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About the Leica M9 (Steel Gray)
The history of 35-mm photography began almost 100 years ago with the legendary Ur-Leica. Today, it is the Leica M9, a landmark camera that carries the proud heritage of Leica M cameras into the digital age. The Leica M9 is the world's first digital system camera of its size to be built with a full-frame sensor - a CCD sensor developed specifically for the M9 - that is capable of perfectly capturing the full 35-mm format (24 × 36 mm) in ultra-high resolution. The new M9 - in the familiar, classic, and timeless M design, represents the quintessence of its predecessors based on the consummate technological level of our time. It is the perfect contemporary tool for those who set the highest standards in image quality and are committed to creating images of enduring value.
FULL - FRAME 24 x 36 MM CAPTURE WITHOUT ANY COMPROMISES
The combination of an extremely high-resolution sensor, high performance M lenses and careful processing of the digital picture data provides the best picture results under all conditions. The proprietry CCD sensor in the LEICA M9 with18 Million Pixels, allows the utilisation of the full 35 mm format. The sensor of the M9 uses a newly developed cover glass to eliminate infrared light contamination and allows the utilisation of existing Leica M lenses with out a loss of image quality. The use of external UV/IR filters is not required.
The simple handling and menus of the LEICA M9 allow the photographer to concentrate on taking pictures, not the controls. The key control element of the M9 is an intuitive four-way switch and dial combination used in conjunction with the 2.5-inch LCD monitor on the back. To set the ISO sensitivity, simply maintain light 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: white balance, image-data compression, resolution, exposure correction, exposure bracketing, and programmable user profiles. The user profiles can be programmed with any combination of camera and shooting settings, stored under an assigned name, and accessed quickly whenever required for a particular situation.
COMPACT, ENDURING PERFORMANCE AND VALUE
It is hardly unusual that a Leica, once owned, becomes a lifelong companion. This also applies to the digital M9: In spite of the larger sensor size, the compact housing of the M8 and M8.2 was being retained. With exterior dimensions of 139 x 37 x 80 mm (5.5 x 1.5 x 3.1 in) it maintains the ideal shape of the M camera and becomes the smallest full frame system camera in the world. Its closed, full-metal housing, crafted from a high-strength magnesium alloy, and its top deck and bottom plate machined from large blocks of brass, provide perfect protection for its precious inner mechanisms. The digital components and shutter assembly of the M9 are similarly constructed with endurance in mind. Free firmware updates ensure that the camera benefits from the latest technology. In short: The Leica M9 is an investment for a lifetime. The camera is available in classic black vulcanit finish or elegant steel grey with traditional fine leatherette finish.
Included with the LEICA M9, is a license for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, a professional digital workflow solution available for both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems. The software is a free download for LEICA M9 customers, to guarantee that the most current version is always available.
|Camera type||Compact digital view and rangefinder system camera.|
|Lens attachment||Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding.|
|Lens system||Leica M lenses from 16 to 135 mm.|
|Picture format / Image sensor||5270 x 3516 pixels (18.5 Megapixel) CCD chip, active area approx. 23.9 x 35.8 mm 5212 x 3472 pixels (18 Megapixel) (corresponding to usable format of analog Leica M models).|
|Resolution||Adjustable, DNG: 5212 x 3472 pixels (18 Megapixel), JPEG: 5212 x 3472 (18 Megapixel), 3840 x 2592 (10 Megapixel), 2592 x 1728 (4,5 Megapixel), 1728 x 1152 (2 Megapixel), 1280 x 846 pixels (1 Megapixel).|
|Data formats||DNG (raw data), choice of uncompressed or slightly compressed (by non-linear reduction of color depth), 2 JPEG compression levels.|
|File size||DNG: 18 MB (compressed)/36 MB (uncompressed), JPEG: approx. 2-10 MB.|
|Color spaces||Adobe RGB, sRGB.|
|White balance||Automatic, manual, 7 presets, color temperature selection.|
|Storage medium||SD cards up to 2GB/SDHC cards up to 32GB.|
|Menu languages||German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian.|
|Compatibility||Windows XP/Vista; Mac OS X (10.5).|
|Exposure metering||Exposure metering through the lens (TTL), center-weighted with working aperture. Center-weighted TTL metering for flashexposure with system-compatible SCA-3000/2 standard flash units.|
|Measurement principle||Measured by light reflected by bright shutter blades on the first shutter curtain.|
|Metering range||(at ISO 160/23°) At room temperature and normal humidity corresponds to EV 0 to 20 or f/1.0 and 1.2 s to f/32 and 1/1000 s. Flashing left triangular LED in viewfinder indicates values below metering range.|
|Measurement cell for available light||(continuous light measurement) Silicon photo diode with condensing lens, positioned in the bottom center of the camera base.|
