I wasn't expecting the M9 to arrive till tomorrow and was knee deep in finalizing work so I could leave here Monday with a clear conscious. All that went out the window with the arrival of the FedEx truck. I did manage to complete most of the work while the battery was being charged then I just had to try her out.
I've shot with rangefinders before so I wasn't worried about a learning curve. Some instant thoughts as they come to mind while writing this include the size and weight. I had anticipated a smallish lightweight body much the same as I remember the X-Pan being. The body is larger and weighs more which is a very good thing to me. I was worried about the size of the camera and fit in my hand however now that I've had it in my hands I see there's no concern. There's a nice weight to it as well.
Lenses. Dave sent me a trio of lenses starting with the Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH, Summicron-M 50mm f/2 and the Summarit-M 90mm f2.5. I remember the X-Pan lenses being small and had what I thought was a general idea of the sizes of these lenses however once I had them in my hand the only expression is WOW. I can truly see packing the camera and 3-lenses for miles and not being tired. The thing that's weigh the most will be either my water or tripod. Now that's what I call a true hiking kit.
I've managed to test all 3-lenses and offer the results here. All images were taken in the immediate area of my house as I really can't afford to not have my work completed in time for the trip. The plan is to work through the night so I can go play - err I mean try the kit out at a better location before I hit the road Monday.
The images are all tests and any problems are solely on me as I just had to rush out and try them.
Once again I'd like to thank Dave Gallagher of Capture Integration for his invaluable support