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jwalker019: I checked out an M9 at a local camera shop to see what all the fuss was about. It was a lovely experience: the camera is clearly a fine piece of work, the rangefinder experience is enchanting and the lenses are to die for. But it's also heavy like a brick, has no hand grip to speak of, and has a *very* noisy sensor which was outclassed even when it was released.
I just can't buy into the idea of an $8k camera (no matter how seductive the look and feel) with a fixed, antiquated sensor. Unless you simply have money to burn, it doesn't make sense with a device you'll need to upgrade every 2-3 years.
It's CCD, not CMOS. Higher performance at base ISO (in this case, 160), which fits my primary applications.
I still keep a Nikon D200 among my gear, for exactly the same reason. Highest quality at base ISO.
Eyes are on Leica, with a big announcement next week, and another due at Photokina. A switch to CMOS may be coming, at least in the second announcement.
Viramati: Some of the reviewers here seem to really have little real experience of using the M9. for example changing iso is so easy.1 press iso button2. turn thumb-wheel3. iso is changed Couldn't be simplerthe leica must have the easiest and most uncluttered menu system of any digital camera I know
wow, that's a huge embarrassment for dpreview.
i hope they update to correct the error.
the site should have a more open approach. the leica forum would have been delighted to comment on a draft of this article. looks like they sure could have used it.
i thought phil askey was a leica fan (at least closeted).