|The M8 has just one connector, a USB 2.0 mini-B socket on the left rear side of the camera. This can be used for file transfer from the SD card as well as remote control shooting using the supplied Leica Digital Capture software.|
Flash hot shoe
|On the top of the camera is the 'flash shoe', this allows the mounting and use of compatible flash units, including the Leica SF 24D flash unit (best suited because of its compact size) and other flash units which comply to the SCA (System Camera Adaption system) * which allows guide number control. You can also fit simple third party flash units which are simply fired using the center X-contact.|
* The M8 user manual notes that: Flash units which satisfy the technical requirements for System Camera Adaption (SCA) System 3000, are fitted with the SCA-3502/3501, adaptor and which allow guide number control. When using adaptor SCA-3502 (from version 4) the white balance can be set automatically for correct color reproduction.
Lens mount / 6-bit coding sensor
The M8 has a Leica M-bayonet lens mount with the new 6-bit lens identification sensor. Lenses are attached to the body by matching the red dot on the lens to the lens release release button, then just twist clockwise approximately thirty degrees and the locking pin will click satisfyingly into place (such a simple but remarkably well executed mechanism). As mentioned earlier because the M8 doesn't have a mirror box the distance between the lens mount and sensor / film is much shorter, around 29 mm compared to around 45 mm on a typical SLR. This is very obvious when you first remove the body cap and does make it considerably easier to examine (and if needs be) clean the sensor. At the bottom right edge you can see the 6-bit lens coding 'sensor strip' which is used to identify the lens used (see below).
6-bit lens coding
|The Leica 6-bit lens coding system was announced in June 2006, it enables the M8 to identify the lens in use. With no electrical connection between the lens and body the dots system was the only solution. All new M series lenses are coded and existing lenses can be updated for a small charge. The identification of the lens is used by the camera to apply additional vignetting correction (if required), you can choose to disable identification if you wish.|
Shutter / release sound
The advantages of the metal blade shutter are:
- Faster maximum shutter speed: 1/8000 sec (versus 1/1000 sec on the M7)
- Faster flash sync speed: 1/250 sec (versus 1/50 sec on the M7)
- No need to manually arm the shutter mechanism
- Likely to be more robust and last longer than a cloth shutter (contentious)
On the negative side the initial opening 'click' is louder than a cloth shutter, more noticeable however is the re-arming 'whir' which occurs immediately follows the exposure, with a cloth shutter you have to re-arm the shutter yourself by turning the winder lever. Below you can see the waveform of a sound recording we made of first he M7 shutter release and then the M8 (both cameras at 1/125 sec, both tripod mounted and the same distance from the microphone). You can hear this for yourself by downloading the MP3 file below the waveform.
|Leica M7 (cloth shutter) then Leica M8 (metal blade shutter) - MP3, 68 KB|
Supplied In the Box
The Leica M8 box contains:
- Leica M8 camera (silver or black)
- Carrying strap
- Body cover (M bayonet)
- Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
- Battery charger (inc. three mains plug adapters and car socket adapter)
- USB cable
- User manual
- Warranty card
- Software DVD
- Capture ONE LE
- Leica Digital Capture
- User manuals in all languages (PDF)
|Steamin' Mad by ahrensjt|
from Angered Subjects (Street Photography)
|Smile by Olymguy|
from Ultra Asian Indian Female Faces
|Space Shuttle Cockpit- by vbuhay|
from Aircraft Control Stick
The Polish town of Katowice is not known as an area of beauty, but as all photographers know, that doesn't mean that beauty can't be found if you know where to look. Mariusz Pietranek used a drone to look down on the colorful sedimentation tanks at an ironworks.
New York Times video journalist Ben Solomon spent a harrowing three weeks accompanying Iraqi Major Sajjad al-Hour as he and his men fought to retake Mosul from I.S. forces.
The 3D VR camera launched through a crowdfunding campaign in 2015 goes on sale beginning June 26.
Noctilucent clouds, a crescent moon and Venus were visible in the pre-dawn sky over Budapest yesterday. Photographer György Soponyai captured NASA's astronomy picture of the day.
Squirming pets won't sit still for photos? A Kickstarter campaign is looking to help.
Find out how Chris Burkard shifted from editorial photography to his true passions: landscapes, conservation and, of course, surfing.
The updated EyeEm app scans your camera roll and picks images that are composed particularly well, have the best quality, or highest chance of selling on EyeEm Market.
It's three years old but still a solid option for a Micro Four Thirds shooter looking for a high-quality, fast, wide-angle prime. Take a look at how we got along with it.
Tamron has announced the longest all-in-one zoom lens currently available, the 18-400mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD. Designed for Canon and Nikon crop-sensor cameras, the lens will be available in July.
When you're ready to step-up to full-frame from an entry-level or midrange camera, the choices can be overwhelming. Find out which models came out on top in our $1200-2000 enthusiast ILC roundup.
Just a guy wearing a VR headset, smashing invisible Goombas in Central Park.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this gorgeous aerial photo of the Martian landscape. And if you look really close, you can actually see the Mars Curiosity rover in the very middle.
The city of Laguna Beach, California has provided some clarification around the kinds of photography permits it offers.
Later this year, a VR180 camera will be Joining Yi's Halo and 360 VR cameras, which will offer stereo 3D capture, yet be as easy to use and compact as a 2D camera.
Caltech researchers have developed an 'optical phased array' chip that uses time delays instead of a lens to focus the incoming light.
Pricing and shipping have finally been revealed for two highly anticipated lenses from Sigma, announced in February.
These macro photos of clouds of paint billowing through clear water might look like high-quality CGI, but they're real photographs. And photographer Alberto Seveso told us how they were made.
Facebook is testing a feature that prevents people from saving, sharing, or even taking a screenshot of your profile picture.
We've reshot the Sony a9 in our studio. The short story: it's sharper! The long story... well you can read it all here.
The collection will be officially launched during the Europeana Transcribathon Campus Berlin 2017 crowdsourcing event which will be held on 22 and 23 June at the Berlin State Library.
Light gives us some insight into the preparations for the launch of the pre-order shipments of its much anticipated L16 multi-lens camera.
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has confirmed in a tweet that the second lens on the back of the OnePlus 5 uses a 1.6x optical zoom and that digital zoom is used to reach the claimed 2x zoom factor.
Fujifilm recently unveiled the second in its series of affordable cine lenses, the MK50-135mm T2.9. We got our hands on it for a couple days and took it for a spin.
Leica's first attempt at an M-series digital rangefinder was rough around the edges, but set a pattern for all of the cameras that came after it. In this week's Throwback Thursday article, Barney remembers the M8.
No stranger to extreme situations, legendary climber and filmmaker Jimmy Chin talks to Outside Magazine about his career, and the challenge of filming Alex Honnold's rope-free solo climb of El Capitain.
A company backed by Android co-founder Andy Rubin is attempting to make video conferencing less terrible.
Rangefinder magazine asked five professional portrait and wedding photographers about posting on Instagram; no surprise, they got five different answers.
This captivating stop motion film was created by stripping away one layer of wood at a time. It's hard to look away.
It will enable users to simulate the presence of the sun, moon and Milky Way and see how they interact with an area's topography.
Since its introduction in November last year Instagram's live streaming feature has been used by millions, but videos could not be archived for watching at a later stage. A new update has now added the capability.