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A First Look at the Image Quality of the New Leica M at High ISOs

Leica’s new flagship digital rangefinder, the Leica M, was announced more than a month ago, but things have been very quiet in regards to sample photos demonstrating the camera’s capabilities. If you’ve been dying see actual photos shot using the camera, today’s your lucky day. Pandachief over at the forum HK LFC has published quite a few sample photographs shot in a low-light environment (it appears to be a dinner party).

The images were shot using a Leica Noctilux f/1 lens wide-open, and look quite nice even when the camera is boosted up to ISO 1000 and ISO 2000. For comparison’s sake, here’s what an iPhone 4S photo looks like in the same dimly-lit environment.

Another member, rayyen, offers some of his first impressions of the camera:

[…] the design, weight, leather, almost identical to current digital M9 […] The traditional 3 or 5 sets framline all gone. When you half press the shutter, a new light blue colour electronic frameline will appears in the viewfinder. Very similar to M9Ti design […] [The white balance is] way better than the funny WB of M9 […] Everyone was pleased by the new LCD, larger and hi def. Now can really check focus and sharpness on LCD.

Pandachief also shared a photograph of the new battery used in the camera, which is heftier than the one used in previous M rangefinders.

NEW Leica M —- First Try! [HK LFC via Steve Huff Photo]


Update: It seems the thread is now only viewable by registered members. That’s a shame.


Image credits: Photographs by Pandachief/HK LFC


 
  • Stephen Mc Curry

    How dumbed down has photography got that the comparison is how an iPhone 4s compares to a prestigious camera brands flagship!
    Leica images look great though!

  • DamianMonsivais

    People have fallen in love with the technology and not photography.
    More Gear heads out there nowadays

  • DamianMonsivais

    People have fallen in love with the technology and not photography.
    More Gear heads out there nowadays

  • DamianMonsivais

    People have fallen in love with the Technology and not with photography.
    More gear heads then photographers.

  • DamianMonsivais

    People have fallen in love with the Technology and not with photography.
    More gear heads then photographers.

  • ceebee

    Leica- Schmeica as Horst Faas used to say. The samples look out of focus btw (truely M style though)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Austin-Hoherd/576367461 Daniel Austin Hoherd

    I was thinking similar thoughts. It would be nice to have a comparison against a camera with a sensor that is known for good low-light performance so we can make a top-of-the-line comparison of this top-of-the-line camera.

  • harumph

    Dude, f1.

  • http://www.facebook.com/xsportseeker Renato Murakami

    Of course we’re still talking about a 7000 bucks camera here. With an added who-knows-how-much crazy lens. (correct me if I’m mistaken, but a Leica Noctilux f1 might cost same price or even more than the camera). For those not rich/crazy, it’s just better to wait for the next Sony or other mirrorless cameras to up it’s sensors to full frame. With interchangeable lenses that is… (not counting RX1).

  • http://twitter.com/ckingphoto Christopher King

    Yes and no, iPhones can get into venues where no cameras are allowed. In certain cases it’s also more socially acceptable and gains a more friendly response when you ask to take a picture with a phone versus a camera. But I don’t get why it’s written like a comparison between the leica and the iphone. Should be: “here’s an iphone photo to show the scene”.

  • Perceptivelight

    Not quite, Less is more and that’s what Leica is all about…

  • ceebee

    you mean they need to be out of focus?

  • Collord

    It is a shame that Leica has to rely on some well-off no-talent hipsters to promote their flagship cameras. It is a bit like giving the Kardashian a Lambo. I bet HCB will be spinning in his grave.

  • ProtoWhalePig

    Except wrt to dollars. Then more is more.

  • harumph

    I mean maybe you don’t understand what an f1 lens does to the dof when shot wide open.

  • Vance Lester

    A quick google search brings up plenty of people who can accurately focus a noctilux.

  • M6

    HKLFC is famous now

  • Sergio Rattner

    These images are not impressive at all. Check out a Fuji X-Pro to compare low-light performance that surpasses this… unless the photographer didn’t know what he was doing, which is possible, because the compositions also suck.