I considered emptying my bank account and buying an M Edition 60—I like the concept. Unfortunately, I'm not wealthy enough to spend that much money out of hand and reason took hold of me.
I asked myself, "What am I really after?" The answer is the same answer that has pushed the buttons on several other camera purchases since 2011:
- simplicity in operation and features
- about the size of a Leica M4/M4-2
- a fast lens of excellent quality with a 35mm FoV
- a sensor capable of exploiting that lens thoroughly
What fell out of thinking about this was the Leica X2 I already had, so I pulled it out and spent three weeks shooting with it. Reveling in its simplicity and light weight, excellent image quality, etc. But also being annoyed again at the two things about it I didn't like before and still don't like now: the retractable lens and the poor manual focus controls.
And then I looked at the Leica X type 113. I bought one. I've been shooting with it since last Friday. It is indeed exactly what I was wanting the M Edition 60 kit for, at a small fraction of the cost.