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Leica has just updated the CCD Corrosion Upgrade Program once again, this time lowering prices, eliminating discontinued models, and adding additional camera options. The program started in 2015 as an alternative to sending an affected camera in for service. Recently, the price for a straight-up sensor replacement increased to $1,595.

You can read more about the two options and the history of the CCD corrosion issue in greater detail here: Price Increased on Leica CCD Sensor Replacement

Program Changes

Discontinued models M (Typ 240), M-P (Typ 240), M-D (Typ 262) and Q (Typ 116) have been dropped and are no longer available. Current models M10 and M Monochrom (Typ 246) remain in the program, while getting price reductions ranging from $150 to $400 depending on what camera is being traded in. Likewise, the SL (Typ 601) stays on, but doesn’t have any price adjustment, already the best value in the bunch. And now, the M10-P and M10-D models, both featuring the new quiet shutter, have been added in as additional options.

To learn more about the two newest members of the M family, check out our overviews here:

Leica M10-P: Nearly Silent Shutter, Touchscreen

Leica M10-D Announced: Digital M with Analog Soul

Eligibility

As before, only M9, M-E, 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 signs of corrosion. See below for instructions on shooting a proper test image and how to email us the file for evaluation.

Cost Breakdown

Upgrade from M9 / M-EOld PriceNew PriceChange
Upgrade to M10-PN/A$6,000New
Upgrade to M10-DN/A$6,000New
Upgrade to M10$5,450$5,200– $350
Upgrade to M Monochrom (Typ 246)$4,750$4,350– $400
Upgrade to SL (Typ 601)$3,100$3,100No Change
Upgrade from M9-POld PriceNew PriceChange
Upgrade to M10-PN/A$5,800New
Upgrade to M10-DN/A$5,800New
Upgrade to M10$5,150$5,000– $150
Upgrade to M Monochrom (Typ 246)$4,350$3,950– $400
Upgrade to SL (Typ 601)$3,100$2,800No Change
Upgrade from M MonochromOld PriceNew PriceChange
Upgrade to M10-PN/A$5,400New
Upgrade to M10-DN/A$5,400New
Upgrade to M10$4,950$4,800– $150
Upgrade to M Monochrom (Typ 246)$4,150$3,750– $400
Upgrade to SL (Typ 601)$2,750$2,750No Change

How to tell if your camera has corrosion

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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