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Old 11-16-2013   #41
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It's a really simple choice. If you want to use your rangefinder lenses on a rangefinder camera that takes digital images get an M240/M9. If you want to use your rangefinder lenses like a small DSLR with an EVF get an A7.

Putting aside the price difference as well as the fact that you can add an EVF to the M240, it's two entirely different methods of picture taking. And if you're using an EVF with the M240, save yourself the cash and just get the A7.
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There's really no decision to be made here. The question is: "how important is a coupled, coincident rangefinder for your shooting style?" If it fits your needs then the M-whatever is your camera.
That more or less sums it up for anyone looking to buy a single camera or a bag full of similar cameras. Others will like having more than one kind of camera, which doesn't really put these cameras directly against each other either. The price difference however is significant, which I feel is what these discussions are usually about. It is also why I consider adding the Sony as a secondary camera to my M8 - and not to my two Leica Ms and a Monochrom.
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Why don't you just get an adaptor and use your M lenses on your X-Pro 1?
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alot of us are not so complicated or focus style picky.

We have some RF lenses, yes. Looking for a digital body we start out with basics like price and image quality.

We hate crop.

BTW Sony A7 not R with cv 28/2
http://forum.xitek.com/thread-1234960-1-1-1.html

The plain A7 is 1700 bucks.
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alot of us are not so complicated or focus style picky.
You almost make it sound like preference is a bad thing. It's neither bad nor good, but it personal and often very real.
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You almost make it sound like preference is a bad thing. It's neither bad nor good, but it personal and often very real.
not my intention. what I'm saying is priorities vary. i totally empathize folks who must have RF---and who love the feel of the Ms. Those priorities however may be trumped by money issues with many users here. 1700 for a good full frame RFlens body, new, compared to 3500 for used m9 or 7k for M240. If the A7 can't do the job, which by the way is pretty fundamental, that's one thing. However as RF lenses are being shot all over the place right now with it, it's becoming increasingly clear the plain A7 is shooting excellent with many RF lenses full frame.
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Cameras are very perishable goods - I will expect my 21mm Summilux to be worth nearly as much as it does today 5 years down the road, the amount I pay is only the inflation premium. A M type 240? I'd be lucky to get $3,500 out of it in 5 years. It's been less than that long since the M9, and now I see great conditioned M9s go for less than $4,000 all the time.
I'd qualify that with 'digital cameras are perishable goods', as of course, they will not last anywhere near as long as a film camera. I'm not talking about a certain number of megapixels being deemed 'obsolete', merely that electronic parts have a lifespan. Once that lifespan comes to end an end, the component will be out of production, and repair becomes uneconomical.

However, that's not necessarily a terrible thing, you pay for an item, get a lot of use out of it until it wears out, then get something else. Digital cameras don't last long compared to film, but of course you save money by not paying for film or processing.

I exclusively shoot film, but although digital cameras will not last so long, and devalue quickly, you gain value elsewhere.
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I'm not about to buy either camera but in my world the Sony would become outdated a lot sooner than the M240.

I'm no Sony fan since they told me my twelve month old DVD player was irrepairable back in 1999 when it just stopped working!
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Problem is, as already stated on this thread, it is like comparing apples to oranges. An RF camera has no equal, that's not to say it is better but simply there is no other camera it can be compared to.

I have just spent most of this year enjoying the Fuji X system, the X-Pro1 truly is a fantastic camera. But it is not an RF and never will be no matter what lens you mount on it or how you choose to focus it. The same applies to this new Sony A7, I'm sure it produces great images but you cannot use it like an RF end of.

When looking through my photographs I would say 90% + of my best/favourite work has been taken with a simple RF camera (film & digital) that I am in control of and don't have to think about, it's second nature to me. Yes RF cameras have their downsides, no they are not the answer to every photographic situation but they are very rewarding if you persevere with and learn with.

As wonderful as the Fuji X system is I sold it all along with almost everything else I owned gear wise and went back to a digital M with a nice used M9. I realised that I enjoy using a controllable camera as opposed to a hybrid computer which most modern cameras are. Now I am back in control. Now *I* have to work for that shot.

