Steve Huff's M type 240 review is up
Old 03-11-2013   #1
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Steve Huff's M type 240 review is up

And the pictures look pretty dang good.

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2013/0...by-steve-huff/
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Old 03-11-2013   #2
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Spoiler alert: He really likes it.
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Nice review and I like his straight forward style. No test charts etc. Makes me wish I could still use a r/f as I'd buy back into Leica digital with this one. I could never see the point of the ME or monochrome. I really hope it's got no reliability or glitch issues as for once Leica seem to be trying to deliver a camera with the features people wanted.
Do you think if I ask loud enough they will build a Leicaflex SL with the same feature set?
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epic lol

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It’s no secret I was one of the worlds biggest fans of the M9 and I was not shy about saying so. Millions of people have read my “Big Bad Ass Leica M9 Review” and hundreds if not thousands have purchased the M9 due to me pouring out my love for such a machine over the past few years. I am not tooting my own horn but it is a fact! The words I write on these pages seem to be heavily influential just as a movie reviewer influences the publics movie choices, which is why I always keep it real and am always honest and let my heart do the talking, even if I get grump-o’s attacking me for being overly enthusiastic. That is just who I am and when I am excited about something…you guys will know it.

The fact is that myself and Thorsten Overgaard (the original Leica web presence) have done more for the M9 than anyone else has due to us oozing our passion for that camera over the past few years.
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epic lol

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It’s no secret I was one of the worlds biggest fans of the M9 and I was not shy about saying so. Millions of people have read my “Big Bad Ass Leica M9 Review” and hundreds if not thousands have purchased the M9 due to me pouring out my love for such a machine over the past few years. I am not tooting my own horn but it is a fact! The words I write on these pages seem to be heavily influential just as a movie reviewer influences the publics movie choices, which is why I always keep it real and am always honest and let my heart do the talking, even if I get grump-o’s attacking me for being overly enthusiastic. That is just who I am and when I am excited about something…you guys will know it.

The fact is that myself and Thorsten Overgaard (the original Leica web presence) have done more for the M9 than anyone else has due to us oozing our passion for that camera over the past few years.
ok so he has some self love issues! It's a nice read though and conveyed nicely what I would expect on using one myself.
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nothing surprising, he's a leica fanboy xD
if i got the dough i would love to try out the M240 too.
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full disclosure - i found the review helpful and the photos to be better than those attached to other reviews.
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Yes, it's now just as en vogue to bash Mr. Huff for his puppy dog enthusiasm as it was to bash Ken Rockwell for his over the top trolling, but the truth is, this is the first "real world" review of the M240 that is heavy on images of things other than coins and newspaper clippings glued to plywood. No sleight on Sean Reid, as his reviews are also excellent and very much appreciated, but this is the first time I've seen images from this camera that really show off what it can do. Regardless of the package it's delivered in, this is the best review of the camera to date for the images alone.
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Thanks for the link.

As for the M-E vs. M240 comparison, I preferred the M-E BY FAR. Especially the one of "Mike" in the sports bar--the difference is HUGE. E.g., look at the tone gradations of the skin around the eyes... The M-E reveals a whole palette of reds and whites and subtle differences that are totally absent in the M image.

(But it looks to me like the exposure is slightly different in both comparison shots).
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Spoiler alert: He really likes it.
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Old 03-11-2013   #12
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guy's, you think he would know how to handle a rangefinder camera, he had his fingerprints
all over that new M camera doh!

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He's good. The guy is passionate, absolutely. But, I like reading a passionate review, don't you?
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Thanks for the link.

As for the M-E vs. M240 comparison, I preferred the M-E BY FAR. Especially the one of "Mike" in the sports bar--the difference is HUGE. E.g., look at the tone gradations of the skin around the eyes... The M-E reveals a whole palette of reds and whites and subtle differences that are totally absent in the M image.

(But it looks to me like the exposure is slightly different in both comparison shots).
Noimmunity- Where is the M-E vs. M240 comparison? I missed that...
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Noimmunity- Where is the M-E vs. M240 comparison? I missed that...
How to describe it? On my monitor at full page viewing you have to scroll about 4/10 of the way down to the section titled "Image Quality Comparison between the M 240 and M9/ME/M9P"

I know what I see and I am curious what other people see.
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I wouldn't have expected anything but raves from Mr Huff.

