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    Smile M8 accessories

    Well for some newbies to the M8 this question comes up a lot and it is a very valid question. What accessories should they get and what should they avoid.

    So folks what tips and tricks are you using on the M8 to make the shooting experience better and why? Have fun . i will post my thoughts later
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    Re: M8 accessories

    2 accessories I'd recommend for the M8 are a softie, and a GetDPI workshop

    Both will improve your photos.

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    Sfill "softbox" on the SF24D flash. For obvious reasons, made by Leicagoodies.
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    a credit card with a $20,000 limit...

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    Won't work with Leica buyers, it will be maxed out....
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    Seriously though, the only accessory I would like is a reasonable sized charger. Heck my wifes Canon 400D charger is tiny. There is no reason the same shouldn't be true for the Leica charger. Of course it is all a wash when she see's my files compared to hers. I just keep reminding her how much she likes autofocus...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaapv View Post
    Won't work with Leica buyers, it will be maxed out....
    Oh how true that is. I would have maxxed it out with the lenses I have added since buying the M8. I'm glad I didn't have to start from square one when I got the M8. It's odd, I was fine with a two lens kit for the last ten years, then this camera comes out and here we are...

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    Leica lens cloth. I will tell you it is my favorite thing around and needed very badly. Actually between leica , Jack and I at the Yosemite workshop everyone got 1 or 2 as gifts.
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    Than M 8 grip something I can't shoot without, magnifiers, diopters all of them i needed also
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    Re: M8 accessories

    The accessories that I need are a classic softie (I bought mine from Tom Abrahamsson (http://rapidwinder.com/)), a diopter and a magnifier. I also love my luigi half-case with the built-in grip, but I wouldn't consider it necessary.

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    That is one very pretty M8 Cindy!!!
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    Re: M8 accessories

    My favorites: Grip base and Softie.
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    Re: M8 accessories

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    That is one very pretty M8 Cindy!!!
    Thank you, Jack. I love it!!

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    Time to shoot more, beautiful places to shoot.

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    Re: M8 accessories

    David what is the single biggest accessories that Dale lab sells for the M8?
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    To keep your sensor clean: the Giotto Rocket Air.

    Attachment 459

    The little one is very at home in my gadget bag, has a surpisingly strong puff, doesn't need refilling, needs no comsumables and doesn't have a battery!

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    External finders. I use a Zeiss 25/28 finder for my Zeiss 18mm and Leica 21mm. And i just ordered a Voightlander 15mm for my 12mm Voightlander lens new one that i just got. i don't normally use a external with the 12mm lens but nice to have one when i want to be accurate
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    BTW on the 12mm Hood that John makes what snap cap size do you need for some reason i think it is 63mm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    David what is the single biggest accessories that Dale lab sells for the M8?
    Hmm.. M8 hand grip and 1.25x magnifier would probably be the most popular (if you don't count M lenses, UV/IR filters, or extra batteries...)

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    i had a feeling the hand grip sold well for the M8 and the 1.25 not sure i could not be without. thanks
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    P000 screwdriver and a 2mm Allen key
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    Quote Originally Posted by carstenw View Post
    P000 screwdriver and a 2mm Allen key
    Those are NECESITIES Carsten! LOLOLOL! And I do carry them all the time
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    Well, alrighty then: 1.25x loupe and my Oskar's Day Bag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    External finders. I use a Zeiss 25/28 finder for my Zeiss 18mm and Leica 21mm. And i just ordered a Voightlander 15mm for my 12mm Voightlander lens new one that i just got. i don't normally use a external with the 12mm lens but nice to have one when i want to be accurate
    Guy, you might be interested to know that the 15 and 21 finders are exactly the same, except the 21 has frame lines etched. The 15 finder uses the border edge of the finder itself. I like to use the 21 finder since it suits both the 12 and 15 lenses on the M8. (Or 15 and 21 lenses if used with a film camera.)

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    Thanks Jan that is good news.
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    Re: M8 accessories

    A must have is a spare battery.

    I also use a soft release from rapidwinder.com.

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    Spare battery x 2 and the 1.25x magnifier. DR

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    The only accessory I nfound to really be needed was the grip base. I hope to correct the need for it this weekend when I change out the covering on one of the M8 to the GripTac cover from CL. But if you have any need for a diopter then that should be on the top of the list.
    I find it funny that the IIIF-G Leica's had a diopter correction lever and the M3-on you need to add a lens to correct for near/far sightedness.
    Oh well maybe in the M9.

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    I found that the wrist strap from Gordy's camera straps great. Also the quick releases from Leica Goodies. Of course the new Epson 7880 for making 24x30 inch from my M8 files as well.

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    Re: M8 accessories

    I've got the grip, magnifier, extra batteries, IR filters and just added a +2 diopter after trying one out at a Dale Labs workshop. Didn't think I needed the diopter since I had the magnifier, but I found out differently.

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    I had the lucky that Tim Isaac ([email protected]) was in Copenhagen last month and he delivered personaly Tumbs up model 3 to me (see article in8/2007 of LFI)
    As I don not use flash the Tumbs Up is right for me and it looks very good on my silver M8

    new member to day saw the link to this site on Reid Reviews

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    Great and welcome here. i do like the product Tim made . i just use flash too much sometimes.
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    Re: M8 accessories

    David, can you use the diopter + the magnifier at the same time ?

