It's been a while. but that's mainly because i shoot more film then digital these days. Although i bought a Canon S95 recently. A wonderful little camera, with a lot a functionality.
Nice story of you the handling M9. It's no shame to get blurred pics at 1/8. Even with a rangefinder (Leica or not) it's pretty hard, to not get any blurred pics at that speed. I found your remark of the low-res display very amusing. On a Digital M, you don't need a high-res display for viewing your images. The VF on the M shows everything you need. And with the knowledge of the settings you used and knowing that the rangefinder is accurate. The pic will come out just like you wanted (unless you did something wrong).
I'm still looking for some glass, especially a 35mm. Is your dad selling any ?
Like I said earlier, I've been shooting mostly film lately (50 rolls so far) besides the Zeiss Ikon I already had. I recently bought a Leica CL. The CL is a Leica designed camera, build by minolta in japan. And it's almost 40 years old, and still working great. How many DSLR will reach that age and still work.
Re-reading this post I saw a couple of remarks saying "I want to keep the digital workflow" Well after shooting film for a year now, I can say I'm really happy that I made the change. Yes, it's sometimes boring to scan your films, and it takes some time to scan them. But I'm very happy with the results so far.
Here is a pic from the first film i shot with the Leica CL.
, on Flickr
I feel there is still a lot to learn for me. And not only with using the cameras, but also how to scan the images.
One of the best advantages of shooting film, is that you don't have to worry to much of loosing your image. The negative is the perfect backup.
But one thing that I value above everything else, is that I have much more pleasure in photography. And both cameras, are cameras that I want to take with me on a daily basis. And not like the DSLR, lying in a drawer waiting to get used.
For me it worked out nicely, this switch to film. I cannot say if it will for anybody else, but I would certainly gif it a try. Even if it is with an old film SLR and a single lens (they are really cheap these days).
ps. there is a nice site covering this film/digital hybrid workflow. http://figitalrevolution.com/
go there and listen to some of his audio blogs (the last 2 are really nice)