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Leica M8 10.3MP Digital Rangefinder Camera with .68x Viewfinder (Black Body Only)

by Leica

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  • Low-noise 10.3-megapixel CCD image sensor specifically matched to the compact lens design
  • Full compatibility with nearly all M lenses means unique imaging performance
  • Incorporates rangefinder system with its advantages of discreet and quiet operation, speed, and precision
  • Future-guaranteed raw data format (DNG) and the raw data converter Capture One LE
  • Main settings clearly structured in menus on the bright 2.5-inch display
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Built-in Flash
  • Mac Compatible

Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 3.2 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000J6FTVK
  • Item model number: 10701
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 28, 2005

Product Description

Color: Black

From the Manufacturer

The dream of many Leica photographers has come true: the Leica M system is now open for professional digital photography. Breaking completely new ground, the LEICA M8 doesn't only look like an M--it utilizes all the benefits of the analog Leica M system for sophisticated and creative digital photography. It is the only digital camera for professionals to incorporate the rangefinder system with its advantages of discreet and quiet operation, speed and precision. And the no-compromise quality criteria of the M system continue to apply to the M8. Full compatibility with nearly all M lenses means that their unique imaging performance is now available for digital photography, too. The low-noise CCD image sensor with a resolution of 10.3-megapixels has been specifically matched to the compact lens design to guarantee superlative photographic quality. The controls and functions of the digital M still concentrate on the essentials. The proven M concept is complemented by the intelligent extra functions that digital technology has to offer. The LEICA M8 is the first timeless digital camera "Made in Germany". Fascinatingly new and yet still a real Leica M.

Exceptional performance in every detail
For Leica, image quality is not only a catchword, but a value attainable by optimizing all the links in the performance chain: Leica's M high performance lenses, now performing even better in the digital system with the new 6-bit coding. The low-noise CCD sensor which is specifically matched to the extreme requirements of the high-resolution M lenses. The future-guaranteed raw data format (DNG) and the raw data converter Capture One LE, acknowledged as the best. This combination of high-quality individual components ensures maximum image quality.

Concentration on the exposure. Not on the controls
A lot of care, many years of experience and extensive knowledge about how professional photographers work have gone into the operation concept of the M8. Due to the concentration on the essentials, operation is simple and intuitive. The LEICA M8 deliberately dispenses with multifunction keys and nested menus. All the main settings are made in clearly structured menus on the bright 2.5" display. For detailed quality control "on location", RGB histogram and clipping warning can be used on even the finest details of the subject.

New creativity: Flash photography with the M8
The modern metal-blade slotted shutter enables extremely fast flash synchronization times down to 1/250 second. The new M-TTL flash technology ensures natural flash illumination through the activation of a metering pre-flash. The auto slow sync. function now allows available light exposures without camera shake in aperture priority mode combined with a natural fill-in flash.

What's in the Box:
Camera, carrying strap with anti-slip guard, camera cover for M bayonet, lithium ion battery, charger with car and three mains plug adapters (Euro, UK, USA), USB connecting lead, operating manual, software CD Capture One LE, software CD with Leica Digital Capture and operating manual; warranty card.

Product Description

The Leica M8 utilizes all the benefits of the analog Leica M system for sophisticated and creative digital photography. It incorporates the rangefinder system with its advantages of discreet and quiet operation, speed and precision into a digital camera for professionals. And the no-compromise quality criteria of the M system continue to apply to the M8. Full compatibility with nearly all M lenses means that their unique imaging performance is now available for digital photography, too. The low-noise CCD image sensor with a resolution of 10.3 megapixels has been specifically matched to the compact lens design to guarantee superior photographic quality. The controls and functions of the digital M still concentrate on the essentials while being complemented by the intelligent extra functions that digital technology has to offer.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

A major plus for the M8 is its simple and easy to use menus.
Ronald Breeze
My wide angle lens is still pretty wide with the M8, and I'm getting more than what the frame lines are showing me with the 50mm!
kkrome25
I researched it on-line and found several people that had the EXACT same problem.
glenn brooke

