That's a really difficult question indeed. But I have decided, after changing my mind at least 50 times. I will buy the black paint version.
I actually visited the London Leica store a second time to see which I'd prefer, the steel grey or black M9. Steel grey is sexier (silver chrome even more so), I have to admit, so I decided I'd get that one at the time. Then when the M9-P was announced, I realized the black paint version, without the flashy logos was the ultimate street photography camera. As discreet as it gets (of all 35mm digital cams). So I sent an email to Leica to make the reservation.
My real dream combo is the M9-P with the 35mm Summilux, as lately I've been shooting wide-angle a lot. That's a further 1000 euros more expensive though, so I couldn't have gotten it before Christmas. In the new year I'll sell off the rest of my Sony equipment, and after some saving I'll pick up the 35 Lux in Paris. Already on the waiting list for that too!
- Bjorn -