IMHO I feel it is utterly pointless people drooling all over the latest about to be released gear and all they claim to deliver. Far better to get back to basics, go through your entire portfolio and be honest with yourself about the tool that works for you and produces the best images for you.

All photographers have to figure out one simple thing:- Do you forever want to be chasing a non existent pot of gold at the end of a rainbow constantly looking at the latest new gear. Or do you want to produce the best possible photographs and satisfy the inner artist? i.e. Become an artist or a serial purchaser.
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I guess that's the entry fee if you want the real deal.

So do you have the Sony A7r ordered? And which Leica lenses do you have to put on the camera?
Stop kidding yourself. I'm not interested in shelling out an extra $5000 so I can impress the bourgeoisie with the make of my camera.
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Stop kidding yourself. I'm not interested in shelling out an extra $5000 so I can impress the bourgeoisie with the make of my camera.
But the M9 is beyond compare.

"Look how the light glows. A moment; a light-filled moment passing for a fraction of a second through the finest glass to be captured forever on a wisp of silicon and a true CCD sensor. No focus peaking, gentlemen. No viewfinder hump. And no damn EFV."

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Cameras are very perishable goods - I will expect my 21mm Summilux to be worth nearly as much as it does today 5 years down the road, the amount I pay is only the inflation premium. A M type 240? I'd be lucky to get $3,500 out of it in 5 years. It's been less than that long since the M9, and now I see great conditioned M9s go for less than $4,000 all the time.
I think most people go into purchasing an M9/ME or M240 with their eyes wide open knowing that it will only be worth 50/60% of it original value after four to five years or so. So the question to ask someone that purchased a new M9 in 2009. If they had to sell their M9 today for $3500-$4000 do they feel/thinking shooting with the M9 for these past four-fives years was worth $3000 to $3500?

Also just because something is perishable doesn't mean its not worth what it cost. The perfect example of this a trip/vacation. I mean if you look at it from a simple cost benefit point of view is spending $2000 to go some place for a week or two really worth it? When all you're going to end up with in the long term is some pictures you can put on your walls or share on the internet and few memories.
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The weekend before the A7R announcement, I was in the SOHO Leica store to look at a 35 lux and M240. Any rationalization on why I needed or should afford the M240 vanished when the A7R was announced. I preordered the Sony the day of the announcement.

My M glass is great to use on my Nex 6 and I anticipate the A7R will hit the spot very well at 1/3 the price.
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Quite so. After all, why SHOULD Leica create one? And, indeed, is it feasible? Unless you or I (or anyone else on RFF) actually knows enough to create a cheap, top-notch full-frame body for Leica M lenses, and has the money to put their genius into physical form, maybe people should stop whining, snivelling and fantasizing.

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Why would we need to know how to do it when leaving it to the camera manufacturers is the sensible thing? People can't really think that Leica is the only company with the design and technical resources to produce a full frame camera able to use most RF lenses if they put their mind to it. Surely there is no doubt that Sony could produce such a camera and do it at a comparatively "cheap" price point.

The real question is why would they choose to do so? The market for such a camera would be quite small, and characterized largely by luddism and an intractable brand loyalty. They are focusing on a new system and want to sell lenses too, of course. They, like Fuji, have simply left an opening for the hope of using your "legacy" lenses as well.

In the end, I think the A7R will work for a small number of current Leica users - just as the X-Pro1 did, only now with full frame.
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In the end, I think the A7R will work for a small number of current Leica users - just as the X-Pro1 did, only now with full frame.
And on websites far and wide, the ratio of hyper-proclamations of the success/failure of this outcome to the number of people actually having made the decision carefully and happily will be ridiculously large.
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Stop kidding yourself. I'm not interested in shelling out an extra $5000 so I can impress the bourgeoisie with the make of my camera.
Sounds like you have a problem if that's all you can say about the price difference.

Do you say the same about those that drive "nice" cars too?
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The Sony A7 & r are going to be great cameras for what Sony has designed them to do. Having said that, one who is serious about his photography wants a system that will be supported into the future.

