Dec 062011

Allendale, NJ (December 6, 2011) – Leica Camera, Inc. announces the latest firmware update, 1.176, for the Leica M9 and M9-P, the world’s smallest, full-frame digital system cameras.  Users wishing to benefit from the new offerings can download the firmware update from the Leica Camera website.


Firmware update 1.176 eliminates a rare fault occurring during the formatting of SanDisk cards, ensuring compatibility with the Leica M9 and M9-P in accordance with the cameras’ respective standards. All card types available from SanDisk have been fully tested by Leica’s expert technical team and firmware version 1.176 guarantees their proper function, resulting in the previous constrictions on the cards being revoked.

Leica Camera is dedicated to providing products that exhibit mastery in optics and mechanics, high-quality design and outstanding craftsmanship, resulting in an uncompromised customer experience. The company thanks all affected customers for their patience and support in searching for the cause of the compatibility issues as well as SanDisk for their intensive technical assistance.

For installation instructions and to download firmware update 1.176, please visit:

About the Leica M9 and M9-P:

As the world’s first digital rangefinder camera with a 24 x 36 sensor, the Leica M9 carries the proud heritage of the Leica M system into the digital age.  A truly professional camera for authentic Leica M photography in the familiar, classic and timeless M design, the M9 is the perfect contemporary tool for those who set the highest standard in image quality and are committed to creating images of enduring value. The Leica M9-P provides an alternative, even more discreet and resilient design that further reinforces the classic nature of the M9 and specifically meets the needs of professional photographers. The M9 and M9-P are compatible with nearly every Leica M lens in existence.

Sep 052011

In a previous post, I posited that the recently announced Sony NEX-7 stands to threaten the Leica M9 as the street shooter camera of choice. The Leica M series of rangefinders (analog and digital) were instrumental in the creation of the genre. The Leica M lenses are world renowned for their quality and ability to capture light. Can Sony’s pro level, mirror-less, APS-C camera dethrone the street shooter champ who started it all over 50 years ago?

Nex 7 vs m9

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Aug 022011

Allendale, NJ (August 2, 2011) – Leica Camera announces a new service for Leica M9 owners to incorporate the product features of the Leica M9-P into600px-Leica_Camera_logo.svg.png their existing M-System camera, resulting in an alternative, even more discreet and resilient design. Owners taking advantage of the service will also receive a one-year warranty extension. Through the North American Headquarters in Allendale, NJ, Leica will be offering a “Sapphire Glass” upgrade package and a “Top Cover and Sapphire Glass” upgrade package. Interested customers are encouraged to schedule appointments starting August 8, 2011 for upgrades from October 3, 2011 through Leica Camera, Inc.

The “Sapphire Glass” upgrade package offers the replacement of the M9 monitor cover with the M9-P’s scratch-resistant, sapphire crystal cover, a choice between vulcanite and smooth MP-style leatherette trim and a one-year warranty extension. The package will be available for $1,295. The second option, “Top Cover and Sapphire Glass”, includes the replacement of the monitor glass with sapphire crystal cover and the replacement of the top deck and base plate with silver chrome or black paint. The package also includes the choice of vulcanite or smooth MP-style leatherette trim and a one-year warranty extension. The package will be available for $1,995.

All upgrades will be performed by specifically trained technicians and will be a part of Leica’s regular repair service. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis and upgrade time is dependent upon demand. M9 owners can schedule upgrades beginning August 8, 2011 by calling 1-800-222-0118 x 9930.

Please visit the Leica website at shortly before the start of the upgrade program for further information about the offer and the upgrading procedure.

Oct 052010


Allendale, NJ (October 5, 2010) – Leica Camera AG is pleased to be included in the 84th edition of the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book as one of the coveted Neiman Marcus “Fantasy Gifts.” The Leica M9 Neiman Marcus Edition is available in a limited edition of only 50 pieces exclusively through the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book.

With exquisite craftsmanship and premium digital technology, this gift is simply one of the finest cameras in the world. Limited to a worldwide edition of just 50, the Leica M9 Neiman Marcus Edition is the only camera that combines the classic Leica M shooting experience with the latest digital technology and luxurious design. The rugged Leica M body and matching Summicron-M 35mm f2.0 ASPH lens are flawlessly finished in silver chrome, and the body is covered in luxurious brown ostrich leather trim with a matching ostrich leather strap. It is the world’s smallest digital rangefinder camera with a full-frame 18 mega-pixel sensor and interchangeable lenses to capture ultra-high resolution images. The high-resolution 2.5-inch LCD screen is protected by sapphire cover glass.

