Having been reminded of Erwin Puts today, I went to his blog and reviewed some of his past articles. In February, 2008, he posted this one, titled "The question no one dares to pose." Now 2 years on, the Leica rangefinder world continues it's evolution. Maybe this is a time to go back and look at his conclusion:
Like it or not: the RF concept is in danger of becoming an obsolete object: more lenses and a bigger sensor do not change that conclusion.
Leica has to convince new users that the RF concept is exciting and a true alternative to the dSLR concept in terms of image quality and image production.
Is the Leica RF in less danger today than 2 years ago? Is it being accepted as an exciting and true alternative to DSLR?
This forum is a small community of fanatics, please take no offense. Is our enthusiasm just a failure to read the handwriting on the wall? My sense is that the M9 has brought many more on board using both the M8 and the M9, but I have no objective data to support this. And even if it is true, will it be enough for the M line to live and improve?