Keep or Sell my Leica M9 Monochrom?
By Dan Bar
I use Leica M cameras for many years now. I used the M6, M8 , M9 , 240 246, M10
I loved them all and still do.
All M cameras are great tools with their limitation of course, but before diving into each camera and by that I don’t intend to detail the camera details as there are tones of articles on the internet, but to write about my feelings for each camera,
The M6 is no doubt one of the best film camera ever made , small , beautifully built but needs a change of film every 36 shots and since i do not develop myself I wasted too much time on the process,I also did not like the fact that I could not see my photos and since i am not such a good photographer i need the rear screen to correct my errors.
The M8 was the start of a new era for Leica with a lot of problems , Terrible ISO and screen , UV problems and very slow, i liked the black and white results though. I also new i wanted a full frame camera.
The M9 was and still is a beautiful camera, a CCD sensor with the nicest colors ever, Kodak simply did a great job, the ISO is not something to be proud of ( 800 ), the shutter is loud, the screen is simply bad but the out come – WOW , i love this camera.
And then it was Leica M9M’s time.
No red dot ( love it) , pure black and white, just like film, ISO much better ( 6000 ), The shutter still noisy, the rear screen terrible but when you get home and look at the photos boy o boy there is no similar camera.
All M cameras need calibration, in my opinion once a year which is no doubt a hassle but i don’t mind.
Later on O sold my M9 ( so stupid) and bought the 240. A very good camera, a bit too big for my taste, I did not like the video which I never used, not even once . The rear screen is much better the shutter is quitter and I missed the Monochrom so I sold it and got the 246.
The 246 is a great camera, still too big but everything else is very very good, I kept it for a while and sold it for the M10 which is a whole different story.
The rear screen is a new story, the shutter is quite, the Sensor CMOS is great pretty much like the M9’s sensor , they reduced the camera size, the VF is bigger and better. In short a beautiful camera.
SO WHY do I miss the M9? I must be crazy!
So which camera do I love the most? The M9 Monochrom ( oh yes I bought it again) and this time it stays forever!
Bottom line: the M9M is the ultimate black and white digital\film camera. This is our jewish new year so HAPPY NEW YEAR to all who agree \ disagree with me!