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Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-05-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 2,537
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Ash You are correct all versions are good...

Dear Ash
You are correct all versions are good but it depends what you want. Id still go for the current design in preference all things being considered. I did find the longer focus throw of the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-05-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 2,537
Posted By Richard Marks
Hi I have used the third version. Said to be less...

Hi
I have used the third version. Said to be less sharp. Id say hardly noticeable. Superb lens. Slightly less overall contrast than the newer one. Gives lovelly delicate colours and also classic...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 07-23-2010
Replies: 112
Views: 10,632
Posted By Richard Marks
Sell it! Lifes too short for such a long thread...

Sell it! Lifes too short for such a long thread just about this!
If you miss it buy another when you need to. It will be less expensive than what you sold!
Ive been through 4 Hasselblads! No regrets....
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-20-2010
Replies: 281
Views: 22,063
Posted By Richard Marks
Agreed. Still cant see it taking on 'blad. Time...

Agreed. Still cant see it taking on 'blad. Time will tell

Richard
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 07-20-2010
Replies: 112
Views: 10,632
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Keith I have been through this and for me...

Dear Keith
I have been through this and for me the D700 was only planned as a stop gap whilst thinking about an M9 later in the year (I sold my M8 for a very good price). What happened was I was very...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-18-2010
Replies: 281
Views: 22,063
Posted By Richard Marks
If only it were a Nikon or Canon with larger...

If only it were a Nikon or Canon with larger sensor it would have UK service support, reliable Japanese electronics and it would be very considerably less expensive. Agreed Leica can not compete in...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-18-2010
Replies: 281
Views: 22,063
Posted By Richard Marks
Ah skillfully returned to the actual origin of...

Ah skillfully returned to the actual origin of the thread.
no IS and no cleavage recognition software either. How will the fashion photogs ever cope;)

Richard
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-18-2010
Replies: 281
Views: 22,063
Posted By Richard Marks
Id be more worried about the after sales support...

Id be more worried about the after sales support than the format if i were having to rely on an S2. Leica's repais have traditionally been something of a cottage industry. Also Leica have not the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-18-2010
Replies: 281
Views: 22,063
Posted By Richard Marks
It is a bit early to say that they have made a...

It is a bit early to say that they have made a mistake with the S2
I think timing is unfortunate to launch something 2-3x the price of Hasselblad H system in a world recession where fashion and...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-17-2010
Replies: 281
Views: 22,063
Posted By Richard Marks
Regarding the film M's id say more fully evolved...

Regarding the film M's id say more fully evolved than stagnated. Also I can see that Leica are very unlikely to invest further in making new film cameras. The Nikon F6 is unusual as being a 'new' SLR...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-17-2010
Replies: 75
Views: 9,165
Posted By Richard Marks
Its difficult to say. Chrome is available as a...

Its difficult to say. Chrome is available as a factory upgrade. The bit which looks odd to me is the position of the indicators bellow the bumper. Not sure why they have done that!

I agree the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-16-2010
Replies: 75
Views: 9,165
Posted By Richard Marks
Hi yes looks like a Morgan +8. They are not as...

Hi yes looks like a Morgan +8. They are not as old as you might think! The factory still makes about 4 per week and is owned by Charles Morgan who is the grandson of the originator. Mine is about 15...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-16-2010
Replies: 75
Views: 9,165
Posted By Richard Marks
Any definate news on a D700 replacament or is...

Any definate news on a D700 replacament or is this just assumptions?
Im guessing that the the D300 and D3 pattern of upgrade will continue. If so it will just be a D700s with slightly better high ISO...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-16-2010
Replies: 281
Views: 22,063
Posted By Richard Marks
Go to Spink & Son in Bloomsbury:) Richard

Go to Spink & Son in Bloomsbury:)
Richard
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-16-2010
Replies: 281
Views: 22,063
Posted By Richard Marks
hi Roger Agreed on bankrupcy. Lets hope the S...

hi Roger
Agreed on bankrupcy. Lets hope the S system doesnt do that!
"Making it bigger means its no longer an M" I cant agree with as the M9 is bigger than the M6 classic and thats slightly bigger...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-16-2010
Replies: 281
Views: 22,063
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Roger "If every reasonable objection must...

Dear Roger
"If every reasonable objection must first be removed then nothing will ever be achieved" (Livingstone).

It might not be possible for Leica to do this with their limited funds but if you...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-15-2010
Replies: 281
Views: 22,063
Posted By Richard Marks
Agreed We are told all of this is not possible,...

Agreed
We are told all of this is not possible, but if there is a demand it may well become possible.

Incidentally i dont think the Contax G was all that far off in some ways although by current...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-15-2010
Replies: 281
Views: 22,063
Posted By Richard Marks
Hi Roger You are of course usually irritatingly...

Hi Roger
You are of course usually irritatingly correct. However I never implied it has to be TTL. Mamiya 7 has a brilliant spot meter. It is like having a Sekonic permanantly stuck to the body....
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-15-2010
Replies: 281
Views: 22,063
Posted By Richard Marks
There is shutter lag with the digital M If you...

There is shutter lag with the digital M
If you add TTL flash it becomes truly awful actually.
Richard
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-15-2010
Replies: 75
Views: 9,165
Posted By Richard Marks
I am afraid this is the reality of purchasing an...

I am afraid this is the reality of purchasing an M9. Its not likely to be much different any where else. If you do buy from another country then after sales support becomes an issue.

Good luck with...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-15-2010
Replies: 281
Views: 22,063
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Roger Id never say can't. It is not that...

Dear Roger

Id never say can't. It is not that long ago that a digital rangefinder was said to be theoretically impossible. Id say difficult yes impossible no. Ironically the ill fated M5 is not...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-15-2010
Replies: 281
Views: 22,063
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Roger You have already said that a bicycle...

Dear Roger
You have already said that a bicycle can not be substantially changed so personally I am not advocating anything so radical as ending the m series! What I wish for is something with m...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-15-2010
Replies: 281
Views: 22,063
Posted By Richard Marks
I think we are largely in agreement....

I think we are largely in agreement. Professionals want to get the job done and whilst appreciating build quality and all the other tactile things, can at least see when change has produced an...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-15-2010
Replies: 281
Views: 22,063
Posted By Richard Marks
How about Morgan :) Gandolfi? Saville Row...

How about Morgan :)
Gandolfi?
Saville Row suits
Umbrellas

BW

Richard
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-14-2010
Replies: 281
Views: 22,063
Posted By Richard Marks
Dearest Roger I agree the market dictates what...

