"I've thought long and hard about buying a Leica S2 to go with my Contax lenses and offer more hand held use to medium format, but how do you spend $15,000 on the first gen Leica S, when this thing is sitting there?"
Yeah. This about sums up my attitude towards Leica. There is always something offered at 1:5 or even 1:10 the price that is 98% as good. M8 - X100. M9 - XPro-1. S2 - Nikon D800, 645D and this Sony. In all cases Leica wins out under certain conditions, even if by a hair, and the ergos are always better with the Leica, but it burns my Scotish heart to pay up to 10x as much because it feels better in my hand and the viewfinder is better. Oh yeah, and the Japanese products don't do too many strange things that kill your file.
Leica is there own worst enemy.
Beautiful cameras, great lenses, (mostly), crazy expensive and always a glitch. Slow tethering with the S2, slightly better with the S, non tethering with the M.
Everybody that works professionally has to show an image to a client and though I wish tethering never existed, it is the standard of professional production and yes I would tether an M.
I'd love an S2 or S, but it's a limited device even if the file is 20% deeper, because I can fake a 20% deeper file.
Now Leica isn't alone at this. Olympus hobbles themselves with video and tethering, Fuji doesn't tether and takes a while for lenses and their autofocus is limited and the one small mirrorless camera with great autofocus and usability (the gh3) has a less than equal still file.
Even the A7(r) which I do think changes things, is suppose to tether, but nobody says exactly how or when and it's not a usb3 camera it's a usb 2.
This must take forever to tether on the A7R with 30 something mpx.
I know that Leica may be bling proof given their name, but I find it hard to believe that the Sonys and Fujis haven't had an impact on their sales.
Some things I don't understand.