Conclusion: The Leica M9 is a beautifully-crafted camera, capable of excellent image quality. Although its price puts it out of the reach of many, the lucky few are unlikely to feel disappointed with the results of which it's capable.
Excerpt: Today (September 9, 2009), Leica announced the M9, the first ever full frame digital rangefinder. The M9 is the successor to the M8, (Leica’s first digital rangefinder with a small frame sensor), and features a new 18MP CCD image sensor, specifically designed and developed along with Kodak for the M9.
Excerpt: This page was started at my old site and I wanted to continue with it as I had so much fun with it. Still going strong with updates a few times per week! New M9 images, news and updates will be on this page! I have been using a 35 Summarit again and almost forgot how great this little lens is. No matter what I shoot with it I get a semi classic – modern – creamy – smooth – 3D rendering. Love it. It’s TINY, and is sharp as a pinhead even wide open.
Conclusion: David Lykes Keenan is a fine-art and documentary photographer in Austin, Texas. In 2009, David is a founding board member of the Austin Center for Photography (http://www.visitacp.org/), which he proudly claims will one day be known as the ICP (International Center of Photography) of the Southwest.
Excerpt: Although neither of today's Leica announcements revealing the new full frame M9 rangefinder, and the X1 compact with a large APS-C CMOS sensor, were great secrets - the significance of today's ninth day of the ninth month of the ninth year of this millennium was too good to miss from Leica's point of view - the spec. of the X1 is interesting.
Excerpt: Since the announcement of the Leica M9 , there has been much interest in the powerful but little camera. The main reason for this is the full frame sensor in such a small body. I had the pleasure and opportunity to finally fondle the Leica M9. I previously brought up the issue of really needing a rangefinder for street photography , and while I have not solved that question yet, I can tell you that the M9 has characteristics that surely can help with doing such things...
Excerpt: Leica had a hard time switching to digital. Focus issues delayed the digital back for R-series SLRs, the infrared filter in the M8 rangefinder had to be augmented with special filters for lenses, and Leicaphiles had to wait years for an M-series camera with a sensor as big as a frame of 35mm film.
Excerpt: The first digital Leica M with a full-frame, 24x36mm sensor (active area 23.9x35.8mm), the M9 offers 18-megapixel capture and unrestricted coverage with nearly the entire range of Leica lenses past and present, including extreme wide angles.