Pour one out for the Leica M9’s CCD sensor because it is effectively dead and gone per an announcement from the German optics firm.
And that’s a huge bummer for fans of the M9. Why? Well, the CCD sensor has a known corrosion issue which, for most owners, means it could be only a matter of time before the camera goes bad.
Here’s the notice Leica posted on their website:
“The production of the CCD sensors for the Leica M9 models has been discontinued. Therefore, subsequent deliveries are no longer possible and defective sensors cannot be replaced. Until further notice, all other repairs on the M9 model generation can still be carried out.
In place of the sensor exchange we are offering new attractive conditions to our customers to trade in their camera with a defective sensor and purchase a current Leica camera model.”
Did you read that last part? There is some good news in all of this…depending on what your interpretation of good news is. Leica is helping M9 owners upgrade to another device if their M9 goes bad.
Here are some of the options on hand:
UPGRADE FROM M9 | M-E
excl./incl. 20% VAT
€4124 / €4949
€4536 / €5444
€5101 / €6121
Leica M10 Monochrom
€5101 / €6121
Leica SL2 incl. M-Adapter L
€3844 / €4613
€2976 / €3571
Leica CL incl. M-Adapter L
€1410 / €1692
There are other options if you are trading in a M9-P or M9 Monochrom. You can check it out over on Leica’s website by clicking here.
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