Leica is the only company, for example, that has maintained the same lens mount for 60 years. (M Mount) Last I checked they haven't hinted that is going to change. However, the R Leica owners got left out when that line was discontinued. I guess Leica could have turned the R into a manual digital camera too but at the time Leica was not doing well financially.

Earlier this year you had Sony experimenting with the RX1. That's my opinion. To me the RX1 is an experiment or say public prototype to see how well the masses would take to it. It has been very successful and they've sold a lot of them.

I sure would not want to be an RX1 owner now if I were going to try and sell it on the open market to fund the 7 or 7r for more flexibility. Both the new cameras sell for way less that the RX1 does right now. Talk about pulling the rug out from under you.

Then to all the NEX owners. Sony has said that line is dead, capice, done.

So when YYV_146 says this:

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By comparison, I can buy a $2,200 A7r today and fire sell it for $1,200 in five years (approximating from the A900).
I think I'd like to make a counter bet.

If in 5 years the Sony A7r is selling for at half of its price now or more I will buy the camera from you. If not, you pay me $1,200.

I don't think the A7 or whatever Sony might call it will be around in 5 years.

But the real reason I wouldn't buy the Sony A7, Fuji, Olympus cameras is the lack of direct access to the 3 primary light controls: aperture, shutter and ISO. Plus none of the lenses in these modern cameras give you depth of focus guides. I don't even see a button on the back that would give me direct access to ISO. (Ok so someone is going to say its got such great ISO I just set it to Auto ISO to 12800, right) Sure I can whip out my smart phone and it up in some app or have it memorized. But if you're just a point and shoot photographer you need not worry about this.

I see the Sony A7 has the dials on the front and rear. I'm sure these are used to control the aperture and shutter if you're not using the "P" mode, which most will probably select anyway.

So can someone tell me if those dials "click" in a detent when adjusted to help prevent from accidentally moving them when holding the camera? If so the decisive moment is gone if while looking through the EVF have to concentrate on the aperture setting or shutter speed vice what's going on in front of the camera.

I don't know how many times using a camera like this with similar controls those dials get turned and you have a few shots that you can't retake.

These are just my opinions. The camera is just a tool but these differences in how they operate is a really big deal to me having come from a camera like the above to shooting with a Leica. If you need auto focus, the Leica is not for you. If spending $7000 would make you feel guilty that you're just buying to show off, then the Leica is not for you.
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Duane, thanks for comments, but:

Duane,

I understand your arguements, and they are well taken. However, from my experience, I feel the A7 camerss will be just fine for somone who is used to system camera continuity.
Remember that adapters preserve virtually any mount ever made for 35mm. Yes, I know there are not conventional controls on the camera, but they can be customized. I too do not like lenses that have no depth of feild scales, f stop clicks, etc, but who cares! I already have a Nex adapter for both Leica M, m39, and Minolta MD. Sonys lack of lens selections and design do not affect me at all. Lets talk support. Lets say in a few years or so we cannot get the A7 fixed. At $1600 or so, and after many thousands of photos, it would not matter at all. How much would an M240 cost to repair down the road? Ill bet more than what will replace the A7 or what will be coming from Fuji, etc,,,. All I am thinking about now are the images I will be creating and how the A7 and A7r will give me even greater capability to achieve my goal which is the absolute best exhibitiom print possible. Have you been reading what this camera is doing for the Noctilux? I tested the A7r and with peaking and full frame, a dream come true. NO FOCUS SHIFT NONSENSE,!
DEAD ON FOCUS. My M8 and Fuji X can only dream to be that accurate. I welcome the A7 series as the first truly universal camera at a decent price, and forcing me to think more about my lenses as paint brushes and opening up the possibility for more lenses from many sources since the beginning of 35mm photography. How exciting!

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That's awesome eleskin. I would hope you'll share your experience with the camera here when you get it and look forward to seeing the photographs you make.
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The Sony A7 & r are going to be great cameras for what Sony has designed them to do. Having said that, one who is serious about his photography wants a system that will be supported into the future.

