Leica M8 Announced
Oh, yeah… I think I’m going to have to sell some shit. I need five grand.
In case you haven’t heard, Leica has finally announced the M8, along with some other new bodies: Leica Digilux 3; Leica V-Lux 1, and the Leica D-Lux 3. The also announced some new glass, the Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21/4 ASPH and the Elmarit-M 28/2.8, as well as a new universal finder to go with them.
DP Review already has their preview of the M8 posted. One thing I found curious in their review was this sentence:
“The speed settings of ISO 160 through to 2500 permit pictures with a greater wealth of detail than can be achieved with analog film.”
What exactly do they mean by that? It can work on a few levels, but I know at least one of them is bullshit.
I also found it interesting that Leica decided to eliminate the moiré filter from the sensor, choosing instead to take care of it in “post” inorder to preserve the extra detail. I wonder how much of a difference it will make.
I’m not crazy about the 1.33x crop factor. In fact, I hate it, but I understand that current technology doesn’t permit a full-frame sensor in such a narrow body, so I will accept it. I will just have to rely on my 35 a little more than my 50, and I will surely have to pick up a 28. I’m hesitant to go any wider, though. I will have to see what the new super-wide lenses look like wide-open.
I really can’t wait to get my hands on one. And yes, I am truly planning on getting my hands on one. This is a rangefinder that I can actually use on assignment in the digital world, and that is something I really can’t do without. Anyone who has shot an M should understand why. Of course I have no idea how I’m going to afford it, but I will find a way.
I have an early call time tomorrow, so I need to get to sleep. More later… Mahalo.