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Leica M9P + 50/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH

M9 Conclusions

This discussion apply equally to the Leica M-E, esssentially a rebadged M9.

I was drawn to the M9 for it’s compact and lightweight form factor containing a very high quality full-frame sensor. That combination remains unique even in early 2012, nearly three years after its introduction. Combined with the minimalist Leica approach to controls, the result is an eminently usable and ergonomic camera (though compositional and focusing challenges are problematic for general uses and users).

The M9 has grown on me over time. The image quality from its CCD can be gorgeous, and the form factor is wonderful. However, the Sony NEX-7 and other ALLVIEW cameras show that the future might produce a camera superior in size, weight, resolution and usability, and maybe even ergonomics. The NEX-7 is not that camera, but it has bridged the gap considerably (it falls badly short in ergonomics and its sensor is not full-frame).

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