Technically at the high level of a rangefinder technology perfected over decades, the Leica M-E Digital Rangefinder Camera Body stands for the essence of rangefinder photography. With its concentration on essential photographic functions for accustomed dependability in all typical M fields of use, it is the ideal entry-level model for photographers wishing to experience the fascination of M-Photography.
Featuring the proven, high-resolution, 18 MP CCD sensors in full 35 mm format, the Leica M-E offers maximum imaging quality in combination with the distinct advantages of rangefinder photography. Its most distinctive feature is a minimized, purist, design statement. The top deck and base plate are discreetly finished in unobtrusive anthracite gray. The application of a new leather trim with enhanced grip characteristics ideally complements the camera's classical design.
Reviewed by 3 customers
after releasing New M-E which is almost (M9) just without lever and USB sold my previus camera and got it for my landscape using Carlzeiss 21mm ZM f/2 the camera have an amazing image quality specialiy if u shot in daylight or sunset - sunrise small and light easy to be with u all the day it is little dificult to use GND lee filters wihtout put after u use it for 1 month u gonna love this camera especially for nature or portrait .
so this is basically an m9 without a couple useless features. the color is great, muted, and subtle. the size is great. image quality is superb and isn't even that bad at 1600 iso...although 800 and below is where I try to use it most...with 160 pretty amazing. so the only caviet is getting past the "windows 98' ish experience" you'll have with the lcd...for the price, there is no excuse for the poor lcd, but once you laugh it off (out loud, likely) and move on it is a camera you wont want to put down.
As someone who takes photos primarily in available light, a rangefinder camera was the end goal when I had my start in photography. Moving from Canon SLRs to a Ricoh GXR w/ A12 mount and now ultimately the M-E I will say the M-E combines the best of both the previous systems. Focusing and shooting continuous in low-light are two critical aspects that I have been very pleased with so far, allowing me to ensure my photos are well-focused and with minimal shake. Photos taken in low-light with point lighting in the frame can turn out a bit underexposed. If you keep this in mind and increase EV by 1-2 stops in these scenarios you'll be fine, but it's something to keep in mind.