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Guys, sorry for the silly question. How do you focus on the side of the frame with a rangefinder? Is it really doable in the f/1.4-2 range..
I've been holding an M9 purchase over this issue for quite a long time. Possibly waiting for the M240 for EVF but the samples doesnt inspire much.
M240 with focus peaking will be the most surefire solution, even without the ability to zoom into non-central areas.
With the M9, it's the factors already mentioned, and for me, a matter of knowing the field curvature characteristics of the lens along with focus bracketing, if possible. I find with most of my lenses, if I focus and recompose at a near distance, the point of focus on the off-center subject will probably be slightly back focused, therefore the trick is either to rock back slightly or front focus slightly. At farther distances it's less of an issue. But the key, IMO, is knowing how your lenses work at a variety of distances. Unfortunately a lot of lenses have field curvature and it takes time and a lot of shooting experience to figure it out. Alternatively, place the area you want in focus in the center, then crop for the desired end composition.
I wouldn't worry too much about the M samples. These are just from a handful of photographers and are all SOOC. FWIW, I never post SOOC images here or anywhere else, unless it's a test shot. I guarantee most others here do the same. Therefore you can't really compare the M240 against what you see from the M9 here.
Just wait until the M240 is shipping. I guarantee the photographers you like now, working with M9s, or whatever, will produce the same quality from the M240. I've seen this in a newspaper environment over the span of 15 or so years, including the transition from film to digital. The 'look' produced by any given photographer over that period remained very consistent despite the capture format and camera body changes. Consider the Monochrom release. The accompanying 'inspirational images' by Jacob Aue Sobol are about as far as one can get from the MM SOOC.
Having played around with the M240 DNG preproduction files, I can get them to look like what I get from the M9's files after a trip through LR, but the M240 files have more malleability.
Great one, Ryan! But you should get him used to using a 'real' camera, not a smartphone...