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Leica M9 Digital Rangefinder Camera Body, 18mp with 24x36mm Format Sensor - Black Paint

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About Leica M9

The combination of an extremely high-resolution sensor, high performance M-Lenses and careful processing of the digital data provides the best picture results under all conditions with the LEICA M9. The easy handling and simple menus of the camera allow the photographer to concentrate on taking the pictures and not the controls.

Sensor
Kodak's proprietary CCD Sensor for the LEICA M9 is optimized for the unique optical consideration of the Leica M-Lens System. With the extremely high resolution of the sensor, the LEICA M9 delivers outstanding image quality. The optimized pixel size of the CCD sensor reduces the need for digital post processing and produces an unequaled natural picture effect. Rich contrast, extremely high resolution and natural colors are the result across the entire frame.

Lenses
With the LEICA M9, all Leica M-Lenses offer the same angle of view as on an analog camera. For the first time, the full potentional of M-Lenses can be realized on a digital camera. Continuing the tradition of system compatibility, almost all Leica M-Lenses since 1954 can be used on the M9.

The extremely efficient sensor of the M9 demands high resolution, all of the new M-Lenses exceed this requirement. The excellent correction of optical defects and the high resolution make these lenses ideal for digital photography. The current M-Lenses are delivered with 6-bit coding on the bayonet, that is optically read by the M9. With this information, the M9 can compensate for vignetting. Lens information is included in the EXIF data of the file and in system flashes like the LEICA SF 58, the reflector position is automatically adjusted to the focal length of the lens.

Viewfinder
The Leica rangefinder system distinguishes the LEICA M9 from the single-lens reflex cameras and compact cameras. The rangefinder is ideal for reportage, available light and discrete and unobtrusive photography

Shutter
The LEICA M9 controls a new especially quiet metal laminent shuter blades, controlled by a microprocessor, that enables exposure time to 1/4000 second. Even in bright environments, the photographer retains the freedom to utilize the selective focus of an open aperture. Through the flash synch time of 1/180 second, daylight flash use is possible.

The Leica M9 is commonly used for Family photos, Low light, Travel, Weddings and more.The Leica M9 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Semi-pro photographer among others.The Leica M9 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Leica M9: Compact, Easy to use, Fast shutter speed, Good battery life and Great resolution

Leica M9 Features

  • Smallest full frame digital camera in the world
  • First Rangefinder camera with a 24 x 36 mm Format Sensor
  • 18 megapixels which allows the full 35mm format
  • Custom designed CCD sensor for optimal performance
  • Newly developed cover glass to elmininate infrared light contamination, i.e. noIR filters needed
  • Simple Menus and easy handling
  • Available in classic black paint and steel gray paint

