Stills V3

December 27, 2013

Happy Christmas and a cracked sensor glass

Filed under: Mike — sojournerphoto @ 20:27


Happy Christmas everyone. Just a Christmas morning snap, but one that illustrates how an M9 images when the sensor glass cracks (my Christmas surpirse!)… see bottom right. This was accidentally underexposed just over 3 stops and at iso 640, so is equivalent to just over 5,000 for comparison with Chris’ picture earlier.

I wish everyone on Stills a very happy and healthy 2014.




  1. Ouch, how on earth did that happen?

    Comment by cgcooke — December 28, 2013 @ 01:01

  2. Ouch, how on earth did that happen?
    and how much to fix?
    A good capture of a child being engrossed in a Christmas gift. There is a special period in our lives when watching a child unwrap a Christmas gift bestows an inordinate amount of joy! :-)
    It just isn’t the same when they are in their thirties!

    Happy new year to you.

    Comment by Rex — December 31, 2013 @ 17:08

  3. Happy new year to all of you folks.I haven’t been around for a long time and I am sorry about it. I will become more active again if you’ll have me?
    Anyway, bad news Mike! How did that happen indeed?

    Comment by Cem — January 1, 2014 @ 01:06

    • You are very welcome. We have been teetering on the edge of oblivion so more activity is very welcome. :-) If you know of anyone else who might become a regular participant then let me know. We seem to be a rare breed of photographer these days that likes this intimate form of considered feedback. I think when Stills started there wasn’t a Flickr, Facebook etc or the multiplicity of spaces to show work and get feedback that exist now.

      Comment by Rex — January 1, 2014 @ 10:39

      • Thanks for the welcome Rex. In the past year my ideas regarding the feedback on photos have evolved. I no longer provide critique unless there is a specific request made by the photographer on certain aspects of his/her work. I think that the best c&c for the photographer is when we describe what we see in the picture and how it works on us. Most c&c on the internet is in the form of what people think is wrong with the photo and how differently they would approach it. I dislike this very much, in my mind the picture as shown is a given. It is the work of the photographer, not that of the critic.

        Comment by Cem — January 1, 2014 @ 11:29

      • Oh BTW, do we still have that policy of posting only one picture a day? If so, it takes away the spontaneity of posting pictures when one is in the mood. I used to lose interest in posting due to that restriction in the past. I was going to post one today and then I saw that Mike had already posted I wasn’t sure if it was OK for me to also post.

        Comment by Cem — January 2, 2014 @ 21:53

      • Cem, please post. We need and welcome activity! We can always ask to slow down if necessary… I’ve been known to post two of mine a day sometimes. Spontaneity is good.

        Also, remember, you must never crop, unless you want to:)

        Comment by sojournerphoto — January 2, 2014 @ 22:30

      • Thanks Mike. I was just going to post and I saw that John has beaten me to it.

        Comment by Cem — January 2, 2014 @ 22:31

  4. Thanks everyone. Apparently it sometimes, but not often, just happens. There are various theories about lamination failure and heat cycling, together with the M9’s unusually thin ir filter pack. Anyway, I’m hoping that Leica will replace it without charge as that seems to be their usual approach. The body is over 3 years old, so out of warranty, but still well within it’s expected service life! No drops, bumps or bangs, so just an unexpected failure.

    Cem, you are very welcome back and I am glad to hear from you. I tend to agree with you view on feedback. I take the view that the picture is what the photorapher wished to present (certainly here we don’t see grossly blown skies and if we did I’d assume it was intended given the knowledge and ability of those present). My best comment is therefore how I see it and what impact it has on me – that doesn’t have to be gushing awsomeness, but can be an honest expression of my reaction to the picture rather than a critique of the image, and by extension, the photographer. I’m quite happy for people to tell me that elements of an image don’t work for them as I accept that we are all sensitive to different things and there are many pictures that I like that other people won’t get and vice versa. Do you remember Rachel (?) on OPF asking why a photograph by James Ravillious was so good, when she didn’t understand it at all – I did and thought it was wonderful, but grew up in the same millieu that JR photographed.

    Rex, have you heard from John? I’ve been wondering if he’s OK the last few weeks?



    Comment by sojournerphoto — January 2, 2014 @ 01:11

    • I hope that Leica will be a good sport and won’t charge you for the repairs. I remember the JR discussion with Rachel indeed. :)

      Comment by Cem — January 2, 2014 @ 18:40

      • One of the members of our club is a Leica user and has been for a long time. His new Leica showed signs of corrosion on some of the metal parts. He sent it back and Leica apologised and said they were out of stock of those parts, would he mind if they substituted a matching set of other parts. When his camera was seen by the dealer he offered him a trade in. He got a new M and a lens and some change. Leica had turned his camera into a special :-)

        Comment by Rex — January 4, 2014 @ 22:30

  5. Leica should be ashamed ever getting to put a sub-standard product on the market – I can’t imagine Olympus doing that! You should get a totally free repair/replacement if the company doesn’t want to lose its reputation.

    Twinkling lights, magical (and warm) gifts – certainly the story of contemporary Christmas!

    Comment by zavaell — January 5, 2014 @ 14:34

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