And it probably is pointless to you - but not to him, which is really his point. As per my earlier post, context is important, and his many earlier posts on the M9 provide the context. of course, if you're not familiar with his blog, there is no way for you to know that.Rule Nr. 1: Never shoot jpegs with a Leica M. After 15 months with an M9, he should have figured this one out.
Rule Nr 2: Don't buy a soft top convertible if you are considering the lack of a hard roof a "shortcoming". (Lack of AF is mentioned as a shortcoming of the M9).
That's why his comparison looks pretty pointless to me.
Nice reasoning. Congratulations on your M9. I'll confess to some envy...I've owned my M9P for all of seven days, so I'm not an expert user by any means, but here it goes. The reason why I bought the M9 was that when I had an opportunity to briefly hold one in my hands during a recent trip to NYC, it felt remarkably similar to my M6. I love the M6 because I love the rangefinder shooting experience. I also love its heft, the bright and beautiful OVF and the simplicity of its design.
I find the exact same qualities in the M9. I love that in manual mode you have the exact same arrow display as the M6 and that on auto you have a simple shutter speed display. I love that the menu is only one page long and simple, and that once set up, you rarely have to look at it. Most of all, I love that it is a true rangefinder. If you do not love true rangefinders and rangefinder focusing, IQ is not enough of a reason to pick up an M9.
In that sense, I do not see the X-Pro1 as a Leica M substitute. It is to me remarkably similar to the Contax G2, even in size and shape. I used to own a Contax G system and loved it, but it is a night and day different experience from shooting with the M6. Not better or worse, mind you, but different.
Having said that, it appears that the X-Pro1 is a wonderful shooting machine. It's not a Leica M but it's not supposed to be. To a lot of users, that may be a good thing.
I'm sensitive about what mega mega pixel will do to my present computing capacity - iMac and MBPI would think if you can hold off until the M10 is announced shortly that there will be a flood of used M9s on the market, but maybe that won't affect the price.
I'm there now Bill and I'm just using this measly 12mp GXR. My laptop screen is not big enough, my hard drive is full, and my machine croaks now when I try to run a couple apps along with Aperture. (My MacBook Pro is 5 years old).I'm sensitive about what mega mega pixel will do to my present computing capacity - iMac and MBP
I reckon that if I bought a D800, for example, I would have to upgrade both, plus additional storage, plus big expensive CF cards, plus maybe a better screen - I think that once these cams are producing 34mp+ RAW files this is going to hit a lot of people
I considered that before purchasing mine, but unless the folks at Leica are extremely good at keeping secrets and spreading false rumors, the rumor mill strongly indicates that what will be announced is a B&W only M body and that the M9 successor will be announced in September. If that is indeed the case, I do not think M9 prices will be significantly impacted by the announcement.I would think if you can hold off until the M10 is announced shortly that there will be a flood of used M9s on the market, but maybe that won't affect the price.