In 1953 I progressed from a Mercury II to a Minolta, then to a Nicca, and finally to a Leica IIIf. I've used Leicas since then except for photographs that demanded the versatility of a SLR. At first I bought the Leica because several experts said it was the best. I've stuck with Leica because they've been proven right. Status be damned. After 44 years my M4 looks awful. It is still capable of awesome photos, even if I'm not.