Leica M8

Originally published: April 3, 2011

The Leica M8 was the first real digital rangefinder camera. There was the Epson RD-1 or something but it never caught on and wasn’t that good. The M8 will join such cameras as the D3 in the halls of camera history. It was a landmark. Something that was said to be impossible. And alas here we are in 2010 where there is a full frame sensor in a rangefinder! something that was said to be impossible again. Leica defies the odds and takes it in stride they continue to innovate on their products and make them even better. There are always cynics and pixel peepers who will say that their are things wrong with this camera. In the end its a digital Leica…how amazing is that? pretty amazing.

This camera changed my photography career. It always sounds like a joke when people say that it helps you focus on what is important in a picture. But it it really does. You become part of the camera in a way that you never can with a Canon or Nikon. It lets you focus on composition rather then messing around with settings. I believe it is the ultimate photography experience.

I really don’t have that much I can say about this camera that hasn’t been said very eloquently by Ken Rockwell and Steve Huff. This camera is really amazing, I am at a loss for words right now, that may be because I’m tired but read my Leica M7 article because I wrote that first if you want more on the build quality and functionality of this camera. Let the pictures speak for themselves.

Leica M8 and 24mm Summilux f/1.4 @ f/.40

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