Nikon D810 vs. Leica M9 (in “real life” use).

Inspiration, Leica 35mm Summilux ASPH FLE f/1.4, Leica M9(P)/M-E (CCD Lives!), Nikon, Nikon D810, Q&A, Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART, Teaching point

(Not a scientific comparison between images taken at two different times under different conditions — but this reflects “actual use” conditions for me.)

(See related:  Nikon D810 vs. Leica M240 in “real life” use.)

I photographed my kids’ school Fun Fair yesterday.

Here is an image from the event, taken with the D810 + Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art @ f/4:

Fun Fair 2016

Here is an image from last year (2015), taken with the Leica M9 + Leica 35mm Summilux ASPH FLE @ f/4:

Fun Fair 2015

And here are the magnified views.

First, the D810 + Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/4 (magnified):

Fun Fair 2016 (magnification)

Next, the Leica M9 + Leica 35mm Summilux ASPH FLE @ f/4 (magnified):

Fun Fair 2015 (mangification)

My conclusions:

The D810 + Sigma 35 Art made it easier to photograph the event, the M9 + Leica 35 FLE produced more pleasing image quality (in “actual use” conditions).

In all fairness to the D810 + Sigma 35 Art, when the conditions are right and the focus is nailed, this combination leaves very little to be desired: Nikon D810 + Sigma 35 Art in optimal conditions.


One thought on “Nikon D810 vs. Leica M9 (in “real life” use).

  1. And so it has been hereby proven through your “scientific test”…the M9/M-E is superior:)

    I visited a D810 at the camera store yesterday. I’m more and more interested in another DSLR. I miss the nearly instant autofocus and the ability to use longer lenses more effectively, but at the same time, I love the control over manual focus of the rangefinder, size and lenses. And I really like the M9 colors in good light.

    Have you tried the auto eye-focus on the D810? That feature is very appealing to me as I rarely get the nearest eye perfect with the rangefinder. I was looking back at some old A7 pictures and it would nail the eyes frequently.

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