I've been using my Leica R8 for seven years and am entirely pleased with it, so I have no inclination to sell it and buy an R9. I use it far more often than my M6 TTL due to the latter's limited (up to 135mm only) focal range. Additionally, based on previously reading a few writings re the R9, there are apparently no significant operating changes between the R8 and the R9. The only problem I've had with my R8 was film scratches, but Leica's New Jersey plant replaced the pressure plate and everything is again okay.