Leica M9 Titanium limited edition: Made for the top 500
Four years after the release of their first Digital rangefinder M8, Leica Camera AG has made the quick move to release an upgraded camera M9. The Leica M9 still uses M-mount and supports most Leica lenses from the 50’s and even those from the 20’s. Most commented feature of M8 is the smaller 18 x 27 mm sensor that induces a 1.33 crop factor. The Leica M9 is now a full-frame camera supporting 28 x 36 mm sensor that makes it the smallest full-frame camera as of this writing. Listening to customers is what Leica has been doing for the past years.
The M9 comes in steel-gray lacquer and black lacquer and weighs 585 g (19.8 oz) with battery. The 5270 x 3516 pixels (18 megapixel) image sensor, specifically designed and developed by Kodak for the M9, enables capture of the full 35-mm film format without any reduction in quality. All M lenses mounted on the LEICA M9 therefore offer the same focal length as intended. Unlike the M8, the enormous potential performance of the current M lens portfolio, with focal lengths from 16 to 135mm, is now fully utilized.
Furthermore, the M9 sensor features a newly developed glass sensor cover designed to guarantee the suppression of the infrared portion of the light spectrum, avoiding the need to mount special UV/IR filters like what we do on M8. Compared to M8, the M9 features a focal-place shutter that can be controlled by the microprocessor to capture at speeds to 1/4000 seconds. Better speed is always good for photographers that has complex needs in their equipment.
Like the M8, lenses in M9 are digitally captured and considered by the microprocessor when adjusting the settings to make the best photograph. Aside from this, the flash is adjusted accordingly to make it more efficient especially on far depth-of-field pictures.
Together with its compact form, the camera’s almost silent shutter is another enormous advantage for discreet and unobtrusive photography. Photographers can also select the appropriate moment for re-cocking the shutter. When longer exposure times requiring an extremely steady camera stance are essential, a slight pressure on the shutter release button in ‘soft release’ mode is sufficient.
Like most Leica rangefinder especially M3, the Leica just goes. You set it, forget it, and just keep on shooting.
Everything you need has one direct, dedicated control, and everything you don’t need isn’t there to get in the way. This is the extreme contrast with Japanese manufacturers like Nikon and Canon that makes things more complicated.
Leicas are designed for the small minority of experienced photographers. Leicas are not crammed with junk features added for no reason other than to attract first-time buyers. Leicas doesn’t add features to look good on paper but adds features always make good pictures. This however is the catch, while Leica’s are the best for beginners and professional alike. Only the professionals can afford them and they are the ones much better off with lousy DSLR cameras today. So I guess, I won’t be replacing my Nikon for sometime.
Here are some of the images of the Leica M9 Titanium limited edition: