Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/02/08

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Digital M - was Leica to Restructure, Cut Staff
From: Marc Attinasi <>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2004 06:46:24 -0800
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The new sensor technology required to make a M-system digital work with 
the existing M lenses will no doubt provide a real boost to the overall 
digital camera performance. Overcoming the issues with oblique light 
rays, allowing wider angle lenses and smaller cameras with large 
sensors will help other digital camera manufacturers as well - assuming 
it can be done affordably (if at all).

I'm still not convinced that the sensor required for a full-frame 
M-digital can be produced at all, and I'm less confident that Leica can 
produce it. They are an optics specialist, not a computer and 
electronics specialist. Hopefully they will pick their partners well - 
a digital camera that works as well as the M system would go a long way 
toward making me a digital-convert!

Hoping for even a single shutter speed without batteries is just out of 
the question though...

- - marc

On Feb 8, 2004, at 5:18 AM, Rei Shinozuka wrote:

> for me, a full-size sensor is much more important than pixel density,
> because it would preserve the ability to make images with a very 
> shallow
> depth of field.  all the other things jim mentions are critical as 
> well.
> -rei
> On Sun, Feb 08, 2004 at 12:39:12AM -0500, Jim Shulman wrote:
>> What the article does not mention is whether the M digital camera 
>> would take
>> advantage of the same effective focal length of the current M lenses; 
>> that
>> is, would a 50 still render the same perspective as it does on 24x36 
>> film,
>> or would it become a moderate telephoto (as is the case with the 
>> Olympus
>> E-1, and with other current SLR digital systems).
>> To me, the greatest success for Leica would be a seamless transition 
>> of the
>> film M system to a digital format, complete with an unaltered set of
>> effective focal lengths, retention of the current rangefinder system, 
>> and
>> quiet, speedy operation.
>> Jim Shulman
>> Bryn Mawr, PA
> -- 
> Rei Shinozuka
> Ridgewood, New Jersey
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