Interesting "letters". Michael Reichmann was one of the elite few who were invited to Solms to see the M9 before its launch so he deserves to be taken seriously but Steve Huff's response is also typical of many Leica users if the Leica User forum is any guide. Indeed the "traditionalists" are often pretty vociferous and you'd be forgiven for thinking the world is about to end if Leica were to add a single "modern" feature to its M-series, but the moment Leica do those same traditionalists seem to switch tracks and believe that the latest incarnation is as up to date as any M camera needs to be.
For what it's worth I think Michael Reichmann has pretty much hit the nail on the head but maybe an M-series owner could clarify one point for me? I've always assumed that the iris aperture is permanently set by the aperture ring on the lens - correct? If so and a Live View or EVF option were included to allow focus confirmation using "peaking", as described in the letter
, wouldn't that require the aperture to be manually opened in order to get a good signal to noise ratio?
I don't know the answer to this but if that is a concern then it sort of highlights Leica's problem going into the future. So long as they stick to the M-mount their options for improving the body functionality will be hamstrung. That will please the traditionalists but might be the end of the company as the new generation of cameras exemplified by micro four-thirds improves. Will we see the next M-series camera with a new, but still compact, mount (and lenses) which retains backwards compatibility with existing M-series lenses using an adaptor? I hope so but with the S2
gobbling up the R&D budget I'm not holding my breath.