Update on the Leica CCD sensor issue for the Leica M9/M9-P/M-E/M Monochrom cameras

Leica Camera official response on M9 sensor white spots corrosion issue
Leica published a new update on the Leica CCD sensor issue for the Leica M9, M9-P and M-E cameras - they have successfully developed a new generation of CCD sensors and will begin replacing the sensors in models that were affected by corrosion with sensors from the new generation. Here is the full text:

We are very pleased to inform you that we have successfully completed development on our new generation of CCD sensors and conducted subsequent quality assurance testing under practical conditions. As a result, Leica Camera AG can now begin replacing the sensors in the M9, M9-P and M-E models that were affected by corrosion with sensors from the new generation.

Sensor replacement for M Monochrom models will also begin shortly. We will inform you of the precise date of this as soon as possible.

On this note, we would like to remind our customers that we can only offer replacements for CCD sensors for cameras affected by this particular problem; prophylactic replacement is not possible.

We thank you for your patience and for your loyalty to the Leica brand.

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  • Patiently waiting for Leica M11.

  • “Our new generation of CCD sensors” Hm, I wonder if…

    • JLMILES

      I’ve e been a stalwart supporter of CCD vs the CMOSIS sensor but the new sensor in the Q (and probably next M) is much better then both of them.

      • Ashwin

        Agreed. But still, super cool of Leica to continue to support the M9. By replacing sensor and shutter, lifetime use for this digital camera can be extended well beyond traditional estimates. John, glad your M9 hasn’t seen issues to date! You do some of the best work that I have seen with the M9.

        • JLMILES

          I think it’s amazing Leica is doing this! Big companies like Apple only do these kind of out of warranty fixes after they’ve exhausted every way possible to avoid it, but Leica has been extremely proactive even before they found a permanent replacement. When I mentioned the CCD debate I thought he was referring that maybe Leica would go back to using it with the next M but I probably misread it. Great for you and I who have committed to the M9 for the foreseeable future.

          Really appreciate the kind words, especially coming from yourself! I thought your review of the Q was one of the best out there and I loved the post about returning to the M9, so many great images from both cameras. Hopefully we’ll meet up someday and get to do some side by side shooting!

    • Bo Dez

      40MP 15 Stops of DR

  • JLMILES

    Knock on wood, my M9 is from 2009 and has shown no evidence of corrosion. I have to think there is something that sets it off (water drops, ocean air)?

    • fjfjjj

      Leica: “We think that any potential damages of the sensor surface can occur due to cleaning the sensor and can lead to corrosion.”

      • JLMILES

        Thanks! Good to know. Will be extremely careful when cleaning sensor.

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