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Breeze on November 22, 2007
Color Name: Black
After 16 years of retail photography equipment sales I've demoed hundreds, if not thousands of cameras to purchasers. When I decided to invest in my own digital camera my criteria was to purchase a camera that was built solid, had an easy to use menu, excellent picture quality, the best optical lineup available, compact, unobtrusive and a bright simple viewfinder. Price was not going to be THE issue because I wanted to purchase a camera I would keep and not fall into the throw away world that has been created by the electronics industry.
I had read the initial reviews of the camera and the howling by Leica film traditionalist and non-users about the IR issue. For those of you not familiar with the camera Leica opted to omit the infrared blocking filter on the sensor to maintain optimal sharpness when using the superb Leitz lenses. The omission of this filter causes some black synthetic fabrics to appear maroon in color. Leica opted to give purchasers of this camera two IR cut ultraviolet filters to put on the front of the lens to solve the problem. Leicas solution also caused Leica tradionalist to complain about putting a filter on the front of the lenses and although many of them had a standard uv on their lenses already this was made an issue that went way beyond its applications.
I have been involved with film infrared photography for years and saw the potential IR capabilities of this camera as a benefit. No more loading, unloading and handling IR film in total darkness was a definite added bonus in a camera that already produced superb color and black and white images. That has proven to be true over the 8 months I've owned this camera.
A major plus for the M8 is its simple and easy to use menus.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Fiddler415 on February 28, 2007
Color Name: Black
This digital Leica is more like a traditional film camera than a digital camera. You must be totally in control of focus and exposure, change lenses rather than zoom, and THINK when you shoot. The images that result can be stunning. After 40 years of shooting with Leicas and loving every moment of it, this was an exciting break through. It is a real Leica camera that just doesn't use film. It is expensive, but some things are worth the money. This camera is worth it if you are a Leica shooter and wish to use your wonderful lenses on a ditigital camera. My lenses were purchased in 1969 as a college graduation gift and work just fine.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Carbonadam VINE VOICE on January 9, 2009
Color Name: Black
The best rangefinder camera I ever used before this one was a small Olympus. I still have that camera even though i do not shoot film any more. I just love it for it's simplicity and graceful design. Before that the only other camera that resembled a rangefinder that i used was some instamatics as a kid.

This is not for everyone. I scrounged every penny and bought a used one in excellent condition. I have been shooting for 23 years now and I figured i earned the chance to have a big boy camera. It's not perfect. It exhibits grain above the 600 ISO and there is the whole IR filter thing with the magenta casting. Still that camera is made like a house of bricks and only reminds me of a very heavy minolta my dad gave me when I was 16.I used to drop that camera all the time. This feel like it would not mind being dropped. It almost feels like you could throw it and it would be OK.

Now today with all the bells and whistles on every camera and megapixel wars going full steam this camera does not enter the fray. It is the first of it's kind from Leica, (Epson made one that is not as good some years back) and it sets the standard for this type of camera. it is actually alone in it's class. The only other one out there is its slightly more expensive older brother the 8.2. The M 8.2 has the same resolution. It's improvements are a sapphire crystal (only a diamond can scratch it) back and a quieter shutter as well as better denting for dials and a"S" full auto mode. F stops and focus are fully manual in both models.

These are MANUAL cameras. They require looking, focusing, working the camera to get it to do what you want it to do. Depth of field, framing, exposure. These are all in your hands. Now while there are SLRs out there that do all this too, they are not rangefinders.
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Earlier today I had the opportunity to handle and use a chrome Leica M8, using the camera to take some outdoor color digital pictures in both ambient, and less than ambient, lighting conditions. I'm not usually one to succumb to hype about a new camera, but this time it was unquestionably almost love at first sight. Leica's new M8 digital rangefinder camera carries on the great tradition of Leica M rangefinders which started back in 1954 with the venerable Leica M3, but also offers many features that will be useful to the discerning digital photographer. For those familiar with Leica M rangefinder cameras (or either the Zeiss Ikon and the late Konica Hexar rangefinder cameras), the controls remain almost exactly the same as those for recently produced Leica M film rangefinder cameras such as the M6, M6 TTL, M7 and MP. Ergonomically it most closely resembles the Leica M7, having a similar shutter speed dial, but with speeds up to 1/8000 second and flash synchronization at 1/250 second; the highest speeds I have seen for any M-mount rangefinder camera. The M8 contains a low noise Kodak-designed CCD digital imaging sensor with a maximum resolution of 10.3 MP; the 1.33 X crop factor of the digital imaging sensor means that a 50mm lens will more closely resemble a 70mm lens, or a 28mm lens will resemble a 32mm lens; in either instance, this will not be a serious issue for those familiar with digital SLRs like those from Nikon that have a 1.5 X crop factor. The camera has a somewhat generous range of ISO speeds from 160 to 2500, with ISO 160 as the default setting.

The Leica M8's technical specifications will surely please both traditional users of Leica M rangefinder cameras as well as those new to them.
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In-depth review from dpreview.com:
Read the full Leica M8 review at dpreview.com.
This new rangefinder digital camera has the classic design, build, and function of the M series but utilizes a completely digital imaging system. The M8 has a specially designed 10-megapixel CCD sensor, which being slightly smaller than a film negative introduces a 1.33x field of view crop. Read the full Leica M8 review at dpreview.com.
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