May 10th, 2012, 04:48 PM
Leica Announces the X2 Compact and M-Monochrom Rangefinder
Today Leica announced two new cameras. The first, pictured above, is the Leica X2. Readers of this site are familiar with the X1, Leica's fixed-lens APS-C sensor camera featuring a 36mm equivalent (24mm actual focal length) Elmarit (f/2.8) lens. The X1 drew three primary criticism: 1) lack of an integrated eye level viewfinder; 2) average to below average autofocus speed; and 3) below average rear LCD. The X2 promises an improvement to the AF speed and adds an accessory port for use of an optional 1.44m dot EVF. It also features a new 16MP sensor. Unfortunately the rear LCD form the X1 has been retained.
In terms of both looks and specification, the new Leica EVF shown above resembles the Olympus VF2. List price for the X2 has been reported as $1,995.
The second and arguably more interesting (less interesting from a budget standpoint!) camera announced today is the M-Monochrom, which is essentially a black-and-white-only version of the Leica M9. By eliminating the color filter array, the new sensor will have improved light gathering and no need for demosaicing; as a result, the M-Monochrom will deliver significantly more per pixel detail and better high ISO performance than the M9.
At first glance, the image samples from DPReview are impressive. I'd love to see a black-and-white-only Micro Four Thirds camera.
Various sites are reporting an estimated price of $7,000-$8,000 for the M-Monochrom.
Update: Our friend Jono Slack had M-Monochrom during a recent trip to China: his writeup and wonderful photos can be found here: http://www.slack.co.uk/slack/Monochrom.html
May 10th, 2012, 04:58 PM
with or without lens.....
Various Leica Compacts / LX5 / D7000 / SX30 IS
May 10th, 2012, 05:19 PM
May 10th, 2012, 05:57 PM
I just read Sean Rei'd review of the Monochrom and the pictures are simply amazing! I sure hope that within a year we see more B&W cameras. Could start with a Ricoh GXR A16-MM (m-mount monochrome)!
May 10th, 2012, 06:03 PM
I'm not sure what to say - except to say thank you for keeping me up-to-date. Thankfully, all I can do is enjoy reading about all these new cameras.
May 10th, 2012, 06:06 PM
WHISKEY - TANGO - FOXTROT!!! $8000 for the new 50 Cron??? That's $5700 - $5800 more than the old version!
What's going to happen to the 50 Lux currently priced at $4000? It'll have to be $10000.
Meaning that the M10 will be at least $12000 - 13000! That's even more crazy than things already are ...
Current Gear: A little bit of this and a little bit of that, but want more!
May 10th, 2012, 06:07 PM
Very well said, Armando.
May 10th, 2012, 06:08 PM
That has to be an Olympus VF-2, right? It looks absolutely identical!
Nic (Canonite, Olympian, Panasonian, Samsunite) ~flickr~
May 10th, 2012, 06:13 PM
May 10th, 2012, 06:17 PM
they could have at least put a red dot on it (the Oly viewfinder)
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