Leica M9

Leica M9

Compact and unobtrusive, Leica rangefinders are renowned across the world for the quality of their construction, their dependability, and their handling. The Leica M9 is the world’s first full-frame, 35mm digital rangefinder camera, and it is also the most expensive.

Because it is built on a unique 18.0 megapixel CCD image sensor, the M9 is capable of producing stunning, high-resolution images that are rich in color and contrast. Precision light transmission is ensured through the use of advanced microlens placement, with no discernible corner fall-off – even when employing ultra-wide lenses.

The term “Messsucher,” which is represented by the letter “M” in the Leica M System, refers to the combination of a rangefinder and a viewfinder. The M9, in keeping with the M tradition, retains the iconic shape, control location, and durability of its predecessors while adding new features.

The photographer may approach images with additional context and manual focusing freedom by employing a bright, large viewfinder. Because the M9 does not have the finder blackout that is common with typical SLR cameras, users may not only record the exact moment, but also completely feel it while shooting with it.

The Leica M9 is a precision photography tool developed for discriminating photographers and image professionals throughout the world. It is powerful while remaining extremely portable.

Sensor with a full-frame 35mm format

The LEICA M9’s unique CCD sensor has an 18-megapixel resolution and enables for full use of the 35mm format thanks to its 35mm format compatibility. The sensor, which makes use of a newly designed cover glass to avoid infrared light pollution, delivers outstanding performance when combined with Leica M lenses. There is no requirement for the usage of external UV/IR filters.

Viewfinder with a lot of brightness and clarity

Leica rangefinders deliver rapid and exact focusing with a bright, enlarged viewfinder that is always visible, unlike SLR cameras, which have a restricted light transmission to the eye due to the lens.

Shutters that are not too loud

The shutter of the M9 operates at an unusually low noise level. Only once the photographer’s finger has been withdrawn from the shutter release button will the shutter be recocked in the Discreet Mode.

When longer exposure durations are necessary, the Soft Release Mode reduces vibration, resulting in better photographs all over the world.

Controls that are easy to use

Concentrate on capturing images rather than fiddling with the controls. The duration of the exposure may be readily set using an analog dial located on the top of the body.

The lens’s aperture has been set. Using the M9’s simple four-way controller and dial, you can navigate through menus and customize features with ease.

At the press of a button, you may get information about the ISO, playback, and exposure settings.

Design of a Rangefinder in the Classic Style

Originating from a long series of Leica M System cameras, the M9 preserves the iconic design, control location, and build quality of its predecessors while adding new features. Made of a high-strength magnesium alloy and featuring a brass top deck and bottom plate, the body provides excellent protection for the internal components of the computer system.

Software with a high level of sophistication

For both Mac and Windows-based computers, the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom professional digital workflow solution is accessible as a free online download from Adobe’s website.

Leica M9 Specs

Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution5212 x 3472
Other resolutions3840 x 2592, 2592 x 1728, 1728 x 1152, 1280 x 846
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels18 megapixels
Sensor photodetectors19 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeCCD
ISOAuto, Pull 80, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500
Boosted ISO (minimum)80
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Standard
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Lens mountLeica M
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size2.5″
Screen dots230,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT color LCD
Live viewNo
Viewfinder typeOptical (rangefinder)
Viewfinder magnification0.68×
Minimum shutter speed4 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityNo
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject/scene modesNo
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (Hot-shoe)
Flash modesFront Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync
Continuous drive2.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 sec)
Metering modesCenter-weighted
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Storage typesSD/SDHC card
Storage includedNone
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Remote controlNo
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries)585 g (1.29 lb / 20.64 oz)
Dimensions139 x 80 x 37 mm (5.47 x 3.15 x 1.46″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo

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Freelance journalist Corey has been writing about digital photography since 2006, first as a deputy editor and then as the editor of a variety of photographic journals. Featuring expert product reviews and in-depth features

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