Leica M9 Specifications

Camera Type:
Compact digital rangefinder system camera
Lens Mount:
Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding.
Lens System:
Leica M lenses from 16 to 135 mm.
Image Format / Image Sensor:
5270 × 3516 pixels (18.5 megapixels) CCD chip, active area approx. 23.9 × 35.8 mm / 5212 x 3472 pixels (18 megapixels) (corresponds to the effective image format of Leica M film cameras).
Optional Resolution
DNG: 5212 × 3472 (18 MP), - JPEG: 5212 × 3472 (18 MP), 3840 × 2592 (10 MP), 2592 ×1728 (4.5 MP), 1728 ×1152 (2 MP), 1280 x 846 pixels (1 MP).
Image File Formats:
DNG (RAW data), optionally uncompressed or slightly compressed (by non-linear reduction of color depth), 2 JPEG compression levels
File Sizes:
DNG: 18 MB (compressed) 36 MB (uncompressed) JPEG approx. 2 to 10 MB, (depending on image content)
Color Spaces:
Adobe RGB, Srgb
White Balance:
Automatic, manual, 7 presets, direct color temperature selection
Storage Media:
SD cards up to 2 GB / SDHC cards up to 32 GB
Menu Languages:
German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Russian
Compatibility:
Windows XP/Vista; Mac OS X (10.5)
Exposure Metering:
Through-the-lens (TTL) metering, center-weighted at working aperture
Center-weighted TTL metering for flash exposure with dedicated SCA-3000/2 standard flash units
Metering Principle:
The light reflected from the bright leaves of the first shutter curtain is metered
Metering Range:
at ISO 160/23°: At room temperature and normal humidity, equivalent to EV 0 to 20 or f 1.0 and 1.2s to f 32 and 1/1000 s. Flashing left triangular LED in the viewfinder indicates light levels below metering capability.
Metering Cell:
Ambient light: Silicon photodiode with condenser lens, bottom center of camera base
Sensitivity Range:
ISO 80/19° to ISO 2500/35°, selectable in 1/3 ISO increments, in aperture priority automatic mode A and manual exposure setting, optional automatic control or manual selection, automatic control in snapshot mode
Exposure Modes:
Optional automatic determination of shutter speeds with preselected apertures aperture priority automatic mode A with corresponding digital display, or manual selection of shutter speed and aperture and balance by means of an LED light balance with correct exposure display, or over exposure / camera shake trend prevention (snapshot mode only)
Flash Connection:
Hot shoe with centre and control contacts
Flash Synchronisation:
Optional, on first or second curtain
Flash Synchronisation Speed:
1/180 s; longer shutter speeds may be used
Flash Metering:
(With SCA-3501/3502 adapter or SCA-3000-standard flash unit, e.g. LEICA SF 24D / LEICA SF 58) Flash exposure control with center-weighted TTL pre-flash metering
Flash Metering Cell:
2 silicon photodiodes with condenser lens in camera base
Flash Exposure Correction:
±3 1/3 EV in 1/3 EV increments, adjustable on SCA-3501/3502 adapter Settings in computer mode for LEICA SF 24D, ±3 EV in 1/3 EV increments, or from 0 to 3 EV in 1 EV increments / adjustable in all modes for LEICA SF 58, ±3 EV in 1/3 EV increments
Displays in Flash Mode:
Flash ready: constant illumination of flash symbol LED in the viewfinder, flash confirmation: Constant illumination or rapid flashing of the LED after exposure, underexposure indicated by temporarily extinguished LED
Viewfinder Principle:
Large size, bright, combined bright-line viewfinder / rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation
Eyepiece:
Adjusted to -0.5 dioptres Correction lenses for 3 to +3 dptr. available
Image Field Framing:
By projection of two bright-line frame with each lens attached: for 35 and 135 mm, or for 28 and 90 mm, or 50 and 75 mm. Automatically displayed when lens mount locks. Any of the pairs of bright-line frames can be displayed by moving the frame selection lever.
Parallax Compensation:
The horizontal and vertical differences between the viewfinder and the lens are automatically compensated in accordance with the focusing distance set, i.e. the bright-line frame of the viewfinder automatically moves to cover the image field covered by the respective lens.
Viewfinder Image
At a focusing distance of 1 meter, the bright-line frame size corresponds precisely to that of a sensor of 23.9 × 35.8 mm. Focused at infinity, and depending on the focal length, approx. 7.3% (28 mm) to 18 % (135 mm) more of the sensor is covered than the bright-line frame actually shows, the opposite is the case for focusing distances less than 1 meter, i.e. somewhat less.
Viewfinder Magnification:
0.68x
Long-Base Rangefinder:
Bright rectangular spot (RF spot) with coincident and superimposed rangefinder in the center of the viewfinder
Effective Rangefinder Base:
47.1 mm (actual base length 69.25 mm × viewfinder magnification 0.68×)
Viewfinder Displays:
(Lower edge) LED symbol for flash status; four-digit, seven-segment digital LED display with dots above and below, display brightness adjusted for ambient light, for exposure correction warnings, display of automatically determined shutter speed in aperture priority automatic mode, exposure value lock indicator, out of metering range warning in aperture priority automatic mode and countdown display for shutter speeds longer than 2 s.
Displays on the Back:
2.5" monitor (colour TFT-LCD) with 230,000 pixels
Shutter:
Microprocessor-controlled, particularly low-noise, metal-leaf, vertical focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speeds:
In aperture priority automatic mode (A) continuous from 32 s to 1/4000 s. in manual mode, 8 s to 1/4000 s in half increments, B for arbitrary long exposure times (in conjunction with delayed release T function, i.e. 1st release = shutter opens, 2nd release = shutter closes, (1/180 s) fastest shutter speed for flash synchronization
Shutter Cocking:
With integrated motor, with low-noise footprint, optionally only after release of shutter release button.
Continuous Shooting:
Approx. 2 frames/s, . 8 frames in sequence
Shutter Release:
Three steps: activation of metering store metering values (in aperture priority automatic mode) shutter release. Standard internal threading for remote release.
Delayed Release:
Countdown 2 s (in aperture priority automatic mode and manual exposure mode) or 12 s, menu setting option, countdown is indicated by a flashing LED on the front of the camera and a corresponding display on the monitor screen.
Camera Power On / Power Off
Main switch located on the top deck, optional sleep mode for camera electronics after 2 / 5 / 10 minutes, reactivation by slight pressure to shutter release button.
Power Supply:
1 rechargeable lithium-ion battery, nominal voltage 3.7 V, capacity 1900 mAh. Charge level displayed on monitor screen, when shutter locked in open position (for sensor cleaning), additional acoustic warning signal for insufficient Charge.
Battery Charger:
Inputs: 100 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, automatic adaptation, or 12/24 V DC
Output: 4.2 V DC, 800 mA.
Camera Body:
Full-metal body in die cast magnesium alloy with cataphoretic paint finish and artificial leather trim; Brass top deck and base plate, black or steel-grey finish.
Frame Selection Lever:
Enables the manual display of different bright-line frame pairs at any time (e.g. for framing comparisons).
Tripod Thread:
A 1/4 (1/4") DIN, stainless steel, integrated in base plate
Operating Conditions:
0 to +40°C
Interface:
5-pin Mini-USB 2.0 high-speed socket for fast data transfer
Dimensions
Approx. 5.47" Length × 1.45" Depth × 3.15" Height
Weight:
20.6 oz (including battery)
Mfr #
10704
SKU
LCM9B

