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Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-18-2018
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Posted By Calzone
R, Thanks for sharing the good news. I own...

R,

Thanks for sharing the good news.

I own other digital Leica's too, but my MM was my first Leica digital. I agree that it is like coming home.

I love mine warts and all.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-09-2017
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Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
David, It is interesting to know that...

David,

It is interesting to know that indications of sensor corrosion can be elusive. I have an Epson 7800 and I use Piezography to print up to 20x30's. I learned from printing that even with my...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-08-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
I believe Luke's insight is true and valid. In...

I believe Luke's insight is true and valid. In particular it seems the Monochrom sensor is in the shortest supply.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-07-2017
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Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
David, That is its charm. Most like a film...

David,

That is its charm. Most like a film camera because it is so basic and elemental. Definitely a novel rendering. CCD sensors are more expensive to manufacture than CMOS, so it is unlikely...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-07-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Back in December 2016 I was told 10 weeks, but it...

Back in December 2016 I was told 10 weeks, but it ended up being 12 weeks. Realize that there is a holiday/New Year's shutdown that likely extended my turnaround.

Also the bottleneck with...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-25-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Joe, Now you are still waiting for your...

Joe,

Now you are still waiting for your Monochrom.

All these early deliveries must be a great relief.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-25-2017
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Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Rob, A good observation. Thanks for posing this....

Rob,

A good observation. Thanks for posing this. It is helpful.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-25-2017
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Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
J, Thanks for the clarity. I do know from...

J,

Thanks for the clarity.

I do know from experience that my gal's devices have batteries that have lives that have been shortened. This is explained by her overcharging.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-01-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Raid, If I had some lucritive camera gigs, I...

Raid,

If I had some lucritive camera gigs, I would pay down my camera bills. LOL.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-01-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Raid, A few months ago I fully charged all my...

Raid,

A few months ago I fully charged all my batteries. The two that were not in use I checked in my camera to see how leaky they were as far as "self discharging. One was at 75%; and the other...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-01-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Rob, As I remember Leica recommended not to...

Rob,

As I remember Leica recommended not to store batteries fully discharged nor fully charged, and my take for longevity it is best to deeply cycle batteries. I remember how the first few initial...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-31-2017
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Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Raid, I have heard that the OEM batteries are...

Raid,

I have heard that the OEM batteries are mucho better. All of mine are OEM.

I was not expecting my batteries to last so long. The gifted battery is from a M9, and the other two I have used...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-31-2017
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Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Raid, I have three "old" batteries. One came...

Raid,

I have three "old" batteries. One came with the camera, a second one I bought new, and the third was gifted to me by a friend who upgraded to a M10.

I never experienced the huge battery drain...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-31-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Raid, New sensor, new electronics, new firmware,...

Raid,

New sensor, new electronics, new firmware, and a factory trained overhaul.

Old shutter, old body, old battery.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-31-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Ellen, All the best. I know being without your...

Ellen,

All the best.

I know being without your beloved camera is now painful, but having a retrofitted and overhauled fresh camera in the end is really a blessing.

The cost being zero is a...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-30-2017
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Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
D, I feel I got a free overhaul and retrofit...

D,

I feel I got a free overhaul and retrofit with the updated sensor on a camera that is now over 5 years old. How can I not be happy.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-30-2017
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Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Ray, In my case it was not obvious and only...

Ray,

In my case it was not obvious and only appeared in some shots. I have a 27 inch EIZO and really only saw traces in some prints and not others. Know that magnification is a factor. Some of my...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-28-2017
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Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Luke, You are correct: sensor and electronic...

Luke,

You are correct: sensor and electronic circuit board is an assembly; and both get replaced as a unit.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-18-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
R, PM sent. Cal

R,

PM sent.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-17-2017
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Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Huss, I sometimes get skipped about firmware...

Huss,

I sometimes get skipped about firmware updates on my SL which I bought new. You are not the only person who does not always get messages and updates.

This is one reason why I started this...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-15-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
SP, Great news. I felt whole again when my MM...

SP,

Great news.

I felt whole again when my MM came home.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-15-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Alan, Getting a fresh almost new camera back is...

Alan,

Getting a fresh almost new camera back is mighty cool for heavy user like you.

For me it definitely is a huge bonus because I hope to keep shooting my MM for decades.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-09-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Joe, Bill, the Service Manager, told me...

Joe,

Bill, the Service Manager, told me effectively you are almost getting a brand new camera back. I do not think this is too much of an exaggeration.

