Hi Steve glad to see your site is going from strength to strength, it’s becoming legendary – I did a personal handover in London of a lens I sold on eBay and the buyer asked me if I was the Steve Richards who’d posted on Steve Huff – ego boost all round!!
Anyway my last post included some ultra-wide shots made on M9+CV12/5.6 and I said these would be easier to pull off when the new M240 came out with the EVF. Well I was lucky enough to receive mine at the beginning of June just before my vacation to Alaska and I thought I’d post a few shots.
Firstly the camera is very close to the M9 if used as a classic rangefinder. The bigger screen and new controls don’t take any getting used to and feel intuitive very quickly. It is heavier and slightly thicker than the M9 and that does make it feel slightly less manoeuvrable.
The revelation is liveview through the additional EVF. Because of the giant scale of the scenery I found myself using the Leica 21/3.4 most of the time and being able to see the exact image made framing a cinch. Focus peaking and the magnification setting also helped a lot. With the EVF this is really a different camera completely from the classic M, although it feels a lot bulkier somehow. Using the EVF meant the battery didn’t last all day, you need a spare. It does work with prescription glasses which is a huge advantage over the OVF and the savings on laser eye surgery justifies the price alone!
If I had two wishes for the M11 it would be slimming the body to M6 size and integrating the EVF as per the X100
The file quality is outstanding and I think has the Leica look, even including the dodgy WB that I sometimes get on my M9!
Finally for the words what’s the worst sound in the world? The crunch of your 3 day old M240 hitting the sidewalk in Anchorage… Maybe it was the jet lag or the slow rate of the Earth’s rotation so far North but I dropped it. And again the next day in Seward. They are tough units, the camera survived and despite some light leaks around the lens mount in bright sunshine, it did great service for the rest of the vacation. Thanks to the Leica Passport it is back in Sohms having a FOC repair back to new standard.
As a street photographer I found Alaska a real challenge, probably the lowest ratio of keepers ever. If you’ve never been put it on your bucket list, a truly awesome experience.