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Index of pages covering Leica M9, Leica M9-P, Leica M-E, Leica M Monochrom and Leica M Type 240:

Leica M9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18   M9-P   Links
Leica Monochrom 20 21 22 23                             29  
Leica M 240
30 31 32 33 34       38 39 40                 What if?  
Leica Video           35 36 37                         Books


This article is about the Leica M digital rangefinder cameras that are related, but different.
Pages 1-19 is the Leica M9, Leica M9-P and Leica M-E. Page 20 is the Leica M Monochrom.
From page 30 is the Leica M 240 and Leica M-P 240.

Back to basics with the Leica M9-Professional

By: Thorsten Overgaard

 

This page is a one-day report from the event in Paris where the Leica M9-P was presented, and is an addition to the worlds (possible) longest camera review that starts on page 1 in the link above.

Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild
Exitement building up before the event as an Asian television presenter does her thing outside the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris.

PARIS, JUNE 21, 2011

As we end off the Leica Camera and Magnum Photos event in Paris on the evening of June 21, 2011, I wanted to share some reality on this new camera and what I see as a forward line towards even more power of simplicity.

Basically it's a Leica M9 with less. Factually speaking it is a new top without the dot and with a classic Leica MP engraving. And then a sapphire glass screen on the back.

Really, not much has changed. But just enough to give your love for Leica M a twist in the direction of simplicity. It doesn't make it less loveable that this is the only silver chrome version of the Leica M9, andthat the black version has black hot shoe for the flash.

 

Leica M9 with the new Leica 21mm Super-Elmar-M ASPH f/3.4
Love factor. Film director and photographer Laith Majali of Jordan with the Leica M9-P with the new Leica 21mm Super-Elmar-M ASPH f/3.4

 

It's not that Leica Camera doesn't have ideas or new technology in the pipeline. They do. It just fits very well with the cooporation with Magnum Photos to present a camera that is what a professional photographer requires. Less than what already is in a really right camera. And then my perception is that we'll see more basic equipment in the line of the classic Leica 21mm Super-Elmar-M ASPH f/3.4 lens - a lens that is compact for travel and the perfect high quality lens for outdoor photography in say India or Africa where a professional photographer simply does not need the much larger 21mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4.

 


Leica M9-P from leica camera on Vimeo.

 

         
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What I think is that Leica Camera on one side will wants to fulfill the wet dreams some have about live view, electronical viewfinders, some sort of auto focus/focus confirmation, trillion megapixels and frames per second ... and all that jazz - but within the Leica philosophy of simplicity, workability and highest quality. But that is another camera than the Leica M9 which has so many of the qualities no one really want to sacrifice for new features.

 

Leica shooters have spotted a fellow Leica shooter
Leica shooters have spotted a fellow Leica shooter, Willian Yan and Eric Kim (the latter known for the most enthusiastic Leica M9 video review ever made).

 

Simply realize that the first Leica was the right camera, and the Leica M9P is simply the slightly modernized version of that camera. Hence the Leica M9-P that is as basic as it gets, and then perhaps later several specialized models that does simple things better, along with the rocket-science-project Leica M that can shoot underwater video in HDR all by it self and post it to Facebook.

 


Parisian Leica shooter pose with his film Leica M2 for my Leica M9-P with Leica 21mm Super-Elmar-M ASPH f/3.4

 

detail from the Leica M9-P with Leica 21mm Super-Elmar-M ASPH f/3.4
And just to show the level of detail from the above image.

 

I see the Leica M9-P not as a middlestep towards a new Leica M10 but as a pointer in new directions. You may want to write those words on your bedroom wall...

Also have a look at what World Press Photo winner Edmond Terakopian writes about the new Leica M9-P on his blog.

 

21mm Leica Super-Angulon-M f/3.4 with the new Leica 21mm Super-Elmar-M ASPH f/3.4
My 32 year old 21mm Leica Super-Angulon-M f/3.4 with the new Leica 21mm Super-Elmar-M ASPH f/3.4

 

Andreas Jürgensen of the Leica User Forum with the black Leica M9-P
Andreas Jürgensen of the Leica User Forum with the black Leica M9-P

 

Andreas Jürgensen of the Leica User Forum with the black Leica M9-P

 

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Leica M9 upgrade to Leica M9-P silver or black

An upgrade for Leica M9 owners is available, making the Leica M9 into a Leica M9-P by replacing the top plate with the engraved Leica M9-P in desired color (Silver or Black), an accompanying bottom plate, and sapphire glass on the screen. The black M9-P also has black flash shoe. One must presume that the leather on Leica M9 grey will be changed as well. Prices should be around 1,050 € and includes an extended warranty of one year on the camera.

