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You can't really factor is cost when talking about a m9 because frankly it is a very poor value. My M8.2 at less than half the cost is still a very poor value for that matter.
Most people out there would be more upset about how it doesn't even have AF. I'll let people try my M8.2 and most hate it and tell me it was the worst rip off ever lol.
A classic sports car is another example of something that for all purposes is a horrible value. The gas milage sucks, there is no ABS, traction control, no a/c, its got no safety features like air bags, seats are uncomfortable, needs tune ups all the time etc. Horrible car compared to any modern Honda, Toyota etc, all of which you could buy 2 of for the price of some of the more desirable classic muscle cars. Still something pretty darn cool about having a 65 GTO convertible to cruise around in on a Saturday night though isn't there ? I'd love one
Leica in this day and age is just full of compromise and things that rational consumers shouldn't accept but its the nature of the camera. "Should" have AF, live view, cleaner high ISO files, shoot 8 fps, 3" 920k display, hd video mode, a wide collection of affordable lens covering 14-400mm at least, be lighter, more ergonomic etc as well for $7000 for a camera body right ?
But its not, and its still pretty cool even though your giving up all that stuff going in, and then do have issues with corners and such as well (in their defense thats an issue of the rf lens design and digital sensors rather than film. Leica have actually done a great job of making a ff digital sensor work as well as it does)
Its sort of a glass half full/half empty thing I guess. Whats better ? No ff sensor or one that while every attempt was made to make it as good as it can be, perfection may not be possible due to simple physics.
I guess it could be summed up by saying if you want perfection, don't buy a Leica, but....if you do want perfection, buy a like.
Its both a perfect and imperfect camera at the same time. My m8.2 is the best camera I've ever owned even though its probably the lowest featured, noised, slowest and most overpriced camera I've ever owned at the same time lol
I know Cornerfix can clean up the files - my buddy gave me a half-hour tutorial once...I was chagrined though, to see such a marked problem. My point was more along the lines of "people accept this from a twelve-thousand dollar setup?" :/
I agree with you, about edges containing "good stuff"...it's a pity to lose it on cropping, sometimes.
(even with red edges, I wish I had your setup, the delicious street images that could be taken here...)