naocronym: I think that you just might be correct. One can wax about bokeh or unduly esoteric 'isms' about Leica lenses but, in the end, Japan is not too deficient when it comes down to making an inexpensive 'standard' lens in order to counteract this German threat. What is worth 5000 plus another 5000 for the glass? $10K is a lot of money for just a camera. - David Lyga