Leica M9 Rangefinder Digital Camera Body (Black)

Leica M9 Rangefinder Digital Camera Body (Black)

Leica M9 Rangefinder Digital Camera Body (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • 18 Megapixels
  • Full-Frame 35mm CCD Sensor
  • 2.5" LCD
  • Classic Rangefinder Design
  • Intuitive Controls
  • Quiet, Metal Blade Shutter
  • High Sensitivity (ISO 2500)
  • M Mount Compatible
  • Advanced Micro Lens Placement
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Free Download
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Leica M9 overview

  • 1Description

Compact and discrete, Leica rangefinders are world renown for their build, reliability, and handling. The Leica M9 represents the world's first full-frame, 35mm digital rangefinder camera. Built around a proprietary 18.0 megapixel CCD image sensor, the M9 delivers superb, high resolution imaging with exceptional color and contrast. Advanced microlens placement ensures precise light transmission with no discernable corner fall-off - even when using ultra wide optics.

"Messsucher", the "M" in the Leica M System, is a term describing the combination of rangefinder and viewfinder. True to the M legacy, the M9 maintains the classic form, control placement, and durability of its predecessors. Through a bright, oversized viewfinder the photographer can approach subjects with greater context and manual focusing flexibility. Without the finder blackout of traditional SLR cameras, shooting with the M9 allows users not only to capture the precise moment, but to truly experience it as well. Powerful yet highly portable, the Leica M9 is a precise photographic tool designed for discerning photographers and imaging professionals everywhere.

Full-Frame 35mm Sensor
The proprietary CCD sensor in the LEICA M9 boasts 18 megapixel resolution and allows for full utilization of the 35mm format. Utilizing a newly developed cover glass to eliminate infrared light contamination, the sensor provides stellar performance with Leica M lenses. The use of external UV/IR filters is not required.
Bright and Clear Viewfinder
Unlike SLR cameras, where light transmission to the eye is limited by the lens, Leica rangefinders provide fast and precise focusing through a constantly bright, oversized viewfinder - regardless of which lens is attached.
Quiet Shutter
The shutter of the M9 is exceptionally quiet. In Discreet Mode, the shutter is recocked only after the photographer's finger is removed from the shutter release. When longer exposure times are required, Soft Release Mode limits vibration for all-around sharper photos.
Intuitive Controls
Concentrate on taking pictures, not the controls. Time exposure is easily selected from an analogue dial atop the body. Aperture is set on the lens. The M9's intuitive four-way controller and dial provide easy navigation of menus and custom functions. ISO, playback, and exposure information are all available at the touch of a button.
Classic Rangefinder Design
Born from the great lineage of Leica M System cameras, the M9 maintains the classic form, control placement, and durability of its predecessors. Crafted from a high-strength magnesium alloy, with a brass top deck and bottom plate, the body provides excellent protection for its internal components.
Advanced Software
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom professional digital workflow solution is available as a free online download for both Mac and Windows based systems.
In the Box
Leica M9 Rangefinder Digital Camera Body (Black)
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery for Select Leica Digital Cameras
  • Battery Charger
  • USA Power Cable
  • Euro Power Cable
  • Car Charger Adapter
  • Body Cap
  • Camera Strap
  • USB Cable
  • Instruction Manual
  • 2-Year Leica Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Leica M9 specs

    Imaging
    Lens Mount Leica M
    Camera Format Full-Frame
    Pixels 18.0 Megapixel
    Sensor Type / Size CCD, 24 x 36 mm
    Bit Depth 14-Bit
    Memory Card Type SD
    SDHC
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Manual Focus
    Focus Mode Manual Focus (M)
    Viewfinder/Display
    Viewfinder Type Optical
    Display Screen 2.5" Rear Screen LCD (230,000)
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity 80 to 2500
    Shutter 8 to 1/4000  
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Shutter Priority
    White Balance Modes Auto, Manual, Preset Manual
    Flash
    Max Sync Speed 1 / 180 Second
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Performance
    Self Timer 2 Seconds
    Interval Recording No
    Connectivity USB 2.0
    Software System Requirements Windows: XP, Vista 
    Physical
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.5 x 1.5 x 3.1" / 139.7 x 38.1 x 78.7 mm
    Weight 20.64 oz / 585.14 g Body with battery
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    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.7 x 7.9 x 7.3"

