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Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" Discussions about the Leica M8 /M 8.2 / M9 / M9-P/ M-E / M Monochrom / M10 aka "M": Leica digital M mount rangefinder cameras. Naming the new digital M the "Leica M" is VERY unfortunate as it will only confuse newbies with other Leica M cameras of the the past. Happily there is room for confusion with only the past 59 years of Leica M production ... since Leica introduced the Leica M system in 1953. All Hail for the Leica Marketing Department learning Leica M history!

View Poll Results: The ME is ugly.
Strongly disagree 108 26.93%
Disagree 114 28.43%
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Old 10-09-2012   #26
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I disagree. I like the body much more then the M(ilestone) but I don't really like the blue-grey paint very much. I would shoot/own one if I could, but i'd probably try and get a black m9 instead.
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Old 10-09-2012   #27
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Is that the Pentax ME? I prefer the MX myself.

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Old 10-09-2012   #28
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Ugly. It looks like one of those blue Bessa's from a few years ago.

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Old 10-09-2012   #29
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Okay, now I am starting to seriously doubt the intelligence and observation skills of people here. The M-E looks almost exactly like the M9 ... It's just the colour scheme that's changed ... and a missing lever on the right side of the front plate ... I don't see many articles calling the M9 ugly ... Sure, there were a few back in 2009, but it is a universally liked camera here it seems.
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Old 10-09-2012   #30
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I find the top plate's color off-putting and the silver dials look misplaced. The M9 and especially the M9-P are, to my mind attractive cameras, but the combination on the ME looks ill-considered and ugly.
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Old 10-09-2012   #31
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i absolutely LOVE the look of the M-E.....perhaps the best looking M camera i've ever seen! Really dig the dark grey/anthracite colour and the functional look of it. I think it looks brilliant with a black lens.
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Old 10-09-2012   #32
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Is the RF patch bigger, or is it an illusion?
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Old 10-09-2012   #33
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This is exactly what I think as well. I'm thinking of getting one too.
Oh well, that I do not find it ugly does not mean that I want to get one. And that I do not want to get one does not mean that it is a bad camera. Frankly speaking, I have too many cameras already and with time I learned that buying a new camera does not make me a better photographer. So since quite some time I am quite set.
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Old 10-09-2012   #34
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This is it - for people who had no idea what an M-E is - like me
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Old 10-09-2012   #35
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One thing I do like about it is the fact both black and chrome lenses would look good on it, besides that, I think its pretty ugly. Having said that I'd be perfectly happy with it or any other m9 variant.
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Old 10-09-2012   #36
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Held an ME in my hands back when it was first unveiled in September, and it felt subjectively no different than my M8. The grey color scheme made it seem like it was a miniature warship.
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Old 10-09-2012   #37
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I think it looks really cool. I like the color scheme.
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Old 10-09-2012   #38
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how much does an M9-P top plate and bottom plate cost?...
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Old 10-09-2012   #39
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Of course it is in no way ugly. It kind of looks like a lot of other M bodies. It looks minimalist and functional compared to about a hundred other camera forms that have popped up in the past five years or so.
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Old 10-09-2012   #40
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honestly this is a step backward in leica history but not a bad one..

if it was up to me , I would make the Leica M9P in production instead of the ME but then again it is a unique look , either way the ME won't harm Leica it's a safe move on their part
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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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Old 10-09-2012   #45
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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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Old 10-09-2012   #50
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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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