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CCD Celebration: Refurbished M9s with à la carte now available from Wetzlar

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Introduction

I was visiting Wetzlar early in July and visited the new Customer Care Reception (where the store used to be). First of all, I wondered at what a brilliant job they had done renovating my well-travelled WATE (Wide Angle Tri-Elmar).

Then, when I looked at the display cabinets I realised they were filled with startling à la carte M9 cameras. Michel explained that they had the space . . and they had the cameras and the sensors and the shutters and thought it might be a good idea to put it all together.

Michel-Alexandre Razafimahefa can help you to refurbished à la carte M9

I was so impressed I thought it might be nice to say a few words about what seems to me to be a great idea. I know so many people who regret selling their M9, but are worried about buying a second-hand camera which might be ten years old. This is a great opportunity to get a guaranteed camera in a sexy cover at a great price.

For what it’s worth I was not asked to write this, and I don’t stand to benefit in any way – I just really like the idea.

CCD vs CMOS

The CCD vs CMOS argument has been raging for years now. I wouldn’t dream of getting involved, but it’s certainly the case that the feel and colour rendition of the Leica M9 cameras have been pretty universally loved by photographers. Indeed, some blind research done by Leica showed that users preferred the M9 images over the M240 and the M10 (although they couldn’t actually say which was which!).

The idea

Because of this the M9 has become something of a cult camera, despite the fact that it’s nearly 10 years since it was first announced (September 2009) and a good copy can sell for around €3,000 on ebay.

Leica traded up many users in the sensor replacement scheme, and as a result had a good stock of bodies and sensors, it seemed silly to let them go to waste.

à la carte

It isn’t compulsory to have an M9 with pink or purple leather (although they look pretty cool!). you can choose from many different leather covers of smooth or textured leather.

If you drop in to Customer Care they can usually put on the leather you would like in an hour or so.

At the moment you can choose between an M9 or an M9p, later on there will be M9 MM cameras for sale as well (I don’t know the price at the moment.

The deal

Each camera has a brand new sensor (which won’t corrode). The shutter will have no more than 2,000 actuations (it’s designed to last for 50,000). Any worn parts are replaced or repaired. It comes with a Service Certificate showing the testing and shutter count. It also comes with a 1 year Leica Warranty. The body itself will be in excellent condition but may show some signs of use.

Cameras come in Black Paint and Chrome.

  • M9 is €2,800
  • M9-P is €3,000

How to get one

You can visit Wetzlar and pick one up from Customer Care (have lunch at the Leitz Cafe whilst they make up your ideal camera).

Alternatively you can contact

Michel-Alexandre Razafimahefa at Leica Customer Care:

michel.razafimahefa@leica-camera.com

He will be able to help you.

I’d be very tempted myself . . . but I already have an M9. I imagine that these will sell well. If you want one, I should hurry whilst stocks last.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. Odd to see in your ‘Service Certificate’ photo that the particular M9-P has a little box ticked: “EVF Inspection”.

    You mention before that, that “..some blind research done by Leica showed that users preferred the M9 images over the M240 and the M10..” ..I wonder if it was the same blind researchers who inspected that M9-P’s electronic viewfinder.

    I’ve looked all over my M9 (with its new-ish sensor), but can’t find any EVF anywhere! I’m pleased to read, though, that the “brand new sensor” – MY brand new sensor? – won’t corrode!

  2. Sounds like an excellent way to acquire a classic in good condition!

    For myself, I own the M9 and the MM9, both with new sensors. The M9 is a bit brassed (from real handling, no emory…); the black chrome on the MM won´t brass, although the edges are just greying a little. But they´re MINE from the start, the wear is from my own use, and they´re both old and trusted friends, so I value them more than any new à la carte one. And, as long as they keep on working, I don´t even think of replacing them.

    For those who are new to them, I´d say: go for it!

  3. Okay now I am officially confused! In May leica said officially terminating the a lacarte, I quit trying figure out what they are doing.

  4. Nice idea, Saves them going to the scrap heap. And someone will put them to good use. I like there thinking here – along side the cheaper M240’s that they are selling.

  5. Personally,

    1. It’s a sign Leica needs cash
    2. It’s what I have been asking for for years. A way for non M shooters to get an M without a mortgage.
    3. Hey Leica, any M8.2’s out there

    • Hi Mark
      In this case I don’t think it’s nearly as considered as your point 1.
      My suspicion (although I can’t be sure) is that they had so many of them around that storage was becoming an issue, and that this is a much much better idea than recycling them!

      I also suspect that they aren’t making that much money on them – there’s quite a lot of work doing all the testing etc.

      But I think it was a bright idea from someone in customer services rather than any response to Leica’s general situation.

      • I suspect the could have even greater numbers of M240s in stock following the part-exchange programme, so if this ploy works we could expect the idea to flourish. There would also be a demand for refurbed and prettied-up X1s and X2s if Macfilos readers are anything to go by.

  6. Hmmm … With ‘retro digital’ now being on Leica’s radar, I wonder if they’ll consider reintroducing some new batteries for the DMR? There are still hundreds in use – including mine – and I’m wondering where I’ll be able to source another battery when required. Aware they can be refurbished but it’s difficult arranging shipping and the refurb. cost can be prohibitively expensive. CCD images have a special quality and excellent dynamic range.

  7. This is a brilliant recycling of fine crafted material that offers a unique rendering that discerning people are looking for.

  8. Mike, your aunt in Wigan, dressmaker to the world, would have understood what this is all about. Leica has form on this. 70 years ago they used the ends of rolls for the famous sharkskin coverings which resulted in a horizontal pattern instead of the usual vertical pattern, giving collectors something different to chase after years later. I wonder if they are up to the task this time.

    William

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