I think he's got it right - putting aside my bias for my M9, the M240 looks to be a great camera. Leica responded to the deficiencies of the M9 splendidly. Once enough users figure out the post work, it'll get the praise it merits, if not sooner.
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but the truth is, this is the first "real world" review of the M240 that is heavy on images of things other than coins and newspaper clippings glued to plywood. No sleight on Sean Reid, as his reviews are also excellent and very much appreciated, but this is the first time I've seen images from this camera that really show off what it can do.
I don't understand why assessing performance (or not assessing at all) with less rigor makes it 'real world'. One is about quantifying performance, and one is about showing photographs and writing down impressions (often with a freaking mess of exclamation marks). Both seem 'real world' to me, just for a different purpose.
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Why oh Why wasn't steve huff there when the M5 came out??
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I don't understand why assessing performance (or not assessing at all) with less rigor makes it 'real world'. One is about quantifying performance, and one is about showing photographs and writing down impressions (often with a freaking mess of exclamation marks). Both seem 'real world' to me, just for a different purpose.

Perhaps "real world" is not the best way of putting it, but it's more useful to me in terms of helping me decide whether or not to purchase the camera. I don't know about you, but I have never and will never duplicate Sean Reid's testing methods because they don't reflect how I would use the camera. I'm glad he does them, as it's helpful to judge the performance of the camera under the ultimate controlled conditions. More important to me, however, is whether or not it gives me aesthetic results I'm pleased with. Mr. Reid's photos from actual field usage are dull at best, and therefore might give me a negative impression. I think that's been the problem with what we've seen from the M240 until now, a stream of poor quality photos that, instead of merely reflecting badly on the photographer, have colored people's perceptions of the camera.

If you don't like his writing style or endless enthusiasm, fine. Skip the words and just look at the pictures. To my eyes, these are the best pictures I've seen from the camera yet, better than anything official from Leica, better than Ming Thein, better than Jonathan Slack, better than Sean Reid, and certainly better than that one gentleman at the seaside resort. They are not too dissimilar from pictures that I might take if I had the camera. In that sense, this is the most useful review of the camera I've seen, because it's the first one that made me think "Yes, I would buy this." Every other review/preview so far has left me unmoved.
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Thanks for the link.

As for the M-E vs. M240 comparison, I preferred the M-E BY FAR. Especially the one of "Mike" in the sports bar--the difference is HUGE. E.g., look at the tone gradations of the skin around the eyes... The M-E reveals a whole palette of reds and whites and subtle differences that are totally absent in the M image.

(But it looks to me like the exposure is slightly different in both comparison shots).
I'm going to disagree with you on this one. The M-E has a harsher highlight, the new M handles the highlight much better (top-right cheek). The M-E also appears to have a little bit of a yellow cast to some of the skin. Mike looks a bit red in the face in both, so I'm assuming he got some sun (or was feeling tipsy), but the M-E also adds in a less than desirable skin tone. Which is surprising because some other examples of the new M show a bit too pink a look to the skin - maybe this was fixed with a firmware update or maybe the JPGs don't look as nice as the DNGs.

Also, the 100% crop of the background shows a much smoother rendering in the new M - much better performance at ISO 400 than in the M-E shot.

I'm looking at these on a NEC Multisync LCD2690WUXi monitor.
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Thanks for the link.

As for the M-E vs. M240 comparison, I preferred the M-E BY FAR. Especially the one of "Mike" in the sports bar--the difference is HUGE. E.g., look at the tone gradations of the skin around the eyes... The M-E reveals a whole palette of reds and whites and subtle differences that are totally absent in the M image.

(But it looks to me like the exposure is slightly different in both comparison shots).
Bubububububut... CCD is MAGIC! CMOS is what Canon and Nikon have been using for YEARS HOW CAN A CMOS SENSOR BE MAGIC!?!?!?!

[Denial… anger… bargaining… depression… acceptance… purchase.]

