Leica M9 Price in USA

Leica M9 Price in US

Leica unveiled the M8, the company’s first digital rangefinder, exactly three years ago. The M8 appeared to be quite similar to the film M7, but it really had a whole new body. It had a 10 megapixel Kodak CCD sensor that was 27 mm by 18 mm (1.3x cropped field of view), and there was no resolution-reducing anti-alias filter. However, not everything went according to plan. All current digital cameras include a glass UV/IR filter in front of the sensor. In the case of the M8, the design was exceptionally thin (only 0.5 mm), which turned out to not be sturdy enough during manufacturing. We and a few other testers noticed this issue, and Leica quickly began manufacturing screw-on UV/IR filters for their lenses in order to counteract the negative effects of spectral pollution.

The M8.2 received a subtle update in September of 2008; it had the same sensor and imaging sub-system as its predecessor, but it had a few new features, including a quiet metal shutter, discrete shutter re-cock, snapshot mode, sapphire crystal cover glass for the LCD, and, most importantly, the’stealthy’ black Leica dot.

Leica M9 Price in USA

And now there is the M9, which is being billed as “the world’s smallest full frame camera.” On paper, at least, it appears to be the ultimate digital M. It has an 18-megapixel full-frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor, the same lack of a low-pass filter as its predecessor, but it also has a new UV/IR cover-glass filter, which eliminates the need for lens filters.

Because a rangefinder camera has a mirror box, its lenses do not need to be retrofocus in design; as a result, they are able to sit considerably closer to the film than lenses on other types of cameras (or in this case the sensor). The issue with this is that wide-angle lenses create a dilemma (which are pretty much the main staple of the rangefinder camera). Because the angle of incidence of the light rays coming from the back of the lens might be so significantly off-perpendicular towards the corner of the frame, they might not pass equally through the microlenses that are located above the sensor, which can result in rather extreme vignetting. When used at this distance, even a very small wide-angle lens might cause a difference of one or two stops in exposure between the center of the frame and the frame’s boundaries when utilizing a typical CCD sensor.

Some people believed that it simply would not be able to put a full-frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor on a rangefinder, but Leica appears to think differently. The sensor on the M8 had a cropped 27 x 18 mm, and the M9 will have a full-frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor. Their strategy is the same as it was for the M8. They will use offset microlenses (instead of placing all microlenses directly over the photodiode, they are gradually offset as you get closer to the edge of the frame; see below for more information) and they will determine which lens is being used before correcting the image with some software.

Below is a diagram that was provided by Leica and explains how microlenses at the edge of the frame are offset from the photodiode below them in comparison to a normal microlens / photodiode combination in the center of the frame. The diagram does some way to explaining how microlenses at the edge of the frame are offset from the photodiode below them.

At the Photokina trade show in 1954, Leica debuted the first camera in its M series, the M3, which was also the company’s first rangefinder body to have a bayonet-style interchangeable lens mount. It marked the beginning of a famous line of cameras and lenses, the most recent member of which (the M7) is one of the few 35 mm rangefinder cameras that is still being produced today. For over half a century, Leica has resisted the temptation to change the fundamental simplicity of the design that was established with the first iteration of the M3 (it wasn’t until 2002 that an electronically-controlled shutter was introduced, allowing aperture priority automatic exposure to be achieved).

The M platform is considered by its legion of fans to be the purest photographic tool that is currently available. It has an average of ten years between major upgrades, and many of the original M3s are still in regular use. This makes the M platform a welcome antidote to the mass of plastic feature-laden models that make up the rest of the market. Owning a Leica M camera has always been something that people have done with their hearts as well as their minds, and some of the most well-known photographs of the 20th century were made with these cameras.

