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The full frame Leica M9 with its beautiful CCD sensor vs the APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor is an odd comparison, but it works, because there are a number of users out there with both systems. If not an owner of both systems there are a lot of FujiFilm users out there that are interested in trying some of Leica’s beautiful lenses.
Regardless of the outcome you get from the images below, there is one thing that is impossible to quantify, the feel and interaction you get from using the M9. The experience of using a rangefinder is a unique photographic experience that’s hard to describe.
I enjoy the act of photography as much as the images that are produced. Leica’s M9 adds something special to that engagement that a modern camera does not return.
On the other hand, a modern, well designed camera like the Fuji X-T1 offers an efficiency and accuracy that a rangefinder has a hard time matching, at least in my hands.
For this reason I can not see one of these being a complete replacement for the other. The one thing the Fuji X-T1 and all Fuji X mount cameras have is the ability to use Leica’s lenses via the Fujifilm M Mount Adapter. In fact, using manual focus lenses on the Fuji X-T1 is quite a joy.
Gear used for the tests were:
- Fujifilm X-T1 body
- Fujifilm 35mm f1.4 lens
- Fujifilm M Mount Adapter
- Leica M9 Body
- Leica 50mm Summicron Type V
- Leica 75mm Summarit (f/2.5)
- Canon 50mm LTM f1.4 Type I
The next set of images was taken with the Leica M9.
And just for fun, here’s the same scene with the Sigma DP1 Quattro.
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