I called a UK Leica Dealer yesterday to put my name on his mailing list for M8 specifications and launch information. His response was interesting and may contain information new to you. Forgive me if you know this and more. The Dealer is way past the point of collecting names for an information mailing list, he is busy taking orders. A 10% deposit of the assumed list price of ﾣ3,500, (converting into $6,480) !! Leica's US prices seem to me to correlate directly to UK prices, unlike Canon & Nikon who sell at lower prices in the US on many lines. The only new lens design is a 17mm, f2.8, to provde a suitable wide angle with the cropping of the 21mm. All other lenses perform exceptionally well with the M8. Launch is on tartget for September with first availability planned for October 2006. He mad eit clear that availability could move as Leica will not release a product with know problem issues. Pressure on supply will be enormous in comparison to production capacity and only 20% of his first order is expected in first 12 months. If a buyer doesn't pre-order, he might not get one this side of 2008. I've no idea how much of this is solid information, but the dealer is an important cog in the Leica network and he stuck to the facts as he knew them. $6,840 might cause a the sale of a few complete DSLR outfits for funding. It leaves the latest Leica as an exclusive product, a place it's always been. Something to chew on ??