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Old 10-09-2012   #41
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I think the M-E looks fine.
I am saving up for one... at the same time deciding what to sell...
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Old 10-09-2012   #42
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It looks so cool when I hold my finger over the red dot....
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Old 10-09-2012   #43
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Butt ugly, or FUGLY
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Old 10-09-2012   #44
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The styling is ridiculous. It looks like it was designed by Fisher-Price.
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"sandpaper" leather on original M8 was aesthetic mistake Leica made with their regular M's, IMO. pic above, cannot understand why slight change on dark color tone and silver dials are jumping on some peoples faces all the sudden. everything else remains same. if it was pink, I might be joining them on boo-crowd
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Old 10-09-2012   #46
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That's like saying Grace Kelly was butt-ugly when she painted her nails in the wrong colour.

+1 for "I don't understand what the fuss is about".
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Old 10-09-2012   #47
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I like the color. I personally don't like the contrasting silver/chrome knobs — I wish they were black, but that's just my own preference. I guess I'll have to wait for the ME-P.
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That's like saying Grace Kelly was butt-ugly when she painted her nails in the wrong colour.

+1 for "I don't understand what the fuss is about".
She could be butt ugly if you don't like her looks, regardless of what color her nails were.
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Old 10-09-2012   #49
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This is exactly what I think as well. I'm thinking of getting one too.
Exactly my thoughts, although I'm not in the market for a digital M just yet, but if I was....

I must admit that I've only seen pictures of the M-E and would love to see it in the flesh so to speak, just to confirm my thoughts on the colour scheme, but so far I really don't mind the grey at all. Horses for courses.......
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OK, as a result of others' posts, I'm beginning to understand.

The question is, "Do you dislike the colour?", which I would have thought was a completely different question from "Is the camera ugly?" I mean, I recall a green Ferrari drophead with a yellow interior: a hideous colour combination, but still a very handsome car. THAT was why I didn't understand the question.

As for the colour of the M-E, I can't get excited about it. Anthracite/slate is fine by me. Some colours 'work' -- I like my olive drab Bessa R2 -- and some don't: who else remembers the gold-coloured Pentina?

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The question is still, is the camera UGLY?
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Old 10-10-2012   #52
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One thing I do like about it is the fact both black and chrome lenses would look good on it...
That's a good point.
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Old 10-10-2012   #53
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I like it. Both the colour scheme and the silver controls are to my liking, and it will look great with both silver and black lenses.
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Old 10-10-2012   #54
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I thought it looked kinda ugly until I saw one at work today. I think it would look better with a black shutter release button, shutter dial and flash shoe.
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Quite inconclusively, this survey shows that RFF members are somewhat inconclusive in regards to the looks of the new Leica ME. (Ha. Pretty much like someone suggested earlier in the thread.) Of 161 responses on the one Likert-like item, 28% responded "strongly disagree," with 32% indicating "disagree," 21% "agree," and 19% "strongly agree." Thus, almost 60% report that they think the ME is not ugly. Furthermore, with this convenience sample, the mean response was 2.32 (Standard Deviation=1.08), also suggesting the slight bias toward the camera being not ugly.
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Old 10-10-2012   #56
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That's like saying Grace Kelly was butt-ugly when she painted her nails in the wrong colour.

+1 for "I don't understand what the fuss is about".
Uh, no.
It's not like this.
At all.
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Old 10-10-2012   #57
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Quite inconclusively, this survey shows that RFF members are somewhat inconclusive in regards to the looks of the new Leica ME. (Ha. Pretty much like someone suggested earlier in the thread.) Of 161 responses on the one Likert-like item, 28% responded "strongly disagree," with 32% indicating "disagree," 21% "agree," and 19% "strongly agree." Thus, almost 60% report that they think the ME is not ugly. Furthermore, with this convenience sample, the mean response was 2.32 (Standard Deviation=1.08), also suggesting the slight bias toward the camera being not ugly.
The problem is, only 2.8% of people actually have empirically resolved Good Taste. So, the responses must be weighted toward that factor.
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Old 10-10-2012   #58
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Looks M-ish to me and much better than the panda nonsense of just few years ago.

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The problem is, only 2.8% of people actually have empirically resolved Good Taste. So, the responses must be weighted toward that factor.
Love that. Indeed, quite inconclusive, as noted. Regardless, fun to roil the waters per ME looks. Now, if I could just figure out if I should upgrade from an M8 or not (which, perhaps ironically, has nothing to do with camera looks ... Instead all with image and process) ...
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Old 10-10-2012   #60
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i voted "strongly disagree", because i strongly disagree to the question.

not the camera can be ugly, or not ugly. it is only a camera!
it is the beholder's opinion of the camera being this or that. and isn't it idle and futile to discuss opinions?

well, then this forum is idle anyway, as it is mainly made of idle discussions of opinions.