Leica is the only company, for example, that has maintained the same lens mount for 60 years. (M Mount) Last I checked they haven't hinted that is going to change. However, the R Leica owners got left out when that line was discontinued. I guess Leica could have turned the R into a manual digital camera too but at the time Leica was not doing well financially.

Earlier this year you had Sony experimenting with the RX1. That's my opinion. To me the RX1 is an experiment or say public prototype to see how well the masses would take to it. It has been very successful and they've sold a lot of them.

I sure would not want to be an RX1 owner now if I were going to try and sell it on the open market to fund the 7 or 7r for more flexibility. Both the new cameras sell for way less that the RX1 does right now. Talk about pulling the rug out from under you.

Then to all the NEX owners. Sony has said that line is dead, capice, done.

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I think I'd like to make a counter bet.

If in 5 years the Sony A7r is selling for at half of its price now or more I will buy the camera from you. If not, you pay me $1,200.

I don't think the A7 or whatever Sony might call it will be around in 5 years.

But the real reason I wouldn't buy the Sony A7, Fuji, Olympus cameras is the lack of direct access to the 3 primary light controls: aperture, shutter and ISO. Plus none of the lenses in these modern cameras give you depth of focus guides. I don't even see a button on the back that would give me direct access to ISO. (Ok so someone is going to say its got such great ISO I just set it to Auto ISO to 12800, right) Sure I can whip out my smart phone and it up in some app or have it memorized. But if you're just a point and shoot photographer you need not worry about this.

I see the Sony A7 has the dials on the front and rear. I'm sure these are used to control the aperture and shutter if you're not using the "P" mode, which most will probably select anyway.

So can someone tell me if those dials "click" in a detent when adjusted to help prevent from accidentally moving them when holding the camera? If so the decisive moment is gone if while looking through the EVF have to concentrate on the aperture setting or shutter speed vice what's going on in front of the camera.

I don't know how many times using a camera like this with similar controls those dials get turned and you have a few shots that you can't retake.

These are just my opinions. The camera is just a tool but these differences in how they operate is a really big deal to me having come from a camera like the above to shooting with a Leica. If you need auto focus, the Leica is not for you. If spending $7000 would make you feel guilty that you're just buying to show off, then the Leica is not for you.
The RX1 is expensive in the way the X100S is expensive. You do get an extra lens in the equation. And if I remember correctly, used M8 prices tanked pretty quickly when Leica announced the M9, 2010 was the year M8 prices really came down to today's sub-$2000 levels.

E-mount has been around for as long as the M8. If you have an 18-55 or 16mm f2.8 from the early NEX-3 days, you can still use it on the A7 or A7r. Sony has also continue to support the minolta mount, and that mount has full AF ability on the A7r via the LA-EA4 adapter. Bottom line is I know a few guys who have dozens of Minolta lenses from the 80s and 90s, and all of them work perfectly on the Alpha A99 and the A7. Isn't that enough long-term support?

FYI all of the dials are customizable. There isn't an iso button because it can be directly programmed to one of the dials.
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Grip a must fir Noctilux

When I tested the A7r at the Photo Plus Expo with my Noctilux f1.0, I attached the battery grip on the bottom. Great feel with that on. A must have. I would even consider adding a metal plate for increased stability. By the way, the A7r will give me my first opportunity to use my Noctilux full frame. I bought it for my M8 in 09 and this will be a whole new world for me. My lens investments were more important to me than a newer M. I could only afford to spend on one thing so I chose Used M lenses on Ebay. I am glad I made that choice! I am glad I did that from 2007 to 2009 when the M8 suffered bad press from the IR problems! My values have tripled in many cases, and the A7 will probably add pressure for more increased value. If I had bought an M9 I would not be in this position being i would not have had the cash for lenses. The A7r is a Godsend for people like me who had to make similar choices,

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I think most people go into purchasing an M9/ME or M240 with their eyes wide open knowing that it will only be worth 50/60% of it original value after four to five years or so. So the question to ask someone that purchased a new M9 in 2009. If they had to sell their M9 today for $3500-$4000 do they feel/thinking shooting with the M9 for these past four-fives years was worth $3000 to $3500?

