Quoting Bjorn van Sinttruije: "Or one could go to London and visit Leica's boutique for a complimentary M9 Experience. Two and a half hours of RF shooting in London, with a tutor like Brett..."
This makes me want to visit London!
I should research to see if a similar experience is available on this side of the Atlantic. I handled a Leica rangefinder for the first time a few days ago, a pre-owned MP at a local dealer. I had been reading about rangefinders for a few months, and holding the real, live Leica in my hands did cause something to happen deep within my mind. This camera was dense, like a fine firearm. Even the X1, which I also handled, was a solid piece of craftsmanship, though not a rangefinder, and not fast enough in low light for me.
Most of my photography is done in low light, and the fast Leica M lenses have caught my interest. I have Leica and Swarovski binoculars, so I appreciate good glass.
I elected not to ask to handle an M9 that was also in the dealer's case. My Canon 7D will have to do for now.
I might be able to try a rangefinder without spending money, if my wife can find her old one, which is in storage. She told me it is Russian, with a Zeiss lens. This could be interesting!
Canon 5Ds R/7D2/7D/5D/40D/1D2N; Nikon F6/D3s/D700/FM3A/Coolpix A. Lens selection undergoing changes; some favorites: Zeiss 2/135 APO Sonnar, Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS and 135L, Nikkor 14-24/2.8G and 200/2 VR.