New LEICA M vs M9 – Night picture RAW files comparison

Here are 2 night photos taken at ISO1250 with Leica M and M9 and same Summilux 35mm ASPH lens, shutter speed 2s and aperture f4. This files are Raw and are big.



Leica M Profile for Lightroom

Here is a LEICA M PROFILE for Lightroom (done with Color Checker Passport, recently updated to a two illuminants daylight+halogen profile):

LEICA M (Typ 240).dcp

On a Mac the file has to be copied to ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/CameraProfiles. On a PC I don’t know the location but this shoul be easy to find on internet.


New LEICA M vs M9 – Daylight picture RAW files comparison

Here are Raw files for a daylight photo I took with the same Noctilux lens on both cameras at 1/350s f8 fixed daylight white balance.


Stunning Leica lens resolution power

Here is a photo taken with the New Leica M + Summilux 35/1.4 ASPH – Look at the buildings in the background, you can even see birds flying, so many details !

Leica M at ISO3200 is equivalent to M9 at ISO1250 but…

The difference is very thin between the two cameras, and this is because M9 is already a very good camera up to ISO 1250.

I see 2 advantages of the M here:


Leica M (type240) vs Leica M9 – Night Landscape Photos Comparison

Here is some comparison between M240 and M9 for a night photo made in Raw at ISO 200, 1250 and 3200 (2500 for M9 as it is the max).

Raw imported in LR 4.4 RC. White balanced to the same value. Some exposure decrease as photos were a little too bright. No sharpening.



Leica M (type240) vs Leica M9 – Better design and precision

Body front

No more viewfinder illumination window New focus button No more frame selection lever