Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2010/10/17

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Subject: [Leica] DMR Battery Information
From: rsphotoimages at (Bob Shaw)
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2010 08:41:08 -0700
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What Doug Said.

It's about results, not gear.

That's why I still have my little T2.  It's charmed or something, because a 
little film point and shoot can't possibly take such great photos with a 
Dwarf Marble for a lens.

Or can it?

Rock on, Doug!


Bob Shaw
rsphotoimages at

On Oct 17, 2010, at 3:51 AM, Doug Herr wrote:

> Mark Rabiner wrote:
> ... Carry extra batteries and keep a charger in  the truck - is pretty much
> the way you'd work with any digital camera system ever made. Yet this DMR
> battery tread  unravels from weeks to months and its looking like it will
> never end.
> <<<
> It reminds me of when the first battery-dependent cameras became 
> available.  Many old-time photographers pointed out - quite loudly, too - 
> that once the batteries in these new-fangled electronificated cameras died 
> the camera was a paperweight.
> The DMR's battery capacity isn't as good as most other DSLR cameras.  Big 
> Freaking Deal!  The last time I had an opportunity to compare results from 
> the DMR with other DSLR cameras was at a California Raptor Center open 
> house event, where several of us in a Northern California group worked 
> side-by-side (the others were there at my invitation).  It's pretty much a 
> no-brainer that I was the only one using a DMR; the other cameras were 
> D300, 20D and 5D IIRC.  The event was outdoors on a dark, overcast 
> drizzly/rainy day under the cover of several mature oak and redwood trees.
> On spec sheets the R8/DMR was a poor choice for this event: no high-ISO 
> capacity, no IS or VR lenses, no weather sealing, slow frame rate, and 
> there's that wimpy battery capacity thing too.  During the event I wiped 
> the water off the camera as much as I could, changed batteries as needed, 
> and retreated to the truck during particularly rainy spells.  Once we all 
> got our results & compared them the differences were startling.  The other 
> photographers photos looked fine until they were compared (all on the same 
> monitor) with the DMR photos: their photos had weaker colors, clipped 
> highlights and weaker shadow detail.  The clarity, color quality and tonal 
> range of the photos from the DMR was startlingly better.  Seems to me that 
> changing batteries is a small price to pay for these results.
> Doug Herr
> Birdman of Sacramento
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