Dearest Roger

I agree the market dictates what companies make. Its just a shame the leica faithfull can not imagine anything other than an M body. It is this sentiment that traps Leica and the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-14-2010
Replies: 281
Views: 22,063
Posted By Richard Marks
The reason things are digital and otherwise just...

The reason things are digital and otherwise just like a film m is because this is the preceived market of leica M users. Leica are almost trapped and dare not make radical changes. Always quoted is...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-08-2010
Replies: 32
Views: 4,024
Posted By Richard Marks
Hi My M8 fell over on a tripod with a 75lux on....

Hi

My M8 fell over on a tripod with a 75lux on. The weight tore off the bottom plate and a good segment of the body with it.
It was repaired as good as new by leica but this did not cost me...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-05-2010
Replies: 75
Views: 9,165
Posted By Richard Marks
Hi Ben I think the only thing one can say is that...

Hi Ben
I think the only thing one can say is that if there is a broad consensus of reviews that all say the same thing then probably there is some truth in it. But ultimately I have to be happy with...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-04-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 6,639
Posted By Richard Marks
LR 3 is clearly substantiallybetter from your...

LR 3 is clearly substantiallybetter from your tests. I still love capture 1. It might be interesting to see how this compares (perhaps you have done this?)
Much as I love Leica, I genuinely believe...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-02-2010
Replies: 56
Views: 5,929
Posted By Richard Marks
Glad to be of service. But do you know what, Im...

Glad to be of service.
But do you know what, Im almost thinking this guy is serious and if so its even funnier than I thought.

Richard
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-01-2010
Replies: 75
Views: 9,165
Posted By Richard Marks
Hi Roger Yes I realise that it may be unfair to...

Hi Roger
Yes I realise that it may be unfair to reserve cameras for demonstrators when there is a waiting list and a supply of people prepared to order without even trying one. And clearly market...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-01-2010
Replies: 75
Views: 9,165
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Ben I take your point about availability...

Dear Ben

I take your point about availability to purchase however it would take me a little while to raise the cash and by then the M9 in theory would be available! However hearing that the image...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-30-2010
Replies: 75
Views: 9,165
Posted By Richard Marks
Well I think these are the reasons. The fact is...

Well I think these are the reasons. The fact is though for me they are not quite enough to make me part with 5,000 for an M9. It was my intention to do this after selling my M8, but i have never...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-29-2010
Replies: 75
Views: 9,165
Posted By Richard Marks
I think the simple reason the M9 is preferable is...

I think the simple reason the M9 is preferable is that it is full frame. To me that would make all the difference in the world even if the M8.2 and m9 were equal in every other way. Additional lesser...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 06-27-2010
Replies: 47
Views: 7,501
Posted By Richard Marks
I sold my film m knowing i could always get...

I sold my film m knowing i could always get another. plenty of good second hand film bodies so no regrets at the time
had 3 good years with the m8
ditched it just before the m9 came out
now have...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-27-2010
Replies: 56
Views: 5,929
Posted By Richard Marks
The lux is that bit bulkier than the 50'cron and...

The lux is that bit bulkier than the 50'cron and unless you need f1.4 id go that bit lighter for running away. Also the financial loss will be easier to bear:D with the less expensive optic in the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-27-2010
Replies: 56
Views: 5,929
Posted By Richard Marks
Juan you are welcome! Richard

Juan you are welcome!
Richard
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-27-2010
Replies: 56
Views: 5,929
Posted By Richard Marks
Im afraid I dont understand your post. Please...

Im afraid I dont understand your post. Please explain. It is a while since I saw that film!
best wishes
Richard
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-26-2010
Replies: 56
Views: 5,929
Posted By Richard Marks
[quote=kxl;1354944]Regardless of the OP's intent,...

[quote=kxl;1354944]Regardless of the OP's intent, some of us do have to respond in all seriousness. Comments and responses posted on worldwide-open-to-everyone-net must always take into account the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-26-2010
Replies: 56
Views: 5,929
Posted By Richard Marks
You know the other funny thing is that even when...

You know the other funny thing is that even when a situation for which a rangefinder is completely inapprpropriate arises, there are still those who are prepared to recommend an M lens or two! This...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-26-2010
Replies: 56
Views: 5,929
Posted By Richard Marks
Very funny Most enjoyable So many people have...

Very funny
Most enjoyable
So many people have taken this seriously
well done ampguy
Richard
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-24-2010
Replies: 51
Views: 7,361
Posted By Richard Marks
Its for taking pictures with when eventually the...

Its for taking pictures with when eventually the fondlers move onto something new (The M10 complete with special tactile black paint) and we have a chance at a second hand M9 in "mint fondled...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-21-2010
Replies: 51
Views: 7,361
Posted By Richard Marks
The fact remains there are not that many M9...

The fact remains there are not that many M9 images posted here and there have always been plenty of M8 shots. Of the M9 images that are posted here there is not much which really impresses. Could it...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-21-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 2,282
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Keith the live view really is superb if you...

Dear Keith
the live view really is superb if you are doing macro. Just go live view and then enlarge the central portion and focus manually. It is very nice. Obviously one is unlikely to choose a...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-20-2010
Replies: 51
Views: 7,361
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Brian I am sure there is some truth in...

Dear Brian

I am sure there is some truth in this, its just that there seemed to be a lot more M8 images posted around the M8 launch than there were M9 images around the M9 launch. Also the overall...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-14-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 4,360
Posted By Richard Marks
Professionals certainly will not be very happy...

Professionals certainly will not be very happy with this. Canon Nikon Hasselblad all have UK bases. I dont have a problem with centralised distribution but service support is a different argument...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-14-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 4,360
Posted By Richard Marks
I can see some value in this, but can you imagine...

I can see some value in this, but can you imagine Leica doing discounts for online 'factory' sales? They would simply pocket the increased profits. As far as repeirs go, I feel strongly that one...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-13-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 4,360
Posted By Richard Marks
Hi Ben There is actually information in the...

Hi Ben

There is actually information in the British Journal of Photography Online. Apparently the technical support is being moved to Bruton Place oposite the new leica shop in central London, but...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-13-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 4,360
Posted By Richard Marks
I agree the MK site is being axed to help...

I agree the MK site is being axed to help bankroll Mayfair.
id be very surpised if that was used as a base for importing though as it has pretty lousy links either for importing or distribution in...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-13-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 4,360
Posted By Richard Marks
The MK facility is actually also important for...

