Leica M9 Digital Rangefinder Camera, Body Only (Steel Gray)

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Key Features

  • 18MP full frame CCD sensor
  • Leica M-mount (manual focus with support for 6-bit coded lenses)
  • ISO 160-2500
  • 2.5 inch LCD with 230,000 dots
  • Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC

Product Description

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.

Specs

Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
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)
Sensor type CCD
Image
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
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Standard
Optics & Focus
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Lens mount Leica M
Focal length multiplier 1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 2.5
Screen dots 230,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT color LCD
Live view No
Viewfinder type Optical (rangefinder)
Viewfinder magnification 0.68×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 4 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority No
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes No
Built-in flash 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)
Metering modes
  • Center-weighted
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Microphone None
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC card
Storage included None
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI No
Remote control No
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
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)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None

Reviews

User Reviews

  • Fernando Di Lonardo, Dec 20, 2012 GMT:
    Excelente cámara!!!

    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.

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  • Edward Karaa, Sep 27, 2012 GMT:
    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.

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  • Andres Santiago Mariño, Mar 27, 2012 GMT:
    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.

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  • Csaba Farkas, Feb 7, 2012 GMT:
    Almost there

    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 ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Leica M9 and Fujifilm EF-X20 auto TTL?

Anybody tried the Fuji EF-X20 flash (gn20) unit on a Leica M?

vpetkov asked
1 month ago

ANSWERS

Would be interesting to know if it works Continue Reading

Gunston Gun answered
1 month ago

m9+EX-20 It sure would look great though wouldn't it?! Continue Reading

plainwhite answered
1 month ago

QUESTION

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

11 months ago

ANSWERS

Crickets? ;-) Continue Reading

jammerbirdi_1 answered
11 months ago

Crickets? ;-) ?????? is this a Leica joke?? pc Continue Reading

meagre offerings answered
11 months ago

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

Paul20 answered
11 months ago

QUESTION

Did anybody have a stuck shutter w/ M9? The monitor sys: "Shutter at fault". Thanks
Jcollare asked
1 year ago

ANSWERS

Yes, the inner part of the eyelet for the carrying strap came loose and jammed the shutter . "Shutter at fault" error. Fixed in Solms. Continue Reading

Eric Borgstrm answered
1 year ago
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