Is Leica “avin a laugh” or what…this German company is renowned for it’s optics and overpriced cameras…this is no exception… £4850 is outrageous if you consider the alternatives. I have also seen a 1600 ISO picture taken with this camera and it’s noisy. You can get a new Canon 7D (18MP) with a 50mm f1.2 L lens for £2977 or a Full Frame Canon 5D Mk11 (21MP) with same lens for £3162 !
Times have changed Leica had a small following in the film days of people who craved the best in optics in a rangefinder camera with interchangeable lenses…there was a market in the 60s and 70s for such camera designs but sadly the M9 camera looks dated among todays sleek cameras and let’s not kid ourselves until recently Panasonic have been making their digital cameras.
Having just looked at the dPreview tour of the Leica factory you get to see why you pay so much for this camera…”IT”S ALL HAND MADE” which is quaint and very commendable but in the dog eat dog 21st century world we live in and a value for money, recession world …sadly I still see no market place for such a dear basic digital camera. PS I have no doubt that the optics will be of a very high standard as will the build quality.
Personally Leica and their prices have had their days…who is going to spend the best part of five thousand pounds today for a camera that looks like a hand me down from World War 2, delivers noisy 1600 ISO pictures and a small basic LCD in todays standards and why go to all the bother to add rangefinder optics when you have an LCD or has it not got live view ?
Take a trip over to www.dpreview.com to see a hands on preview. (Link is at the right hand side of this page)