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View Poll Results: M9 Shutter Modes
Standard 47 51.09%
Soft 6 6.52%
Discreet 25 27.17%
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M9 Shutter Modes
Old 08-15-2012   #1
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M9 Shutter Modes

I was just wondering what shutter mode most people use on their M9.
Standard, Soft, Discreet, or Discreet & Soft? And why?

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Old 08-15-2012   #2
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Discreet. Minimizes the intrusion. Makes the camera seem more like a Leica. No, I haven't upgraded to the latest firmware.
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Old 08-15-2012   #3
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Standard. I rarely need to be discreet, and I still don't quite get what the heck 'soft' is.

I will occasionally switch to discreet when shooting an event where quiet matters, but that isn't all that often.

I've not upgraded my firmwear either. These old boxer briefs work fine.
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Old 08-15-2012   #4
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standard is all I have used.
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Old 08-15-2012   #5
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Discreet. I prefer it. Can't tell a difference between standard and soft.

Have the latest firmware and have noticed the recock take a few seconds after I release the shutter. Doesn't happen all the time, but it does happen randomly.
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Old 08-15-2012   #6
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Soft. Turns the shutter into a hair trigger, as it actuates the camera at the first contact point instead of the second. I agree, if you have a heavyhanded technique you might not notice the difference, but then you probably have difficulties handholding at low shutterspeeds.
The minor drawback of the loss of AElock is not interesting for me. I switch to manual in such shooting conditions anyway. Much more practical.
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Soft does not let you half press and reframe in aperture priority - so it is just discreet for me.
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Old 08-16-2012   #8
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Discreet and soft. Helps with what I shoot--although there is the occasional accidental shot of the floor or something....
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Old 08-16-2012   #9
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When I first got the M9 I disliked the shutter button (it was set to standard) because I thought it had too much "creep". Once I discovered the "soft" setting, it was like going back to my M6. I can definitely hand hold at much slower speeds in "soft". I now seem to go back and forth between "soft" and "discreet & soft". In "standard", it feels and sounds like I'm shooting a Polaroid one step.

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Old 08-16-2012   #10
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I use only the discreet mode. And I, too, put up with the random recock delay, as I upgradedmtomthe new firmware.

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Old 08-17-2012   #11
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Haven't gotten around to trying the other shutter modes yet. Standard works fine.

Haven't updated firmware yet either.
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Old 08-17-2012   #12
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discreet, but not soft. I'm too used to being able to half-press for AE lock
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Old 08-17-2012   #13
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discreet, quite discreet.....but canīt understand that soft option...
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Old 08-18-2012   #14
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I prefer just discreet and regularly use the half press for AE lock as it is very sensitive and probably unuseable unless you are practiced at it. The dial exposure comp was attractive but I kept activating it inadvertently. I can hand hold as slow with the M9 as with the M5 thanks to the heft.
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Old 08-22-2012   #15
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Exposure compensation is miss or maybe hit imo, as it is not more than a guess. Easy to forget it is activated too - imagespoiler. AE lock is indeed better but only on a per shot basis. It beats me why people use these elaborate methods when Leica offers the simplest and most effective system there is: manual. That shutterspeed dial is not glued to A!
Just measure the most relevant area of your shot selectively and take the picture.
I guess the cause is the succesful drive by most camera manufacturers to replace our brains by chips in cameras - which is based on the insulting idea that the average photographer is rather more idiot than a bunch of electrons jumping about in a piece of silicon.
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Old 08-22-2012   #16
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always soft and discrete.
The feeling is much more precise...

I don't care too about AELock (though it would be a nice plus to have the possibility to choice), I always use M mode
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Old 08-28-2012   #17
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When I first looked at the thread, I was shooting standard. After reading the comments, I have switched to soft.

I'm sure it's a slippery slope to soft and discrete though
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Old 08-12-2017   #18
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I use discreet once in a while, for the novelty, until I get bored with it and go back to standard. Never tried soft.
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Old 08-13-2017   #19
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I have used standard, discreet, and discreet&soft.
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Old 10-01-2017   #20
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Discreet and occasionally discreet+soft for me. Makes it feel much more like a film M. I don't enjoy the whirr of the shutter re-cocking. This does mean I put up with the occasional random delay in the re-cock just when I wanted to take another shot. After reading this thread I think I'll experiment with keeping it on soft only again. Probably more responsive overall.

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Old 10-31-2017   #21
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I have no M9, but M-E. Recently it went and stayed for one day in "sticky" mode. And then returned by itself to the "standard".

I have tried "discreet" couple of times, but it is like trying to hold the fart after it already happened. Never worked for me.
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Old 11-18-2017   #22
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I have tried "discreet" couple of times, but it is like trying to hold the fart after it already happened. Never worked for me.
That's why I like to bring my dogs w me when I go take pics. Can always blame one of them.
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I guess the cause is the succesful drive by most camera manufacturers to replace our brains by chips in cameras - which is based on the insulting idea that the average photographer is rather more idiot than a bunch of electrons jumping about in a piece of silicon.
Well, a lot of average photographers aren't as bright as apparently you are.
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Old 11-19-2017   #24
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discrete sometimes, generally standard.

240 and M10 do not have discrete and they are already quiet.
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Standard. I'm often running or climbing or throwing myself on the ground to get my photographs and soft was always firing off as my camera bounced around, draining my battery.
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Wow. All these years and I didn't even know these shutter modes existed.
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Old 05-16-2018   #27
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Soft and discreet no longer work reliably. Sometimes the shutter doesn't recock at all. This has been the case of years now and several versions of the firmware. Never properly attended to I guess. Safest to stick with standard now.
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>>Soft and discreet no longer work reliably. Sometimes the shutter doesn't recock at all.
True, but at least on my camera, whenever this happens, it never takes more than a single light touch on the shutter release to initiative a new release. Unless you take many shots in quick succession, this seems to be a reliable workaround.
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I once read somewhere that standard setting has best corresponding buffering for back to back photos taken. Maybe this is a myth.
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I am another M9 user who did not know these shutter modes existed. Since my M9's firmware was likely updated when I sent it in the camera last year, they are probably all there and available for me to use. I'll have to check them out.
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Standard, the other two confuse me.
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Not sure why this topic suddenly resurrected, but since it has:

I use soft regularly. As jaapv says it makes the camera more of a hair trigger, like my M3. I rarely use AE, so the loss of that feature is not an issue for me.

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I sort of understand the need for the soft release but the discreet puzzles me. Basically it wants you to save half the shutter noise for later? So you shoot, hold the shutter down until such time that you feel it is "discreet" let the other half of the noise out? Baffling....
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