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Once enough users figure out the post work, it'll get the praise it merits, if not sooner.
Yup. It'll be a great camera. Overpriced (hey, it's a Leica), but a great camera.
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I'd get one if I had the money. It would be great not only for M lenses, but also adapting just about any old film SLR lenses you have laying about. A great universal full frame camera back. Kudos to Leica.
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I'd get one if I had the money. It would be great not only for M lenses, but also adapting just about any old film SLR lenses you have laying about. A great universal full frame camera back. Kudos to Leica.
My thoughts exactly. Other than a really nice Jupiter-3, I have no proper Leica-mount lenses at the moment. I would most likely pick up a lens to go with the body if I did buy it, but I wouldn't be able to afford to instantly round out my kit with my favorite focal lengths. However, I have a nice set of Nikon lenses, and I'd be curious to see how they worked on the new body.
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Jeez.. the ISO3200 looks decent.

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I'm going to disagree with you on this one. The M-E has a harsher highlight, the new M handles the highlight much better (top-right cheek). The M-E also appears to have a little bit of a yellow cast to some of the skin. Mike looks a bit red in the face in both, so I'm assuming he got some sun (or was feeling tipsy), but the M-E also adds in a less than desirable skin tone. Which is surprising because some other examples of the new M show a bit too pink a look to the skin - maybe this was fixed with a firmware update or maybe the JPGs don't look as nice as the DNGs.

Also, the 100% crop of the background shows a much smoother rendering in the new M - much better performance at ISO 400 than in the M-E shot.

I'm looking at these on a NEC Multisync LCD2690WUXi monitor.
Now we are talking about the images! (Mr. Huff and his style are of little relevance to me).

I agree with your observations regarding the highlights and the smoother rendering.

Color cast issues aside, do you not see greater gradations of color around the eyes in the M-E image?

Further, do you not feel that the two shots are exposed differently? In both sets of comp shots the M-E looks 1/2 stop brighter than the M.
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I like Steve Huff, he seems like a really nice guy, but I think reading a Leica review on his site is like reading a Voigtlander review on cameraquest.com. You're not really assured of an objective view.

I wouldn't read too much into Steve or Ken's thoughts on any particular camera, they both have their favourites, but they both make entertaining reading when they are on form.
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i never got why people dislike Steve. he's a cool guy and does pretty decent camera reviews. i have bought cameras that he reviewed and completely agreed with him 100%. i wont be able to buy the new M but it looks like he put some thought into this one. plus, the pictures speak for themselves.
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I did once email Steve Huff suggesting he review the Harman Titan 5x4 pinhole camera, as I'd like to see his write up of that, but I never got a response.
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i never got why people dislike Steve. he's a cool guy and does pretty decent camera reviews. i have bought cameras that he reviewed and completely agreed with him 100%. i wont be able to buy the new M but it looks like he put some thought into this one. plus, the pictures speak for themselves.
I think someone would need to be fairly coldhearted to actually dislike Steve Huff, he wears his heart on his sleeve, and seems a hard guy to not like. I don't think he'd even claim to be objective about Leica though, he is a fan, and that's cool, but his opinions I think are coloured by that.

I think it would be fair to say if Leica digital cameras did great on Dx0 ratings, then it's a vindication of everything Leica fans stand for. If they don't do great, then it's just statistics and pixel peeping, and does not matter in the real world.
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Leica are special.I love my M3,M2,M6TTL.
Leica Digital are just another camera, but expensive.
Not more than some top end Canon/Nikon.
The lenses are singularly special.
Truth tell the high end digitals of Canon and Nikon have features,
that make the Leica look like a man taking his first step, whereas they,
Nikon,Canon have Flash features, Huge Buffer, choice of lenses from cheap to equal in L and Pro models.Enormous resources and service facilities.
Sensor cleaning, anti-shake in more than one form.
In short they are headed across the Galaxy.
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that make the Leica look like a man taking his first step
Same could have been said of film cameras by Nikon and Canon vs. the M6 in the 90s. And before that, and before that, etc.
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I've never met Steve Huff but from reading the review he's definitely "over the moon" for this camera but what I noted were some key items:
  • new battery is good but doesn't seem to be that great with EVF (I honestly don't think I'd use the EVF anyway)
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    What I am really digging about the files from the M240 is that they are HARDY and very very “rich”. Much more so than M9 files that fall apart a little easier.
    I find that a judgment call - and by that I mean to say - those folks who have the M9 may believe the "quality" of their files are better than the new M - this is part of the problem with "real world" reviews - it's subjective
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    I remember all of my M9′s. I have had three M9′s and two M9′Ps over the past 4 years. ALL of them had a different shutter feel. Some were gritty, some were rough, some would feel nice, some were louder than others.
    I haven't a clue what Steve Huff does for a living but, really, has he "owned" 5 M9 variations over the past 3-3.5 years? As such, it's hard to take this review objectively.
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    The new M also loses a little bit of Dynamic Range the more you pump up the ISO so in reality, this new M is also at its best at lower ISO. 200-1600 seems to be the sweet spot for me but you can still use it with confidence up to 3200.
    That statement above, to me, sort of contradicts a statement made earlier in the review:
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    The M 240 files at first glance do not appear to have the same pop, but in reality they really do have the same exact pop but with more richness in color and overall look. We do indeed get better color, richer color, extended dynamic range which makes it much easier to shoot in not so nice light, better high ISO performance (but not HUGE, Id go to 3200 on the new M and all the way to 10,000 on the MM) and more megapixels (which to me is not important as I prefer fatter pixels).
    So which is it? do we lose DR with the new M or do we gain DR with the new M?


