Leica Leica M10-R (and M11)


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I think I have mentioned this elsewhere but M10-R is a bit cheaper than M10-P and offers a much improved sensor. You get all the M10-P goodies: touch screen, quiet shutter. The downside is that you have to endure the red dot and no engraving on top.

This is the next camera for me, I'm quite certain. My dreams about downgrading to M4/3 are vanishing as the format is sadly going down and there's not one "perfect body" out there.

I haven't been able to see M10 in person but some youtube videos light up how the live view looks like in indoor lighting conditions: looks fluid enough.

M10R is known for its megapixels but those aren't the reason why I'm interested in the camera. Going up from M240 to M10 is a small and meaningful improvement in IQ; from M10 to M10-R is a small and meaningful improvement. Going from M240 to M10R is a big and meaningful improvement. Lower base ISO, excellent highlight headroom recovery. Very good things!

I'm quite a sloppy shooter myself (you've seen my compositions) and I know I should be carefully metering ETTR because Leica tends to clip the highlights for the slightest of reasons. Sometimes I just don't want to do the right thing because seeing dark images back of my camera is not super motivating. M10R is the first digital Leica M that forgives metering mistakes both ways. In a way, it is several steps closer to print film shooting experience. M10R forgives more.

Quite interestingly, M10R has a thicker cover glass than the previous digital M's. But the corner performance has only gone up! Colors don't shift nearly as much.

Live view is the thing that I most wish upgraded from my M240 shooting. Sure I do prefer the OVF when I can use it; sometimes the LV and EVF is the best thing, for example when I mount an UWA and want to compose TTL. Or do macro work with extenders. Or perhaps I want to shoot my future Nikkor-P Sonnar on Leica or just want to goof off with a cheap shift lens. My wish is that Leica M offered me good experiences on both RF shooting and EVF-TTL shooting. M240 offers a good RF, doesn't offer good EVF. Hence, I wait and wait for maybe the next M bets big on the EVF.

I was supposed to wait for M11 but what are the chances, realistically, that it is going to offer a much improved LV experience. Not very good I think. Higher refresh rates and such will tax the sensor, drain the battery faster. It could have a better battery life for sure but now am I going to pay big bucks for a camera just for its enhanced battery life? I strongly believe that M11 is going to be delayed because M10R has the biggest goods already. There's also the theory that M10R is the M11 because Leica, being Germans, wanted to keep M10 model name because the body didn't change.

What do you think M11 has to offer, if anything?


I am also contemplating this direction, and having much odd glass (Voigtlander, Jupiter, Russar, Orion etc. - the usual stuff to play with) I think that there is a good reason, the better handling of these wide lenses.
Surprising for me though is that already my M240 has no trouble with the Orion-15 28mm uncoded nor with the M-Rokkor 28mm that can't even be coded, while Leica glass is much more pricky.

Regarding colour palette, I love the M9 (though many think it is toooo much) and for that reason I admire the M10 (a bit subdued but still in that quality segment: detailed and still colourful with an exuberation of small detail acuity). The M10-R is said to be more "neutral" meaning I hold my breath. It makes me aftraid that the baseline is like the M240 again.

Just yesterday I noticed that Capture One has a second version M240 generic V2 ICC profile - And it is very much to my liking. I will try to apply that as reference when importing, no need to go M10 then for now ! :roflmao: In several recent pictures it gives precicely the added charm I was looking for. Kudus to the C1 team. LOL.

As regards the M11, I hope
  • that it will give a more relaxed viewfinder, like the M8 base: to explain, the 40mm lens was good with the framelines, the 35mm just had more leeway on the file. M8-2 unfortunately was re-engineered to have more 'precise' framelines, much to my worry, the M240 is even worse. It has to do with having 70cm or 200cm as reference for the calibration debate. I am on the 2m side.
  • And that M11 will again be less neutral [the M10-R claiming to be more neutral] and hence more lively again in colours;
  • have more acuity (details being shown with fluid surfaces, just like the M8 had). Again, that possibly is deciding how to balance ultimate sharpness versus other parameters such as local contrast.
  • By the way, Hasslblad has real 16bit depth, not that I need the 16bits, but that would be awesome for playing around . . .
And so we have this endless battle of the engineers, of the testers and professional feedback - what to optimise this time. And what to claim as sales argument.
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I like both color styles, M9's and M240's. Grown to like M240's one very much.

With raw files you can set up an automated color (un)casting to your files, much like you found the V2 profile. If no such profile was found, I'm sure the pro tools all support having some adjustments made automatically upon opening the file.

Some people wish for an IBIS but where's the space in the camera body? Leica for certain can't now back out from the slim dimensions.

Frankly the next body I wish came out was M10-R-P for that engraving and removed dot! ;)


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I see that S5 lost some of IBIS magic for videos in comparison to S1 series, eg smaller size with smaller IBIS maybe... Sony is coming up with smaller FF A7C with IBIS next week but no rf vf, only evf of course:


Some people wish for an IBIS but where's the space in the camera body? Leica for certain can't now back out from the slim dimensions.

Frankly the next body I wish came out was M10-R-P for that engraving and removed dot! ;)
I still the the M9 and M Monochrom too much, and am not one for the special-editions. In the digital age, "special editions" are not going to hold value like the film days. Some sellers still think that the special editions carry a premium.
How to make a perfectly good looking camera butt-ugly and then try to get an extra $6500 for it.

Is anyone going to pay $7500 for a Leica M8.2? Unless they use wads of $100 bills to light cigars, I doubt it.