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Leica M9 Digital

The M8 finally done right

After an impressive sequence of on-line leaks, the Leica M9 was officially released on September 9th, 2009. The much maligned Leica M8(.2) was retired on the same day.

Price and Availability

€ 5500 or $USD 7000 — I agree that even by inflated Leica standards this is a rip-off.

It is a moot point however, as you cannot buy the camera anywhere. Maybe 200x units were sold when the M9 was released in September 2009, but since then they have practically vanished — for every happy M9 owner are maybe 50 others on a waiting list. Best realistic estimate for general "walk-in-store" camera availability is mid-2010 (see discussion at L-camera-forum.com: #113088).

According to fanboys however this isn't a problem. "Sie müssen geduldig sein."

Meanwhile the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 sure looks like a tempting (albeit half-frame) alternative

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