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    Determining New Sensor - M9

    All the data logged would indicate that it is an "old" sensor. If you have a two year warranty I would keep a close eye on the sensor output for signs of corrosion and act promptly if it is seen but regardless with 6 months left of the warranty ask for it to be sent to Leica to check the sensor then any replacement will be under the warranty, after that it is going to be a paid replacement should it ever fail, not all seem to but there are no known figures to calculate the probability of failure AFAIK. The firmware version does not indicate the sensor version, the current firmware 1.216 works on both "old" and "new" sensor types.
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    Shutter release

    If the first stop is not activating shutter lock have you checked you are not set to DISCRETE release, that does not lock the exposure setting, that first stop is very soft on that setting though so if that is not the case the camera needs attention?
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    LEICA M8 Replacement battery type 14464

    There are genuine Leica batteries marked 1860mAh = 6.9Wh and some at 1800mAh =6.7Wh, suppliers have varied over time.
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    some question for M8

    What he says ^
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    New Sensor, first shot.

    My understanding is that the sensor (the electronics) was not changed the cover glass was new, hence "new sensor" as the package complete is usually by convention called the sensor. That cover glass change necessitated a change in the "colour profiling" (I'm sure there is a more precise technical term but that will do) which was performed to match as close as possible the original. AFAIK no one has noted an obvious and reproducible point of difference. I'm sure there will have been reports of a difference just as each iteration of M8 firmware back in the day noticeably improved the low light noise despite it not being in the release notes of course and was never actually there Having "lost" the original sensor you will need to have taken elaborately constructed comparison shots (lenses, lighting, processing etc) before the change that you can now reproduce with the new sensor to compare and measure without that it is subjective judgement, see above sentence. No harm looking of course
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    Extended warranty for used lens?

    So, no manufacturing defect in the first 10 years, what are the chances of one appearing in the next 2? If it covered accidental damage a different case altogether. The other clue is the low cost, if they sell a lot of this insurance and face few claims then the premium can be low and attract even more sales, looks the case to me. Rarely, vanishingly so but there will be members who have had benefit of course, does insurance work out well for the insured. Like bookmakers few insurance companies go bankrupt, some "winners" many "losers" but always a win on their side of the fence. As a Leica lens, even 12 years down the line, if it genuinely was a "manufacturing" defect I am sure Leica would step up to the mark but by then it's going to be fair wear and tear which is not covered.
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    M10 GPS with smartphone?

    "gps4cam doesn’t require any manual syncing between your smartphone’s time and your camera’s time" "you can crop the picture of the QR code before importing" Reading the FAQ on the App it is important that the QR code "covers an important part of the picture" this would be the issue with a 28mm lens but as the quote above states you can crop to make that part of the image larger, best taken against a plain background I also read a jpeg is better as if you use a DNG (RAW) the program reads the embedded jpeg in the RAW which may be best first step to see if it can read your image. The edit time is not relevant as QR code contains the time data required to sync. I downloaded the app as a result of this thread and have found it very easy thus far. I have used the GSM Energy Saving mode as that saves battery and I have found the accuracy is sufficient for my need just for a general location not 5m accuracy. I have found the easiest workflow is to generate the code, take a jpeg (remembering to change back to RAW after, as an aside I found the inadvertent jpegs when I forgot pretty good ) then connect the SD card to the computer, run the gps4cam program, which asks for the directory the images are in and destination directory, I set these to the same and run, the files, RAW, are then tagged GPS with time corrected on the SD card which I then import into, in my case Capture One. You could make a backup first from the card for safety but I am just testing so the images were not mission critical. Hope that helps, as a new user I found it easy to use, (once I enabled GPS tags to be uploaded on Flickr ) and the app has a very good guide and more FAQs than the web site with more options to customise capture accuracy and time intervals, I bought the pro version. You can pause the "trip" on GSM tagging then restart on high accuracy GPS fix if needed then pause and restart back on GSM for example. Some users may find the option to only capture and record GPS position after taking a shot, achieved by shaking the phone useful. Good value, a happy purchaser and thanks to those above for the pointers.
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    Buying advise for a used M9

