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Hello all together!
It has been a while since I posted last time here. Have been really busy at work, but you have to work a lot to buy Leica gear ;-) My order for the M Monochrom has been set shortly after the announcement this year and finally about two weeks ago my trusty Leica dealer Mr. Werle called me that the desired object has arrived in Vienna. The Digitalstore (located Stiftgasse) is photographers heaven in the middle of Austria’s capitol. They recently opened a dedicated Leica Boutique in-store. The event for that has been great, a lot of special offers and of course coffee and cake.
The day I picked up the camera it was late arriving at home. So I just checked everything – I believed – and took some test shots of my cat. The next day my niece came over for a visit so I put the battery into the charger prior to that. BUT THE LEDs STAYED DARK. I tried several outlets and a different cable. Nothing. Assuming only the LEDs are defect I put the battery after about an hour and a half into the camera. Again nothing. It turned out the battery packed into the box was indeed not able to charge in any way. Mr. Werle immediately replaced it. But all together a very frustrating situation!
some time ago I grabbed my M9-P with the 50 mm Summilux ASPH attached to it and walked around my home town. Let me share here some of the pictures taken. They have been edited in Lightroom 4.
I have the camera always set to take DNG + black and white JPEGs. I usually edit them both (or copy the changes applied to the DNG to the black and white JPEG).
You can click them to get a larger view. Hope you enjoy.
recently I visited Schloss Esterházy in Eisenstadt as there are at the moment some very interesting exhibitions. Along I took the Leica M9 / M9-P with the Summilux-M 1:1,4/50mm ASPH. As it is only allowed to take pictures without a flash the 1.4 aperture comes in very handy, although I had to pump up the ISO in some situations.
Let me share some of the pictures taken. You can click them to enlarge.
today I took again both cameras for a quick comparison. Here is the setup:
Leica M9 / M9-P – Lens: Summilux 50 ASPH f/1.4
Fuji X-Pro1 – Lens: XF35 f/1.4
ISO: base ISO (Leica: 160, Fuji 200)
Shot in RAW and converted in Lightroom 4 to JPEG 1600px without any changes applied. (Click them to enlarge.)
today morning Twitter told me that Lightroom actually supports the RAW files from the Fuji X-Pro1. Update to 4.1 if you have not yet. I quickly edited some X-Pro1 RAW images. You can really get great results out of them. Let me share the JPEGs. Click them to get a larger version.
You can download the RAW files -HERE- (attention about 25 MB each).
let me present you today a quick comparison between the Leica M9 / M9-P and the Fuji X-Pro1. Both cameras have been set to f/1.4, their base ISO and metered in aperture priority mode.
This is no scientific test, just a few shots in the backyard. The files have been exported in Lightroom 4. You can click the images to get a 1600px version of them.
Lenses used: Leica: Summilux 50mm ASPH latest version, Fuji: XF35
Let me know which one you prefer in the comments below.
First a shot with some tweaking.
a new page on my blog dedicated to the new Leica M Monochrom has been created. Take a look here: M Monochrom.
This camera is definitely a life time camera. Considering the high quality build and Leica product support it can last you forever. The sensor is capable of producing amazing results as you look through the samples already on the internet.