Check Your M9 / M9P / Monochrome Sensors For Cracks!
Old 11-02-2012   #1
CameraQuest
Head Bartender
 
CameraQuest is offline
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: over the hills from Malibu
Posts: 4,211
Check Your M9 / M9P / Monochrome Sensors For Cracks!

I'm told by a Leica tech that some M9 owners have cracked sensors and don't realize it from improperly mounted sensors.

The reason is that the cracks appear as lines in the image often don't show up in smaller size prints.

Check towards the corners of your sensors first, with a magnifier.

Or have a tech check for you.

As these sensors are no longer used in the newer M, getting a cracked M9 sensor replaced now UNDER WARRANTY while replacements are still available takes on new urgency!

Stephen
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-02-2012   #2
ajramirez
Registered User
 
ajramirez's Avatar
 
ajramirez is offline
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 123
Is the sensor in the ME different? I thought it was the same sensor as the M9.
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-02-2012   #3
EdwardKaraa
Registered User
 
EdwardKaraa's Avatar
 
EdwardKaraa is offline
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Bangkok
Age: 45
Posts: 594
I bought a used M9 and discovered the crack in the sensor by taking a standard dust spot test shot at infinity and small aperture. The crack was very obvious and unmistakable. The camera was returned and I bought a brand new one with no cracks so far
__________________
M9 ZM 25/2.8 35/2 50/2 85/2
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-02-2012   #4
Vickko
Registered User
 
Vickko is offline
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Canada
Age: 54
Posts: 2,749
sigh, warranty expired in March this year.
__________________
Vick

35mm (film and digital)
Film only for 6x6cm, 6x9cm & 4x5in
BW darkroom to 4x5in
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-02-2012   #5
seanbonner
Registered User
 
seanbonner is offline
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 169
Quote:
Originally Posted by ajramirez View Post
Is the sensor in the ME different? I thought it was the same sensor as the M9.
I was told this by Leica directly. The Leica M uses a new sensor, but the ME uses the same sensor as the M9
__________________
homebase | twitter | flickr | Google+
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-02-2012   #6
EdwardKaraa
Registered User
 
EdwardKaraa's Avatar
 
EdwardKaraa is offline
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Bangkok
Age: 45
Posts: 594
Does the problem still occur in the most recent batches? I don't believe so.
__________________
M9 ZM 25/2.8 35/2 50/2 85/2
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-02-2012   #7
raid
Dad Photographer
 
raid's Avatar
 
raid is online now
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 22,460
Leica should accept the free return and repair of all cameras with cracked sensors, regardless of being under warranty or not. This is unacceptable, and it should be like a car recall.
__________________
- Raid

________________
Top 12 Images;

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffg...n.php?cid=7007
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-02-2012   #8
D.J.
-
 
D.J. is offline
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by CameraQuest View Post
... while replacements are still available takes on new urgency!

Stephen
Oh dear,
Is this going to be like the M8 screen fiasco with no parts available?
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-02-2012   #9
Nigel Meaby
Registered User
 
Nigel Meaby's Avatar
 
Nigel Meaby is offline
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Bournemouth, England.
Age: 44
Posts: 804
My sensor was replaced for free out of warranty. They should be doing this for everyone as it's a known fault.
__________________
My Flickr



In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-02-2012   #10
raid
Dad Photographer
 
raid's Avatar
 
raid is online now
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 22,460
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nigel Meaby View Post
My sensor was replaced for free out of warranty. They should be doing this for everyone as it's a known fault.
This is good to know. Else, I would forever dump any digital Leica.
__________________
- Raid

________________
Top 12 Images;

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffg...n.php?cid=7007
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-20-2012   #11
jaapv
RFF Sponsoring Member.
 
jaapv's Avatar
 
jaapv is offline
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Hellevoetsluis,Netherlands
Posts: 7,308
I think your tech confused a few things. The sensor crack occurs sporadically and the cause is officially unknown. The most likely suspect is the layering of the IR filter. It is impossible to miss on your image.
The unnoticed defect is the red line, caused by a dead pixel.
The M9 sensor is still in the Truesense catalog, is the same as for the ME and should be available as a spare for at least ten years after production on the ME stops.

Quote:
Originally Posted by CameraQuest View Post
I'm told by a Leica tech that some M9 owners have cracked sensors and don't realize it from improperly mounted sensors.

The reason is that the cracks appear as lines in the image often don't show up in smaller size prints.

Check towards the corners of your sensors first, with a magnifier.

Or have a tech check for you.

As these sensors are no longer used in the newer M, getting a cracked M9 sensor replaced now UNDER WARRANTY while replacements are still available takes on new urgency!

Stephen
__________________
Jaap








jaapvphotography
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 04:34.


vBulletin skin developed by: eXtremepixels
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

All content on this site is Copyright Protected and owned by its respective owner. You may link to content on this site but you may not reproduce any of it in whole or part without written consent from its owner.