Leica M 240 – Hands-on Review by Kai (Digitalrev)

As usual…take it with fun :)

  • Robbert

    ‘It produces just amazing files!’
    Right, let’s see how those files compare with a 10 times cheaper Sigma DP Merrill.

  • LovinTheEP2

    DP Merrill. Really… Not exactly apples n oranges.

    Either way.. I wasn’t overly impressed by it from his review. I always kind of wanted an M9.. but as for the M.. no thanks.

    Cleaner ISO above 1600.. big deal. I still love some of the old 60-70 BW photos full of grain shot a concerts.

    CMOS.. blah.

  • Ranger 9

    This one WAS more fun than most. Silly, but (as he states) he’s an unapologetic Leica fanboy, so his tone of reverent awe is tolerable (and yes, sounds exactly like Clarkson fawning on the latest Ferrari.)

    It would have been fun, too, to see some of Rolleicord Girl’s pictures of HIM…

  • mamapeeg

    I had one of these m420’s and sold it for a rx1. It’s a nice camera but north worth the price or the attention kai is giving to it. He usually bashes cameras for not being leica but calls it “embracing the future” when leicas not being a leica.
    My rx1 produces sharper files with less noise at high iso. The nex-ff will beat up on leica too.
    People buy leica for the price but dollars spent dont equal to quality of images. Sadly I once fell for a M but wised up.

    • Chuck

      What is funny with people like you is that they seem to believe that if a camera is not the best, then it is not good nor worth buying it.
      You can trash talk as much on you want on a Leica M240 but it is indeed a very good camera. Not the best, but not bad either.
      Regarding price…just get over it. A Leica has never been about the price. I don’t hear people moaning that a Ferrari is not worth it because a Nissan GTR does same for 4 times cheaper.

  • Taran

    Everything surrounded in purple, sweet. I love both Kai and Leica, but please check your sanity at the door if you actually think $18,000 worth of camera should do that.

  • amalric

    I found this review among Kai’s most sedate, so there must be respect. However it didn’t prevent him to criticize the ergos, which is fine.

    If I had money to spare I would get the camera for the craftmanship, and I don’t doubt that the IQ is more than enough.

    Having seen S. Huff ‘strange comparisons’ I am also convinced that with good lenses my E-M5 is up to scratch too, so I have no envy.

    The coming Sony mirrorless ILC are those to watch, but if I got one, it will be only with a couple of lenses.

    To me m4/3 hit perfectly my ‘good enough needs, while avoiding me to carry a large bag, which a FF system would still need.

  • jean pierre

    Oh, Kai!
    Why you have not show the new function of focus!!! I think you have not take longe time to test the M 240 before doing the video!!! Hm,…..

    image quality is not so good as the M9!!! For black and white the M is great!!!

    I am little bit disappointed from Leica!!! Leica is known for awesome image quality! But the M is a step behind the M9!!!

    Leica CAN do better!!! I do hope it will come with new firmware, maybe…..

    If I think how good the new Pana GX7 is, oh …….

    • Alain

      I’ve owned the M9, never liked it (always preferred the M8), the M is dramatically better in terms of image quality.

  • jk

    Thats fun !
    Especially when none of the shown photos looks sharp by just comparing to the video itself.
    And fun to see all the bad design choices.

  • yoyoma

    M is an excellent camera but please, don’t say it has the best IQ because it simply does NOT. I love my leica but just because it’s $6000, it doesn’t give me the entitlement of saying b.s. of best IQ. It really doesn’t.

    For all the Non Leica owner who wants full frame compact, go get Sony RX1. That has excellent IQ and cheaper than Leica M. but then you are locked into one focal length. truthfully, I only use my 0.95f Noc anyway so I am also “locked” into one focal length with my M.

    I paid over $16000 and waited about 9 months to get the whole kit, M and Noc 0.95f. RX1, you can get it for less than $3000 and it’ smaller than M, possible equal IQ or better depends on who you talk to.

    choice is yours. don’t be a hater.

    • Any

      Both the M and RX-1 have their own groups of haters. Heck, I suppose just about all cameras have their share of haters.
      The internet would be so much more pleasant a place if people would just go out and shoot what they love/have.

  • Dannybouy

    I received my M on Tuesday last week. I am not a rich guy. I have worked my ass off to buy it (and the sale of my M9 paid for half). Just wanted to get that out there as I have worked hard for this camera. I’ve not just bought it because I can. The IQ is excellent. Far superior to my 5Dmk2. Not used a mk3 so can’t comment. For me it’s a brilliant camera. Yes there are other cheaper cameras out there that beat it IQ wise, hell, my Ricoh GR is probably better but it’s not just about IQ. I love using it and feels really natural and instinctive. Something no other camera has offered me. It’s horses for courses, but while you’re all bickering about which IQ is best and this and that I’ll be here enjoying my wonderful companion :-)

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