Will I, as a not very rich professional, buy an Leica M? I’m genuinely not sure. If I were new to Leicas, and if I could easily afford it, then yes, almost certainly. As a longtime Leica user—one who has to think about the money and already has an M9 that is only four years old—I don’t know. Yes, the extra features are well worth having, but I’m not keen on the extra complexity, even though to anyone who is not used to Leicas, the M doesn’t look much more complex than an M9. If (God forbid) my M9 were stolen tomorrow, I’m really not sure that I would automatically replace it with an M and not an ME, a slightly stripped-down M9 (the E is for “Economy”). When I was younger and used a wider variety of lenses, I’d probably have gone for the M over the M9 or ME. Everything depends on what sort of person you are, and what sort of pictures you want to take, so think hard before you choose between an M, an ME, an M Monochrom (the black-and-white-only version), a secondhand M9 (or M8/M8.2), or a film Leica—the M7 and MP are still available new.