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Leica M9 Camera
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The Leica M9 Camera
The Leica M9 features an 18.2 megapixel, full-frame CCD sensor with no anti-aliasing filter to maximize sharpness and an advanced microlens system to prevent light fall-off on the edges of the image. It does have an advanced IR filter, so unlike the M8 series cameras, no external IR filters are needed.
Its metal-leaf, focal-plane shutter is very quiet and microprocessor-controlled, which enables shutter speeds of up to 1/4000 seconds. Sensitivity ranges from ISO 80 for wide-open apertures on bright days to ISO 2500.All M-mount lenses will work on the M9. Those with “6-bit” encoding will allow the camera to automatically adjust for the vignetting effects of the particular lens. When lenses are not coded, you can set the lens using a simple menu function so the camera will adjust for the focal length and aperture being used.
First, if you’re an experienced rangefinder or Leica shooter, I have nothing of worth to say to you. I’m a neophyte — a lifelong SLR shooter with no previous rangefinder experience. But I wanted to see what the fuss was about so I got a quick Rangefinder 101 lesson and look the M9 out for a day, which resulted in no pictures worth the disc space they took up much less a print.
But I enjoyed it tremendously and pretty soon found myself taking an M9 home almost every weekend. It’s a blast and has me thinking about my shots, rather than blasting away and seeing what I got.
Has it expanded my horizons? Absolutely. When I know I’ll be working in a standard range focal length (up to 75mm) it’s become my camera of choice, and I love being able to walk around with a small, unobtrusive camera that still gives me spectacular image quality. And yes, there is a look about those shots that is different.
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