24MP, 5FPS Full-Frame Rangefinder
LEICA M10 (23.4 oz./662g with battery and card, about $6,595) with 50/2 APO-SUMMICRON. bigger. I'd get mine at Adorama in silver, Adorama in black, B&H in silver or at B&H in black or at Amazon in silver.
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LEICA M10. bigger.
LEICA M10. bigger.
The LEICA M10 may be LEICA's first "perfect 10" digital camera. The M8 was a half-frame marketing experiment, the M9 had a very noisy shutter and made horrible JPGs, the M240 was way too big, heavy and complex, and this M10 seems to finally have gotten it all right. The M10 is about as quiet as the M240, each is about as quiet as a focal plane shutter electronic camera gets. It still makes noise even in Live View, but it's not obnoxious like the M9.
Like previous cameras, there are only very limited adjustments available for JPG images, simply High/Medium/Low for each of Saturation, Contrast and Sharpening.
● ISO dial, but oddly it only covers Auto ISO and ISO 100-6,400 in full stops and has one more programmable M position; you don't have all your available ISOs on the dial - grr. To turn the ISO dial you have to lift it up till it clicks, adjust, and push back down.
● You can press the center of the rear controller as an OK or SET button, finally as we expect.
● ISO range 100 ~ 50,000.
● User-programmable Favorites menu.
● Higher-resolution rear LCD.
● Claimed improved weather sealing.
● Live View shutter lag and blackout much less than the awful performance of the M240.
● Live View electronic loupe can be moved around.
● Wi-Fi for file transfer and remote control in iOS 10.2 and newer.
● Claimed imperceptibly bigger (0.73× magnification).
● Claimed brighter rangefinder.
● Claimed 30 percent larger field of view.
● Claimed 50% greater eye-relief.
● Same goofy red LED digits at the bottom.
Optional VISOFLEX typ 020 electronic viewfinder (EVF)
● Automatic rear LCD/EVF switching, not manual like the crummy EVF of the M240.
● Higher resolution (2.4 MP) and worlds better than the crummy EVF of the M240.
● Made in Indonesia, not China like the crummy EVF of the M240.
● Adds GPS.
● No Continuous/Single/Self-Timer advance mode control; this is now hidden in a menu.
● No second card slot.
● No autofocus.
● No built-in flash.
● Only one focus area; no ground glass in finder — but you can focus anywhere with the EVF.
● No video.
● No optional 0.85× or 0.91× optical finder magnifications.
● No GPS unless you buy the VISOFLEX.
● No rear DELETE button, but with a LEICA you never make anything other than prize-winning works of art. Delete buttons are for amateurs.
● Finder has parallax correction, but still no magnification correction for distance.
Ideally use 6-dot coded M lenses. Set Lens ID to AUTO and the M10 reads the lens and sets EXIF and lens compensation automatically.
It also works flawlessly with all other uncoded LEICA M lenses made since 1954, but with no EXIF recording of lens focal length or automated lens corrections — unless you simply enter those manually as I do. Identify your lens manually, and the M10 works just as well with my classic 1950s lenses as it does with the newest ones. (I'll have to check if it works well with the 50/2 Dual Range without interference.)
It also works equally well with all LEICA screw-mount lenses made since 1925 if you use a simple passive adapter ring and enter the lens information manually.
All of these lenses made since 1925 give perfect focussing and auto exposure with very few restrictions. Some of the early 21mm lenses before 1980 won't meter well if at all, but everything else is golden. I doubt it works at all with my classic 21/4 Super Angulon, but so what: my newest 21/3.4 ASPH is a much better lens for digital.
Leica R lenses can be used with an adapter, but why? They are big, clumsy SLR lenses with inferior performance compared to M lenses.
LEICA M10 Cutaway View. bigger.
-0.5 diopter standard. -3 to +3 diopters if you buy a Diopter.
