illmatik53 wrote in post #18443210
So I am a die-hard Canon user. I've got a 5D MK3 and the 2.8L trinity setup along with an 85f1.2. I'm wanting to downsize with out "down sizing" if you get my drift. I've always wanted a Leica and I think I've got enough to trade/sell to make the transition.
I'm looking for a Leica that is full frame, HD video, interchangeable lenses, and also has a comparable lens setup as the Canon setup I had, except that instead of an 85, I'd probably look for a 50. I had my eye on the Leica M or M-P, but after looking at the price tag, I doubt I'd be able to afford anything beyond the body. So I started looking around and came across the Leica M9. Now, while I've got a premium camera setup already, which includes HD video for sure, and some of the best glass out there, I will be making some sacrifices. I know that I'm not going to get the same quality out of the Leica, but there are the obvious tradeoffs, and I believe the Leica has different processing as well. Plus I can move on to a different stage in my "photography" journey in life. lol.
Anyhow, Just wanted to hear from those that have made the transition and what advice you can provide. Anything to keep an eye out for? What do I need to be careful of when I buy a used Leica? Indicators to look for, i.e. service stickers to make sure it was serviced properly (like Canon had the gold sticker if you got the shutter actuator serviced)?
Might be a little while before I make the shift, so I've got time to read over your advice. Please, enlighten me!
Go with the otus. These bad boys has crown on each of them, they are the best amongst the best, commonly used by pro filmakers, i know nothing about cine cameras, but one thing i'm sure about is that RED cameras are expensive, expensive at its best, and they use the otus to resolve their beast cameras power. I've read many reviews about them many times and i'd never saw them to be inferior to the others, never. Except the vignette i guess.
You won't lose your HD video feature as you don't have to change your system. You also can switch to A7RII to downsize the body, or upgrade to 5D4 if you can manage the size and still got thousands bucks in your pocket for other equipments instead buying those 6-8k leicas.
The only bad news from getting these zeiss is about the downsize that you have mentioned above. These lenses ain't small, its big and heavy. But its sturdy, sexy (if that matter), has long throw focusing, very smooth focusing, best bokeh, best color, best contrast, best sharpness, etc. Everything just seems right to justify 4-5k spending on a lens, at least to me. That's what I've read from reviews, yes, i don't have any of them, also never try any of them. But I'm sure I'm not wrong.
You can visit the sample gallery of these lenses in this forum (i prefer to see the gallery from FM forum for better image quality). Pardon me for my english if there's something wrong.