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Leica M9, M9-P, M Monochrom and M-E cameras Sensor Corrosion Issue

Leica-corrosion-problem-The Leica Sensor Corrosion is now heating almost all over the web and we also want to alert as well as give information our users about this issue, M9, M9-P, MM, ME few models are all seemingly doomed by sensor corrosion issue. The root cause of the problem is actually Schott S8612 glass that covers the sensor and the list of effected models is bit huge that includes the M9-P Edition Hermès, M9-P Meisterstück, M9-P White, M9-P Montreux Jazz Festival, M9-P Silver/Red Leather, M Monochrom Ralph Gibson, M Monochrom Silver Anniversary and super pricey M9 Titanium and M Monochrom of the Edition 100 set.

Previous Problems

As far as I can remember Leica cameras models are always in news for some serious problems, the problem list includes Leica M8 sensor and LCD problem, sensor cover glass cracking of M9 series camera, low battery issue and SDHC card compatibility issue of M9.. and more…

How to check

How to check Your M Series camera is affected by the issue or not, point your camera towards clear blue sky by selecting blue background and set your aperture to F11, bring back your capture image to your computer and see it 100%, black spots what you see is actually sensor dust that can be removed…but is you see white spots or a cluster of them then you should contact Leica for your sensor replacement.

What Leica Says

First Response that Surfaced over the Web Via Leica Camera on Nov 14, 2014

Based on this thread, we feel the need to clarifying a couple of things about the sensor marks issue you have been experiencing. The issue is linked with corrosion effects on the cover glass of the CCD sensor in Leica M9, M9-P, M Monochrom and M-E cameras. They manifest themselves as marks on images captured at smaller apertures (f/5.6-22). The new Leica M (Type 240) with the CMOS sensor is not affected by this problem. We are truly sorry for the inconvenience encountered and we have set up the following scheme for servicing the sensors of the products affected. Please be aware that a contact-free cleaning of the sensor is essential in preventing the issue.

  • Customer care will perform sensor cleaning free of charge by prior arrangement.
  • In the case of damage as a result of corrosion, the sensor will be replaced free of charge up to three years following the date of purchase. Leica Camera AG will cover the full costs of replacement, amounting to 1,800 euros plus applicable VAT. This does not apply to sensors damaged by scratching or breakage of the sensor glass.
  • In the fourth and fifth year following the date of purchase, sensors damaged by the corrosion effects described will be replaced for a fixed charge of 600 euros plus applicable VAT. Leica Camera AG will cover the remaining costs of 1,200 euros.
  • In the sixth and seventh year following the date of purchase, sensor replacement will be offered at a fixed charge of 1,200 euros plus applicable VAT. Leica Camera AG will cover the remaining costs of 600 euros.
  • For the eighth and more years following the date of purchase, sensor replacement will be offered at a fixed charge of 1,500 euros plus applicable VAT. Leica Camera AG will cover the remaining costs of 300 euros.
  • The prices stated apply for direct shipment of the camera to Leica Customer Care in Wetzlar or the Customer Care department of a national distributor. Additional costs may arise when the camera is sent to Leica through a dealer.
  • Mandatory warranty conditions will apply after customers have taken advantage of the extended goodwill arrangement.
  • As longer waiting times may otherwise occur, the camera should only be sent to Customer Care after prior arrangement.

We will continue watching this thread so you are welcome to react here.

^JJ with Leica-camera

The Second Response arrived on 26 Nov 2014… The letter doesn’t clear anything as the previous one… it just give guideline how to clear your sensor

As promised, we´d like to address a number of questions you have regarding the issue with our CCD sensor and be as clear as possible.

First let us state that we regret any inconveniences you may face and do investigate measures to durably fix the problem while still offering the best possible optical performance.

By a repair, we replace the CCD sensor with a sensor of the same type we use for serial production. We can thus not exclude totally a new case of corrosion after repair. Therefore, the goodwill arrangement also applies for a replaced sensor, which shows signs of corrosion. In these cases we will consider the sensor replacement date the same as the purchasing date.

We think that any potential damages of the sensor surface can occur due to cleaning the sensor and can lead to corrosion. We, therefore, advice to clean the sensor without touching it or in a dust-free environment such as in Leica Customer Care. We don’t want to convey the impression that you are not able to clean the sensor yourselves. If you are confident performing a sensor cleaning yourself, you may do so. But please be aware that the risk, when using wet cleaning solutions in the field, is higher.

At Leica, we use “Isopropanol” (isopropyl alcohol) and the following tools to clean the sensor, in the production as well as by the Customer Care:

Pentax Image Sensor Cleaning Kit, O-ICK1:
Sensor Cleaning Kit (link is external)

Cleaning swabs made by ‘Visible Dust’:
Camera sensor cleaning — Arctic Butterfly sensor brush, loupe, swabs, liquids (link is external)

With great care and attention, you may also use these for cleaning the sensor yourselves. Essential for not damaging the sensor is to painstakingly observe the manufacturers’ instructions and only work with new and unsoiled cleaning aids. We kindly ask you for your understanding that sensors showing visible mechanical scratch marks occurring from improper cleaning attempts cannot be covered by the warranty and goodwill arrangement. This is also the reason why we offer to perform cleaning at the Leica Customer Care, free of charge and as often as needs to be.

