Premature ? Production samples aren t really available and we all know that working with Leica s DNG s can only provide a glimpse of the potential .
Why do these seem so important to some and nit picking obsessive pixel peeping to others . Who cares and why? And how can photographers come to such different conclusions .
The answer appears to be based how you see three factors affecting your situation :
1. Economics ....is the new M so compelling that you would plunk down another $4K to trade out from your M9 ? Would the benefits out weigh any perceived loss of CCD magic (real but in the eye of the beholder). As always , are there better alternatives out there at lower prices .
2. Aesthetic... this is the CCD /CMOS debate . The most common discussion is will we lose the amazing CCD aesthetic and if so will my results now appear as N/C/S . But the other dimension is that the results will look different when grouped with prior work done with an M9 .
3. Time ..this doesn t get discussed (seems like ever ) but each new system takes months to fine tune . Add in several iterations of firmware and updates to raw conversion software and its 4-6 months before I hit my stride with a new kit . Some really enjoy this phase of new gear and seem to seek out new challenges ..others find it draining .
Its hard to debate these three factors in a vacuum ..without knowledge of each others work . I shoot primarily street and travel and have the ability to travel extensively . .I want my 2007 photographs taken with the M8 to work with my 2013 photographs taken with a new M . Thus having an aesthetic that shows a family resemblance makes some sense . The m9 and the S2 were just perfect .
My family photographs are an entirely different matter . There is something magic about pulling together a group of family pictures taken over generations . Not a bit of consistency in anything other than the faces . Black and white,faded color prints ,kodachrome doesn t seem to matter when I see my girls at 5 and 2 together .
When I took weddings ...I wanted reasonably consistent within the event ..but the look could and did change each year with new gear and new techniques .
So any evaluation will of course depend on your POV.