Upload & Sell: On
Joe, uhoh7 and Gary- thanks very much for the quick and emphatic replies.
Gary - I particularly like the last 2 alley shots in your last post.
The main thrust of my reasoning re selling the M9 is nervousness about its longevity and therefore supportability into the future: it's one thing if a $1500 M8 becomes unsupportable, another if a $3500-4000 M9 does so.
I have been lucky with 2 M8s so far ( the 2nd one replaced the first, because the M9 was lost to me for 6 months). M8 and M9 different issues have been well documented. I know that problems get reported more often than do happy owner tales, and I have no issue with expected fantastic output from the M9, however the long delay in receiving Leica's generous repair was due to sensor QC problems.
Sorry to be a pessimist here, but I probably characterise it as more circumspection, from a basis also that I really like what the inferior M8 can produce.
Yes, the A7 is another strong option, however the price difference from the 7R here in Aus is $540, not massive enough to seriously be a factor.
As I reported, I can live without shooting my CV21/4 and ZM25 on the 7R, knowing that at least one of these would be terrible! Sony Australia are giving buyers a free Metabones EF / or M / other adapter with new purchases of either cam until the end of March.
I rarely use EF lenses on my 5D except for Motorsport, so the A7 attraction is from that alt-lens basis. No doubt Sony will iterate their A7 products in due course and I know they are not approaching cameras from the same philosophy, however there are too many extremely satisfied owners to dismiss (Charles K, Edward Karaa amongst the respected members of this thread).