Excerpt: Focusing was the first thing to get used to. The manual settings were next. But, having all that control is awesome. I know a rangefinder can't do all the things that a DSLR can but it is Leica and not much can be compared to an M -- even in its abbreviated form.
Excerpt: Long time serious amateur photographer who's migrating from DSLR photography to a lighter, more compact format suited for unobtrusive street photography. The Leica M-E produces wonderfully sharp images that accurately reflect what I see.
Pros: Easy to Use, Excellent Color, Great Resolution, Quiet Operation, Simple Controls, Small / Compact, Superior Quality
Summary: It's a great camera for those who enjoy a very simplistic, manually oriented rangefinder shooting technique. The menus are simple and straight-forward. Adjust exposure is intuitive. Focusing inside the small rangefinder box takes practice to get right, but there is something to be said for how Leica rangefinders require you to really work the scene. You can't just be an observer like you can with a DSLR. Shooting and move on won't be sufficient.
Summary: I used a Leica M-3 for a day in 1963, and never forgot how it made photography fun. After years of taking photos for newsletters and web pages using film SLRs and point-and-shoot digital cameras, I came across a review of the Leica M9 and loved everything about it except the price. Then I happened on a review for the Leica M-E, $1500 less and all the good stuff of the M9. Amazon had one in stock and I have been using it for just over a week.
Summary: The price point, lack of the frameline lever and usb port, and paint color, are the main differences I see in what essentially is an M9. I use two 6-bit lenses with it: 28mm Elmarit ASPH, and a 50mm Summicron. Image quality is superb, especially when shooting in DNG. You can also shoot JPG only or a combo of JPG + DNG, very handy if you want to shoot black and white in JPG but have a DNG color back up. Only thing is you must have a backup storage solution.
Summary: 1. It goes with me everywhere. It is small and solid and a joy to shoot with. It gets taken where I would not take my D4. 2. It is a new experience because it is a rangefinder camera and I focus it manually. I have one lens, a 35mm f/2 Summicron, so that is what I shoot with. It is liberating not to worry about what lens to use. I hope to get another lens, a 90mm f/2 Summicron, but at $3995 it will be a while (if I can find one). 3.
Summary: So I've shot Nikon at work for 15 years, and I recently bought a Canon 5D mark II for video, but I LOVE my Leica M-E. It's compact but the images have a film quality that I really enjoy. Not only do the images stack up to the Canon and Nikon the rangefinder is really enjoyable to shoot.
Summary: First things first: The Leica M-E is the current revision of the venerable M9 - other than the absence of a USB port and frame preview lever, it's *physically* identical to the M9. The rangefinder paradigm is admittedly not for everybody but if you ever fell in love with shooting 35mm film on a Contax or a Zeiss Ikon, the M-E might be just the perfect digital camera for you! The body is solid and the build quality is unequaled.
Excerpt: after releasing New M-E which is almost (M9) just without lever and USB sold my previus camera and got it for my landscape using Carlzeiss 21mm ZM f/2 the camera have an amazing image quality specialiy if u shot in daylight or sunset - sunrise small and light easy to be with u all the day it is little dificult to use GND lee filters wihtout put after u use it for 1 month u gonna love this camera especially for nature or portrait .
Excerpt: so this is basically an m9 without a couple useless features. the color is great, muted, and subtle. the size is great. image quality is superb and isn't even that bad at 1600 iso...although 800 and below is where I try to use it most...with 160 pretty amazing. so the only caviet is getting past the "windows 98' ish experience" you'll have with the lcd..