Leica M9 grip

Leica M9 Voigtlander 35mm f/1.4 Leica M8 battery grip

I've been trying to get the grip for the M9 virtually ever since I bought the camera. Ringing up Leica dealers usually elicits responses like "I saw one once!" 

One explained it this way to me. Leica don't have the facilities to manufacture enough quantities of all their products to ensure good stocks of all their cameras, lenses and accessories. They had a great success with the M9 but couldn't supply the demand, so they put all their energy into that. This has now resulted in a shortage of other things. New Leica lenses are apparently very rare at the moment, and there are UK dealers that don't have a single one of their lenses for sale. Handgrips probably have a very low priority. With these they wait until orders build up and then set about making a few to satisfy those back orders. 

However a few days ago I saw a S/H mint M8 grip on ebay, it has a chrome finish rather than grey, and bought that. It does fit perfectly since the M8 and M9 are virtually identical. It does improve the cameras handling greatly and gives it a much more stable feel.

Perhaps Leica might think about taking advantage of the M9's popularity and take on a few more staff!!

Leica M9 Voigtlander 35mm f/1.4 Leica M8 battery grip

Leica M9 Voigtlander 35mm f/1.4 Leica M8 battery grip