Leica M8

Announced Sep 14, 2006 •
10 megapixels | 2.5 screen | APS-H sensor
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Since i see that reviews are very much welcome in this last time , i would like to write a few words about my favorite digital camera : The Leica M8 . The Leica M8 is the first digital Leica rangefinder camera , so i think it deserves a special place in the history ..... and i don't know if i will be able to pay the right homage at this camera with my review . Ok , let's go ..... as i have stated the M8 is a digital camera , the big advantage is that you can immediately see the pictures you ...

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electric eel
 
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Leica hit the nail right on the head by keeping the camera controls simple. If you want to change exposure, spin the shutter speed or aperature ring, this is quicker and simpler than menu driven systems. The image quality can be excellent but time and patience are necessary to learn about the cameras quirks such as framing with a rangefinder.....others see this as a real negative but once learned the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. Focusing accuracy is difficult at times. Nikon ...

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Digilogue
 
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A couple of weeks ago I have completed my M-stable with a M8, and am most happy about my decision to do so: Detail rendition within the 10 MPix-grid of this photographic tool is ground-breaking. Finest structures can be recognized, skin looks like skin, stone like stone, wood like wood, cloth like cloth. The exceedingly high image quality of the M8 is worth each and every cent. Leica: Thank you for that audacious leap ahead in digital imaging quality. A couples of days later I should add my ...

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Alex Leach
 
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Owned this for a few months and find it very enjoyable to use. Tank-like build, easy and elegant menus, outstanding image quality - but I only use RAW, not jpeg. Zeiss and Voigtlander make excellent RF lenses much more cheaply than Leica, though the 28 and 75 Summicrons are superb on this body. With manual aperture setting and manual focus this isn't a fast camera but brings you closer to photography. Problems: The new firmware sorts out the auto WB problem, but there are still a few ...

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Alex WT
 
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After 6 months: I have decided to resell the camera. Still satisfied but good files need a lot of postprocessing especially for white balance. Some focusing issues even with modern lenses. The camera is slow (not in shooting). Sometimes I have to switch it off as the system crashes. Firmware up to now are marginal and hardware upgrades definitely to expensive. I hoped to have the same Leica M analogue feeling unfortunately it is not the case. So I have decided to sell it and stay with my old ...

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airdale53
 
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As a 15 year long-term Leica user, it took me a while to break the ice and dip into digital territory. Firstly, through a point and shoot and then into the deep end with my M8. My joy is that I could still be using my M6 or M2 - it feels so natural. Yes, it is slightly larger overall then the other Ms and I find the greater depth more difficult to hold easily, but this has been cured by the Thumbs-Up - a fantastic stabilizer for holding the camera steady. My photographic performance hasn't ...

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Hooke
 
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I have been using the Leica M8 for just over a year now. Never had a rangefinder camera before. This is a digital camera like no other. It is small, built better than any other camera, and has operating software devoid of unnecessary functions. The simplicity of this manual camera makes it a joy to use and makes the user a thinking photographer again, freed from the size, weight and complexity of the DSLR. Needless to say the RAW images (never used the jpg output) are fantastic in terms of ...

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kiwicafe
 
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i have been a film editor for years, worked with some great photographers who also 'dabbled' in film. I learned a great deal. mainly that it's all about the message. The story. In 2004 I went on the road in the US west, i bought a Digilux 2, didn't want changeable lenses in the desert. I loved it. It took me from shooting snaps to photography. In 2006 I ordered an M8, along with an f2 90mm lens and a tri elmar 16/18/21, I now have all these pieces and am waiting on a 50mm 1.2 lens. I love the ...

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F.Cain
 
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The M8 body is a great machine that helps a photographer create wonderful digital images in both the RAW and JPEG formats. Go to the L-camera-forum.com in the M8 users area to find the thread where an owner, brave one at that, has taken apart a M8 bit by bit to see first hand and appreciate the quality that Leica has built into this machine. Ignore the moaners. They are everywhere in life. The Leica lens quality, no matter which one you may use, is legendary. Your captured images will ...

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pkhsu
 
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This is a great camera for all rangefinder shooters. It is a true Leica M. I have 2 M6's and it fits in my shooting style. Picture quality is excellent. Control is simple and timeless. I may a little biased because I have always love Leica equipments. Nevertheless it is great pleasure using this camera.

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