The M9 is going to be available as a limited edition of 500 pieces in titanium.
The frame lines in the viewfinder are now illuminated by red LEDs so the window beside the viewfinder is absent. Some will like the look but few will get the opportunity to hold it let alone buy it, particularly as the whole caboodle (camera, lens, storybook, lens shade with four blades) will cost €22,000
It seems that the frame lines themselves are still generated by a mechanical frame mask so the only technical innovations here seem to be that Leica has been able to commission the necessary metal-work in titanium and it has figured out how to use some LEDs instead of daylight.
Maybe I'm being overly harsh but I'm underwhelmed. Great excuse for a party perhaps but where is the forward thinking here? Good grief, Fujifilm have offered us a whole raft of innovations with the FinePix X100
which make the Leica X1 look positively ho-hum (yes, I know the X1 and M9 are different animals) and today we get treated to a bunch of Leica executives with foolish grins on their faces ( http://twitpic.com/2qe416
) for having achieved exactly what?
OK, that's me on Leica's black-list but I really do worry for their future if this is the best they can do together with a few re-badged Panasonics.