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Leica M9-P 18 MP Digital Rangefinder Camera (Black)

by Leica
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  • Display glass made of Sapphire Glass
  • Vulcanite leatherette covering for better grip and longer lasting life.
  • Pure Leica look without Lieca logo and M9 lettering on the front side
  • Classical "Leica" engraving on the top cover
  • Available in classic Black paint or silver chrome
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Leica M rangefinder professional camera body. Black paint, discreet markings, and rugged Sapphire back screen.

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Concentrated on Essentials – Maximum Image Quality

The LEICA M9, a camera that carries the legend of Leica M cameras into the digital age. It is the smallest full-format digital system camera the world has ever seen. In a nutshell: it is a contemporary tool for all who demand the highest standards in image quality and love freedom of composition.  

24 x 36 - No Compromises

The comLeica_M9P_1_Amazon.combination of an extremely high-resolution image sensor, the superior performance of M lenses, and sophisticated processing of the captured digital information ensures the best imaging results in all photographic situations. The 18-megapixel CCD image sensor, specifically designed and developed for this camera, enables the capture of the full 35-mm film format without any compromises. All M lenses mounted on the M9 or M9-P offer the same angle of view they had when using film material. This means that the high resolution and unique imaging quality of the now-digital M9 and M9-P are capable of fully exploiting the enormous potentials of M lenses. Or, in other words: in the case of the M9 and M9-P, it wasn't a matter of modifying the lenses to match the image sensor, but rather the other way around. This results in images particularly rich in details. Natural. Authentic. Without compromise.

Intuitive Handling

WhLeica_M9P_2_Amazon.comen it comes to handling, the Leica M9 - and now, the new M9-P, too - concentrate on essentials. It has even been possible to further improve the already simple menu navigation. The key control element is an intuitive four-way switch and dial combination used in conjunction with the 2.5" monitor. Setting the sensitivity requires only constant pressure on the ISO button while simultaneously turning the dial to select the required setting. All other functions important for everyday situations are quickly and easily accessible by pressing the "Set" button: these include white balance, image-data compression, resolution, exposure correction, exposure bracketing, and programmable user profiles. The user profiles can be programmed with any camera and shooting settings, stored under an arbitrary name, and accessed quickly whenever required for a particular situation.

Compact, Built for a Lifetime, and Enduring in Value

It is nLeica_M9P_3_Amazon.comot rare for a Leica to become its owner's lifelong companion. This also applies to the digital Leica M9 and equally to the M9-P: despite the considerably larger sensor, it has been possible to maintain the compact body size of their predecessors, the Leica M8 and M8.2. With dimensions of only 139 x 37 x 80 mm, the Leica M9 and M9-P retain the ideal size of the M series and the unique honor of being the world's smallest full-format digital system cameras. The one-piece, full-metal housing, made from a high-tensile magnesium alloy, and a top deck and bottom plate machined from blocks of solid brass, provide perfect protection for their precious inner mechanisms. The digital components and shutter assembly of the M9 and the M9-P are similarly constructed with a lifetime of endurance in mind. Free updates ensure that the cameras' firmware always embraces the latest developments. In short: an M camera is not only an investment for life, but also a lifelong companion.

Unobtrusive, Discreet, and Resilient: the New Leica M9-P M9 now has a twin sister, the new Leica M9-P. In technological terms, they are absolutely identical twins and feature precisely the same high performance qualities. The only differences are found in a few characteristic details. 

The compact size of Leica M cameras, their unobtrusive looks, minimalist design, and the almost inaudible sound of their shutters make it possible for Leica M photographers to virtually melt into the background. The M9-P now makes photography even more unobtrusive - instead of the red dot on the front, it now bears a restrained Leica logogram on the top deck. And, in turn, is even more discreet.

The Leica M9-P now features an extremely scratch-resistant, almost unbreakable, sapphire crystal cover for its LCD monitor display. Sapphire crystal is one of the world's hardest materials and so hard that it can only be worked with special diamond-cutting tools. The antireflective coating on both sides of the monitor cover glass further improves image reviewing, particularly in unfavorable lighting conditions.

The Leica M9-P is optionally available in the classical Leica silver chrome camera finish or in black paint - the M9 offers two options, elegant steel gray or black paint. The Leica M9-P also features vulcanite leathering with particularly good grip characteristics.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 3.2 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B00579W02U
  • Item model number: 010703
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,997 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at June 20, 2011

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carbon111 on October 23, 2012
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Okay, I admit it, I was driven to check out the Leica digital rangefinder cameras because of the great time I've been having and the excellent photos I've been taking with their little X2 point-and-shoot!

The rangefinder paradigm is admittedly not for everybody but if you ever fell in love with shooting 35mm film on a Contax or a Zeiss Ikon, the M9 might be just the perfect digital camera for you!

The body is solid and the build quality is unequaled. A perfect fit in the hand with just the right amount of heft, it's great to know that highly engineered objects of this kind of precision and quality are still being made! You'd be hard pressed to find any plastic on this camera! Let me just get this out of the way now: The Leica does indeed cost a bundle but is worth every penny. Also, for what it's worth, the new M-E version is $1500 cheaper than the M9 though it is, for all intents and purposes, identical. Used M9s are even better deals, especially if you find one with a low shutter count.

I shot Canon gear for years and finally, after some considerable time hands-on with Leica rangefinders, I've completely liquidated my 5DmkII and a bunch of Canon "L" lenses. The M9, a spare battery and three lenses all fit in a tiny camera bag that only weighs a few pounds! Compared to the bag I used to lug my DSLR and lenses around in, this is practically effortless, plus it's much more discrete to carry as well as shoot. The compactness of the M9 is unrivaled. People don't react in the same way to the M9 as they did to my huge DLSR - they're more relaxed and comfortable. This thing just doesn't look that imposing. ;)

The Leica M lenses are simply phenomenal! They're extremely sharp, even in the extreme corners (where my Canon L glass didn't fare so well).
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13 of 29 people found the following review helpful By ©oope® on October 12, 2012
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I never thought I'd give a Leica two stars, but that's all this camera is worth.

First issue is size. Looking at the picture, it seems like you're getting something akin to an M film camera body. It's not. It's quite a bit thicker, although similar in length and width. But the thickness makes it lose that solid compact feel of an M4 (or 2 or 3).

The black finish looks nice, but I didn't keep the camera long enough to see how it holds up.

The next big issue, and it's a BIG issue is the sound it makes. The main reason I bought this camera (besides getting a digital camera that uses my collection of expensive lenses) was the beauty of having a shutter that doesn't notify the public you're taking a picture with a flapping mirror. If you press the shutter, you'd think it was an SLR. I don't know why it makes so much noise, but it's not a curtain shutter. It looks like a set of blades that operate vertically as opposed to the film M's horizontal curtain. If you heard the thing go off, you would immediately dismiss it as a worthy $7,000 digital Leica.

We're not done yet. The beauty of a Leica, or almost any rangefinder camera is it is instantaneous and you always see what you are shooting, and you don't lose anything from a mirror getting out of the way in an SLR. You still see everything, but I couldn't tell when the shutter went off. I don't know if it is shutter lag or something else, but there is an unacceptable delay between pressing the shutter and hearing it click. Another definite deal breaker.

So, regardless of cost, the noise and delay make you think you're using some cheap knockoff, not a superb, unobtrusive Leica M.

Lastly, and not really part of the product review, is buying this camera online from Amazon.
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