My Monochrom was heavily used for four years...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-24-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
P, I actually would of liked to have retained my...

P,

I actually would of liked to have retained my old covering that was worn smooth in some areas from me holding the camera. Oh-well.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-12-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
C, The new sensor and an electronic circuit...

C,

The new sensor and an electronic circuit board are replaced as an assembly.

With my camera I was told by the repair manager that basically my camera will get "overhauled" and will be like an...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-29-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
R, This is a difficult time, and the waiting is...

R,

This is a difficult time, and the waiting is deadly.

I know my MM is a very basic camera, and that is why I love it warts and all. The M-246 is so more advanced, but really the original MM is...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-27-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
I have found that using Heliopan filters marked...

I have found that using Heliopan filters marked "Digital" have both additional UV and IR filtering over regular filters by Heliopan and filters by other brands.

Basically I use additional filtering...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-22-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Rob, I will state again that the corrosion I saw...

Rob,

I will state again that the corrosion I saw on some prints (always in the same location) was not evident with the blue sky stopped down test.

Computer monitors are very bright, and even my...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-20-2017
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Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
All good points. Sorry I did not state the...

All good points.

Sorry I did not state the obvious.

Thanks for the help.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-19-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Raid, I did what Ellen did last December. They...

Raid,

I did what Ellen did last December. They gave me a shipping label, and as I remember it covered and included insurance but it was only valued at $1K.

I was told 8-10 weeks, but the turnaround...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-14-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Robert, Going to Wetzlar kinda was like cutting...

Robert,

Going to Wetzlar kinda was like cutting the line. LOL.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-14-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Robert, You are a lucky M10 owner. The wait on...

Robert,

You are a lucky M10 owner. The wait on this camera is mucho big also.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-13-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Huss, Glad you got kind of a consolation prize,...

Huss,

Glad you got kind of a consolation prize, but I know if I was in your situation I would be pretty upset and mucho annoyed.

It does seem like many have mucho excess cameras to fall back on,...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-13-2017
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Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Huss, In my case I bought a SL to tie me over....

Huss,

In my case I bought a SL to tie me over. Now I luckily am happy with both my digital Leicas (MM and SL).

Sorry to hear that you kinda had to do a forced move to protect yourself from owning a...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-13-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Joe, You know me: no car, but mucho cameras. My...

Joe,

You know me: no car, but mucho cameras.

My 84 Scrambler that I put a Corvette engine into was not a reliable. Broke a valve spring once and had them all replaced when it happen again.

Ever...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-13-2017
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Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
I found that making large prints revealed my...

I found that making large prints revealed my corrosion. Even on an dimmed down EIZO the brightness of the monitor did not reveal the artifacts or make them abundantly apparent, and of course not all...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-12-2017
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Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Joe, Check out Huss' post number 188. Cal

Joe,

Check out Huss' post number 188.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-12-2017
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Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Huss, On the Monochrom I shoot about 80-90% of...

Huss,

On the Monochrom I shoot about 80-90% of my shots with an uncoded 28 Cron.

The light is a big challenge because of the range of light and dark. This once abandoned freight line was intergated...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-12-2017
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Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Huss, I am fortunate to have used the waiting...

Huss,

I am fortunate to have used the waiting list, but the 8-10 week wait acually was 12 weeks. I'm so happy I got my sensor replacement performed over the winter.

I took the subway to Union...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-31-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
E, I hope it works out for you. All the...

E,

I hope it works out for you. All the best.

BTW on my MM the corrosion appeared as dirt. Wet cleaning with my Visible Dust cleaning kit did not change or improve anything. This is how I became...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-31-2017
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Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Huss, It is painful to fall through the cracks...

Huss,

It is painful to fall through the cracks like that. In your case the "good will" should be extended because the defect was known. No one wants to own a time bomb.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-31-2017
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Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Jean-Marc, PM me to give me your E-mail. I'll...

Jean-Marc,

PM me to give me your E-mail. I'll forward you Bill's E-mail. Getting the confirmation in writing surely will be valuable.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-31-2017
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Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Jean-Marc, I would contact Bill the Service...

Jean-Marc,

I would contact Bill the Service Manager at Leica New Jersey. Have your serial number.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-31-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
E, Thanks for the clarity. This thread is mucho...

E,

Thanks for the clarity. This thread is mucho important to so many.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-30-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Art, Now is the time to take advantage of the...

