hey hey guys.......this post was meant to be a news posting, not a camera brand war
i thought the discussion would have been whether the M7 deserves the awards or some other camera like the EOS 1D (or has it already won last year? not sure.)
in any case, IMHO, if u have never tried a Leica M rangefinder body before for an extensive period, you don't know wat u're missing. I have never used the R SLR system, so i cannot comment on that.
they are pple who have tried and genuinely hate the rangefinder system and prefer SLR viewing. These are the pple who, rightly, decided on SLRs over rangefinders. Then there are those who fell in love with the small unobstrusive picture taking machines. they end up being Leica users. Some like the lenses. Some think their Canon Ls or Nikkor AFS lenses are just as good. Some like the quietness of the shutter, or the simplicity and feel of operating one. And so on.
Don't just criticise because others do the same. One shouldn't look merely at the prices and dismiss the Leicas. That's waaaaay too shortsighted.
I think Mike said it very well:
If you like your oversized complicated film holding light tight boxes, fine. Enjoy your craft with it. For some of us, we prefer simple, basic, well machined and well crafted tools designed to last a long time. (how long? i have a second hand 90mm f4 Elmar lens that was made in 1957 or thereabouts. I bought it second hand and am still using it today. And it still beats the socks off most SLR lenses when it comes to sharpness and bokeh!)If you are a carpenter and your hammer felt bad in your hands, you would replace it right?
i only have one misgiving with my m6 TTL - i wish it is digital
maybe some day.....