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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.

Roger's Take

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 took 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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On this item, we include a LensAuthority 90-day limited warranty. This warranty covers damage that arises from normal use of the item. It does NOT cover accidental or intentional damage. More details are available in our FAQ section.

In addition to the standard 90-day warranty, you may have the option to purchase an extended warranty. If we're able to offer an extended warranty on this item, you'll see a checkbox to add that warranty - see the area just above the "Add to Cart" button.

If you select the extended warranty, you'll get additional protection from Consumer Priority Service ("CPS"). The CPS warranty will take effect after our 90-day warranty ends. However, the CPS warranty term would begin on the date of purchase. For example, if you buy an item with a 2-year extended warranty today, your coverage would end two years from today. Click the link below for all the details:

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