Old 03-03-2018   #121
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I'm one of the ones that did ultimately switch from an M240 to an M10. Image-quality wise I think in daylight I didn't really gain much if anything (being perfectly honest) but I do definitely see improvement in low light situations, say from 3200+. I had no complaints really about the M240 image quality, I was used to the ergonomics and I loved the seemingly limitless battery life. I would have been just fine to keep the camera, but in a semi-impulsive move last year I decided I wanted to consolidate. I wanted 1 digital body, 1 film body and the best 35mm lens I could get my hands on.

My grand plan didn't last as I eventually re-purchased two of the lenses I sold off in haste and a second film body lol, but the experience of buying a brand new M10 was a first for me and I don't regret it. I have been greatly enjoying the camera despite KNOWING that it was primarily a haptic change and less of an image quality one. I fully expect to keep and use this camera for my digital work for the next several years, barring any radical changes to upcoming digital camera tech, this does everything that I personally need in a digital body.

I fully understand that I will take the massive depreciation hit, but it will sting less in that by the time I am ready to sell the camera I will have definitely gotten my use out of it.

Would I do the swap again? Possibly, but now having experienced both I would be just fine keeping an M240 era camera for a while longer in all honesty.

Dood, you go thru camera gear the way I go thru film!
6 months from now you'll have sold the M10, as depreciation would not have fully hit (you'll only lose a few hundred) and you'll be back to an M with an extra $3K in your pocket for lenses, new stuff, a trip..

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Dood, you go thru camera gear the way I go thru film!
6 months from now you'll have sold the M10, as depreciation would not have fully hit (you'll only lose a few hundred) and you'll be back to an M with an extra $3K in your pocket for lenses, new stuff, a trip..

Huss. I know. I'm the worst. Last year was particularly bad for me photography-wise as I was in this weird state of creative flux and didn't know what direction to go in (despite it being a truly wonderful year outside of photography). Rather than buy more gear I went and sold basically everything and started over. Which was refreshing, but also possibly not the right move. My plan is to keep the M10 for a long while. I have the lenses I want, I don't really need more (though a 21 SEM would be nice) and my wife & I are saving up for a trip later this year.

The thought has crossed my mind to just go back to the M240, but I feel somehow more attached to this M10 since I'm the first owner (I've never really been the first owner of anything before).
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The thought has crossed my mind to just go back to the M240, but I feel somehow more attached to this M10 since I'm the first owner (I've never really been the first owner of anything before).
That first owner thing wears off real quick.. the moment you buy a camera it is used, so much better to buy a great shape used one for 50% off. I learned that lesson when I bought my M-E new, and later my M240 used.
The sooner you sell the M10, the less money you lose. Right now you'd have pretty much paid a small rental fee for it. M240s can be had for under $3K, and as we both know, you can't tell the difference in the images. There also seems to be an issue with the ISO dial on the M10.
For those who say the ISO is much better on the M10 over 3200, I gotta be honest and say how many great shots have been taken at high ISOs? If they are night sky scenes, the Japanese camera's sensors do much much better. Same for dim bar scenes. Think about all the great shots you've seen. Guess what ISOs those have been taken at? Crappy light is crappy light. Having a camera that can shoot at ISO 12,800 etc does not make for a good shot.
My DSLR is a D850. I have not used it over ISO 400.

I really feel that those who claim a technical advantage with the M10 are grasping at straws. I do not see it in actual shots even though it may be there. Perhaps because I do not need crazy high ISOs. For those that do - show actual shots, not test shots, but real images. A snap of a soda can in a dark room to prove a point does the opposite...
What I do see is much worse battery life and a much higher price.
And I also see a nicer body shape. That I think is the difference.

p.s. re the first owner thing, I don't think that matters anymore with digital cameras. Because they are not life time buys. In a decade or less, they will be obsolete and maybe unrepairable. New first owner means much more if you buy a mechanical film camera that will stand the test of time as there are no electronics to go belly up. Like an M-A (which I think you have).
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M3, M6, M8, M9 ....all bought used in great shape.
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M3, M6, M8, M9 ....all bought used in great shape.
Raid, time to go for something new like an M...

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You will have the opportunity to repeat this suggestion to me when we meet and my wife is present! Let's see what she will say then. You never know!
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Hi,

Reading all the posts I'm starting to wonder if "upgrade" is the correct word...

OTOH, it's your money, life etc so pay no attention to my 2d worth.