The Leica M9 is a true connoisseur’s camera for photographers that value ultra-precise manual focusing and relish taking personal control of the creative process. Each body is numbered and your gift can be personalized with an engraved signature.

A full suite of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 3 digital editing software, a personal letter from Leica CEO Alfred Schopf and certificate of authenticity, are included. The Leica M9 Neiman Marcus Edition can be personally delivered by a Leica photography expert, which would also include a private training and orientation session to introduce new photographers to the full Leica experience (only available in the continental US).

For further information on Leica, please visit or

Leica M9 Nieman Marcus Edition

Oct 022010

rrs-logo.pngReally Right Stuff, purveyors of fine camera accessories, have recently added a new product for the Leica M digital rangefinders. The BM9 is a version of their famous L-plates that allows cameras to be mounted on a tripod (using any Arca Swiss style clamp) in either the horizontal (landscape) or vertical (portrait) orientation without having to tilt the tripod head over 90o, forcing the photographer to have to completely recompose the shot and altering the center of gravity of the tripod.

The BM9 is actually much more than an L-plate. It is a system that allows for custom combinations to suit the needs of any photographer. Consisting of a Base Plate, an L-bracket, and a Grip, the BM9-B stylishly adds multiple mounting options to Leica digital M cameras while shoring up handhold-ability for folks with large mitts (like yours truly).

[DISCLAIMER] The BM9-B Set was provided to me by Really Right Stuff for me to review. [/DISCLAIMER]


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Sep 072010

Allendale, NJ (September 1, 2010) – Leica Camera, Inc. is pleased to announce its second Leica North American Road Show, bringing 29 workshops to 20 North American cities starting on October 5, 2010 in Toronto, Canada and concluding on December 11, 2010 in Tampa/St. Pete, Florida. Product


specialists from Leica will be traveling across the United States and Canada to increase participants’ knowledge and familiarity with the Leica M-System and X1 Camera through a series of experiential shooting workshops.

“For the second Road Show, we are excited to again feature Leica M-System workshops and also introduce new Leica X1 Camera Events,” says Christian Erhardt, Vice President of Marketing at Leica Camera, Inc. “Professional as well as amateur photographers who enjoy the best and finest will equally benefit from this hands-on experience. Each participant will have access to knowledgeable Leica photographers who will deepen their photographic abilities and enhance their shooting experience.”


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Aug 202010


Cosina today announced a new lens in their family of M-mount lenses: the Voigtlander Heliar Classic 75mm f/1.8. An update to their excellent Color Heliar 75mm f/2.5, this version of the lens adds an M-mount (the original was Leica Thread Mount and had to use an adaptor on M-mount cameras) and is just about 1-stop faster than the original.
The lens is expected to ship in September and will have an MSRP of $875 USD. The US distributor for Cosina Voigtlander, Cameraquest, has not made any announcements yet, but historically they will be accepting pre-orders with a small deposit.
Focal length 75mm
Aperture ratio 1:1.8
Minimum aperture F16
Lens Construction 3 groups of 6 elements
Angle of view 33.2 °
Number of diaphragm blades 10
Minimum focusing distance 0.9m
Integration range rangefinder ∞ ~ 0.9m
Diameter × length 57.9 × 73.8mm
Filter size 52mm
Weight 427g
Mount VM mount

I currently own the Color Heliar 75mm f/2.5 and use it on my M8 with an adaptor. I am curious to see how well the new lens performs. The Color Heliar’s claim to fame has always been it’s bokeh. CV has made some pretty strong claims to that heritage with this new lens. I hope to get one in for testing so i can compare.

