After 20+ years of shooting Nikon or Canon equipment I decided to buy a Leica "M" Body. As other have done before me I tried to rationalize the decision to pay thousands of dollars for a essentially manual body and then be faced with the prospect of thousands more for glass. <P> At the time I read the posts and struggled with why would a group of seemingly intelligent(?) people would chose to do this. To read the Nikon or Canon posts one would assume it is all about status or was related to some type of mid life crisis. <P> After having owned and seen the results of this expensive foray this is where I have arrived. I would like to hear from others your "elevator speech" about why you shoot Leica. Here is mine: <P> I took a picture of my daughter which when I developed it caused me to have to sit down. It captured the soul of an individual in an ungaurded moment. When the momemt arrived I was glad I had a Leica in my hands. <P> I received an unsolicited phone call from Leica to tell me that my rebate check had been misdirected to a customer in Colorado and he was going to send it to me directly. Like it or not that is service. You think Nikon would call you? <P> I can learn more about photography in a day at the Leica forum than a year in Nikon School. Somehow with Leica comes clarity of thought. <P> I used to think that a fast lens was 2.8 <P> B&W film is not something they used in the 50's. <P> I find myself in the search of the shot as opposed to pointing and rattling off 8 fps with a zoom lens in the hopes that the computer caught it. <P> Digital is bulls**t and Jack is making a huge mistake. <P> Marc W gets it. <P> After 20+ years I am coming to understand how much I don't know.