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Leica Offers Upgrade Package to Transform M9 into M9-P Camera

August 2, 2011

By Dan Havlik

Leica M9 owners suffering from buyer’s remorse that they didn’t wait for the new Leica M9-P can upgrade their current camera to the new model. But it will cost them a pretty penny for the full shebang: nearly $2,000.

Leica Camera announced this morning it is offering an upgrade service to “incorporate the product features of the Leica M9-P into their existing M-System camera.” Basically what this means is you can give your M9 a more stealthy M9-P makeover with a “more discreet and resilient design.”

You can also get a new scratch-resistant “sapphire glass” crystal cover for LCD. For the “Top Cover and Sapphire Glass” upgrade package, the price is $1,995. Along with the sapphire glass replacement it includes the replacement of the camera’s top deck and base plate with one that has no Leica logo or red dot on front. It’s available in silver chrome or black paint.

You also get a choice of vulcanite or smooth MP-style leatherette trim and a one-year warranty extension. If you just want the sapphire glass upgrade, it’s $1,295.

Still sounds pricey to us.

More details in the press release below. (Look for a review of the Leica M9-P in the next issue of PDN.)

PRESS RELEASE

LEICA CAMERA OFFERS NEW SERVICE FOR THE LEICA M9
 
Allendale, NJ (August 2, 2011) – Leica Camera announces a new service for Leica M9 owners to incorporate the product features of the Leica M9-P into their existing M-System camera, resulting in an alternative, even more discreet and resilient design. Owners taking advantage of the service will also receive a one-year warranty extension. Through the North American Headquarters in Allendale, NJ, Leica will be offering a “Sapphire Glass” upgrade package and a “Top Cover and Sapphire Glass” upgrade package. Interested customers are encouraged to schedule appointments starting August 8, 2011 for upgrades from October 3, 2011 through Leica Camera, Inc.
  
The “Sapphire Glass” upgrade package offers the replacement of the M9 monitor cover with the M9-P’s scratch-resistant, sapphire crystal cover, a choice between vulcanite and smooth MP-style leatherette trim and a one-year warranty extension. The package will be available for $1,295. The second option, “Top Cover and Sapphire Glass”, includes the replacement of the monitor glass with sapphire crystal cover and the replacement of the top deck and base plate with silver chrome or black paint. The package also includes the choice of vulcanite or smooth MP-style leatherette trim and a one-year warranty extension. The package will be available for $1,995.
 
All upgrades will be performed by specifically trained technicians and will be a part of Leica’s regular repair service. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis and upgrade time is dependent upon demand. M9 owners can schedule upgrades beginning August 8, 2011 by calling 1-800-222-0118 x 9930.
 
Please visit the Leica website at www.leica-camera.com shortly before the start of the upgrade program for further information about the offer and the upgrading procedure.