Eric Sorensen: I'm sorry, but my 5DmkII with a prime lens is at least as sharp and has less noise. And I can shoot in color AND autofocus. If money wasn't an issue, this little camera might be fun - but the images it produces don't justify the price - and don't by a long shot. If this thing was $800, it might be fun.
This camera, despite having a regal heritage, is a toy and a way-too-expensive toy, at that. Part of creating a black-and-white photograph, for me, is the interpretation of color into value. In the old days, we had different films that helped with that, along with the use of colored filters. Now we have Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture to manipulate the colors in a b/w interpretation. I'm not one to have those decisions made for me, least of all by a roomful of engineers in Germany or Japan (or wherever). The sharpness, as several have alluded to, is much less than I would have thought for a Leica. I once had a Leica IIIf with a Summicron lens that would cut nails and tomatoes better than a Ginsu knife. Not this one. I've seen Sigmas sharper than what I see here in the sample images. That's not to disparage Sigmas because I've seen some sharp Sigmas. But Leicas have always been a cut above even the top mainstream lenses. That's not true here.
deletedGregR1: my absolute favourite accessories are the generic ones from eBay's China Inc, like remote controls, cords, hotshoe covers (disable auto-flash), etc. it's amazing how many little bits you can pick up for only a few bucks to do a simple job.
of course, other than those sub-$5 things, i like a nice flash (430EX), a good tripod (055C, old one) with ball head (488RC i think), and some free time to shoot. i'm even quite content to use Cokin-type filters now and again (mostly ND to force longer exposures).
most COUNTERproductive accessory? a bubble level that fits into the hotshoe. GUARANTEED to make dreadfully boring "horizon-always-in-the-middle" compositions. $2 and in the trash it went!
deletedGregR1, I agree that there are a lot of inexpensive little gadgets that perform one small task. . . but my bubble level is a godsend when I'm shooting architectural photos with my 17mm TS-E. For many other situations, it may not be the right solution for a given problem. For architectural photos, interior or exterior, it's that perfect little tool to solve one problem.