As promised, thanks to the kind effort of Dr. Ulrich Rohde who is in the possession of an early Leica M (Typ 240) working prototype, we have some more full resolution DNG and JPEG files for you to play with, all untouched.
According to Dr. Rohde, the camera has not yet final firmware. To his knowledge, it was the latest preproduction revision at the time of shooting. Without further ado let’s go straight to the files. For reference please use our recent articles on the next generation Leica M that’s expected to arrive in stores sometime in March 2013.
The basics are covered in our articles here and here. I also have to refer to the excellent sample images gallery and early M (240) assessment of Jono Slack over at L·Camera Forum. That’s compulsory reading.
Not much to add here this time, except for some purple fringing along the brim of the silver helmet. Also have a look at the strong incidence of light from behind the girl reading the book.
Keep in mind, some expect the M to reinvent photography. Maybe to justify the M9. Who knows. But that’s the digital reality. What’s top of the line today is history tomorrow — and so far the digital Ms were never really at the forefront of imaging technology.
At least to my eyes the Leica M CMOS sensor still renders that look many Leica aficionados are after. Overall, these DNG files are certainly fatter, more resilient and more flexible than M9 equivalents. They offer more yield. Miss the M9′s more contrasty pop? Well just pull one or two stops off those DNGs and you got it.
Disclaimer: DNG files are nearly 50MB heavy… To download, simple click the respective image. BTW, to know everything about the CMOSIS sensor read our The Leica M Max Sensor Explained.
For you to compare download the JPEG version of this portrait with the same file number, shot at the same time, but looking distinctively less natural.
And, to conclude with, a minimally adjusted JPEG: