shaocaholica: There's a solution many M9 owners have for the lackluster rear LCD. Just lose it altogether. When you shot film, you don't know what the photo looked like till it was developed and that 'charm' is missing when shooting digital so if you're going in for a penny on retro handling you might as well go in for a pound.
Gary, how about these?
Most of you guys are so off base. Obviously you don't own one, haven't shot with one. I'll concede there are some vanity collectors that have too much money. Whatever.
For the rest of us, the M9 is a unique proposition. It's full frame! Hello! Posts above saying youl get a better file from a more up to date sensor which is m4/3 or aps-c: you just don't know what you are talking about.
I had a GH2. I have an NEX7, 5D2, M9. This is my #1 hobby, and even with all I have, it's a lot less $ than something like a bass boat that someone is making payments on, and by the time he's done with the payments it's worth 1/4 what he paid for it.
Why are mirrorless so popular? Because we are aging and it's hard to carry a pack full of pro-glass (i.e. L's in my case). And... airline travel today.
There simply is no small camera (including the XPro-1) that even approaches what an M9 and Leica glass can do. Manual AF, once learned, is a joy. In many situations, the small cameras don't AF anyway.
DougSchuch: Your photo deserves first place as far as I'm concerned. Lots of dynamics. Well done!
Doug, you are too kind. Thank you so much. Loved your entries too!
Congrats numnuts, great image!
Super cool shot. Love the reflections. Well seen.
Thanks guys. Like I mentioned to rponiarski, I tried HDR a few years ago and it just wasn't for me. This shot would be hard to HDR too as I just put my camera down on my foot and fired. I like this POV but I'm not dedicated enough to lay down on the asphalt!