M9 White Balance

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FotografiaFineArt
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M9 White Balance
May 15, 2013

I have just taken possession of a very nice lightly used M9

So I am a newbie

The only complaint I have so far is that the (auto or incandescent) white balance for indoor images is TERRIBLE

Everything has a sickly yellow / green tinge

I know I can correct this in Lightroom (or other app)

But the fact that my Fuji X10 always gets it right in the same situations is disappointing

Am I missing something obvious?

Thanks for any advice!

sgr

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is this a Leica joke??

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No,

The AWB on the M9 is terrible in low light indoor situations.

My technique is to always shoot RAW, [Jpegs on the M9 are also useless], import into Lightroom and using the Auto Balance function. That usually gets you somewhere near. If you really need accuracy then us a 18% grey card and set the balance in-situ.

AWB in evenly lit situations is normally ok.

The M9 has quirks but it is a great camera once you get to know it.

Enjoy it,

Paul

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FotografiaFineArt wrote:

I have just taken possession of a very nice lightly used M9

So I am a newbie

The only complaint I have so far is that the (auto or incandescent) white balance for indoor images is TERRIBLE

Everything has a sickly yellow / green tinge

I know I can correct this in Lightroom (or other app)

But the fact that my Fuji X10 always gets it right in the same situations is disappointing

Am I missing something obvious?

Thanks for any advice!

sgr

check if you have the recent firmware, there were some corrections by Leica. Other than that you will have to use either manual WB or correct it in PP when it's that far off.

enjoy your M9 it's a great camera.

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When I went to the Leica users workshop the advice was to shoot at a constant temperature and correct afterwards in Lightroom. That way a group of photos can be given a consistent correction ... and you live in the knowledge that there is no problem with the camera. Something else that is useful is to set the camera up so that you shoot RAW plus a low res B&W JPEG and with highlight clippings ON. That means you can quickly check for exposure (and probably save battery life since you won't be spending so long looking at the back of the camera); later you throw the JPGs away of course. Good luck....and watch out for dust on the sensor..it sucks it all up!

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FotografiaFineArt wrote:

The only complaint I have so far is that the (auto or incandescent) white balance for indoor images is TERRIBLE

Everything has a sickly yellow / green tinge

I know I can correct this in Lightroom (or other app)

With the M9, WB presets are a better starting points than auto if you are going to fix wb in LR. Sunny preset is the best starting point in my experience.

Tungsten (2900 K°) and sodium (2000 K°) lights are more difficult to deal with prests, so it's best to set manual wb: even a white car is fine for that, or carry a credit card sized wb card (any 12% or 18% is fine).

The beauty of shooting under mixed lighting with the M9 is that the camera does not try to even out the different light sources (like all my Nikons do) but records all individual light colors according to the baseline color temperature selected (you may or may not like that; I like it most since gives a strong personality to night color photos).

Best regards,

M

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