Wow - alot of people completely missing the entire point. Why even bother making comparisons to another camera brand? The fact is the M Monochrom is a rangefinder. NO ONE else makes a digital rangefinder! For people like me who prefer to use a rangefinder (especially digital), there is no other option. Personally, I just don't enjoy using a DSLR anymore, I have no desire to use one ever again.
If you're happy using a DSLR and you can make the images you want, that's great and I'm happy for you! But complaining about the price of Leica makes as much sense as complaining that Lamborghini, Ferrari and other luxury brands are too expensive...
ybizzle: Nothing that a D800 or 5D MKIII couldn't produce...At less than half the cost!
You fail to take into consideration one very important factor - the fact that some people much prefer to use rangefinder cameras. Myself included. Personally, I never even want to touch a DSLR again!
ICPix: I wonder if it comes in a snazzy red, or, oh! wait that new Pentax yellow,...yes there are the endorphins. Hold it, you don't think the monochrome moniker applies to the body colour do you? Goodness, for shame.
Look, I get it.
Beautiful wide dynamic range, no AA handicap, clean tack sharp image. Construction beyond reproach.
But 5 mortgage payments?.... Not me, Pro's only need apply. They can generate the income to indulge. And make no mistake, this is an extraordinarily self-indulgent and self-referential camera.
Name one luxury brand whose products aren't self-indulgent?
Why does anyone expect Leica to be different?
zoekatya: Awesome Laica. The only thing is know one can afford it!
Not many people can afford luxury brands.
Make no mistake - Leica is a luxury brand. The world will probably have an 'affordable' Leica about the same time as Lamborghini release a car that only costs $40k.
zoekatya: Leica would make a TON of money if they bumped this camera down to lets say $1000-$1500? Instead they are just a niche market for the super rich.
Sorry to burst your bubble... but Leica ARE making a ton of money, especially since the M9 and all the special editions they keep coming out with.