I am looking to buy a small camera that is light and makes the best possible image-quality for the days I don´t feel like carrying my Hasselblad.
Is anybody using the Leica M8, Epson or the compact Sigma? How good are the files compared to those from the larger cameras?
Any experiences are very welcome.
I know this is not the correct forum, but I am sure some people here use this cameras??
I have had the M8 since its introduction, love it, and still love it, but I use it less and less , nothing about the image quality, it was great when it is new, and 3 years later I think it is still great. I guess the reason I use it less due to the compactness. It is small, but not as small as a Canon G10 which I can use it for almost anything - except for paid jobs of course, but with its range of focus (super macro to infinity), but G10 file quality is way behind M8. I also use DP-1 and DP-2, both great camera, and truly compact, and I would pick DP-2 over DP-1 as all around pocket camera - only wish its LED screen is better and can correspond to manual setting adjustment, and I found both DP-1/DP-2 focus excellent in normal day-light, but with strong back-lit situation, the focus becomes a little troubled. The file quality is great for what it is, but still visibly behind M8.
I will not compare the file quality from M8/Sigma to my DLSR, either 1Ds3 or D3X, or my Phase One of Hasselblad back, they are different. Either can take pictures the others couldn't.
Bottom line suggestion: Everyday pocket compact - DP-2, if you need wider angle, stitch it. Serious travel compact - M8. Heavy weigh choice - anything you can figure.