The last great product Kodak made was the CCD sensor used in the Leica M9 in 2009. It is sad to see an institution like Kodak, a company that made such high quality film to be reborn as a shadow of it's past. But, let's not dwell in the past, and hope that this time, the Kodak name can live on, so we can continue to describe our favorite pictures as "Kodak Moments".
Holy mackerel, my Leica APO-Macro-Elmarit-R 1:2.8 / 100mm has risen from the grave. I use the Novoflex NEX/LER adapter to attach this big bad lens to my A7r, and by golly the pictures are GORGEOUS.
One thing though, the A7r with this heavy lens is a bit unwieldy, a tripod is a good idea.
I intent to resurrect all my old Leicaflex R lens (28mm, 50mm, 135mm) with this A7r. Thank you Sony, the Leica M240 half baked "R solution" is no where close to the pleasure of using all my old Leica R glass with the A7r.
Scotsloon: I wonder why we have never had a full test of the M9, just a preview?
I started with the M4, then the M6, now with the M9.If you did not start early with Leica M cameras, you will find the M9 old school, manual focus, aperture setting, etc. I skipped the M8 and M8.2 because they did not have a full frame sensor.
liin: I'm gonna get flamed for this.
But I think there should be a dedicated ISO dial. I do not think that is bells and whistles we don't need. It would make digital M more minimal, in essence. No menus to go through for the three basic elements of exposure, sensitivity of capturing plane, exposure time, and amount of light. So, we have our ISO dial, shutter speed dial, and aperture ring.
In film, it was unreasonable to consider, say, ISO 64 or 200, when exposing shots, as it would be a lot of trouble to go through if I opted for the one that's not loaded. But that was then. Considering just shutter and aperture, and waving the whatever hand to ISO, is not thinking in term of best possible options. Going through menus to set ISO feels intrusive to the intuitive process of using M.
I have both the M9 (silver) and the M9-P (black), they are great cameras. The only reason I bought the M9-P is for backup, since these cameras are electronic units, they will fail sooner or later. I will not buy the M9-M, this is just a Leica marketing ploy.