Just bought a M9M in 2019
Old 03-13-2019   #1
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Just bought a M9M in 2019

Maybe I am bonkers to buy one in 2019.
Hopefully I am wrong.

Always wanted one.

Bought a recently replaced sensor with 2600 shutter actuations.

Excited!
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Old 03-13-2019   #2
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this one specifically: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/273754666221
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Still a great camera, warts and all.

I love mine.

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Congratulations on getting a Leica M9M. You will have fun with it, I hope.
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thanks!

I almost only shoot HP5 in my M6 or M3 so I thought might as well take a punt on this.
If I don't enjoy the whole 'digital' thing I will move back to film.
Not that I'd completely stop shooting film; the Mamiya 7 almost always has Delta/Portra 400 in it
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Congratulations. It's really fun shooting B&W digitally. And the M9M renders beautifully.

Have fun with it.

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On the one hand, I'm always surprised by how high the M9M prices continue to be, on the other hand, it seems justified: aside from the M10 and the M-D no other Leica camera interests me as much.
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On the one hand, I'm always surprised by how high the M9M prices continue to be, on the other hand, it seems justified: aside from the M10 and the M-D no other Leica camera interests me as much.
F,

At this point I think the MM will more and more become a cult camera.

The M246 is a much more advanced camera, but the M9M will likely be the last CCD camera from Leica for B&W. CMOS sensors have advantages and are less expensive.

For old film guys like me that want a digital camera that is "primitive" and most like a basic film camera the MM is it: no frills and the most basic camera.

The MM has its own unique rendering also due to its CCD sensor. I for one love the mids. The CMOS sensor on my SL has smoother rolloff in the highlights, and enhanced shadow detail, but the mids are kinda scooped.

Also know that the MM can be likely the most demanding camera to shoot because it is the most unforgiving. It made me into a much better photographer because it is most unforgiving.

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I sold mine about 2 months ago, it was a great camera considering how little I paid for it (even after getting the sensor replaced) . I'm still kind of shocked at how much these camera's can go for.

The reason I ended up selling was to get a Leica M246. I'm happy with my purchase in both cases.
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Maybe I am bonkers to buy one in 2019.
Hopefully I am wrong.

Always wanted one.

Bought a recently replaced sensor with 2600 shutter actuations.

Excited!

Well, if you’re bonkers, so am I. I bought my second MM in late October 2018, brand new with new sensor. (It is my second MM, the first which was “consumed” by the Leica sensor replacement delays.)

The MM is a great camera—with, IMHO, the best sensor ever. The only prior camera that I’ve felt as closely bonded to was likely the M6 (which, similarly, I have had twice over the years).

Enjoy!
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I've wanted to get an original Monochrom for ages, but budget hasn't permitted. M0 black and white images are fantastic, so I can only imagine how good the Monochrom would be.
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I was tempted recently to trade up to a used M10 and got a very fair appraisal for my MM. As nice as it would be again to use my Leica glass in color, I decided not to part with the MM. It really has a special look, while not always apparent, it's there often enough.

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