Conclusion: Shooting with the Leica M9-P was a great experience. It was not always easy to get a focused shot, nor to set exposure properly the first time. Modern autofocus and metering technology has spoiled us somewhat. But it's a great reminder of how film photography used to be, one you can also simulate by turning off your digital SLR's autofocus system and switching to center-weighted metering.
Pros: Gorgeous film-like tonal and color rendering; intangible, almost 3D appearance to its pictures, Excellent image quality at low to moderate ISOs, Real rangefinder design, No-nonsense controls, Solid build, Magnesium body, Viewfinder framing lines change based on lens mounted, Framing lines move diagonally to compensate for parallax, Big, bright viewfinder, Superb detail and per-pixel sharpness (no AA filter) in RAW files, Good dynamic range in RAW files, Very good auto...
Cons: Gorgeous film-like tonal and color rendering; intangible, almost 3D appearance to its pictures, Excellent image quality at low to moderate ISOs, Real rangefinder design, No-nonsense controls, Solid build, Magnesium body, Viewfinder framing lines change based on lens mounted, Framing lines move diagonally to compensate for parallax, Big, bright viewfinder, Superb detail and per-pixel sharpness (no AA filter) in RAW files, Good dynamic range in RAW files, Very good auto...
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. Perhaps even more important, the M9’s exclusive 18-megapixel CCD, developed by Kodak with input from Leica, has addressed the foibles that...
Summary: The basics The Leica M9 is a digital Rangefinder camera with an 18MP full frame sensor, through-the-lens metering and manual focus. It's expensive but it's also one of the most stylish cameras on the market. The good The M9’s image quality is jaw-droppingly impressive – something which’ll come as no surprise to fans of the old film M-series Leicas.
Pros: The M9’s image quality is jaw-droppingly impressive – something which’ll come as no surprise to fans of the old film M-series Leicas. The M9’s huge sensor and the superb quality of the Leica lenses mean its images are packed with sharp detail, amazing contrast and noise-free up to around ISO 400. And all in a camera that is far easier to carry – and much more discreet – than a DSLR. If you don’t want to feel conspicuous while you shoot, the M9 is an ideal partner.
Cons: The image quality might be to die for, but in comparison to even the most entry-level DSLR, the M9 is incredibly light on features: no autofocus, slow continuous shooting speed, no video, no live view, no through-the-lens viewfinder and no support at all for lenses longer than 135mm. It’s not the easiest digital camera in the world to live with, in other words.