HA HA! TOLD YOU SO!! Way to go, Leica

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by RichA, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. RichA

    RichA Guest

    F--- the ancient 35mm format, at least one company looks forward.

    Photokina 2008: Leica has today unveiled a brand new autofocus DSLR
    system designed for professional users, which is configured around a
    30x45mm sensor (i.e. 56% larger than 35mm full-frame). The S-system
    will utilize an advanced new dual shutter, with both an in-body focal
    plane shutter for fast lenses, and in-lens leaf shutters for high
    flash sync speeds. The first camera, the S-2, will feature a 37.5
    megapixel CCD sensor in a weatherproof body which is similar in size
    and handling to conventional 35mm-type DSLRs. The new ‘Maestro’ image
    processing system provides twice the operating speed of current medium-
    format backs, significantly reduced power consumption, and allows
    production of in-camera JPEGs. The company has also developed a range
    of nine new lenses, including macro, ultra-wideangle, and tilt-and-
    shift designs.
    The lenses will include 24mm ultrawide, 35mm wide, 70mm standard,
    100mm short tele, 120mm macro, 180mm telephoto, and 30mm tilt-and-
    shift optics – more details to be added as we get them.
    RichA, Sep 23, 2008
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    Me Guest

    I just canceled my order. They didn't have the limited edition titanium
    model with snake-skin inserts and sold in the presentation box.
    I'll wait for it. After the orthodontists and cosmetic surgeons have
    been supplied, I hope there's one left.
    Me, Sep 23, 2008
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  3. RichA

    RichA Guest

    Aside from keeping that ridiculous 3:2 format, it will be much more
    flexible to use than the medium format stuff out there, it'll free the
    camera up to do things that formerly were only handled by DSLRs. One
    of the arguments in favour of the 1DsMkIII over medium format has
    always been flexibility.
    RichA, Sep 23, 2008
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    RichA Guest

    Well, given its pixel count, would adapting older Leica 35mm lenses be
    a bad idea? Sure, you'd crop the sensor, but you'd still have plenty
    of pixels left for the coverage the lens afforded. You could get one
    of those old 280-800mm modular apo telephotos they used to make.
    RichA, Sep 24, 2008
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    Bryan Olson Guest

    The larger format probably needs more back-focus than the R series, and
    certainly much more than the M series.
    Bryan Olson, Sep 24, 2008
  6. RichA

    Bryan Olson Guest

    Leica's usual pricing policies are likely to kill this system.

    Earth to Leica: Fix the M8's defects and go full-frame. Make it an easy
    buy for those with big investments in M-series glass.
    Bryan Olson, Sep 24, 2008
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