Swimming with the Razorfishes

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Module R

Mike Johnston pointed out that Rob Galbraith pointed out that Leica has discontinued it's Digital Module R.

The Digital Module R was sort of a beautiful frankenstein: a digital back that snapped onto Leica's R8 and R9, turning the film cameras into 10 megapixel digital SLRs. The Module R's were surprisingly light, and didn't include an anti-alias filter in front of the sensor, resulting in much sharper images.

However, it was profoundly expensive. $6000 for the back, $3000 for an R9 body, and thousands for each lens. And no auto focus. It had a limited audience. The cost made quite a barrier to entry. Early delays also tarnished its image.

Lets hope the M8 does well for them. I might hold out for a digital MP.

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