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Thanks Andrew. I recall your post about your upcoming trip and my suggestion to just go with the Leica.
Of my typical 21/28/50/90 general purpose kit, I use the 90 the least. It's a reason I'm hesitant to upgrade to the 90AA, in addition to its larger size. But I do think it's a very good lens. I've yet to try the 35 Summarit, though have heard many good things about it, including its rendering. I've seen it as low as $1100 and have been tempted...
Loving these winterscapes Ron!
My lens lineup is similar to your from an FL standpoint, with fairly fast lenses (21 f/1.8, 35 f/1.4, 50 f/1.4, 90 f/2). Like you, I use the 90 least, and am contemplating trading it in for a 75 f/1.4, which I think I would enjoy a lot more for the subject isolation and light gathering ability.
Speaking as a mostly satisfied M240 user, I don't think my stay into the Leica universe would have lasted very long if I bought an M9. I used an M9 for a week, after I tested the M240. To me, the LV makes and better high ISO performance makes the M240 a much more versatile camera, and I really value that versatility. I love the "one camera for just about everything" philosophy, and the M240 is the closest I've been able to get to that ideal camera for me. Being able to take images over fences or people's heads while focusing/composing through LV, or seeing a landscape composition through a wide lens without having to fumble with external finders, is extremely useful to me. I much prefer to use the RF to focus, but it's not always the best way to solve a photographic problem. For example, I know for a fact that my 90mm focus-shifts substantially. LV makes it possible for me to use that lens without having to surrender my camera to a service-person for a weeks at a time. I know I have should adjusted eventually, but LV preserves the camera's usefulness with that lens.
Also, since most of my casual and street shooting is done at night, I really value the high ISO performance of the M240 sensor.