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Old 10-10-2012   #61
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I've seen some photos of the M-E apart from the official ones and noticed no cyan tint, just a darker gray M. I like it. I don't miss the preview lever as well.
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Old 10-11-2012   #62
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I really like the desing and colour of M-E but I'm really dissapointed in the lowres screen...
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Old 10-11-2012   #63
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Well, ugly is a strong word...
I would prefer the M9P design.
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Old 10-11-2012   #64
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The M-E is a nice design, slightly more modern and something different without being too far removed from traditional design. I think it's fine but about $500-1000 overpriced. At $1500 below the new M and M9P, why would you? I do know that some dealers will be offering a special where they can buy the M-E with the Summicron 35/2 ASPH for about $7k, so not such a bad combo deal....for those not needing to shoot over ISO 640.
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7k for an ME and Cron 35asph: now that would be a good deal ....
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Old 10-11-2012   #66
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Of course it's ugly....to those that can't afford it!

*that includes myself, btw*
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I check this thread every day to really find out from the experts whether the camera is ugly or not. I hope we have a consensus soon because I'd like to see the matter resolved once and for all.
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Old 10-11-2012   #68
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I saw one today in person. It is more of a neutral (no tint) dark grey. The color goes well with the red dot and without any lettering. Even the silver knobs look nice. I'd rather have an M9-P, but this looks special to me without being too far out there.
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Yes. How has a simple question begotten such a lengthy thread?
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The question is still, is the camera UGLY?
Yes, the color scheme is vulgar. Like when auto manufacturers try to doll up a cheap cars by putting gold or chrome accents on them. Vulgar! But nothing a can of spray paint wouldn't fix.
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Most of us haven't seen the camera, so how can we vote? I guess that life is lived over the Internet. I think that a better question is why buy it? If you can pony up that much money, why not just save a bit more, or sell a few more items and get the 'M'?
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That's like saying Grace Kelly was butt-ugly when she painted her nails in the wrong colour.

+1 for "I don't understand what the fuss is about".

More like she took colloidal silver and developed argyria.
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Old 10-13-2012   #73
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Can`t vote as I have not seen one except on the net. It is ok I guess as long as it is not painted.

Anthracite on the R9 did not look anywhere close to this color.
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Yes, the color scheme is vulgar. Like when auto manufacturers try to doll up a cheap cars by putting gold or chrome accents on them. Vulgar! But nothing a can of spray paint wouldn't fix.
How is slate grey more vulgar than black paint or chrome? I REALLY don't understand this. And, unlike many, I have seen the camera. Looks fine to me.

What next: is an olive drab M1 ugly? Or a Three Crowns IIIg? Grey USAF M2? MP Anthracite? De gustibus non disputandum.

As for those saying, "Why not spend a bit more on a...?" Well, that's easy to say if you're not planning on spending ANYTHING on a new Leica, but just standing on the sidelines. But if you're thinking about putting yoir hnd in your pocket, unless you're richer than most of us, a price differential of $1000 or more does give some pause for thought.

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I think a Steal Gray may look better... BUT, the Bluish Color does say what model it is... no need for front plate monograms IMO. Top Plate Monograms are OK.

I [Somewhat] Disagree... could be better, but a [that] ugly.
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Should have styled it just like the M5. That would have got people's attention.
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How is slate grey more vulgar than black paint or chrome? I REALLY don't understand this. And, unlike many, I have seen the camera. Looks fine to me.

What next: is an olive drab M1 ugly? Or a Three Crowns IIIg? Grey USAF M2? MP Anthracite? De gustibus non disputandum.

...

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Roger,

Well, I don't really take this seriously. But yes, I find the blue-slate grey with the chrome accents and the red dot kind of ugly and crass. A color scheme that tries too hard. Just an opinion, laced with humor since it does not really matter what color they paint a camera.. why is that hard to understand?
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Well, the red dot IS ugly and vulgar! Sure, that's opinion too, but I think that most users would agree with me.

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I took the above posted image of the ME into PS and desaturated the blue and cyan turning the top-plate neutral gray. It looked much better. Alternatively I desaturated and darkened the red which also made an improvement.

It's the bad combination of red and blue which renders the camera ugly, vile and cheap.
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To answer the question in the thread title: having seen an ME in a shop yesterday for the first time, it didn't look too bad to me. As for the red dot, well I think that aesthetically it would look better without it but that is a matter of very subjective taste.
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