    Leica M9 reviews

    M9 Rangefinder Digital Camera Body (Black) is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 73.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful detail After 5 months, 6 lens and thousands of shots here are my comments:1. Spectacular shots from 160-320 ISO. Nothing comes close.2. Nice Shots with a flash.3. Poor in low light above 400 ISO.4. Sensor is impossible to keep clean if you use multiple lens.5. Best with Summilux 50mm and Summicron 35mm.6. Only shoot in raw as lots of shots need a slight exposure bump.7. Depth of Field is outstanding at Low F Stops.8. Poor LCD viewer9. Don't sell your 5d Mark II etc but it will collect dust, mine has !Most comments are, nice looking old film cameraYou can see my shots on Flickr that have L as the prefix.blairkent@
    Date published: 2010-09-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of fun, and great pictures. I have only taken around 600 photos so far, so still getting used to the old way of taking pictures before all the automation of the DSLRs. It is a lot of fun, and I imagine with more practice it will become very fluid. Every time I hold the camera I smile, it is like driving a really great car. It is all about, for me, getting back to basics and improving my skills doing so. The price scares many people, and I think drives some negative comments, for that price it aught a... Remember you cannot take it with you, so spend it now and enjoy it now. If you love taking pictures and miss manual focus or get irritated when the other cameras change the focus or other settings when you press the shutter, this could be a solution.
    Date published: 2010-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from lovely piece of craftmanship this camera is a piece of art. it is worht of money. love the brass and leather on its body. the manual focus smooth as a cream. rangefinder is actually more accurate than you think it really is. the only shortcoming is that the lcd screen is a bit too small and noisy, but since leica is primarily for analog photography users, i can handle it. full frame sensor (actually M9 is the smallest full frame digital camera in the market) performs wonderfully even in low light situation and bears great results. you wont need a viewfinder once you get a hang of it. the conclusion is Leica M9 is not just a camera, but a piece of art. LOVELY.
    Date published: 2012-07-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Leica M9 rediscover the photography I rediscover the good old time of photograpphy with 35mmm format. All my lenses which were sleeping in a drawer are back to life with the original focus and all the qualities they have, I even bougth some new ones. I come back to the simple gesture of the M6 and I get fantastic pictures. What a pleasure! With Leica you have to be patient but when they launch a new product from Solms made in Germany, they are by far the best in the world and this time again they have developed exactly what their faithfull customers wanted. Congratulations and many thanks for this outstanding M9 camera.
    Date published: 2010-09-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Poor Leica Customer Service The camera is all that I expected and more. It will always be by my side as my digital solution. Having used an MP for years it fits nicely into my habits and expectations for size, quality and results. I am really pleased I can continue to use my Leica lenses which includes the now older f1.0. Upon receipt I began charging my battery. Within a half hour it no longer worked. You can only imagine my disappointment after waiting so long for the moment. ... camera and no response. After my initial contact with Leica I ordered a second replacement for myself simply because I did not want to get stuck traveling without a spare.... Leica is still nowhere to be found.
    Date published: 2011-02-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best thing Leica has done recently! Leica has addressed all that was wrong with the M8. New full frame18 megapixel sensor, ability to tell the camera what lens that is mounted without 6 bit code, multiple exposures for HDR photography, classic black paint body, no need for IR/UV filters, easier ISO change, silent shutter, easier battery check and memory card capacity, and free download of Adobe's Lightroom 3. Beautiful images in Raw and jpg. Uses same battery and accessories as M8. Probably the best thing Leica has come out with in years.
    Date published: 2011-02-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The finest Leica digital to date Yes it is $. Yes the lenses are insanely priced but this is the camera that I will take to my grave with me. This camera and my three lenses are all I ever need and they give me magical results that no other camera has given me, even the Nikon D3X or S. The quality of the sensor is unlike any other camera I have shot with and with it being full frame it has everything I could ever want in a digital camera. The lenses are also some of the best in the world for 35mm format and I have yet to test any lens from Nikon or Canon that can beat a Leica prime. I review cameras and lenses at my website@ and have reviewed the M9 and almost every current Leica lens in production. To me, the price is high but I have also saved money because the M9 ended my buy/sell ritual I always had with DSLR's. Once you learn how to use a rangefinder and become comfortable with it then it will be hard to go back to a big, bulky DSLR. Unless you shoot sports, wildlife or macro the M9 is the best digital camera available for size, quality and craftsmanship.
    Date published: 2010-02-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera -Worth the price You hear a lot about what's wrong with the M9 -mainly that it isn't as good at high ISO as cheaper bodies from Nikon and Canon. That may be true, but back in the film days we got by shooting ISO 400 and 800 all the time. The M9 is great up to 1600, and if you use proper technique, you can shoot some amazing images with that limitation. The M9's strongest feature is its lack of feature. By not offering a ton of useless features like Portrait and sport modes, multiple metering modes, in camera retouching, etc., the camera is able to be great at doing the one thing that really matters -taking great photos. The M9 works great in pure manual mode where you select both shutter and aperture. It also has a great Aperture priority mode where you can adjust exposure by turning the setting ring if you don't like what the camera is giving you. Bells and whistles are nice but they really can get in the way of your picture taking at times. The M9 frees you of those obstacles.
    Date published: 2011-02-14
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