airfrogusmc wrote in post #16859162
Edge yeah the peice sucks. But so does the price of the 1DX and whatever the top of the line Nikon is at the moment. I remember when Leica M was over double the price of both the top of the line Nikon and Canon.
I had a one man exhibit last April and a lot of my friends still shoot a lot of film and were stunned when I told them the i,mage were all digital. The prints are stunning. 10,000 ISO looks somewhat like tri x processed in Rodinal 1:50 than digital noise.
Heres a read that I thought you might find interesting. http://blog.leica-camera.com …e-to-the-monochrom-part2/
Yeah, I agree; I don't think Leica M bodies are overpriced. Just like a 1DX serves a niche by shooting at a bazillion frames/sec or whatever, Leica bodies serve a niche, too. And they're built much better, to boot.
The lenses...you could argue that $5000 for a 35 'Lux FLE or $7300 for a 50 'Cron APO is pushing it. I appreciate that Leica has to build top-notch glass and make them tiny, and there's a cost premium to that. But those prices are really SO much higher than anything from anyone else, that it's hard to justify. Then again, no one else builds lenses of that build and image quality AND of that size.
I've seen that article, and it's part of what made me come around on the MM (which I was not at all a fan of when it was released). As I said, it's the best digital B&W by a long shot, and, to the extent that this is possible, it's very film-like. If I had one, I'd be inclined to shoot it at 10,000 ISO with a 3 stop ND filter on all the time, just to get some "grain"; ISO 400 is just *SO* clean, it's off-putting.
I personally don't shoot enough B&W to justify an MM, so I'm quite content with my MP and Tri-X. I have thought hard about an M240, but I just have too many other camera-related priorities (e.g. large format kit and a 35 Cron ASPH, mainly). I've also got a freezer full of colour film, and an X-Pro1 that I'm happy with as a semi-low cost digital camera.