Leica M-D gets the Camera Store treatment
Chris Nicholls of the Camera Store has been let loose with the Leica M-D. He's no Leica fan but came away with a relatively positive view of the camera. As with many reviewers, though, he feels there should be some additional features—for instance, a dedicated exposure compensation dial, a choice of exposure options other than the standard centre-weighted. Neither of these options are available on any Leica M, stripped down or otherwise. Nor is in-body stabilisation, which Chris feels would improve the versatility of the camera. Again, in common with many reviewers, he objects to the fact that the M-D is more expensive than other models in the range which do have more electronic gizmos (including a screen).
Much of this misses the point. The M-D is aimed at the purist and, in this respect it is truly targeted. If you want a screen then buy an M262 or one of the other cameras in the range. If you want stabilisation and a dedicated exposure dial you're out of luck. Look elsewhere. As for price, the M-D is always going to be a niche product, a low-production model and the costs have to be amortised over a smaller number of cameras. Higher price is the result; but those who really get the M-D philosophy will pay the price.
On balance, though, Chris recognises the M-D for what it is. He doesn't wholly understand—probably because it isn't his sort of camera—but he accepts that it does have appeal.