Having said earlier this month that my Leica of choice, were I splashing out on one, would be the M4, it's much more likely that the camera I'd actually buy, given that money is a very big object, would be the slightly cheaper M5.
Yes, Leica's so-called ugly duckling would probably get my vote from a price, practicality and performance point-of-view. Let me be clear that the M4 is my favourite but I reckon the slightly larger M5 might well make the better "user".
For me, the attractions, aside from the cash saving, are the built-in meter, a shutter speed dial that overhangs the top plate and makes switching speeds a one finger affair and the side-mounted strap lugs that let the camera hang vertically making it possible to hide it more effectively under a jacket whilst wearing it over a shoulder.
The brochure featured here is one of Leica's more effusive efforts. There's a lot of info in it including a section designed to help you choose you perfect M5 outfit. As ever with Leica brochures, the pictures are up to the company's usual inspirational standard known as "bloody awful". Maybe they didn't want them to detract from the lingering close-ups of the actual camera…
Apologies if you find the page loads slowly. I thought, as with all the brochure scans I've been posting, that it made most sense to provide big files in case you wanted to print the pages out and make them up into your own booklets.