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I realized, after using an M3 since Christmas (my foray into the Leica world) that I would also like a digital version. Yesterday I lost an M-D on ebay, it went for US$4,100 and I had bid $4,000. Looking around there just aren’t any available for good prices. I was thinking about the possibility of getting an M 240 / 262 and converting it to an M-D myself by removing the screen and buttons and replacing the leather covering. Given falling prices on the M10 and stupid prices on the M10D that might be a better starting point but there likely isn’t much of a difference in the work required. No doubt there’s a bit more work involved than I’ve alluded to but I’m a fairly handy kind of guy (I design and build my own hi-fi electronics and speakers for example) and thought perhaps somebody else in a similar predicament to myself may have done something similar ???
My dream camera would be a Monochrome within an M-D style body. Given the increased technology the in the M10-D, even if Leica chose to launch a Monochrome version, it would not be for me. Does anyone have any thoughts on the practicality of putting the 246 sensor in an M-D body?
I love my M-D and the ISO control on the back. There are the usual numbers - 200, 400, 800, 1600, etc., and there are two stop points between each one so, in theory, one can graduate between the known values. I like this control. I see the M10-D uses the ‘rewind’ ISO control. Does that too have 2 stops between each labelled value? Or is there a lower level of control on the M10-D?
Is the M-D discontinued? I was just looking for a copy in Canada, and emailed "The Camera Store" in Calgary (as well as many other Canadian retailers), and the reply I got from the Camera Store follows: Hi xxxxxx, I just heard back from my Leica rep. They don't have any M-D's left in stock and the rumor is that they likely won't be able to order anymore in since they are unofficially discontinued. Sorry for the bad news. Best regards, -- Erin Thomson, Online Sales I then asked if they knew anything about what would replace the M-D, and this was the reply: Hi xxxxxx, Our Leica rep said that as of right now he does not think there is anything in the works for a replacement. Please let me know if you have any questions. Best Regards -- Angie Carson, Online Sales I'm just curious why they would discontinue the newest version of the M240/262 based camera before the rest of the line up, and what this might mean in general! Has anyone else heard anything like this? Cheers