abi170845: Kodak still manufactured Leica's sensors? If yes, until when? if stopped, then who will substitute and will Leica charge these nutty prices?
Kodak sold off the sensor business last year already. So the Leica sensors are provided by an independent and supposedly healthy company.
wb2trf: Leica cameras are bad and, more importantly, irrelevant in the digital age. One may as well have a political conversation about the Russian nobility. Leica's significance if it has any remaining, is as a lens maker. If you want to enjoy Leica lenses, buy a Nex and put it on it.
At base ISO, I daresay that the M9 image quality beats everything out there - only now to be challenged by the D800. So saying that Leica cameras are "bad" is putting it too easy.