There's a few other statements in his review that are a bit "odd" but overall he writes like a fan of the brand - and that's fine - he's made that claim up front and as long as everyone's aware of that, they know what they're getting.

Regarding his high ISO shots - I still have yet to see some that are in dimly lit, really craptacular lighting. That's where you'll be able to tell just how bad (or good) the camera is. If the ISO3200 is usable without banding in those situations, then I'm all for this new CMOS sensor.

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What am I missing here? Was he supposed to wear gloves?
Well, You guy's have rangefinders, I had Leica's and now a Nikon and
I know how to handle one for the least amount of fingerprints. I always
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I handled one the other day at Rg Lewis and although I couldn't test the images I shot in the shop I did feel like I was playing with a modern digital camera. There is something primitive about the m8 and m9 - and for that reason they speak to me more. They seem closer to the film experience that I love. The m240 felt bigger, more complicated, the Evf unwieldy but the shutter does sound better.

The images in huff's site appear good but ISo 1000000 shots are not really what I do. The dynamic range and robustness of file sound appealing but in honesty I'd rather have that pop straight off the sd card. The m240 images seem to have less of the filminess of the m8 and m9 and seem plasticky like the canikons. There are better cameras for technical shooting or video (like a h3d or 5d Mk ii) and although I'd like an m240 one day but I think I'll stick with my m3, m5, cl and m9 for now. I could probably trade them all in and come close to a m240 but would that be a good deal? Probably not in my books.
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It's good to know the new M doing better in some key areas... but I guess I'll go for an M-E or M9 somewhere along the way to pair up with my Monochrom.
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Money aside, even if you slightly prefer the look of the ME/M9 why would you want to put up with it's shortfalls? The terrible screen with the 3 second load time, the bad buffer, the noise even at moderate ISOs. With good RAW processing i'm sure you can get the look of the CCD off the M9. People always leave out the notion of raw processing. That's what you do to get the look you want. Your pictures don't have to look like the out of camera jpegs. The pop you're talking about either comes from microcontrast in the lenses or an increase in contrast. You're using the same lenses, so figure out your contrast,

And if you're willing ot put up with the slow, under engineered M9 because it's so magical well, Hasselblad is selling their H4D-31 for $7500 with an 80 and if you can't get yer magic off that thing well then yer doing it wrong.
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Well, You guy's have rangefinders, I had Leica's and now a Nikon and
I know how to handle one for the least amount of fingerprints. I always
kinda cringed when I handed a novice my Leica and I would get it back
with fingerprints all over the place, Lesson learned don't let other people
handle your Leica or Nikon Rangefinder!

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Fair enough, but I feel quite the opposite. I'm always happy to have people try out my Leica, and could not care less about fingerprints. I think if you have a go of a good film camera like a Leica, you're likely want one for yourself, and I think that's good for the whole film-using community.
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Old 03-12-2013   #40
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People need positive reviews in order to reinforce their decision to buy a product, which they had decided to buy before hand, Huff's reviews are perfectly tailored to this group of consumers in camera market.

Huff is a perfect example of an internet trend where people are more interested in justifying their own irrational desires to buy a product by a second opinion rather than actually looking to reviews in order to make up their mind.


And a Leica camera will sell because it is a Leica camera not because Huff, who does not know how to use a camera if his life depended on says so or not.

Lets cut down all the huff and puff and just buy the camera and justify the cost with some decent work.
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