Phillip Lieberman M10 Experience

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M10 Experience

I’ve used Leicas since 1950 and every M since the M3, excepting the M5 and M8.
The M10 handles like the film cameras – that is like part of your hand.

The controls are well thought out. Exposure compensation and ISO are instantly available – basically all that you would want to change in the course of photographing, without the distraction of hunting around on menus.
The sensor/shutter configuration like the M262 doesn’t seem to pick up dust like the M240.

The new sensor at ISO 3200 results in crisp sharp images with superb micro-contrast. At lower ISOs it’s fantastic – noticeably better than previous M’s and looks better than photos shot on a Sony A7rii with Leica lenses. ISO 6400 produces images that are noise-free – much better than ISO 3200 on a M240.
ISO 25,000 is surprisingly good, but the difference between ISO 200 and ISO 25,000 is evident. Automatic color balance clearly is better than previous M’s or the Sony.

I’ve attached some images, some in very challenging lighting. The color balance hasn’t been shifted in Lightroom and minimal corrections have been applied. It’s the digital camera that I’ve been waiting for.
About the only thing that I would have wished for is replacing the brass with aluminum to reduce the weight by another two ounces. However, it handles so well that isn’t very important.

On-time and wake-up times are faster than the M-240 or M-262 using a SanDisk Extreme Pro 64 GB card formatted in XFATT, about a second – the time that it takes to bring the camera into action. Live view works well, permitting focusing extremely precisely and the delay is faster than the M-240, not on a par with the Sony A7Rii, but nonetheless useful.

The only odd thing that I’ve noticed is that if you compose to the edge of the left vertical 50mm frame line you will lose a small segment of the image with a 50 Apo-Summicron, or 90 mm frame lines with Macro Elmar at distances under 3 meters.
The frame lines are right on a little under three meters

Sample images labeled with ISO attached – all with 50 mm Apo=Summicron.
Philip Lieberman

Please check out the link below to Mr. Lieberman photographs of traditional life in the Tibetan Himalaya regions of Nepal, India and Tibet in the Tibetan and Himalayan digital library. They are of a world that has since almost disappeared.
http://mms.thlib.org/topics/4005/pictures
 

LEICA M10 – The Camera.

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Leica Camera is proud to announce the expansion of the digital Leica M family with the introduction of the Leica M10. Slimmer in size, faster in performance, and offering the best image quality with smarter connectivity for intuitive usage – the Leica M10 sets the new standards for rangefinder photography and state-of-the-art imaging.

The Leica M10 builds on more than 60 years of rangefinder expertise, 11 years of digital M-Camera development and the invaluable feedback from dedicated M-Photographers to not only bring the slimmest digital M of all time, but the most refined and state-of-the-art digital rangefinder Leica has ever created.

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KEY BENEFITS & FEATURES:

- Slimmest digital M ever made, for better handling

– Full-frame digital rangefinder, concentrated on photography

– New ISO dial makes this the first digital M with direct access to the essential settings, even when the camera is OFF

– Simple and intuitive control via the new ISO dial and only three buttons: Live-View, Playback and Menu

– Improved rangefinder/viewfinder provides better control of focus and composition with larger field of view, higher magnification and increased eye relief

– First Leica M with integrated Wi-Fi and smart connectivity via iOS app (Android app launching later)

– Programmable ‘Favorites’ menu for quick access to desired options

– Easier Live View focusing with improved Focus Peaking and adjustable/movable magnification

– All new 24 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor ensures exceptional image quality and improved performance

– ISO 100 – 50,000 for better photos in both bright and very low light

– Faster performance with a new Maestro II processor and 2 GB buffer capacity, enabling high speed frame rate of up to 5 fps with longer continuous shooting

– Wide range of tailor-made accessories

– Leica Visoflex compatibility for high resolution electronic viewfinder needs with GPS functionality

– Compatibility with nearly every Leica M lens ever made, and additionally Leica R lenses via an adapter and Live-View

– Outstanding build quality Made in Germany, available in black chrome or silver chrome

– Body constructed from brass and magnesium-alloy with Corning Gorilla Glass LCD cover

– Weather resistant to withstand light rain and dust

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ISO Setting Dial For Better Control

One of the most striking changes with the Leica M10 is the ISO setting dial on the top plate. For the first time in a digital M, the M10 allows all essential shooting parameters such as distance, aperture, exposure time and ISO values to be preselected without using the menu or switching on the camera. This allows for better control and more discreet photography.

