Summary: This camera is simply stunning. I have shot with it before and it's one of the finest camera's you can use. It's quite expensive, but worth every penny, especially when you get the perfect shot.
Summary: I bought the M8 several years ago, and it met my expectations as far as image quality. I just could not work with the crop factor. The M9 with its full-frame sensor was worth the wait. It's very critical that I know my 50mm lens will cover just what a fifty will, and so on with other focal lengths. Rangefinder photographers rely on memory as to the coverage of a particular lens, and the sensor must be 24x36mm, just like 35mm film.
Excerpt: No es una cámara para cualquiera, solo para quienes entiendan el funcionamiento de un rangefinder. No es comparable desde ningún punto de vista con una réflex. Da gusto tomar fotos con la M9 y los resultados son excelentes. Problems: LCD de baja resolución y baja calidad de la imagen utilizada para preview.
Summary: Okay, I admit it, I was driven to check out the Leica digital rangefinder cameras because of the great time I've been having and the excellent photos I've been taking with the little Leica X2 point-and-shoot! For a short while I had an M8 but quickly sold it to help fund the M9. I guess the rangefinder paradigm is not for everybody but I fell in love with shooting 35mm film on my dad's old Contax many years ago when I was in my twenties!
Summary: I took a plunge, spent more money than maybe I should have but have no regrets! I grew up with a photographer father and his Leica. I have experienced a range finder and so there was no adjustment there. What I experienced is the same as a review I read when trying to decide whether to purchase the Leica or not. I have found after taking vacation with the M9 that is slows everything down. You think about composition and metering and you have to focus.
Summary: The Leica M9 has a very good sensor but is primitive and has very limited capabilities compared to a DSLR. It exists only to provide a full frame body to mount Leica and Zeiss M lenses. That said, it can produce some of the best photographs of any camera, especially landscapes. Shooting a Leica M is a lesson in the importance of lenses. I now realize how much lenses are the basis of any camera system followed closely by the quality of the camera sensor.