this camera.(leica)
    I will continue to follow until one day I replace my M9 to camera like this one.

  42. Hi Steve,

    Yet another great idea. Thanks.

    A question for the Huffians, those that follow Steve on a regular basis. What does everybody think about the M240 compared to the M9? I know, I know, it is a personal thing, but to me the M9 produces richer images with more of a (much debated) ‘Leica look’ then the M240.

    Interested to hear all your thoughts…

    • Couldn’t agree more. I canceled my preorder for the new M once sample images were available. The CCD may be old tech but it has the look I want, that sense of something more that can’t be produced with a CMOS. Someone on another site did a comparison between the M9 and the Olympus OMD and the Leica images were easy to spot. The difference is night and day between the old and new sensor. Low light performance may be better but the allure has diminished.

    • I agree as well. So glad I got the M-E instead of the M. Why make the move to look similar every other camera? I am hearing more and more from people that are looking to grab the M9’s / M-E’s while they can, before production stops and are stuck with used CCD or new CMOS as the only options.

    • Superb, Steve-your imagery is the original reason of why I got into photography! I get folk who diss me ’cause I shoot with a Nikon D700 and an 85mm lens!!!! I think you’ve hit the nail on its head-people feel threatened with the “new” and want to claw back the past!

      Keep shootin’ my friend!

      Ross

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