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A Review of the Leica M11 Rangefinder Camera

Leica's M11 rangefinder represents a notable step forward for the iconic M series, bringing with it a wide range of new features and improvements that are sure to capture the attention of many photographers. How does it hold up in practice, particularly against the reputation of its predecessors? This excellent video review takes a look at the performance and image quality you can expect from the camera.

Coming to you from Matt Irwin Photography, this great video review takes a look at theĀ Leica M11 rangefinder camera. The M11 really modernizes the M series, bringing with it an impressive array of new features and capabilities, including:

  • 60-megapixel back-illuminated sensor
  • 36- and 18-megapixel reduced resolution modes for improved noise performance and dynamic range in tandem with reduced storage and processing loads
  • Maximum electronic shutter speed of 1/16,000 s
  • Automatic viewfinder parallax correction
  • Frame selection with options forĀ 35mm/135mm, 28mm/90mm, and 50mm/75mm focal length pairs
  • Live view electronic stabilization when using the rear LCD
  • 64 GB internal storage
  • USB-C connectivity

Altogether, the Leica M11 looks like an impressive step forward that offers a lot of sought-after features for a wide range of users. Check out the video above for Irwin's full thoughts on the M11.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Hmm, this is a perfect example of the blind leading the crippled. ;O) The features described above are real but some have existed for decades (frame selection, parallax correction) and one is not true, the fact that one improves dynamic range and noise performance with reducing the file size (this has been demonstrated again and again). For real Leica reviews go to reddotforum (website and YouTube channel) moderated by two real experts.
As for the video referenced the author claims to have used M1s in 1991 (M1s date back to the late 1950 but more importantly did not include any range-finders and were designed for lab work. There were only a few made because they were that specific). As for the sync speed neither M1s not M2s could claim 1/250th s as their sync speed, by far. 1- the M2 and following M film cameras' sync speed was 1/50th and Leica Ms are well known for having had the slowest synch speed of all their contemporaries, even the M6 has a sync speed of 1/50th. Faster sync speeds only came with the digital versions of M cameras. It is a sad world the one where non-experts have an "opinion" based on partial or total ignorance. Silence is still gold in these instances.

The biggest thing I dislike with the digital Leica's, is that the only view finder magnification is 0.73x -
unlike their older cameras where you could get a wider magnification. The net effect is, that with my glasses I cannot see the 28mm frame, and can barely see the 35mm frame, if I move my eye around. I talked to Leica about this, and their response was that there will never be a digital Leica with a wide viewfinder option. Their solution? use the add-on electronic viewfinder.
Why bother getting a rangefinder camera if you don't use the rangefinder.

I've had most Leica models since the M4. I currently have a M10 and M10 Monochrom, but it is not easy using them with anything wider that a 50mm. More often than not, I just use my M lenses on my Sony a7rIV.