After a couple of weeks being 9 feet below water, I got finally a change to take out the Leica M (240) which arrived yesterday at my doorstep.
- Much better on/off switch. With the M9 I was able to unintentionally switch on/off the camera a couple of times, or it would move from “S” to “C” or even self-timer.
- Shutter release button is also a lot better. The old wasn’t that smooth.
- Shutter sound – great! Less noisy than with the M9. More a lower “clack”.
- Battery life seems to have been definitely been improved. 50% left after 2 days and ~350 pictures.
- I also like the new exposure metering methods, more reliable than the old “classic” one.
- Quicker “C” Continous series mode.
- Live view – while holding the camera I find that (at least with me) I am shaking way too much that the 10x zoom can be properly used with the rear monitor, especially in normal daylight.
- To focus the Noctilux I now use the 1.4x magnifying eye piece which is doing a pretty good job. At least with me it helps; otherwise, had problems here and there.
- As some reported hangs here and there, I haven’t run into this problem yet. With the M9 I had those from time to time.
- Electronic view finder: Olympus LV-2 also works, instead of the Leica EVF which is more than double the price.
Works well with the live view 10x zoom function.
- Video? Don’t need it
No scientific test or direct comparison against the M9P (which will go very soon). While going out for a nice stroll to enjoy the weather, I simply kept shooting along (not too much planning was involved today)
Some impressions from today’s tour can be found HERE.
PS: spot the birds nest(s)? How many are there…