Behind the Scenes: Constructing a Leica M9

This two-part video offers a candid look at the assembly of this famous rangefinder.

The Leica M9 is an undeniably beautiful piece of craftsmanship. But just how much effort is put into making one of the world's most drool-over cameras, well, one of the world's most drooled over cameras?

This lengthy two-part video offers a candid look into the final stages of the assembly and calibration of this illustrious rangefinder. Looking past the poor sound quality and shaky camera angle, one notices how meticulous and detail-oriented the factory workers are throughout the last steps of the camera’s construction.

In fact, the German factory is so anal about handcrafting and calibrating each individual body to perfection, that it almost makes the $7000 price tag justifiable.