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.

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~ by peakaction on September 15, 2006.

2 Responses to “Leica M8 Announced”

  1. i saw that exact sentence and laughed as well.

    my ass.

    no way.

    i’m still on the fence until i’ve put it thru some paces.

  2. “I also found it interesting that Leica decided to eliminate the moiré filter from the sensor…”
    It’s already the case in the DMR (Digital Module R)

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