POSTED 7:57 p.m. Saturday
UPDATED 12.25 a.m. Sunday
(Photo: Leica Rumors)
The Leica M9 has leaked early, due to a PDF of the new M System brochure making its wildfire way around the web.
The news: the M9 will have an 18-megapixel, full-frame CCD sensor. More explicity—quoting from the brochure—the image area is 23.9 x 35.8 millimeters and image size is 5212 x 3472 pixels. It will come in "steel grey paint or black paint." The camera comes with its own copy of Adobe Lightroom equipped to handle the camera's 16-bit DNG raw files.
Like the M8, the M9's sensor has microlenses progressively more offset towards the corners to cope with the angle of impingement of the image-forming light. Leica says, "In the case of the M9, it wasn't a matter of modifying the lenses to match the image sensor, but rather the other way around."
X1 still sketchy
The details on the X1 are more shadowy at the moment. According to the latest scuttlebutt, it's not a Micro 4/3 camera but resembles one—it's allegedly a compact, ~12-megapixel APS-C camera with a fixed "pancake" style 24mm ƒ/2.8 lens (approximately 35mm-e, give or take). Best take this info with a grain of salt, though, and wait till the 9th for the true scoop. (Apple Computer has a big rollout scheduled for the same day, as you've probably heard. It won't overshadow the Leica news here at the sprawling TOP World HQ compound, naturally.)
This is a real picture of it, though, from page 83 the brochure:
If you click on the image you should be able to read the text. Note: "One of the very best Leica lenses." Hmm. Interesting.
I wonder if anyone notices the similarity of the long, slender camera in the picture to that of the little IIIf below, next to Steve's comment? The text says it's reminiscent of the M cameras, but it seems more reminiscent of the screwmount cameras to me. Interesting!
Oly and Sony
Sony Japan is no longer listing the A700 on its website. The coming replacement, thought to be called the A800 and similar in appearance to the A700, will, some believe, have a 15-MP CMOS sensor, an ISO range of 100–12,800, 6.5 fps, and integrated Wi-Fi.
According to the website of the French magazine Chasseur d'Images, Olympus will roll out the E-P2 before Christmas...this Christmas. It will be a higher-spec'd "pro" model of the Micro 4/3 concept, with an optical viewfinder. Rumor only, so please don't put my feet to the fire if this doesn't come true.
(Thanks to Jim T., Luc N., and Gary F.)
Featured Comment by sjones: "Currently using a Leica IIIf, and I hope to pick up an M2 within a year. After that, well, that should do it for the rest of my life. Still, entertaining to follow the evolution of photographic gear. Steve, Tokyo." [Photo from LeitzMuseum.org —Ed. Links by me, too.]