Sounds awesome. Leica claims that the lenses produce excellent pictures that are free of distortion and vignetting, and are sharp no matter what the aperture is. I wonder how they do this.
I think they can pull it off by using prime lenses only
(Leica already seems to have a thing against zooms anyway). Eliminating zoom always works in favor of the image quality, the cheap 'nifty fifty' primes in almost every DSLR systems being a good example. The intricate reasons why? I don't know. On second thought:
Do zoom lenses even exist for medium format, anyway?
OLED screen? A first in cameras I think. Leica seems to have abandoned their traditional approach with this camera, looks exciting.
IIRC, some camcorders had OLED screens for some time. I think there is no reason still cameras shouldn't follow suit. After all, the sensor and the screen are two things that really eat up batteries in a DSLR. A sensor THAT big shall be inherently power-hungry, and OLED goes pretty easy on batteries. I guess that's a nice trade-off.EDIT:
Only the top information display is OLED, the rear LCD is... well, LCD. More fanciness than functionality, IMHO.
Speaking of abandoning tradition, I really have to say "Why yet another
system?" The M-system, the R-system, Four-Thirds and now this. Fine, it's medium format and all, but I say what: if only Leica hadn't been the Apple of photographic gear, I'd say this much un-standardization would kill the brand.
Caleb Murdock wrote:
Actually, this doesn't look like a medium-format camera at all. Most medium-formats have a "back" which is separate from the rest of the camera, right? But this camera doesn't have a back.
Leica's 35 mm film SLRs R8 and R9 have an optional detachable back (called Digital Modul R, looks almost as hideous as it sounds) which converts them into a 1.3x crop factor digital camera. A big, bulky, $10000 digital camera, at that. And now they have a stand-alone medium-format DSLR. I'd say they're fighting off serious confidence issues, being left behind in the DSLR game and totally ripped off by Panasonic and Olympus in the Four-Thirds deal, but as I say, Leica is too 'special' of a company to do that...
...which means, when do we see the stand-alone, full-frame, reasonably priced (at least for a Leica) R10 DSLR?