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

SKU: LCM9G MFR: 10705
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About the 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.

Leica M9 Includes

  • Leica M9 Digital Rangefinder Camera
  • Battery charger 100 240 V with two power cords (Euro, USA) and one car charging cable, lithium-ion battery, USB cable, carrying strap, License code for download of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, Instruction manual and 2 Year warranty card.

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Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Great resolution (9) , Easy to use (7) , Compact (5) , Fast shutter speed (4) , Good battery life (4)
Best Uses:
Travel (8) , Low light (5) , Weddings (5) , Family photos (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (4) , Photo enthusiast (3) , Pro photographer (3) , Semi-pro photographer (2) , Pro photographer (1)

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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)
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