Also just because something is perishable doesn't mean its not worth what it cost. The perfect example of this a trip/vacation. I mean if you look at it from a simple cost benefit point of view is spending $2000 to go some place for a week or two really worth it? When all you're going to end up with in the long term is some pictures you can put on your walls or share on the internet and few memories.
Ah, but the real question should be, had they bought a lens and a cheaper body, say the M8 or RD-1 and sold the combination for $5000 today, would they be happier?

Same question with the Sony. I would be very happy if I had an M type 240 for 5 years, and I would be slightly less happy with the A7r and a cheap film RF (R3m as of now). But does that difference make me want to contemplate the cost of the M type 240? Not for me. I do paid work occasionally, and it is much more gratifying if I could just fire away without worrying about the 3-month repair turnovers and shutter depreciation...

Your analogy to traveling is a good one, but again, if I went to another great-looking place and only spent $1,000, then used the rest for a second vacation, that could also be better. The Leica is indeed a five-star business-class experience, but I'm not sure the destination is that better from that of the A7/A7r.
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I don't see much information here that is based on using the cameras. In the end, a Leica or a SONY is just a camera. How to best use such cameras is another story. My take on it is to let people choose whichever camera and lenses they want to use or whatever they are willing to spend on such equipment.

I bought the M8 and the M9 used to off-set the price drop after buying such cameras new. I really like using Leica cameras and Leica lenses. This happens to be my choice. Someone else may prefer to use Zeiss lenses on a SONY camera. Great.
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I don't see much information here that is based on using the cameras. In the end, a Leica or a SONY is just a camera. How to best use such cameras is another story. My take on it is to let people choose whichever camera and lenses they want to use or whatever they are willing to spend on such equipment.

I bought the M8 and the M9 used to off-set the price drop after buying such cameras new. I really like using Leica cameras and Leica lenses. This happens to be my choice. Someone else may prefer to use Zeiss lenses on a SONY camera. Great.
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I welcome the A7 series as the first truly universal camera at a decent price, and forcing me to think more about my lenses as paint brushes and opening up the possibility for more lenses from many sources since the beginning of 35mm photography. How exciting!
It's universal in that pretty much any lens from a 35mm or larger system can physically fit and be used on it. Whether or not the image quality for a given lens will match your expectations is another matter that is currently being explored by many early users of these cameras.

This is similar to what happened with the Fuji X mount cameras when announced. It was going to be the next great alternative to buying an M camera. Fuji even made an official adapter, which many interpreted as meaning M lenses would work without problem. Rather, the reality was it just allowed lenses to be mounted. There was no guarantee at all of acceptable image quality and we quickly learned that many RF lenses returned less than desirable results.

You might be lucky and your current RF lenses will match your expectations on one of these Sonys. I'm still waiting to see more. After having tested the a7 with about a dozen various RF lenses a few weeks ago, it left me sitting on the fence. If I never shot anything at infinity or at wider apertures, and where i would want no evidence of image smearing at the edges, then the decision would be easier. But to know that, as only one example, my 21 SEM is sharp from wide open across the frame on the M9, yet is smeared on the a7 until stopped down somewhat is a turn off.

Like you, I've 'invested' in many M-mount lenses. I would like to get the full performance from them, as designed by Leica. By that I mean, not having to deal with smeared image edges. As of now, it still looks like an M9 or M240 is the only FF camera that will ensure the best possible results with the widest range of RF glass (my own testing has shown that lenses that smeared on the a7 are fine on the M9).

What I don't want to do is another bout of lens acquisition for yet another system. Say I end up buying a few primes for the Sony... combined with the cost of the camera, it will probably be in the $5000+ range, just to duplicate what I already can do with the M system. I think I'll sit tight and use what I have and put that money into a future Leica, since it will allow me to fully realized the intentions of my current lens kit: rangefinder focusing (which I do often find advantageous) and optimum across-frame performance.

