Leica M9.

11 years after its introduction, the Leica M9 continues to stand out.

In this video, we see it hold its own against the Hasselblad X1D, which has a larger and more modern sensor.

Imagine what would have been possible if CCD technology had continued developing?

My Open Letter to Leica ultimately fell on deaf ears (Leica never acknowledged  it, and quite a few individuals in the Leica community openly ridiculed it).  For those of you who signed it, time has proven you were on to something.  As for the rest, you can still sign it, if you’ve had a change of heart 🙂

We, the fans of the M9 sensor, may not have gotten what we wanted, but years later the camera that was introduced in 9/9/2009 continues to prove to the world why it’s so special.



11 thoughts on “Leica M9.

  1. gmlane says:

    Amen. And I signed the letter.

  2. Mitch Alland says:

    I signed, if I recall correctly.

    Your point on where we would be had Leica continued to develop its cameras with the CCD sensor is well taken. Instead we have the 40MM M10-M and M-10-R sensors. It seems these two cameras are being adopted by people who think more resolution means better images. Indeed, seeing the work being produced with those those cameras, with few exceptions, drove me to look at what I did some years ago with the iPhone and Hipstamatic software and the Ricoh GRDx cameras, whose sensors are the size on one’s pinky nail. I’ve posted that on my Instagram <@mitchalland>, not a platform that I particularly care for.

    • Yes, you did sign Mitch, thank you.

      The M10 line of cameras are very nice, but the M10-R sensor does not excite me either. I think the look it produces is similar to what you get with Canon-Nikon-Sony. Still, I love rangefinder shooting so much, and Leica really does the simplicity thing so well, that I would still pick up an M10-R over anything else… if I was in the market.
      But I’m not. These days, I’ve been sticking with film and an M film body.

      • Andy Gemmell says:

        Yes, the rangefinder experience is very special indeed.

        BTW I think my want for making photos is creeping back in. Just getting a feeling again. When asked by my daughters, “What would you like for Christmas?”…..it was a Crumpler messenger bag.

        Now I need to decide what to put in it?! Alas, it won’t be an M10 or M10R.

        • Well that’s exciting Andy! I really hope you start photographing again.

          You’ve excluded the M10/R line of cameras, does that mean you won’t be shooting a Leica?

          • Andy Gemmell says:

            A Leica is being considered. Down to three options. None of them new.

            I have a perfectly good Nikon Z6 in my cupboard. But that’s the problem. I’m just not inclined to use it, especially for street photography.

            It’s strange how that all works, from a psychological perspective.

  3. Dalal says:

    Hey Peter,

    Long time reader Dalal here.

    Have you considered getting the M9 again? Personally Im tempted to have it back again even though I have the M10.

    All the Best,

    • Hi Dalal,

      I’ve thought about it. A lot. If Leica sold new ones (and backed them up with a warranty), I would.

      As for used, it’s getting more difficult to find mint copies with replaced sensors. For the few ones that exist, the sellers know their value and charge prices that I’m not comfortable paying, given the out-of-warranty status of the cameras.

      Isn’t it amazing that a digital camera released in 2009 with a sensor designed years before that continues to be in demand? Amazing, but not surprising, at least to me.

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