The "new-old" M9 is what I hoped.

Discussion in 'Leica M Camera Forum' started by carlb, Jul 2, 2015.

  1. carlb

    carlb Leica Place Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    May 1, 2013
    After shooting the M240 for a year or so, I've become a huge fan of the camera. Operate the camera as a rangefinder or with modern live-view with EVF. Focus with Leica R glass or any manual lens, no problem.

    And yet, for certain kinds of shots, I miss what a CCD sensor can do for the image. Leica's first digital rangefinders (M8, M9) are of course CCD sensor cameras. Lately used M9 examples have dropped down in price to where I could just afford the purchase, so I've done just that.

    After shooting my "new-old" M9 over this past week, I can say I'll never sell it. It's a beautiful camera allowing me to create the "CCD look" scenic images that I love. The camera has just the right tools for providing informed control over composition, exposure, focus, and depth of field, without ever needing to look through the lens.

    I love it's near-instant turn-on time; I like the fact that it doesn't need a huge battery to do what does. It's shutter response even reminds me of the old winding-motors for film cameras - along with manual controls it makes the experience reminiscent of shooting a film camera. I like that a lot.

    Here's a few shot's I've captured so far:

    19347043901_f00726ba2e_b. rice creek south of CR I by Carl B, on Flickr

    19152852489_a038ded393_h. path to the footbridge by Carl B, on Flickr

    18608988604_d15bd275c7_b. lakeside path at como by Carl B, on Flickr

    19190245492_5efc237aca_h. day giving-way by Carl B, on Flickr
     
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  2. uhoh7

    uhoh7 Leica Place Regular

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    Oct 14, 2014
    M9 just rules.
     
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  3. raid

    raid Leica Place All-Pro

    Apr 12, 2013
    USA
    Raid
    I am still stuck with/on the M8 and M9 cameras for the reasons that you have mentioned.
     
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  4. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    Those photos should make nearly anyone want the same kind of results.
     
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  5. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    I still love the M9 sensor as well. My M-E is two-months-old, and at the one month mark I noticed some lines and spots in the sensor. Since the camera was so new, Leica gave me a July 7 "appointment" to clean or replace the sensor as required, and the camera has been at Leica NJ since July 2. I am eager to hear from them whether or not my sensor is corroded, but doubt that I would get the new and improved sensor as a replacement.

    It doesn't matter if I do or don't as I am delighted with the way the existing sensor renders images and am confident that if replaced with the original type (or hopefully just cleaned) that I will enjoy years of trouble-free use and a free sensor replacement if and when it is ultimately required.

    Below is the line on the sensor followed by a few images where the lines and spots aren't too noticeable (wide aperture) from my recent trip to Korea.


    Sensor Line

    18347158522_9867360fa9_b. f:16 by Lawman1967, on Flickr


    Leica M-E with 50mm f/2 Summicron (v5)

    18944980639_7f0f0e529d_b. L1001471.jpg by Lawman1967, on Flickr

    18508606214_c44e5b101b_b. L1001501.jpg by Lawman1967, on Flickr

    18943411920_ab8eef104e_b. L1001485.jpg by Lawman1967, on Flickr


    Leica M-E with 1963 Zomz 5cm f/1.5 Jupiter 3

    18784238539_1e9cb6bfc4_b. L1001077 by Lawman1967, on Flickr

    View attachment 10812 L1001062.jpg by Lawman1967, on Flickr

    View attachment 10813 L1001037.jpg by Lawman1967, on Flickr

    18761886118_0b252be57e_b. L1000971.jpg by Lawman1967, on Flickr
     
  6. carlb

    carlb Leica Place Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    May 1, 2013
    Let's see what they do, but it sounds like the new sensor is the same as the old, with a new glass cover.

    Great shots from Korea. Wish I could travel there someday.
     
  7. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    All it takes is a plane ticket. Korea is a wonderful place to travel, and at least according to the owner of the Leica store in Seoul, Leica is extremely popular there. I have doubts though, as I see many Koreans with DSLRs and advanced mirrorless cameras, but the only Leicas I've ever seen there were either on display in that store, or in my possession.
     
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  8. xdayv

    xdayv Leica Place Veteran

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    Mar 31, 2013
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Dave
    I think the M9 will be a classic, the way it renders differently from the modern CMOS.
     
  9. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    Yup, which is why I don't mind so much waiting until late September for my M-E to come back or sending my M Monochrom back to New Jersey after the "splotch" reappeared exactly where it was before Leica cleaned it in December.
     
  10. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    Someone told me, back when I had the Monochrom, that certain mechanisms in the camera can throw stuff onto the sensor at times. So I wonder when I read this, if there isn't something lurking in that camera that Leica missed, which could cause the same problem again.
     
  11. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    I think that the sensor is corroded from something that was "on" the sensor. They cleaned it, but in the seven months since the corrosion under whatever they cleaned has worsened.