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E-mount has been around for as long as the M8. If you have an 18-55 or 16mm f2.8 from the early NEX-3 days, you can still use it on the A7 or A7r. Sony has also continue to support the minolta mount, and that mount has full AF ability on the A7r via the LA-EA4 adapter. Bottom line is I know a few guys who have dozens of Minolta lenses from the 80s and 90s, and all of them work perfectly on the Alpha A99 and the A7. Isn't that enough long-term support?

FYI all of the dials are customizable. There isn't an iso button because it can be directly programmed to one of the dials.
If you want to call using a lens made for a cropped sensor "support" more power to ya. And the use of the third party adapters or even if they are made by Sony just tells me they need third party "support" for their system to be successful.
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Was the VW / Ferrari comparison in reference to repair costs / length of time it takes to service? ;-)

I was told it can take 3 months for a warranty repair. That would be a big chunk of the warranty period (what is that, just 2 years?) where depreciation is fastest.

I would really like to know how many M8s are now expensive paperweights due to the repairs being uneconomic / parts availability. I don't mind buying quality (I have a lovely M6ttl BP LHSA) but it's got to last.
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An RF camera has no equal, that's not to say it is better but simply there is no other camera it can be compared to.
Every photojournalist who stopped shooting Leica and started shooting Nikon in the 60s/70s/80s made that comparison.

In the end they're all pretty much the same: a little box with a lens, a door, and some light-sensitive stuff in back.

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That's no rangefinder on DAH's neck. Watch that you don't fetishize the camera at the expense of the pictures.
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I think I'd like to make a counter bet.

If in 5 years the Sony A7r is selling for at half of its price now or more I will buy the camera from you. If not, you pay me $1,200.
Would you make the same bet on an M? i.e., presuming you do have an M in your possession, 5 years after purchase you will give someone $3,500 if it's value is less than that or if it's actually worth more you'd sell if for $3,500?
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not my intention. what I'm saying is priorities vary. i totally empathize folks who must have RF---and who love the feel of the Ms. Those priorities however may be trumped by money issues with many users here. 1700 for a good full frame RFlens body, new, compared to 3500 for used m9 or 7k for M240. If the A7 can't do the job, which by the way is pretty fundamental, that's one thing. However as RF lenses are being shot all over the place right now with it, it's becoming increasingly clear the plain A7 is shooting excellent with many RF lenses full frame.
Once again, there really aren't choices here. All the cameras will "do the job." If your shooting style fits well with a digital rangefinder body, then buy one unless, of course, you don't have the cash to buy one new, and aren't willing to do your due diligence in buying used. If those factors over-ride your desire to shoot with a true RF/VF, then buy whatever else you think will work for your style.

Folks' priorities really HAVE gotten misplaced in the digital age. Photography isn't about the cost of equipment, depreciation, image quality or sharpness, it's about making quality images with the gear you have. Good business sense is valuable when making purchasing decisions, but it doesn't really have anything to do with making images.


Lastly, the Leica M bodies could be produced in the same price range as other high-end mirrorless cameras were it not for the rangefinder/viewfinder assembly. That is the MOST expensive part of an M Leica, and has been since the introduction of the M3. In fact they produced the M2 as a price-point camera by finding a way to make the VF/RF less expensively. That was the same place they chose to cut costs in the M4-P et. al. That is also what makes the Leica M bodies very different from every other offering on the market.

And in my book, the Leica bodies are tools of my trade, not expensive bling. I bought them because a coupled coincident RF/VF fits my shooting style. The lens/sensor/sharpness/blah blah blah debates are essentially all about marketing hype. Programmable controls are interesting, but certainly not valuable in making images. I find that consistency of operation across several bodies is of much more value than anything built into all the whiz bang cameras today.

The bottom line again is that if you want to shoot a coupled coincident RF/VF digital body, then you have to pay the price of admission for a Leica 'cause right now they're the only game in town. If you don't care about that, then buy the body with the sensor in it that you want.
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"Collector's Item" and "Digital Camera" are mutually exclusive.
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It has been up until now, Raid, but the continuing price increases on new equipment coupled with the radical slowing of really breakthrough advances will probably cause some of the better bodies to hold their value and potentially increase in value. Time will tell.
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No shortage of strong opinion in here LOL

Bottomline is this: until two weeks ago there were two ways to shoot RF glass full frame digitally (with infinity) : M9 M240, OK and MM. 3 ways.