The MK facility is actually also important for importing equipment to the UK
I think this means things will now go direct to dealers. I am not sure on the implications of this as MK has always done...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-13-2010
Replies: 50
Views: 6,030
Posted By Richard Marks
What I actually want is some sort of big company...

What I actually want is some sort of big company investment in Leica (Sony/Nikon?) to get the R and D right and improve productivity for a modern concept digital M body. I dont care about black...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-12-2010
Replies: 31
Views: 3,834
Posted By Richard Marks
Hi Ben I have the current 'Cron version minus six...

Hi Ben
I have the current 'Cron version minus six bit coding. I have previously owned the 3rd version (no tab but really nice detacheable metal hood) which was also wonderful but a long throw on the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-11-2010
Replies: 31
Views: 3,834
Posted By Richard Marks
I think we are in agreement about the 50 lux ASPH...

I think we are in agreement about the 50 lux ASPH Ben! However I did try a pre aspherical 50 lux and found it optically very similar to the 50 'cron. What was left was the f1.4 vs f2, and this did...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-11-2010
Replies: 31
Views: 3,834
Posted By Richard Marks
Fair point, but I also get an impression the 50...

Fair point, but I also get an impression the 50 lux is better on an M9 (full frame 50mm) than on the cropped sensor of the M8. Pictures i have seen posted look less harsh (your African portraits...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-11-2010
Replies: 31
Views: 3,834
Posted By Richard Marks
Hi Just try a lux if you possibly can before...

Hi

Just try a lux if you possibly can before swapping over completely. Huge difference in price and for me not a huge benefit. One other thought if you want faster than f2 would be the pre...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-09-2010
Replies: 31
Views: 3,834
Posted By Richard Marks
Id still say the 50 focal length is the best for...

Id still say the 50 focal length is the best for portraits on an M8 in my experience. Its 67mm focal length in 'real money' and thats about as far as id want to go with a rangefinder.
I agree with...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-09-2010
Replies: 31
Views: 3,834
Posted By Richard Marks
Hi Id personally go for the 75 'cron compared to...

Hi
Id personally go for the 75 'cron compared to a 75 lux. The used lux prices are probably not that different to a new lens and they are not that easy to find. The weight of the lux felt really...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-09-2010
Replies: 31
Views: 3,834
Posted By Richard Marks
Hi Ramosa You simply have to try a few options if...

Hi Ramosa
You simply have to try a few options if you can. Personally i did not get on with my 50 lux on an M8 but lots of people do. Also if you really need f1.4 then that is a different argument. I...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-09-2010
Replies: 31
Views: 3,834
Posted By Richard Marks
Dont go for the 90 pre spherical! Unless you need...

Dont go for the 90 pre spherical! Unless you need F2 then the 90 2.8 Elmarit is lighter, cheaper and sharper. The 90 ASPH lens is an advance on either of these but at a considerable cost. As always...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 05-02-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,307
Posted By Richard Marks
I still dont understand why Leica put this nasty...

I still dont understand why Leica put this nasty stuff on the M8 in the first place. Why not use the same as they were already using on the M7 and MP? It never occured to me when buying my M8 that...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-30-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 2,931
Posted By Richard Marks
Hi Damian Sounds like a good plan. Incidentally i...

Hi Damian
Sounds like a good plan.
Incidentally i know what you mean about feeling like a cheat using a DSLR. For me though the useful excercise is to put a manual focus lens on it. If you go D700...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-29-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 2,931
Posted By Richard Marks
Id agree with this however changing a D2x for a...

Id agree with this however changing a D2x for a D700 is not a quantum leap and I would hope that the improved low light and dynamic range compared to the d2X would certainly make a difference to the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-29-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 2,931
Posted By Richard Marks
Hi Id definately upgrade the Nikons first! The...

Hi
Id definately upgrade the Nikons first! The D700 low light performance should be a good notch up opn the D2X's. Also perhaps a bit lighter?
The 70-200 is a killer lens and if you value this,...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 04-27-2010
Replies: 71
Views: 8,481
Posted By Richard Marks
An incandescent beacon of common sense. I could...

An incandescent beacon of common sense.
I could not agree more.
If one is itching to have a change from Dslr's to RF or vice versa I say go for it. It is not an irreversible process. The silly...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-26-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,311
Posted By Richard Marks
Please try a 50mm ! It might give you more hits...

Please try a 50mm ! It might give you more hits than the 75 and probably not much less magnification in practical use.
Best wishes
Richard
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-24-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,311
Posted By Richard Marks
Hi Ron I certainly have sympathy for your...

Hi Ron
I certainly have sympathy for your problem. I hope you dont take this the wrong way but are your eyes OK? This can often be the rate limiting lens in achieveing sharp focus and changes in...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 04-14-2010
Replies: 77
Views: 7,621
Posted By Richard Marks
Have you come accross the Thinktank carrying...

Have you come accross the Thinktank carrying system
I am just recovering from spinal surgery about 5 weeks ago and can manage my d700 set up all the weight can be transfered to hips rather than back...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 04-12-2010
Replies: 77
Views: 7,621
Posted By Richard Marks
But Keith you compare same focal length but there...

But Keith you compare same focal length but there is a crop factor. To get 35 f2 equivalence on the m you would need 24mm f2. The nearest would be 24 1.4 amazing but not light I guess!

I think the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-09-2010
Replies: 123
Views: 10,179
Posted By Richard Marks
I did write to Leica a couple of times with some...

I did write to Leica a couple of times with some essentially constructive feedback regarding my M8 experiences. No reply was given on either occasion. Leica UK are not especially polite to speak to...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-09-2010
Replies: 123
Views: 10,179
Posted By Richard Marks
The real issue is if one wishes to use '35mm'...

The real issue is if one wishes to use '35mm' format is that there really is nohing to touch the best leica glass. We know that and they know that. Unofortunately this can give leica some cause for...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-07-2010
Replies: 123
Views: 10,179
Posted By Richard Marks
Hi Ben Obviously reliability is the first...

Hi Ben
Obviously reliability is the first concern. 100% reliable and the after sales support is irrelevent. Clearly there are issues with M8's (several with mine) and the problem is no one in the UK...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-07-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 3,485
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Chris Any of the dealers mentioned are fine....

Dear Chris
Any of the dealers mentioned are fine.
Just one thing to add, obviously condition is key, but some idea of the number of actuations may be helpful. This info is not that easy to get as...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-07-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 2,003
Posted By Richard Marks
I Dont agree! Full frame gives you the luxury of...