Superior Imaging Performance

The key component of the Leica M10 is the new 24 MP full-frame CMOS sensor developed specifically, for this camera. It features new technologies that lead to significant improvements in all parameters relevant to imaging performance – impressive dynamic range, excellent color rendition, exceptional sharpness and the finest resolution of details.

ISO Range Extended, now from 100-50,000

The new sensor of the M10 extends the ISO sensitivity range from a base of 100 to a maximum of 50,000 with much improved performance and less noise at higher ISO values. The Leica M10 opens up new avenues of photography and delivers exceptional imaging performance in difficult lighting conditions.

The New Maestro-II Processor

The latest generation Leica Maestro-II image processor of the Leica M10 reflects the state-of-the-art of advanced processor technology. In combination with the new 24 MP sensor, this ensures that all exposures fulfill the promise made by Leica cameras – pictures that captivate with exceptional quality and brilliance. The Leica M10 delivers images with low digital noise levels and true-to-life detail, even at ISO values as high as 50,000.

New Optical Rangefinder/Viewfinder

The new optical rangefinder/viewfinder in the M10 greatly improves the focusing and composing of subjects. The field of view has been enlarged by 30%. The magnification factor has been increased to 0.73 x. Also, with a 50% increase of the eye-relief distance, the viewfinder is much more convenient to use, especially for those who wear glasses.

Leaner Operating Concept

With a slimmer profile and only three buttons on the back of the camera – Live-View, Playback and Menu, the Leica M10 is incredibly easy to handle and use.

Fast Continuous Shooting

With a 2.0 GB buffer memory and continuous shooting of up to 5 frames per second at full resolution, the Leica M10 ensures that a photographer will never miss decisive moments.

Weather Resistant for All Conditions

The Leica M10 is perfectly equipped to withstand light water sprays and dust. The camera’s top and bottom plates are machined from solid blocks of brass, with a full-metal magnesium-alloy chassis and scratch-resistant Corning ® Gorilla® Glass covering the LCD. The build of the camera and its special rubber seals make it able to resist the adversities of everyday life, even in bad weather.

The ‘Favorites’ Menu

The importance of particular settings varies according to personal preferences and photographic needs. To cater for these, the Leica M10 offers a programmable ‘Favorites’ menu. In this menu, the photographer defines personal preferences for the relevant parameters and can later access them at the press of a button. The settings can be easily changed and adapted to meet the needs of specific photographic situations at any time.

Wireless Connectivity

The Leica M10 is the first M-Camera with an integrated Wi-Fi module. This allows pictures to be sent conveniently to iOS devices, via a wireless connection, and immediately shared online while on the go or in the field. It also enables remote control of the Leica M10 via Wi-Fi with a smartphone or tablet equipped with the Leica M-App. Important shooting parameters, such as shutter speed, or functions such as firing the shutter can also be controlled from the smart device. An equivalent app for Android devices, will be made available at a later time.

Live-View Focusing with Focus Peaking

Live-View offers both focus peaking, the automatic marking of sharply focused edges as colored lines, as well as magnification to attain pin-point accurate focusing on the LCD monitor. In the Leica M10, the visibility of these contrasting peaking lines has been vastly improved from the previous generation, and now enables even more convenient focusing by allowing the magnified view to be moved anywhere on the Live-View image.

