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Is micro four-thirds the new Leica?

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by Bill, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. Bill

    Bill Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 15, 2009
    Brisbane, Australia
    Bill (really)
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font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} ********> <![endif]--> [FONT=&quot]Over the years, the Leica (and the 35mm format) took over a significant part of the “serious” camera market, previously dominated by larger format (more “professional”) cameras. Then Leica was joined by the myriad of other 35mm brands and models, particularly SLRs. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Then the digital revolution: SLRs became DSLRs, with sensors going where the film used to be. And of course there’s still Leica (also with a sensor where the film used to be). [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]But now there’s micro four-thirds. It’s smaller in bodies, lenses and sensors. The mirrors are gone. The quality is getting better and better.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]So, is micro four-thirds the "new Leica?"[/FONT]
     
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  2. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    More of a potential niche market, I could see that.
     
  3. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
    Only if more vendors jump on the Micro 4/3 bandwagon.
     
  4. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    We don't really need a new Leica...we already have one of those. I see m43 as the ultimate expression of the pint and shoot world (and I don't mean that in a negative way).
     
  5. Wormwood

    Wormwood Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 17, 2011
    Sydney, Australia
    Pint? and shoot = Yes I can see these little beauies in the Pub.


    Wormwood
     
  6. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    I kinda look at it as having the best mix and flexibility out of the current systems. If you want small range finder style, you want dslr style, you want video camera, etc you got it. We aren't limited to lenses as if you want, you can mount just about any lens(new or old), but I'm obviously bias.
     
  7. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    In a very real way I think it is a new Leica. It fills a niche, providing a high quality walking around camera with higher IQ than a simple point and shoot, greater flexibility with interchangeable lenses and a smaller more convenient size than dslr's.
     
  8. Canonista

    Canonista Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 3, 2011
    L.A.
    Actually, those are only available in Canikon wrappers:

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  9. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    Yes well I am trying to drum up support for my new format idea, PINT and SHOOT. Just thought I'd do it here. Seemed like a likely crowd. :biggrin:
     
  10. mgowin

    mgowin Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 16, 2010
    Lincoln, IL
    PDN has an interesting article on photojournalists eschewing larger cameras for smaller ones. Veteran PJ Larry Price, who is profiled in the article, is now using an Oly E-P3 in place of the Leicas he formerly used.
     
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  11. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    I see your point. I have always thought of m43 as an extension of serious compacts (where have I heard that before?). I have always felt that cameras like the LX3 (still one of my favorites) set the stage for m43.
     
  12. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Houston
    Muttley
    I hope m4/3 never becomes the new "Leica." The prices would have to increase by 300-400% immediately!!!

    :wink:
     
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  13. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 7, 2010
    I think the Fuji X gear is set up to be the "poor man's Leica".
     
  14. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    Leicasonicus

    I agree with a previous response that we do not want Mu43 reaching Leica prices.

    Having said that, I was attracted to the format as it (my GF1) very much reminds me of the original Leica CL for size and shape and even though I have owned and used Leica rangefinders for years both professionally and now for pleasure, there is something special about the four thirds format that makes it my "Go to" camera for non commissioned work due to it's size / IQ relationship.

    I for one appreciate the small format and versatiltiy offerred by these cameras and the original sceptics (manufacturing wise) are now starting to realise the errors of not getting on borad at the start and the fast growing popularity of CSC's has meant they are forced to find alternative sensor sizes that to date do not equal Mu43.

    The Fuji X100 is as stated probably the closest direct "clone" style wise of a modern digital Leica rangefinder however it's fixed lens precludes it from competing seriously with the interchangable lens Mu43 system cameras, especially by users wanting the flexibility of different lens formats.

    The latest "Fast lenses" announced by Panasonic look very interesting and if fast will add a new dimension to Mu43.
     
  15. Markb

    Markb Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 9, 2011
    Kent, UK
    Mark
    Good point about the similarity in size to the CL, Ian. An E-Px or GF-1 with a 20/45 kit is pretty much a direct equivalent to a CL outfit but faster in lens speed and operation, lighter and easier to carry (battery + SD card vs 8 rolls of film).

    But ultimately I'd say no to the original question. For me the Leica experience is about the viewfinder. Apart from the Olympus VF-1 no finder on a :43: camera allows you to see "outside the frame". Unless you compose on the LCD that is :cool:

    The X100 is more like a digital Hexar AF imo. And very good at it too.

    Really it's very hard to draw a parallel between a beautifully engineered mechanical film camera and a modern electronic device.
     
  16. 6x6

    6x6 Mu-43 Regular

    173
    Oct 12, 2011
    I dont think so.
    Leica is great lenses and everything electronic is mediocre at best.
    With mFT you can get very decent lenses and one of the best jpg-engines.
    Leica ist expensive, mFt is affordable.
     
  17. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    I see your point, I was thinking in terms of size and portability plus multiple lenses. I forget about the viewfinder because I don't really mind using the LCD even though I grew up with cameras like the Pentax k1000 that had viewfinders. I'm quite comfortable with the LCD but I can understand where others would consider it an integral part of the Leica experience.
     
  18. PSimmons

    PSimmons Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 24, 2010
    Central Florida
    Great Article, thanks for sharing

     
  19. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    Here's another vote for pint and shoot (though that also sounds like a hunting expedition with city folk involved).
     
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  20. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Very interesting, thanks!