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| p.2 #19 · Used Leica M8 or wait until new Mx arrives and the price of an M9 to go down? |
Very interesting thread. I had the same dilemma last year when I decided to switch to rangefinders. I realized that the M8/M8.2 sensor performance is quite far from today's standards, not to mention the problems with IR and other imperfections. The M9 is great but not a good investment at this time when it has basically reached the end of its life cycle. So my decision was to wait until the M10 is released, and then decide whether to get the M9 (lower price, easy to get), or the M10 (latest model, LV, probably unobtainable before end of 2013). In the meanwhile I'm very happy with my film rangefinders.
I'm kind of in the same boat, but went with a different solution, for now. I'd love an M9, but the price still doesn't make sense for me, so I'm waiting to see what happens after the M10 comes. In the meantime, I've been shooting a little X100, and I like it much more than I expected. I like it enough that I may reconsider buying an M9 even when the price drops, because it'll still be pretty expensive, comparatively, and I love the size of the X100.
I've used and owned film rangefinders in the past, and the X100 gives a pretty similar experience, despite being AF...especially if you zone focus, which is common for street photography. I guess the X100 is more of a Contax G like camera (or Hexar AF,) rather than a Leica M, but it is fun to use, and the file output is very good. I've not used older firmwares, but I've not had much issue with the camera, myself.
If I turn off the X100's image review and use the rather fantastic VSCO Lightroom plug-ins, I ALMOST forget I'm not shooting film.