I Dont agree!
Full frame gives you the luxury of cropping and still getting something you can enlarge reasonably. Full frame= More freedom = less stress.

regards

Richard
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-07-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 3,485
Posted By Richard Marks
There is a nice chrome one in Harrisons Cameras...

There is a nice chrome one in Harrisons Cameras Sheffield at the moment. By the price I suspect it is an M8.2. Looks completely minty.
They are gentlemen and i trust them implicitly. They are also...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-04-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,179
Posted By Richard Marks
Thanks Roger There is one thing which does occur...

Thanks Roger
There is one thing which does occur of some relevence to this debate, the R series DMR was a really super idea and used prices are still scarily high. It is a real shame it was not a...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-04-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,179
Posted By Richard Marks
This comes up about once a year! In additon to...

This comes up about once a year! In additon to Brian's point about cost, one must appreciate 5 years is a lifetime in terms of electronic progress. File sizes might easilly be 200mB and the rest of...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-03-2010
Replies: 33
Views: 3,331
Posted By Richard Marks
I must disagree about amatuers! On ballance the...

I must disagree about amatuers! On ballance the probability is a professional under limiting circumstances is more likely to deliver than an amateur, but this does not mean that amateurs are...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-02-2010
Replies: 33
Views: 3,331
Posted By Richard Marks
This is yet another take on rangefinder vs DSLR...

This is yet another take on rangefinder vs DSLR as far as i can see. The fact that it keeps cropping up is testamony to the fact that there is no easy answer. I love using lots of different cameras...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-22-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 2,473
Posted By Richard Marks
The Market for a 90 2.8 has always been pretty...

The Market for a 90 2.8 has always been pretty reasonable in the UK (sorry not sure nwhere you are based). Normally between 450 to 550 from a UK dealer for the most recent version which is very...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-22-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 2,473
Posted By Richard Marks
On a budget, the leica 90 Elmarit 2.8 is...

On a budget, the leica 90 Elmarit 2.8 is generally reasonably priced and I personally think that it is sharper than the non aspherical 90 Summicron. Also nice and light.

Best wishes

Richard
Forum: Off Topic 03-19-2010
Replies: 39
Views: 5,452
Posted By Richard Marks
Pretty much everything Ken Reviews atsrts off as...

Pretty much everything Ken Reviews atsrts off as "Best Ever" until he reviews something else. I love the way he writes about photography but seriously it is naive to rely in internet for chosing a...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-20-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,224
Posted By Richard Marks
Thanks Mamiya 7 is awesome but does not focus...

Thanks
Mamiya 7 is awesome but does not focus that close and appertures f4+ a bit boring! Is it really lighter than an M7??
I always have used my M7 for portraits and the D700 more for landscapes...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-20-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,224
Posted By Richard Marks
Many thanks Its not so much the weight of a...

Many thanks
Its not so much the weight of a single item but the whole effect of a bag full of DSLR kit. I really love my D700 outfit but I am realistic and i suppose i could put it away for a few...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-20-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,224
Posted By Richard Marks
Many thanks .I am more thinking of taking a break...

Many thanks .I am more thinking of taking a break from digital and use the M7 more. Eventually i will probably look at an M9.

Richard
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-20-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,224
Posted By Richard Marks
Bye DSLR

Well this really is not specifically an M8 post but I tend to hang out here.
I unfortunately have a prolapsed cervical disc which is getting fixed hopefully next week. I will not be able to carry...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 01-28-2010
Replies: 64
Views: 8,886
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Peter Glad your 9's are going well. I for...

Dear Peter
Glad your 9's are going well.
I for one take your comments about the M9 seriously as you actually use them to earn a living.
Very best wishes
Richard
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 01-28-2010
Replies: 64
Views: 8,886
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Peter I am casting my mind back to the...

Dear Peter
I am casting my mind back to the September 2009 post "professionals are ditching thier DSLR's for M9's" and if I recall correctly, you were one who attested to that.
We had a number of...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-23-2010
Replies: 18
Views: 1,625
Posted By Richard Marks
If you still have the camera it is worth running...

If you still have the camera it is worth running it until the battery is completely flat then recharging it fully , downloading the most recent firmware upgrade and have a go at uploading it....
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-20-2010
Replies: 109
Views: 10,594
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Roger Regarding the first highlight fair...

Dear Roger

Regarding the first highlight fair enough! I realise Erwin Putts has recently shown that ASA25 B and W film is just an edge beyond the M9, but once one gets up to ASA400 or greater i...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-20-2010
Replies: 109
Views: 10,594
Posted By Richard Marks
Not a great strategy. It assumes some one else...

Not a great strategy.
It assumes some one else buys M9's in significant enough quantities to create an adequate sized pool of second hand ones. It also assumes that there will be an M10 and that it...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-20-2010
Replies: 109
Views: 10,594
Posted By Richard Marks
Voluntary Limits

Dear Roger

Firstly a fascinating article. It seems to relate mainly to film cameras where format plays a very significant role in camera choice. I would add that things are a bit more complex now...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-20-2010
Replies: 109
Views: 10,594
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Roger I think I have made my self...

Dear Roger

I think I have made my self disciplined so as not to just endlessly buy cameras. I do some paid work but it is not the day job!

I always come back to Leica but from time to time it...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-19-2010
Replies: 88
Views: 6,967
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Roger The original post was really not...

Dear Roger

The original post was really not very polite and I am sorry that you feel the need to run to dubious arguments about cultural context in its defence. However be reassured, I promise...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-19-2010
Replies: 88
Views: 6,967
Posted By Richard Marks
Brian I cant imagine your D1x is ever likely to...

Brian
I cant imagine your D1x is ever likely to pack up. But I can honestly recommend the live view function for macro if you were ever to replace it. If I remeber the playback screen on the D1x is...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-19-2010
Replies: 88
Views: 6,967
Posted By Richard Marks
I wonder if she is into rangefinder forum? The...

I wonder if she is into rangefinder forum?
The sponsorship might come in handy:)
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-18-2010
Replies: 88
Views: 6,967
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Roger What has Sarkozy got to do with...

Dear Roger

What has Sarkozy got to do with Nikon? Surely thats not cultural!

Regards

Richard
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-18-2010
Replies: 88
Views: 6,967
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Brian I do consider live view quite a...

Dear Brian

I do consider live view quite a considerable recent advance for critical focusing macro lenses. Enlarging the central portion really helps. However as you say you have all you need. no...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-18-2010
Replies: 88
Views: 6,967
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Steve I find your choice of language...

Dear Steve

I find your choice of language offensive and I suspect a number of females may take particular exception.

