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Hands On With The Leica M (Typ 240)

Where do I begin with the Leica M, If you could pick one piece of technology, the mere mention of which I get excited like a kid on Christmas morning it has to be the new Leica M or the Typ 240 as it's known. Filling the boots of the M9 before was never an easy task and enthusiasts were sceptical when Leica announced the move from CCD to CMOS sensors for their new flagship.

It's like Leica have jumped forward two generations after the M9 with the Leica M

 

I was fortunate enough to get some hands on time with the Leica M even though it doesn't go on sale till the end of April.This is by no means a review but more of a hands on. An initial impression of the Leica M dare I say. Paired with a 50mm Summilux 1.4 my expectations were high. The camera also had the new electronic viewfinder EVF2 which I primarily used to compose and review shots. Something I still cannot get my head around. I guess we all got so used to the fact that the M9 with its archaic screen meant we had no other choice but to review shots when we got home.

Major improvements in the high iso department right up to 2500 and above..

The live view mode along with focus peaking in the Leica M make composing a breeze although once you have got used to shooting with a rangefinder you can it takes away a bit if the charm. But its nice to have the option if your eyes are not up to the job anymore. The build quality and heft are obvious from the moment you pick it up. Modern in its innards it might be but there's no mistaking this is an M and you immediately feel a connection with the camera. The new rear 3inch screen also makes it easier to review your shots. Unfortunately I was unable to shoot a video clip on the Leica M but its a nice touch to have and once again a novel on these camera's. the shutter sound is also a lot softer then previous digital M's and is noticeable from that first click. If you have an M9 there's definitely a lot of reasons why you would want to upgrade to this camera and compared to the price of the outgoing model you definitely get a lot more for your money.

If you've been waiting to make the jump to a Leica the new Leica M makes perfect sense..

 

Below is a selection of JPEG's with no post processing. This is to give you guys an idea of what's achievable straight out the camera. 24 megapixels never looked better. A huge thank you to David and Rich from Stephen's Premier for letting me take the M for a test drive. You can pre-order it via their store here with shipping starting from late April.

Pics by SchoolBoyCouture using a Leica M and Fujifilm X100

(Images to not be used without prior consent)

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