Leica M9 Specifications

Price• US: $6,995 (body only)
• UK: £4,850 inc VAT (body only)
TypeCompact digital viewfinder system camera for professional use with Leica M lenses.  Microprocessor-controlled metal blade slot shutter.
Body materialEnclosed all-metal body of highly stable magnesium alloy for professional use over many years.  Black synthetic leather coating. Top panel and bottom cover are milled from solid brass and are silver or black chromium plated. Available in Steel grey (10705) or Black (10704).
Sensor *• 36 x 24 mm CCD sensor (by Kodak)
• 18 million effective pixels
• 18.5 million total pixels
• 6.8 x 6.8 µm pixel pitch
• RGB Color Filter Array
• Offset microlenses near frame corners
• No anti-alias filter (low pass filter)
• No FOV crop (same size as 35 mm negative)
Image sizes *• 5212 x 3472 (18 MP)
• 3840 x 2592 (10 MP)
• 2592 x 1728 (4.5 MP)
• 1728 x 1152 (2 MP)
• 1280 x 846 (1 MP)
File formats• DNG (RAW) 14-bit uncompressed (36 MB) * / 8-bit compressed (18 MB)
• JPEG (Fine / Basic)
• DNG + JPEG
Lens mount• Leica M bayonet
• Identification of 6-bit coded lenses
• Manual selection of lens type / focal length (internal database) *
Lens system• Current 6-bit coded Leica M lenses of 16 – 135 mm focal length *
Lens coding• 6-bit lens coding system (detection can be disabled)
• Reduction of edge shadowing
• Identification of lens (recorded in JPEG EXIF / DNG)
• Auto slow-sync function in aperture priority mode
Incompatible lenses• Hologon 15 mm F8
• Summicron 50 mm F2 with close focusing
• Elmar 90 mm F4 with collapsible tube
• Some examples of the Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 (not aspherical, manufactured from 1961–1995, Made in Canada) cannot be fitted to the LEICA M9 or will not focus to infinity. Leica Customer Service can modify these lenses so that they can be used on the Leica M9.
• Lenses with retractable tubes can only be used with their tubes extended otherwise you risk damaging the camera
Focusing• Manual focus via lens ring
• Superimposed focusing system via viewfinder
Exposure modes• Center-biased TTL exposure metering with preset aperture
• Light reflected from white and grey pattern * in center of blade slot shutter
• Silicon photodiode with collection lens
• Range: 0 to 20 EV
Exposure compen.• +/- 3.0 EV
• 1/3 EV steps
• SET menu / Rear dial / Rear dial with half-press *
Exposure bracketing *• No. of exposures: 3, 5 or 7
• Sequence: 0/+/- or -/0/+
• EV increments: 0.5 to 2.0 EV
Sensitivity *• AUTO ISO
• PULL 80
• ISO 160
• ISO 200
• ISO 250
• ISO 320
• ISO 400
• ISO 500
• ISO 640
• ISO 800
• ISO 1000
• ISO 1250
• ISO 1600
• ISO 2000
• ISO 2500
Auto ISO *• Slowest speed (Lens dependent or 1/8 – 1/125 sec)
• Max ISO (any ISO)
ShutterMicroprocessor-controlled low-noise metal blade slot shutter with vertical action
Shutter cockingUsing low-noise integral motor, optionally after releasing the shutter release button
Shutter speed• In aperture priority mode steplessly adjustable from 32 to 1/4000 sec
• Manually selectable from 4 to 1/4000 sec in 1/2 EV steps
• Bulb
Shutter dial• “Wrong way” shutter dial (same as M6 TTL / M7)
• Auto shutter speed position
• Bulb position
• 4 to 1/4000 sec in 1/2 EV steps
• 1/180 sec indicated as flash sync
Shutter release button• Three position soft-touch button
    1. Initiate metering
    2. Lock metered exposure
    3. Shutter release
• Advance modes *
    o Standard
    o Soft
    o Discreet
    o Discreet & Soft
ApertureSelected on lens
White balance• Auto
• Six presets
    o Tungsten
    o Fluorescent 1
    o Fluorescent 2
    o Daylight
    o Flash
    o Cloudy
    o Shadow
• Manual preset
• Kelvin color temperature (2000 – 13100 K)
• Preset white balance (immediate or from photo)
Color space *• sRGB
• Adobe RGB
Image parameters• Sharpening (5): Off, Low, Standard, Medium High, High
• Saturation (7): Low, Medium Low, Standard, Medium High, High, B&W, Vintage *
• Contrast (5): Low, Medium Low, Standard, Medium High, High
User profilesFour available *
Viewfinder type• Large bright-line frame viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation
• Viewfinder optics with reduced sensitivity to scattered light and optimum visibility of the bright-line frame in all lighting situations
Viewfinder specification• Eyepiece matched to -0.5dpt, correction lenses form -3 to +3dpt available
• Enlargement: 0.68x for all lenses
Viewfinder bright-line frames *• Automatically matched for the lens used
    o 35 and 135 mm
    o 28 and 90 mm
    o 50 and 75 mm
• Automatic parallax correction
Size basis range finderCombinationof split and superimposed image range finder shown as a bright field in the centre of the viewfinder image.  Effective measurement basis 47.1 mm (mechanical measurement basis 69.25mm x viewfinder enlargement 0.68 x).
Viewfinder information• LED symbol for flash status
• Four-digit LED display with dots above and below
• Brightness automatically adjusted depending on ambient brightness
• Memory capacity warning when the SD card is full
• LED light balance with two triangular and one circular LED for manual exp
• Display of: underexposure by at least one aperture stop; underexposure by 1/2 aperture stop; correct exposure; overexposure by 1/2 aperture stop; overexposure by at least one aperture stop
LCD monitor• 2.5″ TFT LCD
• 230,000 pixel TFT
Flash control• Leica M-TTL flash compatible
• Short calibration pre-flash immediately before main exposure
• Connection: M-TTL guide number control with pre-flash
• Flash sync: 1/180 sec *
• Manual: Bulb to 1/180 sec *
• Auto slow sync: 1/focal length in seconds (only 6-bit coded lenses)
• Choice of long flash sync times up to 1/8 sec for balanced flash in aperture priority mode
• Sync: 1st or 2nd shutter point (front / rear sync)
• Compensation: +/- 3.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Shooting modes• Single picture (one shutter button depression, one picture)
• Continuous (2 frames per second up to 8 frames *)
• Self-timer (Off *, 2 or 12 second delay)
Folder management *• Select folder
• Create new folder
• Reset folder number
Play functions• Image (simple)
• Image with histogram and information
    o Histogram: standard / RGB
    o Clipping indication: on / off
    o Exposure information
    o Can magnify and browse
• Image magnify up to 1:1 (can browse)
• Thumbnail (4 or 9 image index)
• Page by page (9 image index)
• Protect
• Delete
Delete function• Single image
• All images
Protect / Unprotect function• Single image
• All images
Set quick access menu *• White Balance
• Compression
• Resolution
• Exposure compensation
• Exposure bracketing
• User profile
Languages• English
• German
• French
• Spanish
• Italian
• Japanese
• Chinese
• Russian *
Storage• Secure Digital / Secure Digital HC
• FAT / FAT32
Connectivity• USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (Mini-B connector)
• PTP / Mass storage *
Provided software• Adobe Lightroom 2 *
• Leica Digital Capture
Power• Lithium-Ion battery pack (3.7 V, 1900 mAh)
• Compact charger *
Dimensions139 x 80 x 37 mm (5.5 x 3.1 x 1.5 in)
Weight (inc. battery) *589 g (1.3 lb)
8.5Expert Score
Good

