A somewhat atypical blog or review. A somewhat uneven comparison in photos between the 2013 Leica M240 and the brand new 2021 Sony A7IV. Two full frame digital cameras from different decades. That’s almost classic versus modern, especially when you consider the very fast technological advances in digital photography. Is quality determined only by advances in sensors and pixels. If a camera is a device for creating art, shouldn’t we also create an index for artistic, creative ability? Thanks to our love of vintage film cameras, we are now also looking at classic digital cameras. It seems, a new, similar discussion starts unfolding about the (sometimes underrated) artistic value of older generations of digital cameras.
We won’t go into the technical differences, which are purely on specs in favor of the Sony. In that sense the Leica is outdated, but the pictures show that this first full-frame camera from Leica still matters and offers an artistic photographer just as much and maybe even more possibilities.
All examples were taken with a 35mm lens, in immediate succession, similar standpoint, at the same aperture, but in A mode where we let the camera choose ISO and shutter speed on its own. Other lenses have also been used that showed similar differences as with the 35mm. Afterwards only the (same) sharpness was added in Lightroom, but no filters were used and no other adjustments were made. This is definitely not a clinical test, we paid attention to contrast, color, vibrance to somehow try to find the ‘soul’ of the camera.