If I were a moderator i would have no difficulty in removing your post.
...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-18-2010
Replies: 88
Views: 6,967
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear JAAP I am ot sure if you are including me...

Dear JAAP

I am ot sure if you are including me in this generalisation. However for clarification for any one still reading this thread I did have an M8 for 3 years. Jumped ship whilst awaiting the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-17-2010
Replies: 88
Views: 6,967
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Friend Sorry if i miss understood. Agreed...

Dear Friend
Sorry if i miss understood.
Agreed lower ISO= more detail and certainly one can not yet claim equivalence in resolution irrespective of ISo.
Regarding digital updates, agreed its a...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-17-2010
Replies: 88
Views: 6,967
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear JAAP Are you referring to my humble...

Dear JAAP

Are you referring to my humble offering of the shot in Hexam Abbey?
Firstly it was ISO 6400 not 640! I would be worried if an M9 at 640 were not showing more detail (as would the D700...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-17-2010
Replies: 88
Views: 6,967
Posted By Richard Marks
Just for your interest D700 at ISO 6400. Capture...

Just for your interest
D700 at ISO 6400. Capture 1 no noise reduction. 14-24 1/60 f5.6 This is of course a soon to be replaced 2 year old sensor. The D3s has raised the bar again from here. The M9 is...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-17-2010
Replies: 109
Views: 10,594
Posted By Richard Marks
Drew this is very well put. Nothing to disagree...

Drew this is very well put.
Nothing to disagree with at all. However I should also like to add that changing one's equipment (what ever it is) from time to time is refreshing and can improve your...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-17-2010
Replies: 88
Views: 6,967
Posted By Richard Marks
Looks like quite a bit of colour noise in the...

Looks like quite a bit of colour noise in the trees above the hedge on the right hand side of the picture and in the brick work of the building on the left.
It is not at all bad, but for a camera...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-13-2010
Replies: 109
Views: 10,594
Posted By Richard Marks
Still Unconvinced and no prosepct of a demo trial...

Still Unconvinced and no prosepct of a demo trial model showing up. I am sure the playback screen resolution is going to get upgraded at some stage (or at least i hope so).
Just bought an M7...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-13-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 1,595
Posted By Richard Marks
This is a very interesting observation. I...

This is a very interesting observation.
I certainly preferred my Summicron on the M8 to my subsequent aspherical 50 lux. It was a;ways a bit much somehow.
I suspect the later generation of no...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-10-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 9,966
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Graham It is not important to me on an M...

Dear Graham

It is not important to me on an M camera. My point is change has to be justified and if one goes to the effort of adding information to the lens mount then it is an opportunity to do...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-09-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 9,966
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Graham I think if one were to justify...

Dear Graham

I think if one were to justify changing the lens mount, then why not do it properly and put some ROM style contacts on new lenses so the body can have proper up to date metering? TTL...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-07-2010
Replies: 64
Views: 9,680
Posted By Richard Marks
This is a very new approach to promoting...

This is a very new approach to promoting hasselblad gear. I can not recall anything like this.
Could it be the half life of the leica S2 sales?

Richard
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-06-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 9,966
Posted By Richard Marks
Good point. But I like resrerving this for live...

Good point.
But I like resrerving this for live view. Its really neat!:)
Richard
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-06-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 9,966
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear JAAP My point remains I have never made...

Dear JAAP


My point remains I have never made mention of an automatic system. All my posts refer to the manual menu. This is something very straightforward and would only enhance the 'timeless...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-06-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 9,966
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Friend What I am suggesting does not need...

Dear Friend

What I am suggesting does not need any electronic lens tagging. The menu simply tells the camera which lens is attached. This is a zero cost option for the camera user. How can 6 bit...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-06-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 9,966
Posted By Richard Marks
Dearest JAAP you may not be over complicating the...

Dearest JAAP you may not be over complicating the M9 way however if you are not then it is badly written. It really can be a lot simpler. Switch on a D700 (its already in 'my menu' which has all the...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-05-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 9,966
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear JAAP I realise other 3rd parties have...

Dear JAAP

I realise other 3rd parties have developed short cuts to coding. It still does make life a bit difficult for Zeiss useres although I appreciate the voigtlander mounting ring can be...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-05-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 9,966
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear JAAP If you do not use uncoded lenses then...

Dear JAAP
If you do not use uncoded lenses then obviously for you it is not a problem.
The issue is if one already has Leica glass, the hassle of sending it all off for coding and the additional...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-05-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 9,966
Posted By Richard Marks
What jarrs is that the M9 is free from the 6 bit...

What jarrs is that the M9 is free from the 6 bit gimmick which was purely an attempt to sell new lenses (or make money on upgrading old lenses). The M9 has a menu for lens sellection so clearly leica...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-05-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 2,703
Posted By Richard Marks
Just out of interest I have seen an adaptor fro...

Just out of interest I have seen an adaptor fro Contax G2 fort his camera on e-bay.
The biggest pur off for me is the 2x crop factor all the same its an interesting development.

Richard
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-04-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 9,966
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Keith When ever I publish anything...

Dear Keith

When ever I publish anything academic there is always a statement about 'conflict of interest' confirming that the author has no financial or other un declared associations with the...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-03-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 9,966
Posted By Richard Marks
But is that not an absolute?:o Richard

But is that not an absolute?:o

Richard
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-03-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 9,966
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Mike I do not consider myself gulible...

Dear Mike

I do not consider myself gulible either. If anything as a purist M user I perhaps was seduced and love can be blind! I certainly do not expect to believe anything from the other big...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-03-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 9,966
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Roger I am not arguing with you either on...

Dear Roger
I am not arguing with you either on this rare occasion!! I simply cited your words.

So the "Timeless Classic is Steven Lee's fault? Certainly conventient.

Happy new year

Richard
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-03-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 9,966
Posted By Richard Marks
I think it is very clear that there is no...

I think it is very clear that there is no prospect of a legal challenge. However Leica are a company who have a reputation for longevity and this was their first digital RF. Their task was to make...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-03-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 1,434
Posted By Richard Marks
Roger Hicks springs to mind. I think he has made...

Roger Hicks springs to mind. I think he has made his sentiments fairly clear on this subject.
I think the Hasselblad H3D has been doing a lot of work normally done by 35mm format DSLR's. Interstingly...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-03-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 9,966
Posted By Richard Marks
Clearly a number of posters have little sympathy...

Clearly a number of posters have little sympathy with those agrieved at the cessation of M8 upgrades. I am guessing quite a few did not by M8's.

