I can see why Leica R is not as famous as the M. The R is in the opposite direction of the M. I own a Leicaflex and I still don't like it before or after using the M. The new Leica R is worse because it is a HULK. I bet many of you have seen the ALPA camera. I remember there is one ALPA model is a hybrid of the SLR and rangefinder. Very unqiue and clever design. ALPA camera are mostly made in Switzerland, so their quality are as same as Leica and Zeiss Ikon. ALPA SLR is like a Leica M, very small and quiet. I, especially, like the Model 6 and 10d. Unfortuately, their lens are hard to find with sky rocket price tag. Since ALPA is no longer make, Leica should buy that company and copy their cameras that resemble the Leica M into R. There is a huge success in reproduce the MP. A hybrid of SLR and rangfinder like one of the ALPA SLR made should be reproduce first because M fans and R fans willing to buy that camera and there is a larger market for both group of people. At last, the new SLR Leica would be called Leica RM. The M is stand for the Leica M design with tradition Mechanical. What do you guys think of my idea? I really miss the ALPA. If you like the M, I bet you will like the ALPA.