"The M9 launched in the UK back in September last year and immediately caused a stir among rich photography enthusiasts and photojournalists alike. Since the beginnings of documentary and reportage photography Leica has been associated with nearly all of the medium's photographic icons. Back in the 1930s, Henri Cartier-Bresson produced nearly all of his famous photos using just a Leica III and a 50mm lens. Later some of the most important images of the Vietnam war were produced using Leicas. The size and weight of a Leica makes it extremely inconspicuous, allowing the photographer to fade into the background and not attract attention to himself. It also means the system is highly portable and lightweight, yet the build quality of the cameras mean they are robust and hardy..."