Leica M9 Rangefinder Digital Camera (Black) (Body Only - Lens is NOT Included)

Leica M9 Rangefinder Digital Camera (Black) (Body Only - Lens is NOT Included)

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SSK # LC-M9-BLK-10704

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Shopping Point 119.250 = RM119.25

Leica M9 Rangefinder Digital Camera (Black) (Body Only - Lens is NOT Included)

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.

Features

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
The Leica M9 ships with a download license for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. This professional digital workflow solution is available for both Mac and Windows based systems.

Specifications

Resolution
    Recorded: 18.0MP

Sensor
    24 x 36mm CCD

Bit Depth
    14-bit

File Formats
    RAW, JPEG

Color Spaces
    sRGB, Adobe RGB

Crop Factor
    1x

Lens Mount
    M Mount

Sensitivity
    ISO 80-2500

Shutter Speeds
    1/4000 - 8 sec, bulb

Metering
    TTL, Center Weighted

Exposure Modes
    Auto, Aperture Priority, Manual

White Balance
    Auto, Manual, 7 presets

Mirror Lock-Up
    N/A

Burst Capability
    Up to 2fps

Self Timer
    12 seconds or 2 seconds

Memory Card Type
    SD/SDHC

Still Images per GB
    RAW: 56
    JPEG: 102

Viewfinder Type
    Rangefinder

Viewfinder Coverage
    Greater than 100%

Dimensions
    5.50 x 1.50 x 3.17" (139 x 37 x 80mm)

Weight
    19.8 oz (585g) with battery 

Includes

  • Leica M9 Rangefinder Digital Camera (Steel Grey)
  • Battery M8 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (3.7v, 1900 mAh)
  • Battery Charger
  • USA Power Cable
  • Euro Power Cable
  • Car Charger Adapter
  • Body Cap
  • Camera Strap
  • USB Cable
  • Instruction Manual
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom License (for software download)

Reviews Leica M9 Rangefinder Digital Camera (Black) (Body Only - Lens is NOT Included)

Andrew Logan
22/01/2010
100
For Leica users: It is a digital Leica. If you are new to digital then you have to watch the latitude in the highlights. If you use fixed ISO then the camera operates about the same as my M6. If you use auto-iso there will be learning curve as you will have to use exposure compensation rather than just dial in a shutter or aperture adjustment. Auto ISO is very useful and gives the user one less thing to think about. Image quality is about the same as the 5D Mark II but you lose around 1 stop of noise. I find the upper limit for the M9 around 1600 iso. Others find ISO 2500 quite usable under certain situations. For others: Leicas as are world apart. I happen to like the manual focus. I like the small lenses and I like the rendering of M lenses. If you don't take pictures of people or need a smaller high quaility system, if you shoot lots of sports or macro then buy a good Canon or Nikon. If you take people pictures or appreciate the power of simplifying the photographic process then the Leica might be for you. Leica fans love the ergonomics. I find the thing a brick - unessesarily using high weight materials and old fashion methods. Lack of Live View is a critical error in my view. The bottom plate is a joke. Battary life is short. The range finder format would be fantastic if Canon or Nikon made one. Takes great photos tho...
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