 


An upgraded Leica M9 grey paint to Leica M9-P silver chrome, performed for Mike Kirkinis in seven days (as express service from Leica Camera AG) in October 2011. New top and bottom, new leather, new back with sapphire glass. Photo: Mike Kirkinis.

 

world press
The world press have spotted a man with a Leica M9-P with Leica 21mm Super-Elmar-M ASPH f/3.4. A few of them are from Scandinavia, traveling with Leica Denmark to the event, chief editor of fotosidan.se Magnus Fröderberg and Brian Dixen from ZOOM-ONLINE amongst them.

 

Leica M9-P
Leica M9-P

 


Asian guests have spotted Dr. Andreas Kaufmann in the window. They could also have walked in to him, but the light was better from this side.

 

fashion blogger
A fashion blogger from Japan

 

Hiroki Ozaki
Mr. Hiroki Ozaki blogs fashion and style on the blog Mens Precious

 

Bruce Gilden
Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden giving interview to television in front of the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild

 

Limited Edition Silver 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95
One of 40 Limited Edition Silver 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95 lenses made for the Leica Shop Vienna celebrating their 20th year anniversary.

 

Stefan Daniels reveals the Leica M9-P
Stefan Daniels reveals the Leica M9-P

 

Leica and Magnum

In February 2011, Leica Camera AG, Solms, and Magnum Photos signed an agreement on technological and photographic cooperation. As a consequence of this, a number of independently produced multimedia essays by Magnum photographers were begun in spring and will be presented online at www.leica-camera.com, www.lfi-online.de and www.magnumphotos.com. In addition to the realisation of joint projects, this cooperative venture is also an excellent opportunity to learn from the experience of Magnum photographers in their work in the field with the latest Leica equipment.

 

Leica and Magnum

 


A Decisive Moment in Paris: Leica Camera & Magnum Photos from leica camera on Vimeo.

 


Magnum Photos' Vice President, photographer Christopher Anderson and Dr. Andreas Kaufmann

 

 

Panel discussion
Panel discussion prior to the release.

 

 

 


M9-P in Venice: The Making of from leica camera on Vimeo.

 


Espresso as well

 


Prearing for the event

 

Leica M9-P silver
Leica M9-P silver

 

Leica M9-P black
Leica M9-P black

 

Leica M9-P Special Editions and Leica M9-P Limited Editions

Leica M9-P Hammer Tone Limited Edition
Leica M9-P Hammer Tone Limited Edition
100 pcs. celebrating the Leica Store Tokyo Ginza 5 year anniversary June 2011. The Leica M9-P Hammer Tone with Leica 28mm Elmarit-M ASPH f/2.8 and hammertone lens shade, price is listed to JPY 1,197,000 (ca. 15,000 $) for the set, and sold out in few days.

 

Leica Noctilux- ASPH f/0.95 Silver Chrome Limited EditionLeica M9-P silver chrome Noctilux Set for the Leica Store Vienna 20th Anniversary on June 16, 2011. Only 20 cameras made with accompanying Leica Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95 Silver Chrome Limited Edition (and another 20 Leica M3-P Silver cameras with the same lens.

 

 

 

Leica M9-P in silver

 

 

   
   

 

– Thorsten Overgaard, June 21, 2011

   


Index of pages covering Leica M9, Leica M9-P, Leica M-E, Leica M Monochrom and Leica M Type 240:

Leica M9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18   M9-P   Links
Leica Monochrom 20 21 22 23                             29  
Leica M 240
30 31 32 33 34       38 39 40                 What if?  
Leica Video           35 36 37                         Books


This article is about the Leica M digital rangefinder cameras that are related, but different.
Pages 1-19 is the Leica M9, Leica M9-P and Leica M-E. Page 20 is the Leica M Monochrom.
From page 30 is the Leica M 240 and Leica M-P 240.


