When I heard the rumor that Leica was releasing a black-and-white-only camera, I had mixed feelings. If it could achieve high ISO with little or no noise, that would be a huge improvement over the M9. But would it be worth it to give up color?
I said to myself, “If it’s $5000 or less, I’ll buy one.” I could justify spending less than the M9 for black-and-white only. But when I heard that it actually costs more than the M9, I was immediately turned off. Would I sell my M9 for this camera or a couple lenses? At this point, I’m not likely to purchase one. However, I’m very high on the waiting list at Dale Photo & Digital.
By all reports so far, it sounds like an amazing camera, especially with the new 50mm APO-Summicron. Here are some of the reviews I found online: