Leica discontinues M9’s CCD sensors, you can no longer replace defective ones

Aug 10, 2020

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Leica discontinues M9’s CCD sensors, you can no longer replace defective ones

Aug 10, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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A few years ago, some Leica M9 cameras were affected by sensor corrosion. If you haven’t replaced them by now – well, now it’s officially too late. Leica has discontinued the M9’s CCD sensor and you can no longer replace a sensor in your camera. Instead, you can only buy a new one.

Users started reporting the problem way back in 2014, with unusual specks and halos appearing on many M9, M9-P, M Monochrom, and M-E bodies. Back then, Leica offered free sensor replacement as a sign of goodwill. They would replace the affected sensors with an upgraded version, regardless of whether your camera had its sensor replaced before or not.

The company changed the sensor replacement policy a few times, but now the production of the CCD sensors for the Leica M9 models has been discontinued. This makes it impossible to replace the corroded sensors in M9 bodies any longer. However, “all other repairs on the M9 model generation can still be carried out,” Leica notes. At least for now.

In case you own the Leica M9 and your sensor gets affected by corrosion – well, too bad. The only thing you’ll be able to do from now on is trade in your camera with a defective sensor and buy a current Leica camera model. You can find the trade-in prices on Leica’s website.

[via Leica Rumors]

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3 responses to “Leica discontinues M9’s CCD sensors, you can no longer replace defective ones”

  1. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
    Jolyon Ralph

    I’m sure there’s still a strong market for Leica cameras without a sensor. As long as the case is scratch-free and the logo obvious :)

  2. Brian S Avatar
    Brian S

    ONSEMI, the company that ended up with the Kodak Sensor Division, discontinued manufacture of all CCD sensors. The entire production line is gone. Leica did not manufacture the sensor, the part number ONSEMI, kaf-18500-fxa-jh-aa-bg55. Leica has offered replacements since early 2016, I had the CCD replaced in my M9 and M Monochrom. The M Monochrom developed corrosion under warranty, and Leica replaced the sensor for free. The M9- sent in before Leica raised the price from $950, camera came back like new. DigiKey sold the KAF-18500 for ~$4000, so I considered the $950 worth it to get the camera CLA’d.

    1. Brian S Avatar
      Brian S

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2d10fed39722a8e445fca12c9753d263001799008ee0a074ea5c36f5788b50db.jpg

      The article does not show an M9, so i will supply a picture of mine.

      With the Carl Zeiss Jena 5cm F2 that I converted to Leica mount, seeing how this is a DIY forum.