donthasslethehoff: The hatred being thrown at Leica on this thread is profound. They are a for profit company. They apparently know who their customer is. They are a small but profitable company competing with much larger companies, and have found a niche that works for them.
Those who quip that this story should not be posted on DPR, kindly note that DP stands for 'digital photography' and that this is a digital camera.
Those who complain that it's too expensive will simply not buy it, but saying Leica is bad or evil or hates poor people or whatever else you're saying.... well, you're not thinking. This is a supply/demand thing and if your customer will pay $40k or $50k for a camera, you'd be a fool to not sell it to them.
Leica is not a mass producer. You ought not think of them that way. They are Tiffany, Ferrari, Gucci, etc.
I neither hate Leica nor do I believe they are bad, or evil, or hate poor people. I just believe that it is worth pointing out the absurdity (in my humble opinion) of asking what for many people would be the price of a home for a camera. I don't begrudge Leica in any way, and if there are 300 suc^H^H^H customers out there fortunate enough to be able to spend this kind of money on a camera, then more power to them. I just happen to be of the opinion that this kind of luxury item is absurd on the face of it, and I am happy that DPR is shining a light on this item.
I sold my house and pre-ordered my Hermes edition M9. I'm hoping to get some good shots from the box under the bridge that I live in now.
Slobodan Blagojevic: Why is this thing and its lenses as big as its full-frame counterpart!?
Let's see...The M9 is MF only, does not have the hybrid VF, shoots 2 fps max and costs 5 times as much ( for both the body and the lenses). I imagine Fuji could compete with Leica if they wanted to make a camera body that costs $8k, but they decided to price it within the reach of poor schmucks like me.
I do love that this camera is being compared to Leica, though. You can get the camera and all three lenses for less than the price of a single Leica lens, never mind the body, and yet people are clamoring to compare it to the M9. More power to Fuji. I'm sure there are no Leica owners quaking in their boots out there, as there is no way that this camera will be able to out Leica a Leica. It looks to be an interesting entrant into the market, though, and I, for one, am looking forward to getting mine.
I believe that they plan to put IS on some future lenses (in particular, there is an 18-72 IS zoom that is slated to be released in late 2012) (see the link posted by topworktop below). That said, if you really need IS it is a bit of a gamble to put money on a system that has yet to release an IS lens.
I feel very torn by this announcement. On the one hand it looks like a superb system. On the other hand, it is still APS-C. Why not put a real sensor in the camera?
Topworktop: some samples of high iso results with 60mm macro lenshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/myleicamp/sets/72157629061476676/
Thanks for the link! The 18-72 f4 is lens looks very interesting, depending on how big it turns out to be. The whole point of this system (I think) is for it to be compact while offering superior image quality. If the lens is just as big as those on my DSLR, I don't see any advantage.