Sometimes in life, the donut collar is imposed on us.
Back in 2013, I wrote an Open Letter to Leica.
The letter was primarily aimed at trying to get them to keep a CCD sensor in M cameras. However, Leica had already introduced the CMOS-based M240, which was larger in girth and features (hello video?). In retrospect, it’s clear they were never going to go back to an M9-type camera.
And now in 2023, even I have to concede that I’m using a CMOS-sensor camera (though I’m no longer shooting with a Leica).
Despite the dominance of CMOS, all these years later the M9 commands a premium on the used market. The M240, not so much.
And as I consider the current M11, and the QA troubles it seems to be facing, and — perhaps more importantly — the hints it provides with respect to where Leica is going with future M cameras, I feel compelled to repeat some of what I wrote 10 years ago (with some commentary):
They seem to have learned this.
This is the interesting part (about where the M line may be going). Not sure that the M12 will have a mechanical rangefinder and OVF, for example.
IQ has been improved with the (presumed) adoption of a Sony sensor. The reliability part seems to be currently lacking however. Leica is charging exceptional prices for a premium product that appears to be experiencing more than its fair share of issues.
I still stand by those words.