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David: It is about getting a new toy that happens to be very expensive and that also happens to be a very good digital camera. I am not ready for such a new toy. Never had one. I get used toys.
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David: It is about getting a new toy that happens to be very expensive and that also happens to be a very good digital camera. I am not ready for such a new toy. Never had one. I get used toys.
Apologies if it looked aimed at you, Raid. I'm in your club when it comes to buying cameras: I have to be...

And it's a lot more fun; it satisfies my hunter instinct.

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For those who say the ISO is much better on the M10 over 3200, I gotta be honest and say how many great shots have been taken at high ISOs? If they are night sky scenes, the Japanese camera's sensors do much much better. Same for dim bar scenes. Think about all the great shots you've seen. Guess what ISOs those have been taken at? Crappy light is crappy light. Having a camera that can shoot at ISO 12,800 etc does not make for a good shot.
My DSLR is a D850. I have not used it over ISO 400.
Sounds like you are trying to "teach" people on here photography, just an FYI.

If there is one area I want improvement on in a digital M it is giving me as clean and as high an ISO as possible. I take a lot of low light photos for my living and not because it is crappy light but rather spectacular light with incredible tonal and color nuance. The lower the light gets, the more everything becomes a light source. I am not taking live music either, that is really bright non-daylight.

I use my D850 anywhere from ISO 64 up to 6,400 without hesitation. I use the M10 from ISO 200 to 10,000 also without hesitation, it is truly excellent there. But if the M11 gains two stops of high ISO range then I will upgrade but as it stands right now, there is not much I can not do with an M10 and 35mm 1.4 FLE.

The M10 is also faster and smoother in operation than the 240 and in my hand, no contest, it feels "right" for an M body.

I agree with you on the night sky stuff due to Leica capping the long exposure times to be near useless for this kind of work, but everything else, no, I dont agree at all. By the way, I find the battery life to be an non-issue, even in very cold weather. Sure it is not as good as the M240 but that was kind of overkill anyway and the M10 batteries actually are ok to carry in a pocket.
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That first owner thing wears off real quick.. the moment you buy a camera it is used, so much better to buy a great shape used one for 50% off. I learned that lesson when I bought my M-E new, and later my M240 used.
The sooner you sell the M10, the less money you lose. Right now you'd have pretty much paid a small rental fee for it. M240s can be had for under $3K, and as we both know, you can't tell the difference in the images. There also seems to be an issue with the ISO dial on the M10.
For those who say the ISO is much better on the M10 over 3200, I gotta be honest and say how many great shots have been taken at high ISOs? If they are night sky scenes, the Japanese camera's sensors do much much better. Same for dim bar scenes. Think about all the great shots you've seen. Guess what ISOs those have been taken at? Crappy light is crappy light. Having a camera that can shoot at ISO 12,800 etc does not make for a good shot.
My DSLR is a D850. I have not used it over ISO 400.

I really feel that those who claim a technical advantage with the M10 are grasping at straws. I do not see it in actual shots even though it may be there. Perhaps because I do not need crazy high ISOs. For those that do - show actual shots, not test shots, but real images. A snap of a soda can in a dark room to prove a point does the opposite...
What I do see is much worse battery life and a much higher price.
And I also see a nicer body shape. That I think is the difference.

p.s. re the first owner thing, I don't think that matters anymore with digital cameras. Because they are not life time buys. In a decade or less, they will be obsolete and maybe unrepairable. New first owner means much more if you buy a mechanical film camera that will stand the test of time as there are no electronics to go belly up. Like an M-A (which I think you have).
Low light does not = crappy light no more than bright light = good light.. Sometimes low light is just low but the quality of that light can be beautiful and I shoot about 60% of my pro stuff at 1600-10,000 ISO with the M 10.
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Upgrade to the M 10?

New to this forum. I'm sure there has to be a thread about this but I couldn't find it:

I have an MP 240 but I'm tempted to upgrade to the MP 10. Two reasons: better high-ISO capability and a less clunky user interface. I like the thinner form factor but that would just be a bonus.

I do all kinds of photography but would like to have better results with night photography and indoor available-light shooting.

I'd love to hear from users on the pros and cons of upgrading to the MP 10?

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I could not be happier with the M10. But when that SL2 sensor lands in an M body I will jump and likely be done. I came from M9 tho, and have never shot with a 240.

The handling is nearly exactly like my old M7 if not better, interface is nice and simple (tho while apparently complaining about menus is a sign of weakness/general stupidity now, I still appreciate a camera I can use without needing to consult a manual because I’ve picked it up and pressed some button which has turned on some feature I don’t understand the need for that prevents me from shooting a picture *fuji*). Files are lovely too.
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Thanks for the links. Knew they had to be here somewhere!
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