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Leica M9P

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Introduced for sale in November 2009, the Leica M9 was the world’s first full-frame rangefinder camera, with an active sensor area of 23.9 x 35.8 mm, producing a 5212 x 3472 (18 Megapixel) image.

More than two years later, little changed except that the M9P with sapphire glass was offered as an alternative, but with the same resolution sensor, same low-grade LCD, etc.

Background

It was only a few years ago that Leica intimated that there would not be a digital “M”. This was based on the fact that ray angles in M lenses are not well suited to a digital sensor, as documented here and has an impact on color off center.

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Diglloyd Guide to LEICA contains in-depth coverage of Leica M system cameras and lenses, with additional coverage of Leica M Monochrom, Leica Q, Leica SL.

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