Personally I really do not think it would have...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-03-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 9,966
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Keith In terms of empathy for those who...

Dear Keith


In terms of empathy for those who bought an M8 new, a saying from the 1930's springs to mind;
When a neighbour looses their job its a recession, when you loose yours its a depression"...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-03-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 9,966
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Brian Youmay think this thread a joke but...

Dear Brian

Youmay think this thread a joke but if i understand correctly from another thread you are currently considering a used M8 and have specifically asked about the cost of out of warranty...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-02-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 1,715
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Brian I am not talking financial outlay...

Dear Brian
I am not talking financial outlay directly. But loss of use is time without a camera, and this must cost you something if you bought it for taking pitures with! My M8 was in germany for 5...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-02-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 9,966
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Brian Clearly your D1X has been a very...

Dear Brian

Clearly your D1X has been a very good buy.
But my point is simply that our perception changes as technology advances. I simply used the D1x as an abstract example as at the time no one...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-02-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 9,966
Posted By Richard Marks
Not a strong legal challenge. In order to sue you...

Not a strong legal challenge. In order to sue you have to say what you have lost. In other words what the damage is. Leica could easilly say that the M8 was upgradeable in its life cycle but that it...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-02-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 9,966
Posted By Richard Marks
Brian I am glad if your D1X is still in use and...

Brian

I am glad if your D1X is still in use and meets your needs, but lets not pretend that it is as good as it gets. It was pretty good in its day but just look how Nikon have hoaned and evolved...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-02-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 9,966
Posted By Richard Marks
I realise an upgradeable RF camera body is not...

I realise an upgradeable RF camera body is not cost effective. But if that is the case we should get ourselves used to something a bit less precious and a bit more disposable. It is the lenses that...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-02-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 9,966
Posted By Richard Marks
The problem for Leica is that their high prices...

The problem for Leica is that their high prices have always been justified by build quality and longevity of design. This has been our expectation. High prices can be justified for 'classic status'...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-02-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 9,966
Posted By Richard Marks
Agreed that it is whishful thinking Not agreed to...

Agreed that it is whishful thinking
Not agreed to bin this lest we make the same mistake regarding the M9.
Digital products do not age well.
I remeber the majority of journals saying the Nikon D1x...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-02-2010
Replies: 137
Views: 9,966
Posted By Richard Marks
Stephen Lee is not known at that address! Richard

Stephen Lee is not known at that address!
Richard
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-02-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 1,715
Posted By Richard Marks
New covering 220. The other costs for repairs...

New covering 220. The other costs for repairs were in loss of use. This amounted to around 5 months in three years of ownership.
Loss of use is the biggest cost.

Good luck

Richard
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-30-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 1,746
Posted By Richard Marks
It is certainly not a sin to use flash with a...

It is certainly not a sin to use flash with a Leica!
However TTL flash is criminally poor on the M8 as the pre flash is nearly as bright as the main one. It also introduces some shutter lag. If one...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-30-2009
Replies: 55
Views: 12,121
Posted By Richard Marks
These are some of the best M9 images that I have...

These are some of the best M9 images that I have seen. Lovely colour rendition not over saturated. I like the painted plaster work back drops and I love the motion captured in several images. The...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-29-2009
Replies: 52
Views: 5,984
Posted By Richard Marks
I think Leica UK is a bit of a sticking point and...

I think Leica UK is a bit of a sticking point and I am prepared to belive things are easier in the mainland of Europe.

Your M9 has already been back for adjustments with a wonderful 5 day turn...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-29-2009
Replies: 52
Views: 5,984
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear JAAP You are referring to the company as a...

Dear JAAP

You are referring to the company as a whole and it is indeed most charitable of you to separate off the good design philosophy aspects on a platform of virtue from the rest of the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-29-2009
Replies: 52
Views: 5,984
Posted By Richard Marks
It is only firmware after all and this is...

It is only firmware after all and this is actually what a large number of fellow posters have been trying to tell you! Ironically this mode only appeared because you were using JPEGS. Perhaps it is...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-29-2009
Replies: 52
Views: 5,984
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear JAAP I am not sure that your recollection...

Dear JAAP

I am not sure that your recollection of this company's history matches mine.
Are we talking about the company who denied that a digital Rf was possible and then suddenly had to rush into...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-28-2009
Replies: 52
Views: 5,984
Posted By Richard Marks
Has any one actually tried this mode out? It...

Has any one actually tried this mode out? It might actually be a bit of fun! Quite honestly I can not see any harm. But if one is going to be sniffy about this,surely one might be more ashamed of...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-23-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 2,730
Posted By Richard Marks
Fighting talk but rather simplistic in my opnion....

Fighting talk but rather simplistic in my opnion. The subject in the shot you cite looks very resentfully directly at the camera. Once he has seen you it really does not matter what size. You might...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-22-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 2,730
Posted By Richard Marks
The really outstanding wide lens for me on the...

The really outstanding wide lens for me on the D700 is actually the 14-24 f 2.8. and not the 17-35 which is discontinued. You really should have a trial of this one. Its so good I am told they are...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-18-2009
Replies: 56
Views: 4,998
Posted By Richard Marks
Keith that is very much my feeling. Roger also...

Keith that is very much my feeling. Roger also talks of a sense of guilt which must be similar.
Also selling a film camera feels like a betrayal!

Richard
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-15-2009
Replies: 56
Views: 4,998
Posted By Richard Marks
If I had to make money from photography it would...

If I had to make money from photography it would definately be digital just simply to guarantee having got the shot, reduced processing costs and ease of posting on line. Fortunately it is not my day...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-09-2009
Replies: 42
Views: 3,781
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Dave I may have miss interpreted your post...

Dear Dave
I may have miss interpreted your post but it seemed to me you were implying some doubts as to the quality of printers in general in comparison to a general wet print (unless wet room...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-09-2009
Replies: 42
Views: 3,781
Posted By Richard Marks
Have you tried one of the latest generation of...

Have you tried one of the latest generation of printers dave? Believe me these printers are "something special" and whilst different to a conventional print they can certainly equal it. Depressing...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-09-2009
Replies: 42
Views: 3,781
Posted By Richard Marks
I actually have the Epsom 2880 and can not fault...

I actually have the Epsom 2880 and can not fault the quality. The only klundge is if you change from mat to glossy paper you have to change the matt black to photo black and that is irritating. I...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-09-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 2,442
Posted By Richard Marks
The position as I understand it is that there are...