Now there are 5

If that's not news, and worthy of discussion, consideration, I don't know what is.

But for some reason the Sony is highly controversial and some seem offended it is even mentioned at all as a way of shooting some RF glass.

That's fine, but half the hype of the camera is coming from posts about it by people who have no interest in it.

That I find remarkable.

I'm not interested in Fujis. No offense. And you will never find a post by me in a Fuji thread.

So something is going on here.....
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LOL! I don't think you're allowed to use the words in the same sentence.
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No shortage of strong opinion in here LOL

Bottomline is this: until two weeks ago there were two ways to shoot RF glass full frame digitally (with infinity) : M9 M240, OK and MM. 3 ways.

Now there are 5

If that's not news, and worthy of discussion, consideration, I don't know what is.

But for some reason the Sony is highly controversial and some seem offended it is even mentioned at all as a way of shooting some RF glass.

That's fine, but half the hype of the camera is coming from posts about it by people who have no interest in it.

That I find remarkable.

I'm not interested in Fujis. No offense. And you will never find a post by me in a Fuji thread.

So something is going on here.....
Last time I looked at the forum thread we're in here I don't see the word Sony anywhere. This is a Leica forum thread dealing with Leica digital Ms. In fact, I can't find a Sony RF forum thread or one exclusive to Sony anywhere on this website. Maybe we should ask for a new Sony RF thread started so we can talk about how great Leica lenses are on Sony cameras.
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Last time I looked at the forum thread we're in here I don't see the word Sony anywhere. This is a Leica forum thread dealing with Leica digital Ms. In fact, I can't find a Sony RF forum thread or one exclusive to Sony anywhere on this website. Maybe we should ask for a new Sony RF thread started so we can talk about how great Leica lenses are on Sony cameras.
Ha! Sony has been mentioned numerous times in this thread!

FWIW, I have the A7R on pre-order, and haven't decided if I'll go through with it or not. Last year I sold my M9 after doing a number of comparisons with it and the X-Pro1, of course I use the systems lenses with the Fuji and rarely use M lenses on it, with the exception of a really fast 50 or 35, and my 90. (I have a couple of film M bodies and also picked up a cheap M8 for using the wider RF lenses.)

I don't really miss the M9 that much, though I always found it to produce much more pleasing images than the M8. I am not one who has to have an RF mechanism to enjoy a camera, and it is nice to have the option of AF lenses if I am shooting digital. I recently got an F1.0 RF lens and, of course the mirrorless Fuji is much more accurate in focusing it and I think the Sony's peaking may be a lot better than the Fuji.

Based on the above, I may indeed be a good candidate for an M240 - but I just can't bring myself to fork over that kind of cash on yet another digital body. So I may give one a shot....
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I would not put down the M8 relative to the M9. They complement each other for me.
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I would not put down the M8 relative to the M9. They complement each other for me.
Whaa, Raid? You have both the M8 and the M9? You should have let us know!!
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I guess Steve Huff has one in the house now to test. I like Steve and his site. Here's something he's already noticed with the new FE Zeiss 55mm

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I have now been shooting them with the Native glass and yesterday shot them indoors at a reptile show in Phx and did notice the AF missing a bit with the 55 1.8 lens (when shooting at its minimum focus distance). I found that using selective spot focus helped but still was not what I had hoped. Not horrible but not 100% spot on either. Keep in mind this was INDOOR in lower light and the 55 1.8 was on the A7 not the A7r.
So can you override the autofocus with manually controlling the lens in the case above? So is the lens a fly by wire or direct manual focusing mechanism?

So I go to Sony's website to see what other info they have on the lens and they say this about the "fixed length" 55mm lens:

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A compact mid-range zoom that delivers outstanding performance with 35mm full frame format cameras
Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA

That gives me a lot of confidence as Sony describes this lens as a zoom.
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