JeffS7444: If someone were to ask me for suggestions for a small camera capable of very high quality results, I might recommend Sony's NEX-5N plus a 30mm Sigma lens. It looks and handles nothing like the M9, but what does the viewer care, so long as the photo is good?
Although Leica has never been cheap, the price increases since 2006 or thereabouts for both for new and secondhand gear have been breathtaking, and my old excuses ("Yes it's expensive, but I'll keep it for years, so it will actually make sense in the long run") now seem kind of silly. They want $3K+ for a new 35/2 aspherical lens, yet aspherical lens elements are dirt-common these days, and about as expensive: Your average phone probably incorporates them, ditto ED glass.
Right now, I think Leica's real target audience is the new money in China, and I can't compete with that. But we've seen these bubbles before: Once upon a time it seemed the Japanese market was bottomless, until suddenly, it wasn't.
If you have a point to make, please make it already, instead of playing Twenty Questions.
Not saying you can't get terrific results from the Kodak CCD as used in the M9, but it's dynamic range is what it is and not ideal for shooting car taillights and traffic signals at dusk ;-)
Lenses used on the M9 include: 15 Heliar, 28/2.8 Elmarit-M Asph, 35/2 Summicron IV, 50/1 Noctilux, 50/1.4 Summilux pre-asph, 50/2.8 Elmar-M, 75/1.4 Summilux. 50 and 75 'Luxes were borrowed, the rest are/were my own. Why do you ask?
Actually, these folks think Hoya's better-grade filters are more than a match for B+W:
As for Leica M9 vs Sony NEX-5N:
It's not just YOUR ox being gored: I own a Leica M9 myself, along with Sony NEX-5, 7 and yes, the aforementioned 30mm Sigma DN lens.
If someone were to ask me for suggestions for a small camera capable of very high quality results, I might recommend Sony's NEX-5N plus a 30mm Sigma lens. It looks and handles nothing like the M9, but what does the viewer care, so long as the photo is good?
Nice photos, but the argument for low-light performance doesn't make much sense now that inexpensive cameras can be expected to have decent ISO 1600 performance and top pro models are topping out at 204,000.
Some people would complain about their talking dog speaking in the third person ! This is Blade Runner technology. No idea what it will eventually be used for, but it seems like a fundamental rethink about how images are captured, and in some ways a bigger shift than wet glass plates to CCD. The actual product is a shiny toy of limited capabilities. I'm not too concerned about being able to refocus my photos in post processing, I'm thinking about the fact that these photos contain 3D data, and that it works with a single lens. No idea how I will use these features but kudos to Lytro for putting it out there.