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The Leica is *not* a luxury fashion item, it is an expensive, but fully functional camera with very high image quality, and some of the best lenses made. Some people may *treat* it like a fashion or luxury item, but it is no more so than any other desirable camera. Is the Holga/Diana a fashion item, just because it is fashionable to use them? Of course not.
No Leica camera has any image quality whatsoever without a lens attached to it.
Also, after having shot primarily with 6x7 film using a Mamiya 7, I can say that 35mm film doesn't compare to 6x7 in terms of image quality. I've scanned sharp 35mm negatives with a Flextight and there's just no comparison.
I always wanted to shoot the Mamiya 7... but I'm no longer interested in shooting film.
While 35mm film might not compare to 6x7 film, '35mm' FF digital from a high-rez sensor will be much better than 35mm film and will rival medium format film images for image detail. Naturally, there is a look to images as the capture format increases in size that can't be duplicated by something smaller.