It burns

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I’d like to introduce you to the object of my burning desire, the Leica M9. (I’ll take the Summilux 50mm ƒ1.4 ASPH lens too).

Currently, the price of this camera scares me a fair bit, as does the price of the aforementioned lens, and unless you bought a substantial quantity of Apple stock back in the early 90s, it will probably scare you too. It becomes more scary (if you can believe that) in my case because I’m sort of unemployed.

Why am I telling you this? I’m glad you asked. I’m telling you this to publicly open myself to ridicule. I’m hoping that your lashings of reality and carefully selected and expertly delivered expletives will shatter my rose-cloloured-galsses and send the shards directly into my corneas.

*twiddle thumbs*

But seriously, you and I both know I’ll still want this camera, even without eyeballs that work. I must have it — one day. Sooner than later preferably.

*anxiety sweats*

Is it worth selling my current Canon kit to own one? Possibly, although that’d be a last resort. The best way for me to get a Leica M9 would be for you to offer me some design work. The more I work, the more I earn, and the quicker I can get my hands on my very own M9 …my precious.


God forbid I see one in the hands of some poor 5 year old kid.[1. 26, by the way. How about you?]

Update 1

The most inspired Leica (M8) review and history lesson I’ve read to date: Candid Camera,
All I want for christmas is a Leica M9 dot-fucking-com!

Update 2

This is the reality of the M9: it is a second-rate digital camera that also supports a deeper connection with the act of making a photograph.

From Olivier Giroux’s recent M9 review.

Update 3

After reading Olivier’s comment mentioning the Fuji X100, I’ve taken another (more extensive) look at the reviews and videos. It seems like it might be a relatively inexpensive way to test out the simplicity of the rangefinder experience, albeit with only a 35mm ƒ2.0 lens. I suspect the X100 will be a hit as the first consumer digital rangefinder, and hopefully will have a good resell value after six months or so. I expect this’d be a long enough time for me to evaluate, and if it’s as good as everyone’s hoping, it might be worth keeping. Personally, I wish it had a 50mm lens, but I understand why they’ve chosen 35mm.

So far, I haven’t been able to find any real reviews or non-speculative comments on the quality of the lens as most reviews seem to be on pre-production models. I guess we’ll have to wait a bit longer for those. You can download out-of-camera image samples to evaluate yourself, but again they’re from a pre-production model and I don’t really know what to look for (which might be a good thing). I guess if I’m buying a camera I want to know the optics are top-notch.

The X100 promo video looks good; but it’s a promo video — anything should look grouse in a promo video.

  • Steve
    Steve Steve

    I could take on 26 poor little 5 year olds for that camera

  • Olivier Giroux
    Olivier Giroux Olivier Giroux

    I’ll add a recommendation to that quote now : take a long hard look at the Fuji X100.

    There’s also very rapid progression on the front of mirrorless cameras. Nikon is expected to show something soon. Ultimately the mirrorless cameras are all references to the M camera, and one day some of them will be good for street/portrait photographers too.



  • Barto
    Barto Barto

    @Steve – Dude, there’s also how many 90 year olds could you take in a fight. I got 15 I think.

    @Olivier – Thanks for the info. I’ve been keeping a lazy eye on the mirrorless development. I suspect that when a product eventually surfaces it from any of the big Japanese guys, it’ll be feature-rich and bloated — which will work for the market I think, but of course it will not dampen any Leica-lust for those who have it.

    The X100 seems ok, however once you’ve been using a full-frame sensor (5D mkII) for a while, it’s difficult to go back (at least mentally). The X100 is probably a good step to ensure I wouldn’t be spending 10K+ on a system I didn’t eventually enjoy.

  • McGauz
    McGauz McGauz

    that is one lovely looking camera… i want one too! how much you say!? 10K+!?

  • Barto
    Barto Barto

    Heh, yeah, it’d be 10K with a decent Leica lens. Both new. It’s on the backburner, for obvious reasons. Potentially for a while, or ever.