The M9 was Leica's first 'full-frame' digital rangefinder, enabling the use of most Leica 'M' series lenses at the originally intended field-of-view. The 18MP CCD sensor is fitted with a filter that avoid the M8 and 8.2's need for lens-mounted UV and IR filters. It retains the classic M series look and build quality while promising a no-compromise approach consummate with its not-inconsiderable price-tag. While beautifully engineered and undeniably capable as a photographic tool, the M9 understandably lacks some of the digital sophistication offered by more mass-market products and its sensor isn't a match for the latest CMOS designs in low light. Its lack of anti-aliasing filter enables it to capture astonishing levels of detail at lower ISO settings though.
Leica M9 Digital Rangefinder Camera, Body Only (Steel Gray)
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|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||5212 x 3472|
|Other resolutions||3840 x 2592, 2592 x 1728, 1728 x 1152, 1280 x 846|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2|
|Effective pixels||18 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||19 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Full frame (36 x 24 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, Pull 80, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500|
|White balance presets||6|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Standard|
|Optics & Focus|
|Lens mount||Leica M|
|Focal length multiplier||1×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT color LCD|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (rangefinder)|
|Minimum shutter speed||4 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||No|
|External flash||Yes (Hot-shoe)|
|Flash modes||Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync|
|Continuous drive||2 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 12 sec)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC card|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||585 g (1.29 lb / 20.64 oz)|
|Dimensions||139 x 80 x 37 mm (5.47 x 3.15 x 1.46″)|
No es una cámara para cualquiera, solo para quienes entiendan el funcionamiento de un rangefinder. No es comparable desde ningún punto de vista con una réflex. Da gusto tomar fotos con la M9 y los resultados son excelentes. Problems: LCD de baja resolución y baja calidad de la imagen utilizada para preview.
Beautiful camera with excellent low iso IQ
Superb build quality, very nice IQ at low iso. Problems: LCD, slow processor, high iso noise, color shift with wide lenses.
Leica M9 es Leica
Creo que es la cámara perfecta para disfrutar de la fotografía. Para mi es perfecta. Problems: La limpieza del sensor y sin ninguna duda el elevado precio de todo lo que la rodea.
I love this baby. The genuine article, save for: - ON/OFF switch terribly sensitive, I hate how it flicks to self-timer easily. - Buffer overload is one thing but even worse is trying to chimp (review pix) while buffering, or push PLAY before the camera booted up: it may fry the card, makes it unreadable! Happened twice, once real bad: I had to have a superdooper pro SD card with one-off event shots rescued in Lexar headquarters (kudos to Lexar for customer service) because no rescue software ...
Leica M9 (second-hand) or Fuji XT1?
Hi all, I am choosing between a second-hand Leica M9 and seperately buying a 50mm/35mm lense OR a new Fuji XT1. I have been getting back into photography for some years now and have mostly used high-end consumer cameras but need a top quality camera for upcoming extended photographic projects that I intend to print to a fairly large size - art market based if there is such a thing rather than turning myself into a professional photographer. A ´gentleman photographer´ if you will with time to invest :) I need the following: Lightweight, discreet, easy-to-use manual focus override, robust. I dislike the use of flash and avoid it as much as possible. Black and white photos will predominate with forays into colour. I dislike instensely bells and whistles and flashing lights of all kinds. Where my own background is concerned I learned photography 20 years ago on a Pentax K1000 (a great machine!) at the London college of Printing and now, with time and a budget of up to 3500-4000 ...
Well now, that certainly is the perpetuation of some myth. How do you have the least clue about people on any forum not having experience using a particular brand of camera? It may even come across as condescending and a bit arrogant, something no Leica owner would be accused of (sarcasm). There are plenty of Leica owners here and on other forums. Possibly, some of us aren't particularly impressed by the brand one chooses over the images one makes. There are a lot of rebadged Panasonics and Minoltas out there to dilute that sacred water. ;-) Continue Reading
The decision is at least partly down to lenses and handling. As these two cameras handle completely differently there's no direct comparison possible unless you get hands-on with them yourself. Personally I regard the Leica M9 as a bit of a dinosaur and over-priced. Unless you absolutely have to have a rangefinder it's hard to see any advantage for it. You can, for example, mount Leica M lenses on almost any MILC and get a better sensor and a smaller size. The sensor on the M9 is rather behind the curve. Do you have lenses you want to use ? Do you have specific lens requirements ? Also, while you don't like "bells and whistles", many of them will probably turn out to be useful to you in the longer term, perhaps sooner. You really need to approach your return to photography with a more open mind, as things have changed a great deal. Continue Reading
While the X-t1 is crop frame ( and hence has the issue with narrower field of view that Albert mentions ), the Sony A7 is full frame and will not have any effect on field of view. There are also adapters called based on focal reducers, called "speedboosters", "lens turbo" and other names. These restore the full frame field of view of lenses on crop frame MILCs. As the OP mentioned "bells and whistles" not being of interest, I suppose it's worth explaining some of the very useful bells and whistles for manual lens users on MILCs. Using manual lenses on the Sony MILCs is relatively easy as well, with the combination of focus peaking and magnified AF views ( which some other MILCs also support ) making precise focus relatively easy. These aids are at least as effective as split focus screens on SLRs, IMO. Also note that the Sony MILCs ( and at least some, but not all other MILCs ) will meter a scene automatically with manual lenses. You can control aperture via the ring and shutter ... Continue Reading
Leica M9 and Fujifilm EF-X20 auto TTL?
Anybody tried the Fuji EF-X20 flash (gn20) unit on a Leica M?
M9 White Balance
I have just taken possession of a very nice lightly used M9 So I am a newbie The only complaint I have so far is that the (auto or incandescent) white balance for indoor images is TERRIBLE Everything has a sickly yellow / green tinge I know I can correct this in Lightroom (or other app) But the fact that my Fuji X10 always gets it right in the same situations is disappointing Am I missing something obvious? Thanks for any advice! sgr
No, The AWB on the M9 is terrible in low light indoor situations. My technique is to always shoot RAW, [Jpegs on the M9 are also useless], import into Lightroom and using the Auto Balance function. That usually gets you somewhere near. If you really need accuracy then us a 18% grey card and set the balance in-situ. AWB in evenly lit situations is normally ok. The M9 has quirks but it is a great camera once you get to know it. Enjoy it, Paul Continue Reading