Leica has updated their pricing on the CCD Sensor Corrosion Upgrade Program. The main changes here are increases to the upgrade cost to the M (Typ 240), M-P (Typ 240) and the M Monochrom (Typ 246). There are no price changes for M (Typ 262), SL and Q upgrades, except a small $50 bump for a Monochrom to SL upgrade.

As before, only M9, M9-P or original CCD-based M Monochrom cameras that exhibit sensor corrosion are eligible for the upgrade program. We can help you determine if your camera’s CCD sensor shows this. See below for shooting a proper test image and how to email us for evaluation.

Upgrade from M9Old PriceNew PriceChange
to M (Typ 240)$3,100$3,500$400
to M-P (Typ 240)$3,700$3,900$200
to M Monochrom (Typ 246)$3,980$4,350$370
to M (Typ 262)$3,100$3,100No Change
to SL (Typ 601)$3,100$3,100No Change
 to Q (Typ 116)$2,350$2,350No Change

 

Upgrade from M9-POld PriceNew PriceChange
to M (Typ 240)$2,800$3,300$500
to M-P (Typ 240)$3,400$3,700$300
to M Monochrom (Typ 246)$3,680$3,950$270
to M (Typ 262)$2,800$2,800No Change
to SL (Typ 601)$2,800$2,800No Change
to Q (Typ 116)$2,100$2,100No Change

 

Upgrade from M Monochrom
Old PriceNew PriceChange
to M (Typ 240)$2,750$3,100$350
to M-P (Typ 240)$3,400$3,500$100
to M Monochrom (Typ 246)$3,480$3,750$270
to M (Typ 262)$2,750$2,750No Change
to SL (Typ 601)$2,700$2,750$50
to Q (Typ 116)$2,100$2,100No Change

If you think your camera may be exhibiting signs of CCD corrosion, you can email us a full resolution JPEG file and we are happy to evaluate it for you. Should your camera suffer from CCD corrosion, we can then discuss the best way to proceed with a sensor replacement or camera upgrade. Here’s how to get us a full resolution image to check for corrosion:

  1. Set the camera to its base ISO setting
  2. Set the camera to shoot either DNG+JPEG or JPEG only
  3. Attach a lens to the camera (a 35mm or 50mm works best)
  4. Stop the lens aperture all the way down (f/16 or f/22 depending on the lens)
  5. For a subject, either a solid blue sky or a solid, light colored wall is ideal
  6. If shooting the sky, focus the lens to the closest distance. If shooting a wall, focus the lens at infinity (you want an image that is as out of focus as possible).
  7. Shoot an exposure of the wall or sky and be sure to move the camera around during the exposure (to blur any details in the image, as we want to only see what may be on the sensor)
  8. Email us the JPEG file for evaluation

Below is an example of an image from an M9 that is showing CCD corrosion, which is highlighted in red circles. You can see the white “halos” around the spots that indicate corrosion. The sensor also has numerous dust spots that can be cleaned, however it is important to see the difference between the regular dust (easily cleaned) and the corrosion spots (which require a sensor replacement).

Sensor corrosion indicated with red circles

Sensor corrosion indicated with red circles

 

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David Farkas is a self-admitted Leica junkie and an avid photographer since he was seven years old. He also owns and operates leading Leica dealer Leica Store Miami in beautiful Coral Gables, Florida with his wife Juliana. David has years of experience shooting with just about every Leica camera and lens made within the last few decades.

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