Mar 232010

Leica has released firmware version 1.116 for the Leica M9 with the following improvements:

Camera Performance

  • • Faster zooming into the last picture taken.
  • • Speed of SD-card formatting enhanced.
  • • Image quality of “thumbnail” pictures improved.
  • • SD- Card compatibility improved*
  • • New ISO setting-related vignetting correction: strongest correction at ISO 160, and lowest correction at ISO 2500, interpolated for intermediate ISO steps.
  • • Magenta colour shift correction for the following wide angle lenses improved:
  • • M 18mm/f3.8 ASPH (11649)
  • • M 21mm/f2.8 ASPH (11135)
  • • M 24mm/f3.8 ASPH (11648)
  • • M 28mm/f2 ASPH (11604)
  • • M 28mm/f2.8 ASPH (11606)

Bug Fixes

  • • Transfer of large data amounts to a Mac in USB-Mass storage mode.
  • • Sensor cleaning mode with battery capacity <50%.
  • • Function “Deleting all images” while zoomed picture is shown on screen.
  • • Function “Deleting all images” from a SD card with non-M9 pictures on it.
  • • Interrupting a long exposure by switching off the camera.
  • • Zooming into pictures with “Vintage B+W” setting.
  • • “Max aperture value” in EXIF data corrected for the following lenses:
  • M 35mm/f1.4 (11869, 11870, 11860)
  • M 50mm/f0.95 ASPH. (11602)
  • M 50mm/f1.2 (11820)
  • M 135mm/f3.4 APO (11889)
  • M 135mm/f4 (11851, 11861)
  • • Wording issues in English, Japanese and traditional Chinese menus.
  • • Various other minor bug fixes.
  • SDHC card compatability

    The choice of SD and SDHC cards in the market is very large and is constantly growing. Therefore, Leica Camera AG is not able to do comprehensive compatibility- and quality testing with all available cards in the market. We do recommend the card types in the list below. Using other card types, will not damage camera or card, but “no name” cards often do not respect the full SD or SDHC standards. Therefore, Leica Camera AG cannot warranty full function with other cards.

    Leica Camera’s Recommended List of SD & SDHC Cards:

    • extrememory 4GB SDHC
    • hama SDHC 4 GB
    • Kingston SDHC 4GB class2
    • Lexar Professional SDHC 4GB 133x class6
    • Lexar Professional SDHC 8GB 133x class6
    • Panasonic SDHC 8GB class6
    • PNY SDHC 8GB
    • SanDisk Video HD 16GB class4
    • SanDisk Extreme III SD 2 GB
    • SanDisk Extreme III SDHC 4 GB
    • SanDisk Extreme III SDHC 4GB 30 MB/s
    • SanDisk Extreme III SDHC 8GB 30MB/s
    • SanDisk SDHC 4GB class2
    • SanDisk SDHC 8GB class2
    • SanDisk Ultra II 16GB class4
    • SanDisk Ultra II SDHC 2GB 15 MB/s
    • SanDisk Ultra II SDHC 32GB class4
    • Toshiba 16GB SDHC class4
    • Toshiba 4GB SDHC class6
    • Transcend SDHC 16GB class6
    • Transcend SDHC 1GB
    • Transcend SDHC 32GB class6
    • ultron High Speed SD 512MB
    Mar 052010

    Last year, on September 9, 2009 (09/09/09), Leica Camera surprised everyone by unveiling their second generation digital M rangefinder camera, the Leica M9. The photographic world was pleasantly surprised that Leica, who had vehemently denied the development of a new digital rangefinder, managed to pull this rabbit out of the hat.

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    Feb 232010

    February 23, 2010 – (Allendale, NJ) – Leica Camera announced today that it will bring the latest and newest Leica products to major North American Untitled-Image_1266428094[1] cities as part of the first-ever Leica North American Road Show. Leica’s product specialists will visit 26 cities over the course of 14 weeks; the road show will commence on March 18, 2010 in Miami, Florida and conclude on June 23, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The series is designed to enhance participants’ knowledge of and familiarity with the M and S Systems.

    The series will be equally valuable for amateur photographers who enjoy the best and finest as well as professional photographers who demand excellence in image quality and incomparable ease-of-use. Each participant will have access to experienced Leica photographers who can deepen their photographic abilities and enhance their shooting experience.

    Topics covered during the Leica M and S-Events will include camera and lens orientation; troubleshooting and maintenance; understanding the digital imaging process; configuring your computer; organizing and storing your images; Adobe Lightroom introduction; color management introduction and  methods to produce better work in less time.