    It's not the visible usage that need concern you it's the sensor. Indeed a wise decision but please beware, you will see M9s offered with an "updated sensor" "replaced sensor" etc you need to make more detailed enquiries. When the corrosion issue began Leica replaced the sensor with a "new" one it was the original design one but was "new" and several members have had to replace those sensors as they were identical and the corrosion appeared again. Sellers are not precise, unintentionally or otherwise, in their descriptions and replaced sensor, new sensor, updated sensor, have all been used to describe cameras with a sensor that was replaced with another original sensor. Leica did not help by describing in paperwork the work done which was not clear as to which sensor had been used around the time of the "MkII sensor being available, there is AFAIK no precise date at which the MkII sensor was used exclusively for replacement. Knowing Leica they probably had several technicians working independently each with a bin of parts and some ran out of original sensors on Monday others on Wednesday etc so leica could not give a date, I understand fitting began of the MkII sensor around October 2015. If you have physical access to the camera you can determine the sensor: https://www.l-camera-forum.com/topic/284958-buying-a-leica-m9/?view=findpost&p=3525641
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    M10 and CaptureOne- what about sharpening

    Here is the Webinar from Capture One on sharpening. I use C1 and the final sharpening is highly dependent on your intend output, using the "proof" view will give you a much better idea of what is happening, if that doesn't make sense set aside an hour to watch, it's not a few minutes to explain what is happening. 1) Capture sharpening. Corrects lost sharpness due to diffraction - 2) Creative sharpening. Provides the ability to sharpen an entire image, or different elements within it. (using masks which is easier than it sounds in C1) 3) Output sharpening. Enables precise sharpening of the final output medium, letting you take into account the how viewing distance and scaling of the final image. (varies with output to screen or print and output size) Thank goodness for the edit button:
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    28mm Cron or 24mm Elmar?

    I sent you by personal e-mail two Jpegs around 8MB and a DNG, I wonder if you could post a link to some of your obviously superior work for me to marvel at?
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    28mm Cron or 24mm Elmar?

    My e-mail limits will not allow DNG, if you look at some of these 267 shots; https://www.flickr.com/search/?user_id=52616306%40N05&sort=date-taken-desc&text=summicron%2028mm&view_all=1 all are available in download at original uploaded size which is pretty big, certainly I can pick out my poor lenses I think all are 28mm VI Asph but take care tagging is manual so look at EXIF to be certain. Some early work will be on the M8, if you pick a recent one I can send an untampered jpeg as big as post will allow. None will be on a tripod but I will tend to shoot at minumum 1/250th also some will be on film
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    28mm Cron or 24mm Elmar?

    I don't recognise the Summicron Asph 28mm as being "soft and contrastless", but then I don't own a 24mm Elmar nor an APO 50mm, so perhaps this kind of shot on the Summicron would be vastly superior on one of those two lenses? On an M9 @ St.Andrews University Scotland earlier this year: https://www.flickr.com/photos/red_eyes_man/40721350900/ I kept the width, lost the height. And that posted to Flickr as a 450k Jpeg so not "full size".
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    M8.2 B&W pictures

    Always DNG for the built in colour "filters", not a fan of the "let us convert it for you" I would rather use the sliders myself to my taste, Capture One V11 user since it came originally free with the M8 all those years ago V3.something. IMHO Leica made a mistake moving away from C1, Sony hasn't. Maybe the almost medium format S Leica, which C1 will not support (they don't support other MF cameras) was the deal breaker? There is a free 28 day trial and lots of -10% codes about.
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    #$%#!! Rubber Hood Cap on 35mm fle

    A hard top with a removable hood, what's not to like
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    #$%#!! Rubber Hood Cap on 35mm fle

    Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ? My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
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