Jerry Canon: I really can't understand why anyone in their right mind would pay $4250 for this. Sure, it says "Leica" on it, but it IS an electronic digital camera with a fixed lens and will probably sell for half that in a year or two...huh?
I second that.
It's a disguised Panasonic: Leica makes now German copies of Japanese cameras.
GuitarCamera Man: Another great camera from Leica and not an anachronism but a needed tool for those who can attain the financial means to obtain one. This is a fantastic machine and I would love to own one.
Needed!!?? You must be kidding.
iae aa eia: People need a reference in terms of mechanical or electronic or digital technology luxury. Leica is a reference in luruxy. Humans need that. One has to be the best. Exclusivity pushes boundaries. It's like a jewel. Leica is a jewel. Just like an ancient monument, or a Maybach car, too. It's a nature's work of art through humans. It's care, precision, timing, dedication, praise, and patience—a desire for magnificence—at their best.
Hey, Leica; did you like my comment? I need a camera.
The camera you describe is what Leica used to be: nowadays, starting with the M (Typ 240), Leica is just like any other Japanese camera with a single difference: it's a rangefinder with a brass top and base plate.Not enough to justify its premium price.
ecka84: An anachronism , totally.
.....and a real theft.
On a personal level, taking into account the issues I had both with my M8.2 ( i.e.: cracked LCD due to coffeestains & discontinued spare parts for replacement) and with my M9P (viz. faulty sensor due to corrosion on a camera with only 146 actuations count: Leica has found no permanent solution as yet, as replaced sensors are prone to same failure), I believe that buying into Leica digital would be a bit foulish, especially at their price and considering that a FF Sony (namely the A7 II) is available at about $ 1.700. My two cents.
Monochrom: Allthough picture quality will be super, i still don't get why anyone wants to pay for a rangefinder and then use the camera with liveview or an EVF. M camera's were since the 70's a tool for photographers who wanted to work different: unobtrusive, quick and sure to get a picture up, close and personal. Now Leica is turning the M into a "do-it-all" camera. Maybe they feel that they can't sell their camera's without all the extra's, but i think they are losing the edge they allways use to have with the M line.
Just two words: market and greed.
waffel and co: They make a great looking camera , I like what they make .......then I liked the Epson Rd1, m8, m9 ,m4 etc ......so I am sorta rangefinder orientated but I abdicated to Fuji, cheaper, great results, better camera and the X E2 is a great leica lens companion
.....and much cheeper
RichRMA: I wish other camera makers still used brass blanks for the top and bottom plates. That way, we'd still have real metal finishes instead of lousy paint on magnesium castings.
Agreed, but at what a price!
photogeek: Too cheap. I'll wait until they release a titanium version for like $50K.
Aargh! You shouldn't have said that: now, surely, Leica is going to put that in practice and sell this new product for some 9.995 US$.
No thanks! No more Leica for me. The loss I suffered due to the M9 sensor failure and Leica's inadeguate approach to the issue (replacement with a similar sensor prone to telapse) was enough for me.
Best wishes to all of you up there.Regards
boarderphreak: Leica has issued a formal response!
As I understand, there will be no permanent fix as Kodak CCD sensor is not expected to undergo further upgrading processes...... Leica could be planning on having designed a new CMOS sensor for M-E and MM.In that case, what about M9 and M9-P?
Let's at least hope that these PRO lenses won't break off at the bayonet plastic mount as it occurred to some 12-40mm PRO. When it comes to reliability m4/3 system leaves much to be desired and can hardly be defined "PRO".
Davidgilmour: I will never ever buy canon stuff again
....and neither will I
Aahhh, what's point? Canon is only a waste of time.
Another B/S camera body.
Honestly, can't see any difference between before and after calibration.