pedromeyer: The more I read and look at the specs of this new masterpiece of deception, the new Monochrome Leica M9, the more I have to wonder the sanity of those who invest in this sort of equipment. Of course photography is the least of the issues at hand, as if it was really about making great pictures, what you need and want is the equipment with the greatest possible flexibility to offer you a wide choice of options from which to select the most appropriate ones according to what you are about to take pictures off.
Now to have the privilege to spend twice as much money for a fraction of the options, is about having to look in a mirror and ask yourself is you are totally deluded or what.
Take a 34 megapixiel file from the new Nikon with a Zeiss lens, and then compare it with the 18 Monochrome from Leica, and you have to scratch your head how they could even sell one camera body.
Furthermore, you have the choice of creating the image in b&w or color among two hundred other benefits.
"what you need and want is the equipment with the greatest possible flexibility to offer you a wide choice of options from which to select the most appropriate ones according to what you are about to take pictures off"
This is correct for some cases, but it does not apply when you consider having more than one option (in this case, camera). I would be very surprised if any Leica MM buyer would have this as their only camera. We have a phrase "horses for courses" which implies different tools for different jobs. Sure there are versatile Swiss Army knives, but there are also chopsticks, forks, spoons and knives.
I get your point that just like chopsticks are not necessary in many households, this camera won't be either. It is a device for a specific task.