My M9 has arrived. I am waiting, somewhat less than patiently, for the battery to charge.
I mean, I am sitting here with the camera, which has an SDHC card inserted, a lens mounted (50mm Summicron, for those who care), and I can do nothing because I am waiting for the battery to charge. Why must the last bit of waiting be so annoying?
Side note: when I picked up the camera, they asked if I would be needing anything else. I opined as to how I might want, say, two spare batteries. The salesman gave me the look of complete pity you reserve for people who are unfathomably stupid, and informed me that they had no spare batteries for the $7,000 dollar camera I just bought. I asked him when I might reasonably expect to be able to buy, say, two or three, and he said that since there were none to bought anywhere at any price, and Leica are mute on the issue, he really couldn’t venture a guess.
He offered, though, to sell me a case. You know, a case, in which I might presumably put the camera when the BATTERY IS EXHAUSTED, to keep it safe from harm while I vent my spleen on the subject of battery unavailability here on my blog.
Oh, Leica. I’m eagerly looking forward to using the camera. Seriously. I haven’t been this excited about a new camera since, oh, since I bought an M6. Really. But this business where there are no BATTERIES to be bought? What, did you FAIL BUSINESS SCHOOL? Because, you know, your markup over COGS and distribution costs for batteries for the M8 and M9 must be, what, 500%? I’m not arguing that I should be able to buy third party batteries that catch fire, I’m arguing that I should be able to pay your outrageous marked up Leica name brand battery price and actually acquire another battery beyond the lone battery that came with the camera. Because you appear to be unaware of this subtle detail, I will point out that if you actually HAD THE DAMN BATTERIES I would buy two, and that would mean that I ended up with more batteries, and YOU WOULD END UP WITH MORE MONEY, and isn’t that really what being a disgusting running dog capitalist is all about?
I mean, really. Get a clue. I just bought a $7000 dollar piece of equipment, and I want to give you another $250 for batteries (or whatever outrageous price you choose to charge), but I can’t because you don’t have batteries to sell me.
If you’re the person responsible for the failure to provide a source of extra batteries for the M9, I hope you bang your kneecap against your desk drawer and get that awful electric feeling that shoots up your leg. It would serve you right. If I ever meet you, I’m going to give you the look that salesman gave me. You know, the one you reserve for people who are unfathomably stupid.