The Leica M9 features an 18.2 megapixel, full-frame CCD sensor with no anti-aliasing filter to maximize sharpness and an advanced microlens system to prevent light fall-off on the edges of the image. It does have an advanced IR filter, so unlike the M8 series cameras, no external IR filters are needed.
Its metal-leaf, focal-plane shutter is very quiet and microprocessor-controlled, which enables shutter speeds of up to 1/4000 seconds. Sensitivity ranges from ISO 80 for wide-open apertures on bright days to ISO 2500.
All M-mount lenses will work on the M9. Those with “6-bit” encoding will allow the camera to automatically adjust for the vignetting effects of the particular lens. When lenses are not coded, you can set the lens using a simple menu function so the camera will adjust for the focal length and aperture being used.
WARNING: It has been widely reported that Sandisk Extreme Pro memory cards are not compatible with this camera. With that said, we recommend using the Extreme models instead. Also, no SDXC memory card is supported
Try-and-Buy Program: If you rent a Leica M9 from us, we will deduct the 4-day rental price from the purchase of a new Leica M9 should you decide to buy one.