I am a canon user, I have seen my father using a rangefinder when was young...... I wanted to get my own Leica. I was doing research about Leica, but the more I read about it the more I am worried.
Initally I was worried about the memory card problem, so I have to get specific memory card and cannot view the pictures while data is being transfer.
Now there are postings about cracking sensors, and there is posting on leicarumors.com about this as well......
How often does this happen? Knowing this happens spontaneously would one still get it?
If you are that fearful of a Leica, don't do it. You'll never know firsthand all the good things it can deliver, but if you are that pre-disposed to believe all the negative things and feel that all of the reports you've read combined preclude you from making a move on an M9, forget it--don't do it.
I have had two M8's, one M8.2, an M9 and an M9-P. I've shot over 70,000 images with them, from 16,000 up in the Andes, to Death Valley. From 10 below zero F, to 110 degrees F. Other than the original M8 which did have problems which Leica remedied as quickly as possible, I continue to get great results.
See some of my work on: www.steveplattner.com or www.pbase.com/photolandscape. And, you can see my growing collection of photo books at www.blurb.com under "plattners".