Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/07/13

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Subject: [Leica] Why a digital M
From: ljkapner at (Leonard J Kapner)
Date: Tue Jul 13 11:56:44 2004


FWIW, here's one guy's opinion: The answer is "D" with a qualifier; for
convenience, but ONLY if ALL other things are equal. 

The conservationist in me would like to be able to extend the investment
value of my M-Series lenses to a digital platform. But if there is a serious
negative difference between digital and film results, the convenience
criterion wouldn't matter. 

If I want convenience with compromise, I can use a Canon G5 or a little SD10

Or a 'phone cam, for that matter.



-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Feli di
Sent: Tuesday, July 13, 2004 11:36 AM
To: Leica Users Group
Subject: RE: [Leica] Why a digital M

So, why do people here want a digital M?:

a) For professional reasons? Are you a PJ who needs to upload his pics
from a war zone etc.

b) Want to save on film and developing costs.

c) It's the new thing.

d) Convenience of not having to develop and scan film.

e) Unless this thing is north of 14MP, it's not going to be better than film
and you're
still going to have to deal with Bayer pattern smear and exposure latitude
only slightly
better than slide film.

Just curious.

I understand that Leica probably needs a digital M to ensure it's longterm
but personally I really have no need or desire for one. I'm not a
PJ, who's work demands the use of digital and I mainly shoot B/W, which I
prefer to
develop myself. I sit in front of a computer all day at work and getting
away from
electronics and shooting with my Leicas is cheaper than therapy. So,right
now I have a 
analog, full frame 20 megapixel camera, which is built like a tank and does
I want perfectly. Film gives me a simple, safe and archival storage media. I
a Nikon SC5000 ED scanner, which acts as my analog to digital converter and
spits out 
digital files that are as good and better than any digital camera this side
of $10,000.

So, why would I spend $5000 on a digital M, unless my lively hood depended
on it?


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