I am at a loss to understand the complaints about LEICA prices..Everybody knows that Leica are the Rolls Royce and come with a price to match. Why? because they can.You want cheap, there is a second hand "Happy times" camera on e-bay. You want top quality cheaper, may I suggest Cannon or Nikkon. You want Leica, may I suggest selling the house, car, wife and Kids...You KNOW it is going to cost.Half of the ability top produce results is the camera.Half of the ability of a camera to produce results is the "FEEL"that the photographer gets when he /she picks the camera up. a leica "FEELS" like no other camera. My shots with my EOS are nothing like my shots with my Leica. They are of the same tech specs, but "FEEL" Totally different.If I want a 50mm shot I can choose either set up. It depends on the "FEEL" that I am after, as to which one I use for the shot.
If you want a Leica, then only a Leica will do, and you are going to part with some serious money. But you already know that.