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4.4

(based on 14 reviews)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

The real camera

I've used the Leica M9 professionally since September 11, 2009 and it's the real deal. It's the digital M4 or M6 with the same reliability and simplicity and great lenses.It does what pro dSLR does, within the range of 15-135 mm, and it does it silent and compact. Especially when traveling with airplanes these days, a small Leica M9 with a few lenses is easy to work with (instead of the big Pelicase with the dSLR)I've written and blogged a lot about using this camera professionally in my arti

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I've used the Leica M9 professionally since September 11, 2009 and it's the real deal. It's the digital M4 or M6 with the same reliability and simplicity and great lenses.It does what pro dSLR does, within the range of 15-135 mm, and it does it silent and compact. Especially when traveling with airplanes these days, a small Leica M9 with a few lenses is easy to work with (instead of the big Pelicase with the dSLR)I've written and blogged a lot about using this camera professionally in my article here:[@]

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Worst camera ever

A couple of weeks ago I got a new Leica M9. All excited, I put in the best SD card on the market, the SanDisk Extreme Pro 8GB. It took only a few hours of taking pictures before the card crashed and the camera become unresponsive until I removed the card. I wasn't worried at the beginning. I was in love. A few days after, I had a high profile portrait photo shoot for an important client. Of course I took the M9 and my beloved Leica 90mm with me, together with a new SanDisk SD card, not befor...

