LEICA M-E (20.9oz/593g with battery and card, but no lens, cap or strap) mit LEICA SUMMICRON-M 35mm f/2 ASPH. bigger. My biggest source of support is when you use any of these links, especially this link directly to it at Adorama or directly to it at Amazon, when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live. Thank you! Ken.
The LEICA M-E is the LEICA M9 in a different color, without the needless USB port and viewfinder-frame preselector lever — for a $1,500 discount from the other M9!
See my LEICA M9 Review for an in-depth review, all of which applies to the LEICA M-E.
LEICA created this M9 variant to let them drop the real price, while retaining the appearance of keeping the prices of the M9 and M9-P unchanged. The LEICA M-E comes from LEICA's marketing department, not their engineering department.
I've never used the USB port on my M9 because it uses a less-standard socket, so none of my cords fit. I always use a card reader, so I don't miss this.
The LEICA M-E always selects the correct frameline for any lens when it's attached. The preselector allowed one to select other framelines without having to mount that lens. It was a crutch for casual shooters who don't know what their lenses see, and wanted to "preview" what a lens saw without having to mount it. It was a lame feature for lame part-time shooters.
The preview lever was for people who only shot at Christmas and summer vacation and forgot which lens saw what. It was for the same sort people who need to look at their Ferrari's shift lever to find second gear — and if you need it, the M9 and M9-P still have it.
Honestly, there are only a few frame lines. It's trivial to imagine them without a lens mounted. If you can't visualize simple things like this, it's time to give up on photography and take up some other less taxing hobby. As an experienced shooter, I never use this lever even when I have it.
No preview lever? No problem!
Therefore, if you want an M9, just get this LEICA M-E. (Warning: if you worry about the price, don't buy LEICA. LEICA is not a brand for people who worry about price; you get very little for your money compared to Nikon or Canon.)
The LEICA M-E specifications are identical to the LEICA M9 Specifications, since it is an M9, just without the USB connector and preselector lever.
This LEICA M-E was announced at Photokina in September 2012.
Performance is identical to the LEICA M9, since it is an M9.
The LEICA M-E works exactly the same as the LEICA M9.
The LEICA M-E is a dark gray metallic LEICA M9 minus the silly USB port and finder frame preselector lever.
* Actual measured weight with batteries, film or card.
Is $1,500 more meaningful to you than a USB port and frame preselector lever? Get this LEICA M-E.
Just want an M9? Get this LEICA M-E, it's the same thing!
Otherwise, see my LEICA M9 recommendations for details about these cameras.
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