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Wrote a big long paragraph about my wedding, but decided since this was a photo forum, I'd erase it, and just get to the camera talk. A lot of random thoughts from 4 days of glued to my hands usage.
For the M240 my initial reaction was that it's much easier to focus then the M9 or M9p, I'm guessing the mechanism has been updated, as I'm pretty sure it has nothing or little to do with the window in the viewfinder. Although I love and hate the frame lines.. On one hand, I love how they're illuminated, white is perfect for me. But on the other hand, I really hate how when the camera is off, you can't see the frame lines, and I think that if the lens is coded, it should just show one frame line only, not pairs.. That and the frame line selector button was useful for walking around with multiple lenses with very similar focal lengths in my opinion, and there's no way of putting that sucker back onto the camera now. But I still have that focus and recompose problem, whereby the 50lux (being the worst offender) is fine when focusing and not moving, but still is really bad for portraits at 1.4 when you want to put the in focus area off center. This is obviously a fault of the lens, the 50APO doesn't do this, but I don't want to give up the faster speed for the APO. And I wouldn't keep both 50s (although I was [until the wedding made me broke] considering the 50APO and NOCT, to replace the 50lux). Honestly you do need the speed, since realistically speaking ISO 3200 is the highest I'd go before I'd toss on a flash and/or tripod, and change my style of shooting to accommodate the darkness.
I think that the files look good, but they don't have the same colors as my M9 or M9p and it'll take a while to get use to editing. I don't think the files are worse because it's a CMOS, I think they just need a lot of time for me to get use to them. I STILL have a problem with the files at 100% I think both the M9 and the M240 don't have clean base iso files, they're grainy and gritty on the M9 and milky and gritty on the M10. The canon files were the best for this (at base iso), but nikon isn't to far behind canon at all.. Leica, way behind. I honestly feel like it's a much smaller sensor then it is (I personally think they packed to many MP onto 35mm, 16mp seems to be the sweet spot, while 12 [D700/5D] is preferred). But if you all can recall, I complained about this before, and none of you seem to agree with me on this point.
I love that you can shoot video without turning the back screen on. It made for a hilarious video at the wedding since nobody knew it was filming (not even the person using it, wasn't me BTW, I didn't see my camera all night, a friend stole it, and I just ate dinner and walked around to talk with ppl who flew in for the wedding). But I see the real world usefulness of it.
I sold off all of my remaining lenses (both Leica and other), and kept the 28cron, 50lux, and I added a couple of Leica lenses, one was the 75 Summicron-APO which I've always wanted to own, and I'll post a few shots with the camera and various lenses soon (also kept the 50 1.5 LTM, as my fiance uses it for portraits sometimes on her NEX or on my X-E1, but we'll pretend that it's her lens).
Auto-White Balance sucks.. No two ways about it, it just sucks. You're better off picking a broad manual setting, and just sticking the camera on DNG mode.
Also, it takes really really really long to write to card, and I've tried several cards (anyone got recommendations on faster cards, or cards that work well with the M240). And I've noticed that startup from off to on is faster then startup from sleep mode to on. Also, I've noticed that when the camera is writing, it's really non-responsive with iso/menu/liveview/playback etc.. Others getting this feeling? BTW, it's all better then on the M9, but nowhere near as good as the Nikon/Canons..
One last point, it's comfortable in the hand, more so then the M9, and it feels more solid. I don't like the mic holes, and think they could have done without sound, maybe a mini jack? Or some hot shoe only attachment for sound that they sold at a reduced price, or added for free.. Mini jack hot shoe attachment for free would be best, better then mic hot shoe for a fee..
Anyway, have to pack up for portrait work now, will try to do some quick edits and post later on tonight.
(Might use the M240 for portraits today).