Leica M9 - the cheaper alternative to a Sigma SD1.

Leica M9 Zeiss T* Planar 50m f/2
Leica M9 Zeiss T* Planar 50mm f/2.

Unfortunately even Dpreview seem to have fallen victim to Sigmas publicity. "The company is talking in terms of the SD1 being a portable alternative to medium format cameras (which may not be entirely unfair, as the sensor has the potential to produce resolution similar to a 30MP Bayer-type sensor)." It may produce sharp results, you may love the look, but resolution is resolution. 

Its also going to have to do better than this:-



These are all 100% blowups from the samples on the Sigma SD1 website. You might be interested in seeing the same from the Leica image at the top.


All of these are edge samples. It seems the Sigma testers couldn't find a lens that was sharp enough across the entire frame to produce a decent image. Their marketing strategy of a ridiculous price coupled with ridiculous claims has received the reception it deserves.

There is an extremely good article by Michael Reichmann at Luminous Landscape on the SD1 at http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/rationalizing_the_irrational.shtml  Its well worth a read.

Meanwhile back to a camera that actually delivers. One that doesn't make claims it can't justify, one that has a range of lenses available that can actually take advantage of its sensor and one that won't nosedive in value once you've bought it.

Leica M9 Zeiss T* Planar 50m f/2
Leica M9 Zeiss T* Planar 50mm f/2.

Leica M9 Zeiss T* Planar 50m f/2
Leica M9 Zeiss T* Planar 50mm f/2.

Leica M9 Zeiss T* Planar 50m f/2
Leica M9 Zeiss T* Planar 50mm f/2.

Leica M9 Zeiss T* Planar 50m f/2
Leica M9 Zeiss T* Planar 50mm f/2.