The Leica M9 is 7K just for the body. The lens, which is just as hard to find, is $3695! So, I placed myself on two lists. Then I researched. I finally came to the realization that having NEVER used a Leica system before, seven grand was a lot to spend for a first time user. (I spoke to a few dealers, and one of them actually emailed me to say "starting with a $7000 camera is nuts". I'm tired of compromising; having never bought the pro equipment I've always wanted. It's always been the cheaper models. So, this was a hard pill to swallow. He was right. I don't know if I would like the system. Compromise it is. Even so, a used mint M8.2 isn't cheap! Neither is the 35mm cron lens! Both are used, but still expensive for a blue-collar worker.
Tomorrow I get the camera and lens. Hopefully it will be what Steve Huff calls "The Holy Grail" camera. It won't be all bells and whistles like a pro Nikon system, but the Leica is simpler. I'm looking forward to simple and light.