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LEICA M-E
A LEICA M9 for just $5,500

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LEICA M-E

LEICA M-E (20.9oz/593g with battery and card, but no lens, cap or strap) mit LEICA SUMMICRON-M 35mm f/2 ASPH. bigger. My biggest source of support is when you use any of these links, especially this link directly to it at Adorama or directly to it at Amazon, when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live. Thank you! Ken.

 

LEICA M-E

Top, LEICA M-E and LEICA SUMMICRON-M 35mm f/2 ASPH. bigger.

 

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Introduction         top

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The LEICA M-E is the LEICA M9 in a different color, without the needless USB port and viewfinder-frame preselector lever — for a $1,500 discount from the other M9!

See my LEICA M9 Review for an in-depth review, all of which applies to the LEICA M-E.

LEICA created this M9 variant to let them drop the real price, while retaining the appearance of keeping the prices of the M9 and M9-P unchanged. The LEICA M-E comes from LEICA's marketing department, not their engineering department.

I've never used the USB port on my M9 because it uses a less-standard socket, so none of my cords fit. I always use a card reader, so I don't miss this.

The LEICA M-E always selects the correct frameline for any lens when it's attached. The preselector allowed one to select other framelines without having to mount that lens. It was a crutch for casual shooters who don't know what their lenses see, and wanted to "preview" what a lens saw without having to mount it. It was a lame feature for lame part-time shooters.

The preview lever was for people who only shot at Christmas and summer vacation and forgot which lens saw what. It was for the same sort people who need to look at their Ferrari's shift lever to find second gear — and if you need it, the M9 and M9-P still have it.

Honestly, there are only a few frame lines. It's trivial to imagine them without a lens mounted. If you can't visualize simple things like this, it's time to give up on photography and take up some other less taxing hobby. As an experienced shooter, I never use this lever even when I have it.

No preview lever? No problem!

Therefore, if you want an M9, just get this LEICA M-E. (Warning: if you worry about the price, don't buy LEICA. LEICA is not a brand for people who worry about price; you get very little for your money compared to Nikon or Canon.)

 

LEICA M-E

LEICA M-E and LEICA SUMMICRON-M 35mm f/2 ASPH. bigger.

Note the lack of a preview lever below the finder, as has the M9 and M9-P. I never use it; my 1955 LEICA M3 doesn't have one either!

 

Specifications        top

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The LEICA M-E specifications are identical to the LEICA M9 Specifications, since it is an M9, just without the USB connector and preselector lever.

This LEICA M-E was announced at Photokina in September 2012.

 

Performance         top

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Performance is identical to the LEICA M9, since it is an M9.

 

Usage         top

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The LEICA M-E works exactly the same as the LEICA M9.

 

Compared         top

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The LEICA M-E is a dark gray metallic LEICA M9 minus the silly USB port and finder frame preselector lever.

LEICA M9 versus LEICA M3

Canon 5D Mk II, LEICA M9 and Nikon D3 image comparisons

LEICA, Nikon and Canon Lens Sharpness Comparison

 
LEICA M-E
Capture
CCD
CCD
Size, WHD
138 x 80 x 37mm
138 x 80 x 37mm
138 x 79.5 x 34mm
138 x 77 x 34mm
 
Size, WHD
5.5 x 3.15 x 1.5"
5.5 x 3.15 x 1.5"
5.4 x 3.1 x 1.5"
5.4 x 3 x 1.5"
 
Weight, wet*
20.9 oz / 593g
20.9 oz / 593g
22.2 oz / 630g
22.4 oz / 635g
21.4oz. / 610g
Finder
0.68x
0.68x
0.72x (also 0.58x or 0.85x)
0.72x (also 0.58x or 0.85x)
0.91x
Shutter
Metal electronic
Metal electronic
Cloth electronic
Cloth mechanical
Cloth mechanical
Shutter
1/4,000 - 32s
1/4,000 - 32s
1/1,000 - 32s
1/1,000 - 1s
1/1,000 - 1s
Flash Sync
1/180
1/180
1/50
1/50
1/50
Power
Dedicated rechargeable
Dedicated rechargeable
2 - DL1/3N
2 - A76
Price, 11/2012

* Actual measured weight with batteries, film or card.

 

Recommendations         top

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Want a LEICA M9 in dark gray metallic? Get this LEICA M-E.

Is $1,500 more meaningful to you than a USB port and frame preselector lever? Get this LEICA M-E.

Just want an M9? Get this LEICA M-E, it's the same thing!

Otherwise, see my LEICA M9 recommendations for details about these cameras.

 

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