Sustainability & Longevity

Leica has been making history for decades – with cameras that have always been ahead of their time. Throughout all these years, Leica has always kept a tight focus on sustainability. In the 1950s, Leica created a timeless and enduring standard – the Leica M-bayonet. Nearly all Leica M-Lenses produced ever since can be mounted and used on the Leica M10. Leica cameras and lenses are timeless and faithful companions with enduring reliability and an exceptionally long life.

Compatibility With Leica Visoflex EVF and R-Lenses

The combination of the Leica R-Adapter and the Leica Visoflex 2.4 MP electronic viewfinder makes it possible to use nearly all Leica R-Lenses ever made on the M10. Manually focusing R-Lenses is now easier than on prior M cameras with the combination of the Visoflex and the M10’s improved Live-View functions. Additionally, the Visoflex’s built-in GPS functionality embeds geotag data into every image the M10 captures while it is mounted.

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Leica M10 – Accessories

Leica M10 Holster 

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Made of premium leather, the holster provides protection and complete freedom of movement while using the camera. With its patented multiangle connection and a rip-resistant adjustable belt, it always lays flat against the user’s body. The holster is large enough to hold a Leica M10 with or without a handgrip attached. 

Leica M10 Protector       

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The M10 Protector is made of soft leather in black, red or vintage brown with a moulded grip, making it easy to handle the camera. The included matching leather LCD screen protection on the back is easily removable. The protector can be attached to the camera by a specially designed knurled screw without a tool. All camera controls and functions are easily accessible and optional accessories such as carrying straps, wrist straps and the thumb support can all be used in combination with the protector.      

Carrying straps and wrist straps

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The leather carrying straps and wrist straps are both elegant and practical. Embossed with the Leica logo, the straps can be used will all M cameras. The protective tabs prevent scratching of the camera body. The straps are available in black, red and vintage brown.  

Leather Pouch

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The soft and supple black leather pouch offers ideal protection for Leica M cameras with or without a handgrip. It features a wrist strap and practical Velcro fasteners. The pouch with a short front is suitable for M cameras with lenses up to a diameter of 65 mm and maximum length of 60 mm. The pouch with the long front, offers protection for M cameras with lenses up to a diameter of 65 mm and a maximum length of 80 mm. The leather pouch can be used with other Leica cameras.    

Leica M10 Thumb Support, black or silver

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The thumb support enhances the ergonomics of the Leica M 10 by slotting into the hot shoe. With the thumb, pressed up against the thumb rest, the camera can be held much more steadily and is easier to handle. It makes shooting with one hand much steadier and allows the use of longer shutter speeds with less risk of camera shake. The thumb support is machined from brass and is finished in the same classic surface coating as the Leica M 10 to ensure a perfect match when attached.

 

Leica M10 Hand grip, black or silver

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The handgrip ensures that the Leica M10 can be held safely and steadily when shooting single-handed or with one of the heavier Leica M-lenses. The optionally available finger loops, in sizes, S, M and L can further improve the grip on the camera. With an integrated tripod mount, the handgrip doesn’t have to be removed when shooting from a tripod. A large diameter knurled screw enables quick and easy attachment.

 

Leica Visoflex (Typ 020)

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Thanks to its swivel action, the 2.4 MP, high-resolution visoflex electronic finder enables photography from unusual angles and simultaneously expands the photographer’s creative horizons. When the viewfinder is held up to the eye, the eye sensor automatically switches the Live View feed from the camera LCD into the Visoflex EVF and back again as soon as the camera is moved away from the eye. It also features an integrated GPS module that can be switched on for geotagging image flies.  

Leica Thread Adapter & New Correction Lenses

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The thread adapter is supplied with a special tool for mounting it on the camera. Once mounted, Leica correction filters from previous M cameras with smaller diameters can be mounted on the M10. The Thread Adapter also enables the use of the Leica Anglefinder M and the viewfinder magnifiers on the Leica M10. The thread adapter and mounting tool are supplied in a Leica SD case for safekeeping when not in use.

 

USB Stick, Leica M10

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The 16 GB USB Stick, Leica M 10 can also be used as a key chain.