Alternative views on the Leica world by Erwin Puts

The M9 with its CCD sensor is, just like the previous model, the M8, an almost forgotten camera. This is different with older film-loading Leica cameras: the M3 and M4 and M6 are still actual models and share that unique Leica myth. The M9 and by implication the Monochrome has currently a rather tarnished reputation. The problems with the coverglass are not universal, but sufficiently common to generate some unpleasant feelings. This is almost a replica of the IR problems that plagued the M8.

The M9 was at its introduction in late-2009 greeted by all Leica fans and many others with enthusiasm because it was the first digital Leica camera with a sensor that has the same dimensions as a classical 35 mm negative. The name "full frame sensor" is often used as a characteristic, but without specific dimensions the word is empty. Imagine that one would say that a Hasselblad had a full frame sensor, which is true, but meaningless.