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A couple of weeks ago I got a new Leica M9. All excited, I put in the best SD card on the market, the SanDisk Extreme Pro 8GB. It took only a few hours of taking pictures before the card crashed and the camera become unresponsive until I removed the card. I wasn't worried at the beginning. I was in love. A few days after, I had a high profile portrait photo shoot for an important client. Of course I took the M9 and my beloved Leica 90mm with me, together with a new SanDisk SD card, not before installing the newest firmware update. It was a very long photo shoot with heavy production, a tight schedule and sweaty assistants. It was just before that end of the photo shoot that the other new SanDisk SD card Extreme crashed inside the M9, making the camera dead and the card unreadable in any device. With all the embarrassment, I had to reshoot everything all over again with my backup equipment. SanDisk were kind enough to replace the card immediately. "Bad batch" is was I was told. I got new SanDisk extreme pro cards from another batch. The same problem came back after one day. Both cards died again, erasing all of the images I created for my clients while shooting, causing me an enormous loss. This time, I decided to replace not only the kind of cards but the camera itself and to get another M9. I opened the new M9 Box, took the camera out, charged the battery, put a SanDisk Ultra card this time and went out to check the new one. The first issue I noticed was how slow the camera was writing to the card, but I was ready to live with that for the reliability. And by slow, I mean ridiculously slow. Much slower then the M8. Today, 5 days later, the camera started to behave very strangely with. I could see the pictures that I had just shot on the screen but then after few moments it disappeared from the card. Occasionally the camera got stuck stating "writing" indefinitely. I waited up to 20-30 minutes after shooting just one frame before removing the battery to fix it. Other times it said "no sd card". The card was formatted in the camera minutes before used. When I got back and downloaded the files, most of them were "written" but as 0 KByte files. Tried both DNG and Jpeg. After too long, as I approached Popular photography magazine Leica admitted that the M9/M9P suffers from malfunction causing files deleting and memory card corruption. Leica still selling the cameras while knowing about this malfunction More details available on my Blog

Reviewed by 14 customers

 
4.0

Expensive but enjoyable

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This camera makes you work hard to get your picture right, but the results are right where you want them. It's manual. Aperture priority is as far as it goes when it comes to automation. Framing, Focus and composition require leg work, eye work and brain work, and that, probably is the essence of this camera. And the lenses that come with it... Well, they don't really "come with it". You sill have to buy them, and they come with a hefty price tag as well, but they're a charm: small, well built, great optics even on the widest aperture. Bad things about this camera? Well, on wider angles than 28mm you'll have to use an external viewfinder. On wider angles than 21mm there's a shift in colors as you come closer to the right and left edges of the frame (the image processor fixes most of it). Anything wider than 18 mm is a no go except for the wide tri-elmar at 16mm. If you like wider angles and still want a Leice, get one of the film models such as the M6 or M7. ISO performance at 400 or above leaves a lot to be desired. This is not a low-light camera. Hopefully future digital Ms will be equipped with sensors offering better ISO performance without sacrifice in color quality.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best camera ever !

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This camera brings you back to step one , operating a mechanical camera. You find yourself concentrating , framing , selecting exposure adjustments , & shooting slower. I love what owning this Leica kit has renewed my lifelong passion in photography.. Btw, you can shoot this camera in the middle of main & 1st street ( any town USA) & nobody could care less , try doing that with your dslr & a 70-200 attached . On a daily basis I shoot Nikon D3s ( a brilliant camera) a true work camera FYI.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent

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Excellent

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent

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I use for weddings and travel photography.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING!

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I use the M9 mainly for landscape photography. The quality is unsurpassed. Unfortunately, the extreme quality also comes at a extreme price..

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Worst camera ever

By

A couple of weeks ago I got a new Leica M9. All excited, I put in the best SD card on the market, the SanDisk Extreme Pro 8GB. It took only a few hours of taking pictures before the card crashed and the camera become unresponsive until I removed the card. I wasn't worried at the beginning. I was in love. A few days after, I had a high profile portrait photo shoot for an important client. Of course I took the M9 and my beloved Leica 90mm with me, together with a new SanDisk SD card, not before installing the newest firmware update. It was a very long photo shoot with heavy production, a tight schedule and sweaty assistants. It was just before that end of the photo shoot that the other new SanDisk SD card Extreme crashed inside the M9, making the camera dead and the card unreadable in any device. With all the embarrassment, I had to reshoot everything all over again with my backup equipment. SanDisk were kind enough to replace the card immediately. "Bad batch" is was I was told. I got new SanDisk extreme pro cards from another batch. The same problem came back after one day. Both cards died again, erasing all of the images I created for my clients while shooting, causing me an enormous loss. This time, I decided to replace not only the kind of cards but the camera itself and to get another M9. I opened the new M9 Box, took the camera out, charged the battery, put a SanDisk Ultra card this time and went out to check the new one. The first issue I noticed was how slow the camera was writing to the card, but I was ready to live with that for the reliability. And by slow, I mean ridiculously slow. Much slower then the M8. Today, 5 days later, the camera started to behave very strangely with. I could see the pictures that I had just shot on the screen but then after few moments it disappeared from the card. Occasionally the camera got stuck stating "writing" indefinitely. I waited up to 20-30 minutes after shooting just one frame before removing the battery to fix it. Other times it said "no sd card". The card was formatted in the camera minutes before used. When I got back and downloaded the files, most of them were "written" but as 0 KByte files. Tried both DNG and Jpeg. After too long, as I approached Popular photography magazine Leica admitted that the M9/M9P suffers from malfunction causing files deleting and memory card corruption. Leica still selling the cameras while knowing about this malfunction More details available on my Blog

