Dear Leica pals and photo.net community fellows, while having my late afternoon coffee I am browsing through the various photo.net Leica forum posts and I am noticing that many Leica users seem to be anxiously waiting for the release on the market of this highly anticipated new Leica Digital M, or M8, or whatever is going to be called. What's sure, according to the figures cited so far, is that's going to be another expensive toy, in perfect Leica fashion. And that's fine, if we can afford it and if we really wish so. But all this hype makes me wonder...I have first bought a Leica not long ago, less than three years now, and before that I had never really been fascinated so much by an object the way I felt with a Leica (except perhaps by my records, my hi-fi equipment, and my first motorbike...). I never had a proper camera before, only toys, including some digital ones, and for me photography was something nice to do but never a great deal. The Leica changed my way of doing and looking at photography. When I handle my MP (or any M cameras for that matter...) I really feel I am "taking" a photograph. Finally, I spot a subject, I concentrate on it, I focus it, I shoot, I really enjoy the act... I actually enjoy the Leica M so much that I now use my little Digital Camera only for "commercial" shots (eBay listings etc). I thought many Leica users felt the same way. Of course I am not a pro, and I don't know what a pro would think of the new Leica DM, but I would like to know... Anyway, my question again: are we really going to replace our beloved M film cameras with the new Leica Digital M when it finally comes out ? Were you not in love with your M film cameras and saying that film gives you more pleasure and probably more quality than when shooting in digital? Are we really going to buy probably the very first Leica M that will depreciate in value within a short period of time (that should be certain, look at the digital cameras world and what price those cameras fetch after just a couple of years, but I'd also like to hear your comments on the matter...). So, if you are going to buy the new Digital M, then why?