Should you be considering an upgrade to a Leica M or M-P (Type 240), Customer Care will make you an attractive offer as a part of our goodwill arrangement.

JJ Viau – Digital Marketing with Stefan Daniel – Director Product Management Photo
Leica Camera

Thanks to our user for pointing out the issue

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Leica D-LUX Typ 109 and New Leica M 240 special edition coming

Leica new compact camera name surfaced at Indonesian website, we hope that Leica D-LUX 109 will be a clone of upcoming Panasonic LX100 camera.

  • Customer: Leica Camera AG
  • Equipment: Digital camera
  • Brand name, model name: Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
  • Manufacturer: Japan
  • September 3, 2014: Registration Date

Leica-M-240According to latest rumors Leica is rumored to announce a  Leica M 240 special edition camera named after a famous musician (Seal, Lenny Kravitz, Nikki Sixx) that uses Leica system cameras.

ALso See – Leica S2 Successor Leica S Coming  ||

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Leica M-P Camera Announced

Leica today announced the digital version of Leica M-P  35 mm film camera,

Leica-M-P-camera-imageThe recently announced the next generation of the Leica Rangefinder Camera, the camera features a newly developed 24Megapixel Sensor (from Sony?) and a large 2GB buffer memory, the capacity of the buffer is 2X more than Leica M camera and the another major upgrade is that it a frame selection lever that controls bright-line frames in the viewfinder for six different focal lengths.


The sensor covers a standard ISO range of 200-6400 and can be pushed to 100 and on the rear side we have 3-inch TFT display, 920k dot resolution that display live view while composing you fav scene. The body is built with Die-cast magnesium body with synthetic leather covering, the camera is perfect for photojournalists, documentary and street photographers.

The camera will cost you approx $7,950.00 and shipping will start from Sep 2014.

 Leica M-P Press Release

Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, presents a further model in the Leica rangefinder camera segment. Based on the otherwise identical Leica M, the Leica M-P offers all the technical advantages of the Leica M-System and several additional features, for example an enlarged buffer memory. The ‘P’ in the name of this camera indicates the particularly discreet and enduring design concept with which the Leica M-P joins the line of Leica M-Cameras conceived especially to fulfil the needs of professional photographers.

The buffer memory capacity of the Leica M-P has been increased to 2 GB – twice the size of that of the Leica M. This guarantees that the Leica M-P is immediately ready to shoot in almost all situations. This is a particular advantage when shooting pictures in rapid succession, as the image data needs to be buffered directly after the shutter is released, before writing to the SD memory card. This means that users can now react to events with even greater spontaneity to capture the decisive moment in almost every photographic situation.

In terms of design, the Leica M-P is based on the typical characteristics of the Leica rangefinder system and focuses in particular on robustness and a long product lifespan. The use of an extremely scratch-resistant sapphire crystal cover for its LCD monitor is one example of this. This material is so hard that it can only be worked with special diamond cutting tools and is one of the world’s hardest materials. In practical terms, the sapphire glass LCD cover is almost unbreakable and offers resistance to many kinds of wear and stresses, meaning that the camera is ideally equipped for many years of use. Thanks to an anti-reflective coating on both sides of the cover glass, image reviewing is now even better, even in difficult lighting conditions, and allows photographers to assess and check every subject with optimum precision both before and after exposure.

The unobtrusive and minimalistic look of the Leica M-P provides even greater discretion in decisive shooting situations. Many photographers who already use Leica M-Cameras actually tape over the red Leica logo to make their work as unobtrusive as possible. For precisely this reason, this identifying feature has been omitted from the new rangefinder camera. Instead, the top plate of the camera is engraved with a subtle Leica script.

Other new details of the camera include a frame selection lever with which bright-line frames for six different focal lengths can be projected into the viewfinder to simulate subject framing. The corresponding frames are shown in pairs for the focal lengths 28 and 90 mm, 35 and 135 mm or 50 and 75 mm. This avoids the need to change lenses to assess suitable subject framing, offers greater creative freedom and allows photographers to concentrate fully on composing their pictures.

The Leica M-P is available now from authorised Leica dealers in two different versions: a black-paint version and a traditional silver chrome version. The Leica M-P complements the Leica M. Both cameras will be marketed together.


Leica M [designed by Apple] Sold for $1.8 Million

Leica-M-appleLeica M designed by Jony Ive

Leica M designed by Jony Ive (Apple) and Marc Newson (designer of Pentax K-01) Sold for $1.8 Million in the New York Sotheby’s auction house , the large amount of money will goes to RED Bono (U2’s voice) foundation helping in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The camera includes the 50mm F2 Summicron-M Aspherical lens, whose design was also modified by Jony Ive (Apple) and Marc Newson.

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White Leica M Camera Surfaced in Japan

Leica-M-in-whiteImage credit: Dr. Andreas Kaufmann

White Leica M camera Surfaced in Japan During the 100th birthday party at the Leica Ginza Salon, Tokyocamerastyle. The White version of Leica M camera is made with leather and embossed with the Leica logo, the camera is attached with and 50mm f1.4 Summilux lens.


Leica M announced

Leica Max announced, new M flagship camera features newly developed 24-megapixel full-frame sensor and Full HD video recording capabilities, Now M series features Live view mode with two add-on, focus peaking and up to 10x magnified view while taking still shot. New features will attract new photographers towards Leica M, see the full press release below.

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