|Black Leica M8 10.3MP Digital Rangefinder Camera Body, Handgrip 10701|
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|Built for creating great pictures for you and producing crystal clear photos no matter where you are, the Leica 10.3 MP camera is a flexible portable body only. Play back the captured moments of your life and share them with family and friends with the 2.5-inch LCD screen found on this Leica M8. Additional megapixels means enlarging and cropping won't adversely affect your pictures' quality. Delivering memorable prints is easy by making use of the 10.3 MP digital image sensor featured on this Leica rangefinder digital camera. Because the Leica 10.3 MP camera features batteries, you can always be prepared to catch the moments of your life. Be the envy of your friends with this Leica M8 and its classy black body. This Leica rangefinder digital camera is good for snapping and holding on to large numbers of action shots, with a flash memory card slot, which allows you to select the storage size of the camera. The Leica 10.3 MP camera includes only the body and no lens. One advantage to buying the camera body on its own is that you select the best interchangeable lens or lenses to get based on your growing photography needs.|
|UPC||0799429107017, 4022243107113, 799429107017|
|Sensor Resolution||10.3 MP|
|Sensor Size||18 x 27mm|
|Lens For SD||Body Only|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||32 sec|
|Exposure Range||EV 0-20 ( ISO 160 )|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority, Manual|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 160-2500|
|Light Sensitivity Max||2500|
|Camera Flash Features||Slow Sync|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||MultiMediaCard, SD Card, SD Memory Card|
|Optical Viewfinder Type||Real-image|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5" - color|
|Connector Types||1 x USB|
|Expansion Slot||1 x SD Memory Card|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Still Image Format||DNG (RAW), JPEG|
|Additional Features||Auto Power Save, Brightness Control, Digital Noise Reduction, Histogram Display, Not Interchangeable Lenses, USB 2.0, With Tripod Mount|
|White Balance||Auto, Manual|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||2 frames per second|
Average review score based on 17 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
The price to get into a Leica system is steep indeed and after much research I figured I could live with a slight crop and less than a stop difference in performance since the price was less than 1/2 of what a used M9 would be. This way I could buy more lenses.
Being that you can approximate the same focal lengths with wider lenses I don't see that I need the full-frame of the M9. If I need a 35mm I'll use a 28. Not a big deal.
Anyway, for the price you can't beat it. If you want to get into a Leica but can't afford $5-8K plus another huge investment for lenses this is the way to go. It's a solid camera that feels good to use and looks cool too!
There are quirks to using a rangefinder, but that's part of the process. If you complain about it you were never meant to be a rangefinder shooter.
The only thing I HATE about this camera is the unbearably slow write speeds. I mean C'MON. Even a $200 10 year old D70 is a speed demon compared to this. I can understand a frame-rate cap for the shutter system, but 3.5 seconds to write a file is ridiculous for a camera that cost over $5K new. The M9 is no better however.
Hi, contrary to what has been written I don't think the M8 is a 'temperamental' camera. With the latest (free!) firmware updates it is absolutely excellent. Its only two limitations are, first it is not a full-format 24x36 thus not using the leica, Voigtlander etc. lenses to their full potential (especially wide angles) - the 18x27mm sensor size is larger than on most APS-C digital SLRS anyway whih have something around 16x22mm. Second, the higher than average IR sensitivity is a plus in B&W; in colour it only has effects when shooting in artificial light, where a UV/IR filter is recommended. All these issues are solved on the M9 which cost at least twice as much on the used market!
Otherwise, it is a niche camera indeed. Much less forgiving than an all-automatic DSLR, it gives amazingly sharp and lively pictures - isn't this we are looking for in a camera?
Someone only used to DSLRs should have in mind that a rangefinder camera is a different story, everything is in the hands of the user, not of so-called 'smart' electronics. Medium-format users will immediately fall in love with this camera which gives the same high degree of control under a much smaller volume and weight. Average DSLR users may like it or not, but will need some time to get used to it.
By the way, the original Leica batteries are faultless. I had problems with cheap 'compatible' batteries that were quite unpredictable and died after 3 or 4 months.
Definitely not a 'marketing toy' with zooms, bells and whistles, but a wonderful and efficient image-making machine.
As an Leica lover, having a Leica M6 as my main camera, a digital D-Lux4 and other leica cameras I decided to buy a digital M8, both because of the leica quality but also that I can use my other M lenses.
I dislike automatic cameras as I like to have full control of both the aperture and speed setting as well as distance. By this I can compose my picture to my liking.
The Leica M8.2 is a great digital rangefinder camera that certainly lives up to its fine reputation. It produces stunning images in terms of sharpness and colour fidelity. The IQ is almost comparable to that of its sibling - the Leica M9. Though I am an avid Leica M9 user, I bought a Leica M8.2 camera body recently, more or less, as a back-up camera for my Leica M9. I simply love both Leica M8.2 and M9 cameras. The DNG raw files are what I like most about both of these outstanding Leicas. The DNG raw files are great for post-processing and provide excellent opportunities to do "creative" and "artistic" image processing. If anyone is interested in trying digital rangefinder cameras, the Leica M8.2 is a fine option available. I bought mine which was rated near Mint on eBay and had only 2000 shutter actuations. I am most satisfied with my Leica M8.2. Like the Leica M9, the Leica M8.2 does require sensor cleaning from time to time as it does not have a built-in automatic sensor cleaning mechanism.
The M8 is a gem . . . simple . . . elegant . . . with Zeiss lenses its images rival the EOS 5. It's sensitivity to IR light warms faces and fabrics in B&Ws. No problem with Leica batteries. The only thing better is M9.