Adorama has a review of the Leica M9, a good camera that many of us can’t buy anyway.
More on Leica M9, because some of us can only read about it and never own one in this lifetime.
- “At the risk of sounding sexist, owning and working with an M Leica is like being involved with a very beautiful and intelligent woman that sometimes makes you a bit crazy with her demands. Frustrating yes, but overall more than worth the effort involved. ” — An M9 in Paris, Luminous landscape
- “If you love rangefinders, if you love Leica, if you are passionate about photography, the M9 is a great camera for you. If you shoot with DSLR’s and want a lighter camera that will become an extension of your mind and go with you everywhere, the M9 is a camera you will love. I can go on and on but I will stop here. The bottom line…” — Steve Huff
- And then here’s a bunch of photos and words on the Leica M9.
Leica finally has a proper digital camera: the Leica M9. Being the first Leica to sport a full–frame (35mm) sensor, the M9 will make you see the full capabilities of your Leica senses, not to mention making you feel you’re finally using the full value of your expensive glass.
The 18 megapixel CCD sensor was developed by Kodak and has unique capabilities for optimized light transmission from the back of the lens to the sensor plane, despite this being a tight distance for mirror-less rangefinders. Controls are not much different to the M8, so Leica enthusiasts who’ve been shooting with the older model will not have a hard time adapting. For $8,000 USD though, the Leica M9 is an improbable impulse purchase and will have to prove its case against more robust full frame cameras from Canon and Nikon.
It is rumored that the Leica M9 will be using the same sensor as that on the Canon EOS–5D Mark II. Reportedly, profiles for the M9 are showing up in certains versions of some RAW conversion software, suggesting that the new Leica is almost here. However, it would be quite strange if Canon indeed lends the 5D CMOS sensor to Leica as they’re not known to produce sensors for other camera makers. But then again, we know that Leica sells cameras with a huge premium which may just allow them to offer a good price for the 5D’s imaging sensor. And since the the M9 will be nowhere near the 5D Mark II’s price, there’s little chance it would hurt Canon’s market.
If Leica announces the M9 with a 21–megapixel CMOS sensor, it’s probably from Canon.