Every time I pick these brochures up for a quick read I can't believe that I've so far managed to resist the Leica lure. That's not strictly true as I had an M2, M3, 35mm Summaron, 50mm Elmar and 90mm Elmar about 30 years ago but I can remember so little about actually using them that it's as if I'm still a Leica virgin.
I recall the owner of my favourite camera store, Blair Russell, warning me then not to give up SLRs as, big a rangefinder fan as he was, I'd find the Leica outfit too restrictive. Of course, being in my early twenties, I knew better. Only a year or so later, I sold the Leica stuff and returned to SLRs.
It's no secret to readers of this blog that I don't get on with rangefinders and this has been reinforced lately by my shooting experiences with the Voigtlander Vitessa. I've been persevering with it (pics to follow in a few days) but it's not getting any easier. For me, rangefinders get in the way of the type of photography I do and the way I do it. Echoing the classic break-up line, I keep finding myself saying to the lovely Vitessa "it's not you, it's me" but we're probably equally to blame.
A Leica M3 would be more user friendly than the Vitessa but still not as conducive to good photography as my OM2. Still, look at this brochure. Look at that M3. What a camera.