« on: January 01, 2015, 01:35:41 PM »
As a M4 user for the last 46 years, I can say that the Leica M4 and the lenses are is well made. They have been trouble free all the time. I do not " baby" my camera, I use them as tools. The lenses are way above average even by today's standard.
I am sure that when Leica goes into digital, The picture quality suffers slightly due to the Bayer sensor. You should look into DPreview and look at some of the sample picture and see how good the pictures are.
As for using the Leica lens on the mirrorless camera, I have done that on the EOS_M with 90/4.0 and 35/2.0. The pictures are sharp with excellent color rendition with super definition. It actually beat the 22/2.0 EF-M by a wide margin. That is from a 46 year old lens made for film.. However, most mirrorless are not made for manual focusing. It is a slow and tedious process. Therefore this is not a acceptable operation for me.
The Leica lens focal length range in production now is quite limited. from 17 to 135mm only. It does offer one zoom 17-28mm.
The M9 or ME and model after them are manual focus body. It is a joy to use with the Leica lenses. The focusing is silky smooth and precise. Much better than the film SLR and the modern DSLR. With fine focusing movement and DOF scale on the lens, you can actually prefocus and stop down the lens to made sure that you have more than enough DOF and shoot with zero focusing delay.
"ARCANEJ" posted an excellent comment with excellent pictures on the Mono Chrome model.
Is it worth the money??? That depends on how deep you pockets is and your shooting style.