Hi all. I know most of you don't obsess about Leica the way some of us do... (*ahem*... read: you=Philistines, us=Chosen People) J/k... ... but anyway, Leica has announced a different way of doing things. Their flagship camera (the M8 digital Rangefinder) will have optional upgrades every once in a while, I'm assuming every 18-24 months or so. The first one, announced yesterday, includes a new shutter assembly, sapphire glass for the LCD, and some other changes. There's also new firmware available to all. The upgrades costs money, but it means that the camera is not obsolete due to a new model, and retains more of its value. I hope other manufacturers pursue this route soon - the constant new models seem designed primarily to occupy cover space on review magazines, but don't really offer a quantum leap in technology... but it DOES mean that a Canon 350 is suddenly two models out-of-date, without actually being a bad camera! I personally am not interested in the upgrades being offered for my M8, but I like that it exists as an option. I hope some other brands focused on value introduce the same. I could see Pentax benefiting from something like this, for instance.