    Participants to the M Event will have the unprecedented opportunity to become intimately familiar with the acclaimed Leica M9, the world’s smallest full-frame digital rangefinder camera and the M-System, including Leica’s newest lenses, the 18mm/f3.8, 50mm/f0.95 and the 24mm/f3.8. The S Event will showcase the exceptional offerings of the S-System, the defining instrument for fashion, beauty, advertising, landscapes, portraits and still photography, in addition to offering its participants the opportunity to take photographs.

    The M Event will cost $99 per participant; the S Event will cost $149 per participant. Each participant will receive a voucher equal to the workshop fee, which can be used towards the purchase of a brand new serialized M or S Leica product from an authorized North American Leica dealer.  For additional information and to sign up, please visit

    Sep 102009

    Leica, as part of the 09-09-09 Festivities surrounding the Launch of the Leica M9, threw a little soiree at Dale Photo & Digital in Hollywood, FL.Leica M9 Front (Black) Roland Wolff, Director of New Market Development for Leica Camera USA, was on hand and he brought along a Leica M9 to play with.

    I got there early and got some extra hands-on time with the new camera. I was so excited about this that I stupidly left my SDHC card at home so I don’t have any good sample files to share. Fear not, for I shall acquire them. I have little slideshow after the jump. Continue reading »

    Sep 092009

    With today’s webcast, the NDA on the new Leica M9 and X1 cameras has been 600px-Leica_Camera_logo.svg.pnglifted. Leica had tweeted that not everything had been leaked to the web, but I saw no new surprises in the webcast (other than Seal strutting around with his new M9 and the fact that they gave him an S2! Lucky bastard.)

    The Leica M9 will be available in the next few days for a retail price of Leica M9 Front (Black)$6,995 USD (which, while still high, is lower that what most pundits expected.)

    The leaked Leica M brochure can be downloaded from here.

    The Leica X1 will begin shipping in December 2009 and retail for $1.995 USD.

    I will post a gallery of photos from today’s Leica event at Dale Photo & Digital later this evening.

    Sep 092009

    Leica’s webcast covering the new products being introduced today will be covered in this blog post. Please refresh this thread for more information.600px-Leica_Camera_logo.svg.png

    9:02 AM – Placeholder still on the screen.

    9:06 AM – Placeholder updated. Show starts at 9:15 AM.

    9:10 AM – BJP reports only coffee drinking and chit-chat. 5 min to go.

    9:15 AM – Showtime. Theoretically.

    9:17 AM – Show actually starting. Leica CEO, Rudi Spiller saying “hi”.

    9:19 AM – Rudi still crowing about Leica engineering history and why Leica’s cost more.

    9:22 AM – History of Leica Camera.

    9:25 AM – Image of Seal holding an M9. Why isn’t there an image of Carlos holding an M9?

    9:26 AM – Three new Leica products being introduced.

    9:27 AM – Stefan Daniels taking the stage.

    9:28 AM – Leica M9 formally introduced. Digital full frame M camera. Almost all M-lenses supported. Kodak sensor exclusive to M9 – 18 Mpix.

    9:33 AM – M9 available for purchase very shortly. Leica X1 introduced. Microphone malfunction.

    9:35 AM – APS-C sensor, Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 fixed lens. Full manual controls, autofocus, all metal body. Auto-exposure and P&S modes. Available early December 2009.

    9:37 AM – Leica S2 production model shown. Only MF system that is weather/water sealed. Will ship October 2009.

    9:40 AM – Seal introduced. Big Leica fan. Packing an M9 already. Lucky bastard.

    9:42 AM – Leica beta tester requirement – International singing star.

    9:44 AM – Seal: “Love affair with Leica cameras…” bought an M6 + Noctilux right off the bat. Guess that’s whom Leica is after.

    9:47 AM – Seal: “Leica has stayed true to their philosophy.”

    9:49 AM – Rudi Spiller gives Seal an S2. No R10.

    Sep 062009

    Leica last week sent out invitations to everyone to see their live webcast on 09/09/09 at 9:09 AM EDT to hear about their new line of products. AstuteLeica M9 Front (Black) observers noticed discrepancies in the M camera portrayed in the video from the standard M8/M8.2. Add to that more rumors hitting the web, the plethora of nines in the date and the time, and a lot of other subtle indicators and a consensus was reached that an M9 was in the offing. Spy photos were posted and taken down. Links were posted then removed. Well, the Leica M Brochure has been leaked to the web and there’s an M9 on the front page.

    Wednesday is going to be very very interesting.