The position as I understand it is that there are big waiting lists at all the UK dealers. I was about 'number 10' in the queue for an M8 last time but after Christmas, a lot of people could not...
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 12-08-2009
Replies: 90
Views: 15,154
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Olsen (You can call me Richard) I am not...

Dear Olsen (You can call me Richard)
I am not making any claims as to the importance of Brittain in world affairs, far from it. But it is still an island. This has of course been useful in repelling...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-06-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 3,104
Posted By Richard Marks
Not bad but things can get better. The background...

Not bad but things can get better. The background on both is very messy and opening up the apperture would allow you to loose a lot of this and really assess the bokeh. Second shot the animal looks...
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 12-06-2009
Replies: 90
Views: 15,154
Posted By Richard Marks
I am not knocking technology. Digital can do some...

I am not knocking technology. Digital can do some brilliant things (although actually shot tri x all day today not quite dry yet!!). Some of my best pics of 2009 are digital. I simply feel that it...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-06-2009
Replies: 56
Views: 7,414
Posted By Richard Marks
I voted MP!! However I believe you do get a...

I voted MP!!
However I believe you do get a couple of reasonable manual shutter speeds on an M7 even if the batteries are done. Not a bad camera. And I do not think battery usage is all that high....
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 12-06-2009
Replies: 90
Views: 15,154
Posted By Richard Marks
I am sure you are right. However I think for...

I am sure you are right.
However I think for film M's I was not worried about sending things to Germany as it was so unlikely to fail and also borrowing another film M for a while would not be too...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-06-2009
Replies: 56
Views: 7,414
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Robert Truth and fun are not mutually...

Dear Robert

Truth and fun are not mutually exclusive although I agree sometimes truth can hurt. However an internet vote is certainly something I do not take too seriously. This one is a bit flawed...
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 12-06-2009
Replies: 90
Views: 15,154
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Tom Im amazed if they were discourageing....

Dear Tom

Im amazed if they were discourageing. I would have thought they wanted this dealt with very quickly and would also be very keen to investigate the cause. Clearly there is quite a bit of...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-06-2009
Replies: 56
Views: 7,414
Posted By Richard Marks
Oh go on Roger Have a vote Its only a bit of fun....

Oh go on Roger
Have a vote
Its only a bit of fun. Humbug.
Richard
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 12-06-2009
Replies: 90
Views: 15,154
Posted By Richard Marks
A very real issue for me in the Uk is turn...

A very real issue for me in the Uk is turn around time and in a way this plays to Leicas advantage to deal with potential 'nuisance quibles'. They can be pretty sure that you are not going to send...
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 12-06-2009
Replies: 90
Views: 15,154
Posted By Richard Marks
If only people buying used had this sentement....

If only people buying used had this sentement. The bottom line. This is actually about resale value. If one is going to keep a camera forever and do not care how it looks then its not a problem. But...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-06-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 2,113
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Friend I do not have an M9 but will most...

Dear Friend

I do not have an M9 but will most certainly have a good look at one once they reach reasonable availability. I am certainly not parting with my cash without seeing one.
I agree small...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-05-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 2,113
Posted By Richard Marks
It is a very interesting comparison but that does...

It is a very interesting comparison but that does not meen its a great achievement. Im more concerned by how little the M9 has moved on from the M8.

I just wish Leica could snap out of this...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-05-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,932
Posted By Richard Marks
Is your eye sight OK? Do not take this the wrong...

Is your eye sight OK? Do not take this the wrong way but this is the rate limiting lens! Im just about needing glasses for fine detail and depressingly thinking about dioptre correction of my...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-05-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 1,404
Posted By Richard Marks
Nice light on the first one but from the thumb...

Nice light on the first one but from the thumb nail not that much in sharp focus. Looks like a bit higher aperture might have helped?! Second one Im not so keen on the branch in sharp focus as fore...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-30-2009
Replies: 94
Views: 15,497
Posted By Richard Marks
Interesting you mention Contax. Its 13 years...

Interesting you mention Contax. Its 13 years since the G2 and it really was a highly developed system. Not perfect by any means but certainly innovative and at least attemtping to modernise the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-29-2009
Replies: 20
Views: 3,564
Posted By Richard Marks
Red dots do eventually fall off. If your dot is...

Red dots do eventually fall off. If your dot is the wrong size Leica will send you the correct one (they did not charge me). They do vary on different lenses believe it or not!! It looks as though...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-27-2009
Replies: 74
Views: 5,802
Posted By Richard Marks
I actually like the toned down style a lot. It is...

I actually like the toned down style a lot. It is very under stated but not for any 'stealth' reasons.

Realistically I think most people notice just about any camera that you use. If you think they...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-27-2009
Replies: 25
Views: 2,392
Posted By Richard Marks
Well a few people have said its the little...

Well a few people have said its the little improvements that make the M9 so much better. Little detroments like this and the outdated LCD do nothing for me. They would really start to bug me with the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-27-2009
Replies: 25
Views: 2,392
Posted By Richard Marks
Presumably a bigger sensor must consume more...

Presumably a bigger sensor must consume more power and presumably the same applies to image processing. If so given that the battery is unchanged it would not be surprising if it is not lasting as...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-27-2009
Replies: 17
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Views: 4,220
Posted By Richard Marks
The issue regarding failures would not be such a...

The issue regarding failures would not be such a big one in the UK if the camera could be serviced here. What is annoying is the round trip of 8 weeks minimum and no prospect of a loan model. Mine...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-25-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 3,071
Posted By Richard Marks
You may well be right, but to have got that far I...

You may well be right, but to have got that far I still say its only fair to at least take the test drive if you have the chance. Web pics are no way to make a decision around a 5,000 camera. You...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-25-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 3,071
Posted By Richard Marks
It's quite simple. You really have to try one...

It's quite simple. You really have to try one against your M8 and decide from there. I would seriously advise against committing without a reasonable evaluation especially given the very limited...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-16-2009
Replies: 75
Views: 7,367
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Steve Firstly interesting about the EP1....

Dear Steve

Firstly interesting about the EP1. But you know if there is a problem the next batch will fix it and it will not be another 3 years!

We are very much in agreement about technological...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-15-2009
Replies: 238
Views: 37,117
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Roger I think it is just that we have...

Dear Roger

I think it is just that we have become accustomed to a much more rapid rate of advancement of electronic goods. Fine tuning a mechanical camera is OK and Leica are used to this type of...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-15-2009
Replies: 75
Views: 7,367
Posted By Richard Marks
This is not about history. It is very much about...