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Leica Article Index
Leica M cameras:   Leica S:
Leica M Type 240 and M-P Typ240 (M10)   Leica S1 digital scan camera
Leica M Monochrom digital rangefinder   Leica S2 digital medium format
Leica M9 and Leica M-E digital rangefinder   Leica S digital medium format
Leica M9-Professional digital rangefinder    
    Leica Cine Lenses:
Leica M4 35mm film rangefinder   Leica Cine lenses
     
Leica M lenses:   Leica R cameras:
Leica 21mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4   Leica R8/R9/DMR film & digital 35mm dSLR cameras
Leica 21mm Leica Super-Elmar-M ASPH f/3.4   Leica R10 [cancelled]
Leica 21mm Super-Angulon-M f/3.4   Leica R4 35mm film SLR
Leica 35mm Summilux-M ASPH FLE f/1.4   Leica R3 electronic 35mm film SLR
Leica 35mm Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0   Leicaflex SL/SL mot 35mm film SLR
Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95    
Leica 50mm Noctilux-M f/1.0 and f/1.2   Leica R lenses:
Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f//1.4   Leica 19mm Elmarit-R f/2.8
Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0   Leica 35mm Elmarit-R f/2.8
Leitz 50mm Summicron-M f/2.0 "rigid" Series II   Leica 50mm Summicron-R f/2.0
Leica 75mm Summilux-M f/1.4   Leica 60mm Macro-Elmarit f/2.8
Leica 75mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0   Leica 80mm Summilux-F f/1.4
Leica 90mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0   Leica 90mm Summicron-R f/2.0
Leica 90mm Summarit-M f/2.5   Leica 180mm Elmarit-R f/2.8
Leica 90mm Elmarit f/2.8   Leica 400mm Telyt-R f/6.8
Leitz 90mm Thambar f/2.2   Leica 35-70mm Vario-Elmarit-R f/2.8
    Leica 35-70mm Vario-Elmarit-R f/4.0
     
History and overview:   Small Leica cameras:
Leica History   Leica Digilux 2 vintage digital rangefinder
Leica Definitions   Leica Digilux 1
Leica Lens Compendium   Leica X
Camera Compendium   Leica D-Lux
The Solms factory and Leica Wetzlar Campus    
Ernst Leitz II and the freedom pledge   Leica Minilux 35mm film camera
The Dream of Oskar Barnack   Leica CM 35mm film camera
     
Photography Knowledge   Thorsten Overgaard books and education:
Quality of Light   Thorsten Overgaard Workshops
Lightmeters   Overgaard Lightroom Survival Kit
White Balance & WhiBal   "Finding the Magic of Light" eBook (English)
Film in Digital Age   "Die Magie des Lichts Finden" eBook (German)
Dodge and Burn   "Composition in Photography" eBook
All You Need is Love   The Overgaard New Inspiration Extension Course I
How to shoot Rock'n'Roll   The Overgaard New Inspiration Extension Course II
X-Rite   The Overgaard New Inspiration Extension Course III
The Origin of Photo   The Overgaard Photography Extension Course
Case in Point   Free e-Books
The Good Stuff   I-Shot-It photo competition
Hasselblad/Imacon Flextight 35mm and 6x6 scanner    
Leica folder icons   Leica Photographers
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    Birgit Krippner
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    Christopher Tribble
The Story Behind That Picture:   Martin Munkácsi
More than 100 articles by Thorsten Overgaard   Vivian Maier
     
Leica Forums and Blogs:  
The Leica User Forum   Leica Camera AG
Steve Huff   LeicaRumors.com
Shoot Tokyo   The Leica Pool on Flickr
Erwin Puts   Adam Marelli
Eric Kim   Magnum Photos
Ming Thein  
John Thawley    
Luminous Landscape    
Reid Reviews   Leica M240 User Forum on Facebook
     
     
     
     
     

 


 

The Leica M9-P Silver Chrome released on June 21, 2011. Fitted with the Leica 21mm Super-Elmar-M ASPH f/3.4 lens that was also released.

 

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LEItz CAmera = LEICA
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New Leica M9 firmware 1.162

 

Thorsten is the guest editor of
the July 2011 issue of KYUR8.
Click to read it here for free:

 

 

Also visit:

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Leica Definitions
Leica History
"Photographer For Sale"
Leica Lens Compendium
Leica Camera Compendium
Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95
Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M f/2.0
Leica 50mm Summicron-M f/2.0
Leica 75mm Summilux-M f/1.4
Leica 35-70mm Vario-Elmarit-R f/2.8
Leica Digilux 2
Leica M9 and Leica ME
Leica M Monochrom
Leica M 240
Leica M 240 Video
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Thorsten Overgaard
Thorsten von Overgaard is a Danish writer and photographer, specializing in portrait photography and documentary photography, known for writings about photography and as an educator. Some photos are available as signed editions via galleries or onlline. For specific photography needs, contact Thorsten Overgaard via e-mail.

Feel free to e-mail to thorsten@overgaard.dk for
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Andreas Jürgensen of the Leica User Forum with the black Leica M9-P
Andreas Jürgensen of the Leica User Forum with the black Leica M9-P


 


 

 






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