Art,

Now is the time to take advantage of the remaining "good will."

Good luck.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-30-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Thanks for your post. It seems some of us feel...

Thanks for your post. It seems some of us feel lucky and fortunate. Glad it was good for you

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-23-2017
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Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Joe, It is pretty easy, but not speedy. The...

Joe,

It is pretty easy, but not speedy. The bonus if you get your sensor replaced is an overhauled camera.

Hope for corrosion.

BTW my sensor corrosion looked like dirt; it could not be cleaned;...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-22-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Pepe, I only have one experience and that was...

Pepe,

I only have one experience and that was late last year. In the summer I contacted Leica and got on a list. This allowed me to use my camera for 4 months. I sent in my Monochrom in December and...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-22-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
MP, I only have good things to say. I used the...

MP,

I only have good things to say. I used the short list to keep my camera to use for 4 months, and was told 8-10 week turnaround, but it ended up being 12 weeks. Oh-well I say.

Bill the Service...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-22-2017
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Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Joe, The spots on my sensor did not get cleaned...

Joe,

The spots on my sensor did not get cleaned by my Visible Dust sensor cleaning kit. I showed you some of the artifacts that looked like dirt on some of my prints that I didn't spot. These were...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-19-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Ellen, I would call with your serial number and...

Ellen,

I would call with your serial number and talk with the service manager. This initiated a shipping label to at least cover shipping and insurance. It seems with the serial number they will...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-18-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
John, If your number is correct there is some...

John,

If your number is correct there is some "value added" to make a pretty good number.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-17-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
David, I would not trade up to a M-246, and I...

David,

I would not trade up to a M-246, and I intend on keeping my MM till it dies. I am an old film die hard, I still shoot film, but the Monochrom seems to have been especially designed for me. No...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-17-2017
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Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
David, I too am on the pleased side of the coin,...

David,

I too am on the pleased side of the coin, but I understand why others might not be pleased.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-17-2017
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Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
David, Glad you got in. Basically you get a free...

David,

Glad you got in. Basically you get a free overhaul CLA as part of the deal. Hopefully the wait is not long for you.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-16-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
I guess the point here is a written contract time...

I guess the point here is a written contract time limited and when does it expire. It would of been wise for Leica to have specified a time limit.

I'm not a lawyer, but it was "goodwill" and I think...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-16-2017
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Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Huss, It pays to be a "lucky" vintage hipster....

Huss,

It pays to be a "lucky" vintage hipster. LOL.

Anyways I hope it works out for my friends Jean-Marc and Allen.

There is still time so don't waste it.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-16-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Huss, That might be the case. Jean-Marc has a MM...

Huss,

That might be the case. Jean-Marc has a MM that might not have any corrosion, and for him the clock is ticking.

I hope it all works out well for him. Also I hope that Leica CCD digital owners...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-16-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Keith, In my case I am a pleased MM owner who...

Keith,

In my case I am a pleased MM owner who really enjoys my camera. Having my sensor replaced for free (not even charged for shipping), and basically having my 5 year old camera CLA'ed and...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-16-2017
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Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Jean-Marc, The wait is actually 6 months, but...

Jean-Marc,

The wait is actually 6 months, but there is also a list that allows one to keep their camera for 4 months to use. I did this and was told the turnaround would be 8-10 weeks, but it ended...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-15-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
S-B, Hurry up. Don't loose out on your...

S-B,

Hurry up. Don't loose out on your opportunity.

Best of luck.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-15-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Jean-Marc, A humid enviornment will encourage...

Jean-Marc,

A humid enviornment will encourage the corrosion.

My sensor on my MM only had a trace. The corrosion was only visible in some files.

Also my MM I got delivery about 5 months from the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-15-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Ko-Fe, Thanks for the link. Cal

Ko-Fe,

Thanks for the link.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-15-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
John, Could be a bottleneck in the last minute...

John,

Could be a bottleneck in the last minute rush.

Cal
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-15-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
John, I got this info from Leica. If you PM your...

John,

I got this info from Leica. If you PM your E-mail I'll forward you the E-mail I received.

Kinda hurry up for people who bought used CCD cameras. The envelope is closing, and the phase out...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-15-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 35,594
Posted By Calzone
Sensor Replacement Policy 2017

Until 15 August 2017 the current policy of free sensor replacement for effected models (M9, M9-P, MM, and M-E) if affected by the corrosion problem continues.

Post 16 August 2017 the above still...
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