When a new Leica M comes along it’s sure to raise eyebrows. As the German godfather of 35mm photography attempts to balance new features with traditionalism, Ian Farrell finds out if the M Typ 240 measures up as a serious photographic tool.

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Leica M Typ 240

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Leica M Typ 240 review

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£5,100.00

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Leica M Typ 240 review – Dynamic range

In everyday use, the M delivers the kind of dynamic range you’d expect of a digital camera in 2013. In JPEG mode, highlights tend to blow rather easily, but are recoverable in DNG raw format. In our lab tests, we recorded 12.57EV of dynamic range in a DNG file, which is easily enough to rescue overexposed skies and recover lost shadow information.

The M’s pulled ISO 100 is not a real ISO setting, but rather a software workaround to allow shooting with wide apertures and long shutter speeds in brightly lit conditions. Typically, these software pull-ISO settings work by overexposing the image when it’s captured, then pulling back the brightness in the same way that you might in Adobe Camera Raw post-capture. Hence, there is not as much room for correcting blown highlights at ISO 100 as there is at the sensor’s native ISO 200 setting.

  1. 1. Leica M Typ 240 at a glance:
  2. 2. Leica M Typ 240 review - Features
  3. 3. Leica M Typ 240 review - Live view and EVF
  4. 4. Leica M Typ 240 review - Build and handling
  5. 5. Leica M Typ 240 review - Metering
  6. 6. Leica M Typ 240 review - Dynamic range
  7. 7. Leica M Typ 240 review - Focusing
  8. 8. Leica M Typ 240 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  9. 9. Leica M Typ 240 review - White balance and colour
  10. 10. Leica M Typ 240 review - Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
  11. 11. Leica M Typ 240 review - The competition
  12. 12. Leica M Typ 240 review - Our verdict
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