The Leica M9 officially debuted today, headlining a worldwide launch that coincided with the numerologistâ€™s favorite date of September 9, 2009. Leica is hoping it would be the Lucky 9 this time, without the missteps that followed M8â€™s launch in September of 2006.
The Leica M9 is a full-frame digital rangefinder camera, with 18 megapixels packed in its 24 x 36mm Kodak sensor with an IR cut filter but no anti-alias filter.
Leica said the 18 megapixel image sensor, specifically designed and developed for the M9, enables capture of the full 35-mm film format without any compromise. All M lenses mounted on the LEICA M9 therefore offer the same focal length as originally intended, and the enormous potential performance of the current M lens portfolio, with focal lengths from 16 to 135mm, is now fully exploited in an M digital camera for the very first time.
The Leica M9 is available now in the UK for Â£4,850 or about $8,000 US.
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