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M240 doesnt have Sony sensor, so dont treat it like if it had. Its not about making your camera fail, its about making it work, which obviously is harder.
This is the M8/M9 thread! The M9 was rated the worst FF sensor by DXO and the M8 with its IR problems... there is also the occurrence of random banding, flaky SD card compatibility... Everyone here is very familiar with working harder with their Leica cameras.
At least for me, some of the disappointment with preproduction M images was the realization M image quality didn't appear to be a clear fix for the M9's shortcomings. It certainly addresses many functional problems with the M9, but in terms of overall image quality, it's still not looking to be as clearcut. The M's more malleable files and better colour sound promising, but if there is pattern banding hidden in all of them, at any ISO (to be determined by Joe ), then it's not the sure thing I was hoping it would be.
Gary: Hopefully someone with imaging sensor experience can weigh in. All I can draw from this is that underlying pattern banding was pretty bad in the Leica-released preproduction files shot with early firmware and progressively improved through firmware updates approaching official release. On LUF there were some comments by beta testers that cameras had to be sent back late in the testing phase for some sort of hardware update, so it's possible there were component changes, but we don't know exactly what those changes were. Whether this will continue with the production M...? I'm certain there will be firmware updates. What is not certain is whether Leica will silently introduce hardware improvements.
Over on LUF, at least one DNG file from a production M shot at low ISO has been made available. I haven't seen an obvious tendency towards banding when pushing this file a few stops. But it's only one file.
And perhaps a couple M9 images... sorry I haven't posted much recently, but am working on some new images from the weekend. In the meantime, from a visit with friends:
M9 & 21 Lux.
For the concerned parents... we're just joking around here and he didn't drink the beer! I liked the mischievous look on his face in the first one, and in the second image he's showing off the water in his glass, just before spilling it all over himself.
Andrew: I think I know what you mean regarding the two versions of Noctilux. BTW, are you still married?
Edward: my condolences!