Well it's for real - RICOH GXRto get a Leica M-mount module

Discussion in 'Ricoh GXR Forum' started by wolfie, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. christilou

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    I wonder how much it will cost?
     
  2. BBW

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    Just think Christina...all those Leica lenses that will work with the GXR...and then, eventually with a Leica.:wink:

    In all seriousness, I am betting there are quite a few Leica folks who might well consider adding the GXR to their collection due to this latest move - wouldn't you think?
     
  3. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

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    I think that it will depend on how the implementation of manual focus is going to work. I've tried manual focus on the screen with the 50mm unit. A smallish patch enlarges in three stages if desired. This works quite well for macro but I'm not sure if it would be good enough for a real manual focus lens. I haven't got the evf so perhaps it would would work much better with this, I just don't know. I think the focus for manual lenses on the NEX is better because the whole screen enlarges.
     
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  4. BBW

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    I'm afraid that I would be so sloooooooooow on any sort of manual focus unless I had a completely static subject that most of the time it would be wasted upon me. I blame it on my eyesight.
     
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  5. madmaxmedia

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    I think this is a module specifically for MF rangefinder lenses, and it is Ricoh we're talking about, there is a chance for much better MF operation than existing mirrorless cameras with adapted legacy lenses.

    In addition, all the other mirrorless cameras have problems with wide angle RF lenses (corner smearing). I would think Ricoh will design the sensor system for this, since it is a dedicated M mount module.
     
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  6. deirdre

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    A friend of mine works for Ricoh, though not in the camera arena. I think he has a GXR. It might be worth seeing if someone will have a Leica module after it's released so I can play with it. So I'll wait and see.

    That said, the modular system is kind of both genius and retarded at the same time: there definitely are advantages to sealing the unit (dust and all that), but it does make certain repairs more costly. I hope the sensor's worth that kind of commitment, though I remain doubtful. Also, it seems like the modules would be a PITA to store as square/rectangle shapes don't pack as closely as smaller round shapes.

    My first thought, though: I'd rather use Leica lenses with a rangefinder -- any rangefinder -- 99% of the time.
     
  7. wolfie

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    Interchangeable Lens mount modules change the game entirely!

    Ahh, but instead of just storing a lens, what an interchngeable lens mount module means is your storing a completely different lens system -for now manual Leica RF or very likely other mounts such as M43 or Sony E - with AF and zooms and macro facilities that never existed on a manual RF lens. You can have it all it each format's native capability - no other camera design can do that.:cool:
     
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