Elja Trum

Leica M9-P and 21mm f/3.4 announced

wednesday 22 June 2011, 08:16 by | 2739 times read | 0 comments

Leica announced a new version of its popular Leica M9 rangefinder camera; the Leica M9-P. The new version is the same internally, but there are some changes on the outside. The most noticeable will be the disappearance of the famous red Leica dot on the front of the camera. This allows professional photographers to be more discreet.

The M9-lettering on the front is also gone. On the top of the camera you can still see the Leica brand name in the Leica classic script. In addition, the Leica M9-P includes a scratch-resistant, sapphire crystal covering on the LCD screen. As a result, the sapphire glass LCD cover should be extremely resistant to wear and almost unbreakable.

The covering of the body of the Leica M9-P is finished in vulcanite leatherette. It features a more coarsely-textured finish that ensures a steady grip when shooting.

The new Leica M9-P will be available this month and will set you back 5,995 euro. Current owners of the Leica M9 will have a change to upgrade their camera to a M9-P version this fall.

Leica M9-P

Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f/3.4 ASPH


Leica has also announced the Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f/3.4. It is a wideangle prime for its M-series rangefinder cameras. Aperture range goes from f/3.4 to f/16. The retrofocus-like construction is made up of a total of eight lens elements, and the use of a lens element with two aspherical surfaces and four lens elements made of glass types with anomalous color dispersion (partial dispersion) make a crucial contribution towards restricting aberrations to an absolute minimum.

According to Leica this new lens combines optimum reproduction with compact dimensions, offering all M users a wide range of options in the spontaneous super wide-angle photography that is typical of the Leica M.

Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f/3.4 ASPH

The new Leica lens will also be available this month and will cost around 2,250 euro.

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Elja Trum is founder of Photofacts and author of a Dutch book on black-and-white photography. In his daily life he is an e-business consultant with Directshop.
Elja uses Twitter, is married and father of Mika and Vera.

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