Nikon D810 vs. Leica M9 (in “real life” use).

(Not a scientific comparison between images taken at two different times under different conditions — but this reflects “actual use” conditions for me.)

(See related:  Nikon D810 vs. Leica M240 in “real life” use.)

I photographed my kids’ school Fun Fair yesterday.

Here is an image from the event, taken with the D810 + Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art @ f/4:

Fun Fair 2016

Here is an image from last year (2015), taken with the Leica M9 + Leica 35mm Summilux ASPH FLE @ f/4:

Fun Fair 2015

And here are the magnified views.

First, the D810 + Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/4 (magnified):

Fun Fair 2016 (magnification)

Next, the Leica M9 + Leica 35mm Summilux ASPH FLE @ f/4 (magnified):

Fun Fair 2015 (mangification)

My conclusions:

The D810 + Sigma 35 Art made it easier to photograph the event, the M9 + Leica 35 FLE produced more pleasing image quality (in “actual use” conditions).

In all fairness to the D810 + Sigma 35 Art, when the conditions are right and the focus is nailed, this combination leaves very little to be desired: Nikon D810 + Sigma 35 Art in optimal conditions.

—Peter.

One thought on “Nikon D810 vs. Leica M9 (in “real life” use).

  1. John G. says:

    And so it has been hereby proven through your “scientific test”…the M9/M-E is superior:)

    I visited a D810 at the camera store yesterday. I’m more and more interested in another DSLR. I miss the nearly instant autofocus and the ability to use longer lenses more effectively, but at the same time, I love the control over manual focus of the rangefinder, size and lenses. And I really like the M9 colors in good light.

    Have you tried the auto eye-focus on the D810? That feature is very appealing to me as I rarely get the nearest eye perfect with the rangefinder. I was looking back at some old A7 pictures and it would nail the eyes frequently.

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