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Don't get this camera

By

A couple of weeks ago I got a new Leica M9. All excited, I put in the best SD card on the market, the SanDisk Extreme Pro 8GB. It took only a few hours of taking pictures before the card crashed and the camera become unresponsive until I removed the card. I wasn't worried at the beginning. I was in love. A few days after, I had a high profile portrait photo shoot for an important client. Of course I took the M9 and my beloved Leica 90mm with me, together with a new SanDisk SD card, not before installing the newest firmware update. It was a very long photo shoot with heavy production, a tight schedule and sweaty assistants. It was just before that end of the photo shoot that the other new SanDisk SD card Extreme crashed inside the M9, making the camera dead and the card unreadable in any device. With all the embarrassment, I had to reshoot everything all over again with my backup equipment. SanDisk were kind enough to replace the card immediately. "Bad batch" is was I was told. I got new SanDisk extreme pro cards from another batch. The same problem came back after one day. Both cards died again, erasing all of the images I created for my clients while shooting, causing me an enormous loss. This time, I decided to replace not only the kind of cards but the camera itself and to get another M9. I opened the new M9 Box, took the camera out, charged the battery, put a SanDisk Ultra card this time and went out to check the new one. The first issue I noticed was how slow the camera was writing to the card, but I was ready to live with that for the reliability. And by slow, I mean ridiculously slow. Much slower then the M8. Today, 5 days later, the camera started to behave very strangely with. I could see the pictures that I had just shot on the screen but then after few moments it disappeared from the card. Occasionally the camera got stuck stating "writing" indefinitely. I waited up to 20-30 minutes after shooting just one frame before removing the battery to fix it. Other times it said "no sd card". The card was formatted in the camera minutes before used. When I got back and downloaded the files, most of them were "written" but as 0 KByte files. Tried both DNG and Jpeg. After too long, as I approached Popular photography magazine Leica admitted that the M9/M9P suffers from malfunction causing files deleting and memory card corruption. Leica still selling the cameras while knowing about this malfunction More details available on my Blog

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best camera I've owned

By

Coming from a long line of canons including a 1Ds MkIII, this camera is by far the best camera I've ever owned, in resolution and IQ terms it is equal or better (in some cases) but, it's lite enough to carry all day including backpacking,it's discreet so that it does not scare people when you point it at them and it does not draw attention as an expensive "PRO" DSLR does. I was worried about the rangefinder learning curve, but what I really found in the process was that I was thinking more about my pictures and that turned out as better results.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

M9,. . . Love it. .

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The Camera is an M. If you like or love using Leica M, you will enjoy this camera, if not, nothing has greatly changed. It took years but I finally got back to the M system with full frame digital.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Leica M9

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i mostly shoot with AWB or if i am out -cloudy or shade. i decide the shutter speed and than i usually play with the aperture until the arrow is on the left side of the circle. I also use the Kelvin . Pics are as sharp as can be. I love the 35 lux and the 50 cron.

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Shopper  Is it still possible or easy to focus if I mount a 21 or 24mm on the M9 WITHOUT using an external viewfinder?
DAVID E  Focusing doesn't require an external viewfinder, but framing does if you want to compose more accurately.
Zi Yang L  Is it annoying when looking through the viewfinder? I heard many people said that the lens is blocking the frame. Is this true? Assuming that I'm using either 35mm f/1.4........or maybe 50mm f/0.95(I don't think I could afford one.....). Thanks.
DARREN M  I've used the 35/1.4 with an M body for a couple of months. There is a bit of frame blockage, but I am usually not conscious of it, and less so as time goes by.
Zi Yang L  Does it have Live View? If yes, do I still have to focus manually?
BENJAMIN S  No live view (maybe on the m10)
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