|Sensitivity range||ISO 80/19° to ISO 2500/35°, adjustable in 1/3 ISO increments, with aperture priority A and manual exposure setting, choice of automatic control or manual setting, automatic control with snapshot profile.|
|Exposure mode||Choice of automatic shutter speed control with manual aperture selection - aperture priority A - with corresponding digital display, or manual setting of shutter speed and aperture and adjustment using LED light balance with indication of correct exposure, or risk of overexposure/camera shake (with snapshot profile only).|
|FLASH EXPOSURE CONTROL|
|Flash unit connection||Via accessory shoe with center and control contacts.|
|Synchronization||Optional synchronization on first or second shutter curtain.|
|Flash sync speed||Flash = 1/180 s; longer shutter speeds possible.|
|Flash exposure metering||(with SCA-3501/3502 adapter or SCA-3000 standard flash unit, e.g. Leica SF 24D/Leica SF 58). Control with centerweighted TTL-pre-flash metering.|
|Flash measurement cell||2 silicon photo diodes with condensing lens in camera base.|
|Flash exposure compensation||±3 1/3 EV in 1/3 EV steps adjustable on the SCA-3501/3502 adapter. On Leica SF 24D, ±3 EV in 1/3 EV- steps with computer control, or from 0 to -3 EV in 1 EV-steps/on Leica SF 58 adjustable in all modes ±3 EV in 1/3 EV-steps.|
|Displays in flash mode||Flash readiness: flash symbol LED in viewfinder constant. Correct flash exposure: LED constant or flashes rapidly after exposure. Underexposure: LED extinguished after exposure.|
|Viewfinder principle||Large, bright-line frame viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation.|
|Eyepiece||Adjusted to -0.5 dpt. Correction lenses from -3 to +3 dpt. available.|
|Image framing||By activating two bright-line frames: For 35 and 135 mm, 28 and 90 mm, or for 50 and 75 mm. Automatic activation when lens is attached. Any pair of bright-line frames can be activated using the image field selector.|
|Parallax compensation||The horizontal and vertical difference between the viewfinder and the lens is automatically compensated according to the relevant distance setting, i.e. the viewfinder bright-line automatically aligns with the subject detail recorded by the lens.|
|Matching of viewfinder and actual picture||The size of the bright-line frame corresponds exactly to the sensor size of approx. 23.9 x 35.8 mm at a setting distance of 1 meter. At infinity setting, depending on the focal length, approx. 7.3 % (28 mm) to 18 % (135 mm) more is recorded by the sensor than indicated by the corresponding bright-line frame and slightly less for distances shorter than 1 m.|
|Enlargement||(for all lenses) 0.68x.|
|Large basis rangefinder||Split or superimposed image range finder shown as a bright field in the center of the viewfinder image.|
|Effective rangefinder base||47.1 mm (actual rangefinder base 69.25 mm x viewfinder enlargement 0.68x).|
|On rear panel||2,5" monitor (color TFT LCD) with 230,000 pixels.|
|SHUTTER AND RELEASE|
|Shutter||Microprocessor-controlled, exceptionally low-noise metal blade shutter with vertical movement.|
|Shutter speeds||For aperture priority (A) continuously adjustable from 32 s to 1/4000 s. For manual setting 8 s to 1/4000 s in half steps, B for long exposures of any duration (in conjunction with self timer T function, i. e. 1st release = shutter opens, 2nd release = shutter closes), flash (1/180 s) fastest shutter speed for flash synchronization.|
|Shutter cocking||Using low-noise integral motor, optionally after releasing the shutter release button.|
|Series exposures||Approx. 2 pictures/s, = 8 pictures in series.|
|Shutter release||Three levels: Exposure metering on - Metering memory lock (in aperture priority mode) - Shutter release. Integrated standard cable release thread.|
|Self timer||Delay optionally 2 (aperture priority and manual exposure setting) or 12 s (menu setting), indicated by flashing LED on front of camera and corresponding display on the monitor.|
|Switching the camera on/off||Using the main switch on the camera's top panel, selectable automatic power-off for camera electronics after about 2/5/10 minutes, reactivation by pressing the shutter release button.|
|Power supply||1 lithium ion battery, nominal voltage 3.7 V, capacity 1900 mAh. Capacity display in monitor, when shutter held open (for sensor cleaning) additional acoustic warning when capacity is low.|
|Charger||Inputs: 100-240 V AC, 50/60Hz, automatic switching, or 12/24 V DC; Output: 4.2V DC, 800 mA.|
|Material||All-metal die cast magnesium body, KTL dip painted, synthetic leather covering. Top deck and baseplate in brass, black, or steel-grey paint finish.|
|Image field selector||Allows the bright-line pairs to be manually displayed at any time (e. g. for framing comparisons).|
|Tripod thread||Stainless steel, A 1/4 (1/4") DIN, in baseplate.|
|Operating conditions||0 to +40 °C.|
|Interface||5-pin mini-USB 2.0 High-Speed socket for fast data transfer.|
|Dimensions||(Width x Depth x Height) approx. 139 x 37 x 80 mm (5 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 3 1/6 in.).|
|Weight||585 g (19.8 oz) (with battery).|
|Included extras||Charger 100-240 V with 2 mains cables (EU, USA, different in some export markets) and 1 car charger, lithium ion battery, USB cable, carrying strap.|