Before I started reviewing the M8, I had no experience with rangefinder photography, which I had always believed to be an art form of the past. Throughout the process of the review (and thanks to the input of those who had used rangefinders in the past), I gradually began to “get” the advantages, such as being better “connected” to the subject thanks to the enormous bright viewfinder, and being forced to manually focus, always select the aperture, and think more about the shot. In the case of the M8, there is also the appearance that comes from those wonderful prime lenses (amazingly sharp at the point of focus fading smoothly to silky bokeh). Therefore, not long after publishing my review, I purchased an M8 (along with a variety of lenses) for myself, and ever since then (and subconsciously), all of my personal favorite images have been produced with the M8.
It should come as no surprise that ownership of a M series camera, or rangefinder photography, is not for everyone. You really ought to give it a shot, even if you’ve never given it any thought in the past, if you’re at all serious about photography and you have the opportunity to do so.

Build quality
9
Ergonomics & handling
8.5
Features
8
Image quality
9
Performance
8
Connectivity
7.5
Value
8
Pros
  • Sync Port for Flash
  • High Resolution Sensor with 18.0 Megapixels
  • Integrated Optical Viewfinder Within the Camera
  • 585 grams of Body Weight
Cons
  • Lack of Protection for the Environment
  • Stabilization of the image that does not rely on sensor shift
  • Lack of a Screen That Articulates
  • No Full HD Video
  • A Lack of a Touch Screen
  • No Focusing Based on Face Detection
  • Only ISO 2,500 serves as the maximum sensitivities.
  • LCD Display on a Chip ( 2.50")
  • Continuous Shooting at a Slow Pace: 2.0 frames per second
  • Low resolution on the screen ( 230kdots )
  • Low remaining battery capacity: 350 shots
  • No wireless connection was established.

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