Posts filed under Leica M9

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.

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.

Needed a Telelens

This morning I went for a little walk around town. Just a bit too late for a nice sunrise, but that didn't spoil the 'fun'. Took some nice photos in my 'backyard' @ Groot Heidestein.

On the way back, I heard and saw some woodpeckers in the trees (about 30-40 ft away), and it was the first time I missed a serious big-ass telelens for my M9..... Thankfully, I only have that 'urge' once or twice every year or so. So no need to invest big money in something I almost never use. I could drag my D300 with 70-200 f/2.8 with a 1.7TC and a tripod along for the ride, but I'm afraid that my back might start to complain.

I guess that life is all about priorities.

Posted on January 12, 2013 and filed under Leica M9, Photography.

Leica M9 @ Night

Last Tuesday was initially the first time I took my M9 out at night. I've no idea why this didn't happen any sooner..... As you all know, the M9 isn't famous for its high-ISO performance. Basically anything over ISO 800 is really grainy (I prefer the term grainy over noise, since I convert most of my photos into black and white).

I went out with the M9, the 50mm Summilux, Carl Zeiss 28mm f/2.8, and my tripod and below are some of the results.

Posted on April 6, 2012 and filed under Leica M9, Photography.

Carl Zeiss and Leica 50mm Lens Comparisson

When I got the Leica M9, the Leica Summilux 50mm was nowhere to found. So, at the time, I 'settled' for the Carl Zeiss (CZ) C Sonnar 1.5/50mm ZM lens instead, and entered the world of the Leica waiting-list.

A couple of weeks back I got the call that the latest version of the Summilux was available, and so I bought it. Up till now, I have both the Leica and the CZ 50mm version. The CZ version hasn't been used since (and has been put up for sale this weekend).

Two weeks ago, I decided to put the CZ and Leica lens next to each other in a small (non scientific) comparison. The settings were the following:

  • ISO 160
  • Auto white balance
  • Aperture priority
  • All photos taken with a cable release

The following samples first show the entire (smaller) image. You can click the image to see the full size JPEG (clean export from Adobe Lightroom with default settings). After that, there's a 100% (left-top-ccorner) crop and a 100% center crop.

Samples are given for the following apertures: 1.4/1.5, 2, 2.8, and 4 (the ZIP files at the end contain all the files till f/16). The Carl Zeiss lens first, followed by the Leica lens, and so on.....

Posted on February 26, 2012 and filed under Carl Zeiss, Leica M9, Photography, Review.