"A Film Classic Brought to the Digital Area"4.5 starson by Steven A. Melnyk
Pros: Minimalist structure (does not get in the way)
Great pictures (especially RAW)
Great lenses - no dogs
Light weight (relative to DSLRs)
Forces you to focus on the picture
Beautifully built (hand-made in Germany)
18 megapixels - great detail
Cons: Limited upper end ISO (2500)
Price (both camera and lenses)
Performance under low light limited
Limited selection of lenses
Back LCD is too low resolution (especially for the money)
JPEG quality is not acceptable.
Summary: I have shot with many different camera systems - Nikon (the base and the one that I often return to - very intuitive system), Canon (some great lenses, unintuitive menus), Olympus (loved the evolt but Olympus killed it), Contax (Zeiss lenses - enough said), and Fujifilm. Yet, I find myself most enjoying the Leica system. Yes, it is expensive. Yes, it is manual focus. Yes, it is not great under low light conditions. Yet, in spite of these limitations, the camera (especially the M9 - I also have the M8.2) works. Once you get familiar with the Leica and its controls, then this camera becomes almost second nature. Controls are precise and simple; they force you to take your time and to focus on the picture. I have a Nikon D300s, D700, D7000, and a D3s. I have numerous Nikon lenses. Yet, the best pictures that I seem to take are with a Leica M9. It is a pity that Leicas are so expensive because more people should have the experience of shooting with one.
If you can afford one, get it - you will not be disappointed.