After using my trusty Leica MP film camera for more than 4 years now, my lovely decided to surprise me for my 30th birthday by purchasing a mint Leica M9-P full frame digital camera from the bay of E.
I have closely followed the iterations of digital Leicas from the M8, M8.2, M9, M9-P to the current M Typ 240, but haven’t yet found a reason to be able to justify the expense, especially after completing my MBA at Imperial College, subsequent job change to an E-commerce company and my wife giving birth to my lovely son.
Still, I couldn’t hide my excitement at being able to use my Leica Summilux 50 ASPH and Summicron 35 Asph on the M9-P, which as you may know comes in a discrete body without the distinctive Leica logo on the front as well as a hardened LCD screen.
After several test shots wide open and viewing them on the computer, I thought that everything was fine. However, when stopping down the lens to f8 or smaller, the image had a distinctive line running across it (see below).
Being a novice, it took me some time to find the ‘Sensor clean’ function in the menu which holds the shutter in place while you inspect or clean the sensor.
To my horror, I noticed a line running across the sensor corresponding to the recorded image.
After searching on other Leica forums, some people have commented that they scratched their sensor after cleaning the sensor with certain chemicals. This was obviously not the case with this camera, since the pictures looking out of my flat had the same artefacts running across.
I have since sent the camera back to the seller, who has been very kind to agree to a return, but I strongly recommend to all buyers and sellers of 2nd hand cameras to inspect the sensors (regardless of which camera) before shipping and straight after signing. A good way to do so is to use an LED torch to illuminate the sensor while focusing your iPhone camera on the sensor area.