shigzeo: Oh yes, I'd love to have one, but my life may never see such luxury. My heavy D200 better last a few more years.
I also have a heavy D200. I was surprised to learn that the 5D is lighter than the D200. I solved the heavy D200 problem by getting a cheap, used, light-weight Nikon. The D7000 does everything the D200 does and better and costs way less than the Leica.
rallyfan: Isn't the red dot the reason "professional photographers" and "enthusiasts" buy these cameras? By leaving it out they've made a risky move. It'll probably be OK as long as they don't position themselves to compete against functional cameras.
Why would you put a red dot on something meant for stealth photography?
MPA1: Gorgeous but still impossible to focus accurately unless you have excellent eyesight.
An autofocus version of this camera would sell in truckloads. I would buy 2 almost immediately for a start!
Yup. I have a split prism focusing screen on my D200, and I use the "green dot" confirmation when I'm in a hurry. It makes for a busy viewfinder, but fast & accurate focusing. Not quite rangefinder like, but a very close second.
I've heard that the high end Nikons are more often in focus than the high end Canons, which is ironic considering how Canon got their lead in the late 80's building great fast autofocus bodies (and those funky white zoom lenses you always saw at sporting events).
Per PN: I love Leica M. The manual nature means that I improve in my skills because I don't rely on all the automatic settings and autofocus I would have in a DSLR. This camera is not meant to replace DSLRs but its a fun alternative and yes, expensive, but the quality is great. Lenses is second to none. I've had Canon L glass and they don't come close. Lots of magnum agency pros use Leica M.
What a load of bull. Pick up any pro Nikon body and put it in manual mode. You'll know how to adjust every setting within 60 seconds. Shutter speed? Under your thumb. Aperture? Under your index finger - or if you buy an older lens, on the lens. ISO? Dedicated button. White Balance? Dedicated button.
Where's your dedicated white balance button, Leica boy? Oh yeah, it's hidden behind a menu.
You know what cameras hide stuff behind lots of menus- amateur cameras that cost $400. Please don't tell me you just compared an $8000 Leica to an entry level DSLR.