Leica M9 Sensor Corrosion

Last week, the proverbial shit hit the fan. Going over some landscape photos I shot the week before I noticed that the sensor was getting dirty again, since several specs showed up on photos shot with a smaller aperture.

After adjusting the zoom level in Adobe Lightroom I started to repair the damage with the clone/heal tool. Al went well, until I ran into some weird looking specs of dirt.

Specs with halo-like rings on the Leica M9 @ 400% zoom

Specs with halo-like rings on the Leica M9 @ 400% zoom

Not having seen images of sensor corrosion, I kew instinctively that this was not caused by dirt on the sensor. A simple Google image search on 'Leice M9 sensor corrosion' gave me several samples of what it might look like.

Thankfully, Leica will replace the sensor free of charge (some handling fees might apply). And replacing the sensor would mean that the entire camera needs to be disassembled. And that means that I get a completely serviced M9 camera back (in about 5 weeks).

I can only say: sure, a Leica camera costs more, but you also get more customer service in return. My M9 is over 6 years old. 4 to 5 years out of warranty (pending on the country you live in), and they fix it for free. Try that with your average 6 year old (DSLR) camera.

Two Thumbs Up.

UPDATE: Found another example. This time corrosion (left) and dirt (right) next to each other.

Posted on March 26, 2017 and filed under Leica M9.

Leica Released The Leica M10

Leica M10

I got the Leica M9 a couple of years ago, and in the meantime they released several Leica M Type 24x and 26x versions with, and without video etc. I still like the M9, eventhough it lacks video, high ISO, etc.. I like it because it digital photography without any overhead. No fancy auto-focus, 4k video with 10-axis stabilization. It's digital photography in its purest form.

Today, they released the Leica M10. A new M camera which (thankfully) doesn't shoot video and has no Electronic View-Finder (EVF). No gimmicks. Nothing (well it does have Live View, and you can buy an overprices EVF for it.....)
It is thinner, has better ISO performance, it's faster, it's... well... it's like an M9 on steroids, and it's on my wish-list, because I want it. Is that wrong?

Posted on January 19, 2017 and filed under Leica, Leica M.

The Leica M9 Never Gets Boring

This morning I took a small detour before going to work. The sun was still relatively low, and there was a blue sky, so I headed to my favourite 'garden' Groot Heidestein. With me; my M9 and a 28mm and 50mm lens.

Even though the M9 is a (technical) dinosaur compared to the newer camera's (some might say it was already dated when the released it), it still delivers gorgeous images. The results (out-of-camera) cannot be compared to what my X-T1 delivers.

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Posted on August 29, 2014 and filed under Leica M9, Photography.

Leica Documentary: Past to (near) Present

I found this nice documentary about the origin and development of the Leica cameras, and the people behind it on YouTube yesterday. It is completely in German, but well worth it.

Leica - a term that conjures up many a covetous gleam in the eye. After all, it is not just any camera, but the miniature camera, which in the Twenties revolutionized the world of photography. The history of the company that brought the Leitz camera on the market began in 1869 in Wetzlar: Ernst Leitz took over there at that time the senior small optical workshop of Carl Kellner, were built in the microscope.

The documentary even shows the, weird looking, Leica Rifle in action. 

Posted on September 29, 2013 and filed under Photography, Leica.

Leica Mini M is a Slow Leica X Vario Camera

The cat is out of the bag. Full specs are available now, and it is disappoining. Very disappointing (for the price). 

The Mini M is actually a Leica X with a fixed zoom lens. And not just any zoomlens. No, a slow zoomlens. No (hidden) M-Mount to play with.

I really wonder who (in their right mind) will pay €2,500 (or around $3,000 USD) for a camera with a fixed slow zoom lens. I mean, there a numerous other cameras with better specs for less money. The only thing you might miss is the 'Leica-look' of the photos. 

Specs that matter: 

  • 16 million pixel APS-C format sensor
  • ISO 100-12,500
  • Full HD (1080p) video
  • 18-46mm fixed zoomlens (28-70mm 35mm-equivallent) 
  • Aperture f/3.5@18mm - f/6.4@46mm

The rest doesn't matter does it? The last two bullets spoil it all.

Full specs are available @  the Leica website [pdf].

Posted on June 11, 2013 and filed under Leica Mini M, Photography.