I was born in Wetzlar and grew up in Solms, the two main seats of Leitz/Leica, and most of my family has worked for them at some point. That said, the M9 is a bit like a Kramer knife IMHO. Nice to have, but the functionality (and IQ) is not 15x better than that of a similar sized m4/3 Olympus Pen or Panasonic GF1. Or even better, the new Panny G3 that just came out is about the same size and probably the best one, yet, and you get it for around $600 with a kit lens.
You don't get a Leica because it's sensible, you get a Leica because it's a Leica.
Originally Posted by apicius9
I've owned my fair share (off the top of my head 3 M3s, 3 M2s, 2 M4s, M4-2, M4-P and an MP). Great cameras, but it's all the mystique and the intagible aspect of it. I took the same crappy photos with my Leicas that I took with my cheap old film SLRs.
If I had the cash I'd own an M9 or even a used M8, but the money just isn't there right now. I've played with 4/3 before but the bodies are too small for my hands and I still don't care the controls. My friends 5dMkII is amazing, but DSLRs are too large for my main style of shooting.
Originally Posted by Justin0505
I'm actually really considering a Ricoh GRDIII. I had an original GRD years ago and it was a cool little camera with decent IQ and intuitive controls. Even when I had my Leica I wound up selling every lens but a 35/2 Summicron, so I don't even need interchangable lenses.