Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/05/28

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Subject: [Leica] OT: D3x vs 'Blad CFV 16MP full sized samples
From: mingthein at (Thein Onn Ming)
Date: Fri, 29 May 2009 09:49:15 +0800
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Thanks Geoff. I wish I could upload the raw files...%^&* UK2!

To my eyes, the M8 outresolves the 12MP cams - D90, D3, D2x, the  
small 15MP cams (50D, 500D, etc) and comes close to the 1DsII at base  
ISO. And yes, there's that foveon-like acuity which you don't get  
outside MF. But the most unique thing about the M8 sensor -for a  
small sensor camera - is the way highlights are handled: 

The only other <MF camera that comes close is the D3/D700, but they  
have a much more even tonal ramp that looks odd in the transition  
zone if you try and increase the black density to get the same look  
as the M8.

On May 29, 2009, at 8:19 AM, George Lottermoser wrote:

> certainly a nice sample
> but also a tad artifacty
> the only way to really make this kind of judgement
> is to look at the actual raw files and large prints.
> also
> Ming is shooting with M8 and knows how the files appear
> Regards,
> George Lottermoser
> george at
> On May 28, 2009, at 7:14 PM, Geoff Hopkinson wrote:
>> For comparison if you are interested. Go to my temp gallery. Last  
>> shot is
>> uncropped from M8 with the APO Summicron 75 ASPH. Downconverted to  
>> jpg and
>> sRGB. Capture and some web sharpening applied.
>> Clicking on thumbnail will go direct to full size jpg of about 3MB  
>> (light
>> compression).
>> 2009/5/29 Thein Onn Ming <mingthein at>

THEIN Onn Ming
*photohorologer ming at

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