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Take a Gander At These Official Sample Photos Shot Using the New Leica M

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Back on September 17, 2012, Leica held a launch party in Germany to unveil its new Leica M full-frame digital rangefinder, which does away with model numbers in favor of simply using the model name. People are referring to the camera as Leica M (Type 240).

Glimpses of the camera’s performance have been hard to come by so far (we did see some high ISO samples back in November 2012), but now Leica has officially released seven full-resolution sample photographs showing the camera’s image quality.

Four of the images are RAW files (DNG format) and the other three are JPEGs. They were shot with a number of different lenses at ISOs ranging from 200 up to 6400.

Here are the seven photos (we converted the DNG files into JPEGs). Click them to view them in their original resolution:

50mm, f/2, ISO200

50mm, f/2, ISO200

35mm, f/2, ISO6400 (PUSH)

35mm, f/2, ISO6400 (PUSH)

50mm, f/1, ISO3200

50mm, f/1, ISO3200

35mm, f/1.4, ISO2500

35mm, f/1.4, ISO2500

35mm, f/2, ISO400

35mm, f/2, ISO400

60mm f/2.8 Macro, f/2.8, ISO2000

60mm f/2.8 Macro, f/2.8, ISO2000

135mm, f/3.4, ISO200

135mm, f/3.4, ISO200

You can download the original performance proof files directly from Leica’s website here.

Leica M (New) Downloads [Leica]


Image credits: Photographs by Leica


 
 
  • E.G.

    Good. But they don’t look much better than what I get from my NEX with a decent prime. In this day an age I’m not sure what the fuss is about gear. The actual spread in image quality between reasonably and astronomically priced cameras is virtually nil.

  • Bryce

    I was thinking the same thing, I get better results with my old Olympus DSLR and an old prime than what I’m seeing here.

  • Mick

    I am disappointed. For the price that camera costs, I was expecting far better results. Maybe Leica would have had it if KODAK wasn`t gone bankrupt (I believe the sensor on M9 is from KODAK) so Leica had to develop a new one.

    Anyway, I get comparable to better results on my FUJI XPro1 one.
    What I don`t get though is the feel this camera provides in the hands of a photographer.

  • nate parker

    but still I want one!

  • Bryce

    You know I do too! You can’t throw the Noctilux on an Olympus Evolt E-500

  • Jake

    Further proof that an expensive camera, even a Leica, does not equal better photographs.

  • oldtaku

    Can’t wait to run these through some Instagram filters so they look like a Lomo!

    [yes, joke - but it will be done]

  • http://profiles.google.com/mjones41 matt jones

    Now the M is just another full frame CMOS camera

  • Henri

    Underpromise – Overdeliver

  • G

    Doubt it. I’ve shot NEX with Zeiss (M-mount) lenses. You just don’t get this with that setup. And for the old Oly DSLR.. no way. You’re comparing Oly’s iso100 with the M’s iso3200 at the resolution given above then?

  • G

    This isn’t about better photography, it’s about image quality.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zosxavius Zos Xavius

    I’m pretty sure a 5dmk3 or d600 will give similar results for a lot less cash.

  • Opie

    Yeah, I mean everyone knows that Cartier-Bresson loved his because of the CCD.

  • G

    Don’t deny it either.

  • E.G.

    Well, I’m not a pixel peeper. So I guess I’m still not impressed.

  • jgphoto

    It appears that the high ISO image quality is comparable to a Canon 5D MkIII, and that is saying a lot. I don’t think anyone seriously doubts that the Leica lenses at their best are as good as it gets. So we now have a truly state of the art full frame Leica digital camera. That is an achievement. Now all we need is a second mortgage to pay for it. Or pass on buying that new car and get the Leica and some glass instead. It’s not for everyone, but Leicas never were.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zosxavius Zos Xavius

    For the kind of cash this costs, you could buy a 645D and get 40MP of quality with glass that is just as sharp if not sharper edge to edge than an leica glass. Of course its just not fair to compare MF to 35mm either, but if you seek optimum image quality and are willing to spend that kind of cash there are certainly better options. I think people see leicas as this kind of film era gestalt. I don’t get it personally. I can easily see why the SLR dominated photography. I’ve tried rangefinders and while their viewfinders are more than servicable, I find it far more useful to see through the lens. The lens is an extension of my eye. I previsualize and check composition. I typically work elements up to the edges of the frame. The looseness of the rangefinder is anathema to what I seek to achieve visually. Different strokes I guess. Don’t know if you check notifications, but I did mean to reply…just been busy.