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color street photography by Markus Hartel, New York City

digging in the archives… EOS 10D, 24mm, ISO 800, cropped (ugh, cropping still makes me cringe) gearhead note: the Leica M8 is a *tempting* piece of gear and I love the simplicity of it, but I got soooo spoiled with the EOS 5D’s high ISO performance…

There ya go, camera designers – give me a smallish camera with full manual control, a fixed lens (if necessary) say 28mm or 35mm and a large sensor (at least APS size). Regarding the controls – shutter speed on the body, aperture on the lens, ISO control on the body and autofocus with manual override on the lens, anything else can be hidden in the menus. The Leica M8 almost cut it, but $5k for not-so-good low light performace – wham bam, thank you mam.

– Ricoh GR-D is *this* close, but the small sensor is good for noise only
– Sigma DP-1 looks promising

long story short – take the M8 and cram a 5D sensor in it, add an ISO dial and be done
damn, I can’t wait for the M9


update 10/2013 – after having used the Leica M9 for a little over three years, it is indeed the single best digital 35mm camera around. Now superseded by the (technically identical) Leica M-E: Leica 10759 M-E 18 MP Digital Rangefinder Camera with 2.5-Inch TFT LCD Screen- Body Only (Grey) and by the Leica M (Typ 240): Leica 10771 M 24MP RangeFinder Camera with 3-Inch TFT LCD Screen – Body Only (Silver/Black) with a CMOS sensor.

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guy with bermuda shirt and colorful pants carrying a large portfolio. humorous (color street photography by Markus Hartel, New York City)

all right – digital shot… one thing that really bugs me about the modern EOS lenses is the lack of a decent distance scale, which makes zone focusing a gamble.
Right now, I’m looking into Olympus OM adapters to use manual focus Zuiko lenses on my EOS body… no worries though – my Leica wins and I have two rolls drying in the bathroom 😉

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