Four-digit 1970s style red LED display with two arrows and a flash bolt.
50.6mm effective rangefinder base length (69.31mm x 0.73 = 50.6mm).
Internally illuminated sets of combined frame lines: 28 & 90mm, 50 & 75mm and 35 & 135mm.
Parallax correction, but no distance correction:
100% coverage at 2 meters.
107.3% to 118% coverage at infinity depending on focal length.
Less than 100% coverage closer than 2 meters.
23.9 x 35.8 mm.
3:2 aspect ratio.
Infra-red cut filter.
No anti-alias filter.
1.0 × crop factor.
ISO 100 ~ 50,000 in third stops except no ISO 125 and no ISO 160 settings.
Image Sizes & Formats
5,976 x 3,992 pixels (23.86 MP) DNG.
5,952 x 3,968 pixels (23.62MP). Also 4,256 x 2,832 pixels (12MP) and 2,976 x 1,984 pixels (6MP).
2 GB (16 to 40 frame) buffer.
Vertical metal focal plane.
1/4,000 to 8 seconds in half stops, to 2 minutes in full stops.
Bulb up to 2 minutes.
Time mode (use self-timer and shutter button) up to 2 minutes.
1/4,000 to two minutes, stepless.
12 or 2 seconds.
1/180 sync speed.
First or second curtain.
High-speed sync system with some flashes.
Dedicated hot shoe.
Standard PC (Prontor-Compur) flash sync terminal.
Flash exposure metering: Using center-weighted TTL pre-flash metering with Leica flash units (SF40, SF64, SF26), or flash units compatible with the system with SCA3502 M5 adapter.
Also Spot and Multi-Zone in Live View.
3" diagonal TFT LCD.
8-bit color (16 megacolors).
Gorilla glass cover.
For iOS 10.2 and newer.
IEEE 802.11b/g/n, channel 1-11.
SD cards to 2GB.
SDHC cards to 32GB.
SDXC cards to 2TB.
Die-cast magnesium frame.
Fake leather covering.
Brass top panel and base with black or silver chrome-plated finish.
LEICA M10. bigger.
MADE IN GERMANY.
Power & Battery
VARTA BP-SCL5 rechargeable lithium-ion.
Maximum charging current 1,000 mA.
0° ~ 40°C operating temperature.
Made in Indonesia.
Input: 100~240 VAC, 50/60Hz, 300mA - or- 12V DC, 1.3A.
Output: DC 7.4V, 1,000mA/max. 8.25V, 1100mA.
Made in China (by Guangdong PISEN Electronics Co., Ltd.).
0° ~ 35°C operating.
3.1 × 5.5 × 1.5 inches HWD.
80.0 × 139.0 × 38.5 millimeters HWD.
23.4 oz. (662g) with battery and card.
0 ~ 40º C (32 ~ 104º F).
100~240V charger with 12V and USA and European power cables.
BP-SCL5 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery.
Hot shoe cover.
3:10 PM, 18 January 2017, NYC time.
19 January 2017.
It's been shipping, but typical for LEICA, as of July 2017 they're shipping cameras that were ordered back in February 2017.
If you want your M10, order it and be patient. Believe me, everyone who buys an M10 probably plays golf with LEICA's CEO, so don't expect that you'll get and special favors that everyone else isn't already getting. Just be patient.
$6,595, January~July 2017.
Diopters, Grips & more.
There's no question: time to dump your old M240 while you still can. It was too big to be considered a real LEICA, and it's EVF was garbage from China. Who were they kidding? Ditch your M240 while you still can.
I never kept my M240; I sent it back and have been using my M9 ever since for its smaller size and much faster and simpler operation. Even if the M240's JPGs were better than the M9's, the M9's DNGs had much better dynamic range.
The biggest reason I'm looking forward to dumping my M9 is that the M9's shutter sounds horrible. The M10 will have the quiet shutter of the M240 with the reasonable size of the M9.
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