This is not about history.
It is very much about how things stand at the moment. I am not asking for the M9 to be as fast as a Japanese you know what, but it is not unreasonable to at least expect it...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-14-2009
Replies: 94
Views: 15,497
Posted By Richard Marks
Most of the posters here I guess have second (or...

Most of the posters here I guess have second (or third hand) film M's and these have prbobably been made a few years ago. Absolutely no complaints here. But it is history. An M3 from 1967 does not...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-13-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 1,172
Posted By Richard Marks
I suspect they risked everything on the M9 full...

I suspect they risked everything on the M9 full frame concept and also the S2 project and did not have funds to do anything else. They were also under pressure to launch without glitches. At least...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-13-2009
Replies: 238
Views: 37,117
Posted By Richard Marks
The base plate slot is still not as good as on...

The base plate slot is still not as good as on the film cameras. I can not understand why they changed this. I really would not be happy mounting this design on a tripod with a heavy lens. All that...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-13-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 1,172
Posted By Richard Marks
Its a nice idea but if leica do not do this I...

Its a nice idea but if leica do not do this I doubt there are enough sales to make it worth the while of an independent.

The real issue is better battery life, faster processors and higher...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-12-2009
Replies: 75
Views: 7,367
Posted By Richard Marks
No JAAP the M8.2 retailed at 3,800 and the M9 is...

No JAAP the M8.2 retailed at 3,800 and the M9 is 4,850. I can not believe our currency has slipped that much between launches. I also think the M8.2 was not worth the hike onprice from the M8...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-12-2009
Replies: 75
Views: 7,367
Posted By Richard Marks
Agreed but a lot of the R and D was already done....

Agreed but a lot of the R and D was already done. I still suspect the phenomenal investment has gone on the s2 and this will influence margins on the M9

Richard
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-12-2009
Replies: 75
Views: 7,367
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Roger Bigger screens are not purely on...

Dear Roger

Bigger screens are not purely on vast DSLR's
Olympus DSLR's are not bigger than the M9 but the screen has a lot more resolution. Have you looked at an EP1 (the pen thingy) that has a...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-11-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 4,824
Posted By Richard Marks
My experience of leica UK is that they will not...

My experience of leica UK is that they will not ship your camera until they have a reasonable consignment. When they have a full batch they send them together. My guess is it is somewhere on the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-11-2009
Replies: 75
Views: 7,367
Posted By Richard Marks
I thoroughly take the point that rangefinders are...

I thoroughly take the point that rangefinders are not rapid fire machines and that one good killer shot is all that is needed, however I think the issue is that we expect progress in all areas. It is...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-09-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 2,096
Posted By Richard Marks
I think one can safely say that EP is a fully...

I think one can safely say that EP is a fully mature product but I am not always convinced by his pictures :).
Richard
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-03-2009
Replies: 238
Views: 37,117
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Jaap You may recall the casing of my M8...

Dear Jaap
You may recall the casing of my M8 shattered after relatively minor trauma.(ill not bore you with posting the horrific pictures again) but I do not share your experience. There is still the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-01-2009
Replies: 51
Views: 4,244
Posted By Richard Marks
I can afford it but I am not going to unless...

I can afford it but I am not going to unless Leica can offer service in the UK. I lost 3 months of my M8 travelling between here and Germany. Electronic items do have less reliability than mechanical...
Forum: Optics Theory - 11-01-2009
Replies: 37
Views: 5,285
Posted By Richard Marks
Intersting If the moving mirror goes from SLR...

Intersting
If the moving mirror goes from SLR design and the viewing image really is good enough to use then the advantages of the rangefinder are certainly diminished in terms of slow shutter speed....
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-29-2009
Replies: 67
Views: 9,264
Posted By Richard Marks
Ken is consistent in his writing style and not...

Ken is consistent in his writing style and not aftraid to express his opinions. He took a lot of flack from this site about his prequel of the M9 but he has actually given the M9 a rapturous review....
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-26-2009
Replies: 238
Views: 37,117
Posted By Richard Marks
Dear Benjamin I have a lot of sympathy with...

Dear Benjamin

I have a lot of sympathy with what you say. Certainly the very best obtainable from film can be better than the very best digital, but on average I believe the high end digital...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-25-2009
Replies: 53
Views: 14,748
Posted By Richard Marks
Strange! I looked at a GF1 a canon G11 and the...

Strange! I looked at a GF1 a canon G11 and the PEN option but on the second hand shelf a Contax G2 with 3 lenses for 650 proved irresistable.

Richard
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-25-2009
Replies: 53
Views: 14,748
Posted By Richard Marks
I think ultimately the discussion of M9 vs MF...

I think ultimately the discussion of M9 vs MF back is interesting because price may be similar but both offer completely different shooting styles. Hand held the Hasselblad may actually be inferior...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-25-2009
Replies: 53
Views: 14,748
Posted By Richard Marks
Wow Now that is interesting! Personally I am...

Wow
Now that is interesting!
Personally I am watching the digital back situation very carefully as i can not easilly part with my hassie gear. I have not put any colour film through it for a very...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-23-2009
Replies: 53
Views: 14,748
Posted By Richard Marks
The crop factor is 1.5 for square format. In...

The crop factor is 1.5 for square format. In landscape
it is 1.1 but using a hassy on it's side for portraits needs a 90 prism and not a pile of fun

Richard
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-22-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 1,810
Posted By Richard Marks
Overall I do not think the review is too bad and...

Overall I do not think the review is too bad and the fact that it was written by a confessed non rangefinder enthusiast is actually quite good and probably adds a bit of ballance. Clearly there are...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-19-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 3,930
Posted By Richard Marks
I agree a rangefinder is a niche business. I can...

I agree a rangefinder is a niche business. I can not realistically see any one else making another pure digital RF. I am not even convinced that the M9 will be financially sucessful. However I can...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-18-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 3,930
Posted By Richard Marks
Now that does sound interesting! An auto focus...

Now that does sound interesting! An auto focus thingy which could take M lenses without a crop factor. That would allow them a product saleable with panasonic auto focus to a larger market and also...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-18-2009
Replies: 24
Views: 2,352
Posted By Richard Marks
I agree entirely but clearly Leica do not. If...

I agree entirely but clearly Leica do not. If they did they would have given it to us within the production life cycle of the M8. A number of discussions requested this within the first few months of...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-18-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 3,930
Posted By Richard Marks
Why not indeed! I have never understood firstly...

Why not indeed! I have never understood firstly why Epsom entered into this and secondly having done so, why they departed.

Personally I still regret the demise of Contax. The G series gave leica...
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