Like many of us here in the US and elsewhere, I don't work for Goldman Sachs. I am not a Sultan interested in exotic leathers and gold-plating. I certainly do not fall in the 1% category. I am just an ordinary person. Due to world events, a dearth of intelligent life among politicians, speculators, consolidators and changes in technology, even though I am as productive as ever and work as hard as ever, my income today is 30% of what it was in 1999. Not complaining--just a fact.
I have owned an M4, M6, M8, M8.2, and now an M9-P. To afford the last two, I have had to make some real sacrifices--painful, but I sold several very valuable photo books, including a copy of the Decisive Moment. It hurt, but after a couple of years toting a Canon 1Ds, seeing firsthand the lower quality of their glass, and wanting something discreet and more portable--I made the decision and got into the digital-M realm. I absolutely don't regret it--but I have had to go to great and somewhat painful lengths to stay in the game.
The price of the game though, is rapidly climbing out of reach. I just bought a used 35mm Summicron-ASPH, uncoded. It's about ten years old. To help pay for it, assuming I decide to keep it, I will sell my 35mm Summarit--a lens that aside from some barrel distortion, performs almost as well for me as the 'Cron. The price tag on the "Cron's box--c. 2000--$1495. I see new ones going for $3000 or more, though an immaculate used 35mm 'cron ASPH could be had for under $2000 a year ago. It is what it is, but my point is--it has consequences--if it continues, some of us will be forced to bail out and find another solution. I don't want to--but I may have to.
Case in point--in 2007 I sent in my 90mm Elmarit to get a coded mount installed. Price? $125. To get the 35mm 'Cron ASPH coded today--$230. Inflation in the US during the past 5 years? No more than 5% on average. I have written back to Leica, asking if I can buy the part and install it myself. No response yet.
I get it--like it or not, it's capitalism, but it comes with consequences. What will an M10 go for? Who knows, but I am simply saying that there are those whose incomes and resources can't keep pace, and I urge Leica to be aware that our piggy banks aren't as full as they once were.