Using the Leica M240 on the streets
By Jerry Bei
I had the new Leica M or the Leica M typ240 for quite some time now and Shot with it extensively to reach some conclusions when compared to the Leica M9. I have enjoyed the camera as much as I did with the Leica M9 and it goes everywhere with me at all times. The Leica M typ 240 is a debatable camera since Leica decided to use the CMOS sensor rather than the previous CCD sensor in both the Leica M8 and M9. However, the Leica M typ 240 is no lesser a camera than the M9 and this new unique “CMOSIS” sensor allows the Leica M offers so much more than the M9.
I used the Leica M mainly for street photography as previously I was reluctant to bring the M9 out with me after certain hours since it is not the best for low light conditions. The Leica M brings significant improvements and it is truly an enjoyable experience when shooting with it. There are several advantages that the Leica M offers over the M9. Firstly, the M is capable of shooting up to ISO 6400 producing useable images and combined with fast Leica lenses allows the camera to shoot under any light conditions.
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In comparison, I was only comfortable shooting the M9 at ISO 1600 or lower which means there are plenty of situations I simply would not use the camera. The improved ISO performance enables the Leica M goes everywhere with me at anytime whenever I needed it. Secondly, the added-on live view and focus peaking features on the Leica M helps significantly when shooting on the street., As the Sony Nex-7 owner that I was very familiar with those features and shooting with live-view on the M has become a much enjoyable/convenient process. When you are reluctant to raise the camera at eye-level that you have the option to use live-view at waist level to capture the moment you have been waiting for.
Another advantage the Leica M provides is improved functionality. The faster in-camera processor combined with the hugely improved LCD means viewing and checking images is a breeze. There is no lag or waiting when zooming-in images and will able to give you instant feedback. The new shutter on the Leica M is a lot quieter than the M9 without re-cocking sound, which means even more discreetness when shooting on the streets. The shutter sound is very pleasant to the ear and it tempts me to keep shooting! Lastly, I had zero issues so far shooting with the new Leica M and the camera never locked-up on me or had SD card issues whereas the Leica M9 was prone to those issues. The battery life also lasts much longer which allows the user to have extended period of fun with the camera.
Overall, the Leica M is a significantly improved camera compared to the Leica M9 and it is a much better camera when shooting on the streets, all those advantages allow the user to have higher chance of hit rate and the process of shooting becomes even more enjoyable.
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