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    Bondo,

    I don't know about the Leica mag and diopter, but Megaperls makes a 1.35x magnifier with a built in diopter adjustment.

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    FWIW, a Leica diopter will screw directly into the rear of the Leica magnifier... In fact, you could conceivably stack two magnifiers that way for even more magnification.
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    Softie ?

    What is the softie ? How is it useful ? Btw, does everyone use the 1.25 magnifier for all their lenses ?

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    I use the 1.25 mag for all my lenses from 28mm up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David K View Post
    I've got the grip, magnifier, extra batteries, IR filters and just added a +2 diopter after trying one out at a Dale Labs workshop. Didn't think I needed the diopter since I had the magnifier, but I found out differently.
    Yes the diopter is the FIRST accessory you should get IF you need some type of vision correction. Without it focusing is futile.

    To the other poster who asked about the magnifier.
    I have one, actually just ordered another for my other M8, and I go back and forth using it with ALL my lenses, from 21mm to 135mm, and haven't made up my mind yet as to it's full effectiveness. What I feel is more important is proper vision correction using a diopter, whether you can use one off the shelf or you have to have a lens made for you be a optician and placed in a diopter ring.
    Yes when I'm using one of the magnifiers I use it for ALL lenses (to much of a pain taking it off and putting back on, especially since I use a diopter also with or without magnifier). With the shorter FL lenses I need to peek around the viewfinder to see the frame line for anything shorter the 35 but 28 isn't to bad. With shorter FL lenses I need to peek a little more but don't find it to hard.
    Right now the magnifier is in it's case attached to the strap on the M8 and will stay there for a few days, at least. I plan on shooting with the 75 to 135 mm lenses today so I can get a feel of just how "I" focus with those lenses without the magnifier.
    I think it is a worthwhile investment in your M series accessory lineup. I have the Leica brand magnifiers but it seems other are happy with the off brand types. The Leica ones are expensive, compared to the off brands. But when you're talking Leica they aren't that expensive. If I can spend $5000 on a body, X2, and on a average of $2000-$3000 for the lenses I have the $300 that the Leica magnifier cost seems like a bargain for another piece of Leica gear. YMMV.

    Oh the softy is really NOT a soft shutter release device. It is a shutter release button EXTENDER and it make the the button bigger. For those that use the middle part of there finger to actuate the shutter they find it helpfull but if your like me that uses the tip, or near the tip, of you finger to actuate the shutter button the EXTENDER really does nothing for you. At least that is the way I see it, honestly I've never tried one of these so called Soft Shutter releases.
    Again YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catatac View Post
    What is the softie ? How is it useful ? Btw, does everyone use the 1.25 magnifier for all their lenses ?
    I have used the soft release on and off for most of my cameras. On some of the newer cameras the shutter release was better without it. On the M3 and M2 it made for super smooth release. On my M8 it seems to work pretty well too.

    Unless you shoot with it like illustated on the web page, some cameras are not as smooth with it. I think it has to do with how smooth the channel the shutter button travels in. On the older cameras like M2-M4, the fit/finish of the shutter button mechanism was smooth enough that an off center push of the soft release did not cause any binding and was still smooth.

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    What's the SLR that the Megaperls 1.35x and diopter fits?

    Looks like I have to get it for my non-rangerfinder optical equipment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    FWIW, a Leica diopter will screw directly into the rear of the Leica magnifier... In fact, you could conceivably stack two magnifiers that way for even more magnification.
    Pretty obvious once you try it but I didn't know this and think it bears repeating. It's made a world of difference in my ability to focus accurately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnastovall View Post
    What's the SLR that the Megaperls 1.35x and diopter fits?
    All the SLR's that I've owned have the diopter built in. Not sure why the M8 doesn't...

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    Quote Originally Posted by David K View Post
    All the SLR's that I've owned have the diopter built in. Not sure why the M8 doesn't...
    I was referring to the fact they can not sell it in the U.S.A. for use on a rangefinder. So I guess one must order it for a different camera.

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    Re: M8 accessories

    all i have is 1.25x magnifier. another thing (non-leica specific) is an arctic butterfly sensor brush. the rest makes my bag too heavy

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnastovall View Post
    I was referring to the fact they can not sell it in the U.S.A. for use on a rangefinder. So I guess one must order it for a different camera.
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    Call Tony Rose at Popflash, this is where I got mine.

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    1.25x magnifier and luigi case. I'm used to the film Leicas so I don't feel the need for the grip.

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    I just can't hold the M8 without a grip. maybe all the years with a DSLR but i have to have a grip. BTW i use the 1.25 on both my M8's along with a 1.5 + diopter. No one mentioned a hand strap which i use on one body. Here is where the DMR stood at the top of the class with there hand strap best i ever used. i wish they would do the same for the M8.
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    Not strictly M8 accessories but they are required:
    Rocket Blower
    Sensor swabs
    Eclipse 2
    And if you really want to push the boat out.Arctic Butterfly and Sensor Loupe.

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    I’m a newbie' but so far…
    • E46 IR/UV Filter (couldn’t wait for the freebie’s)
    • Hoodman SD cards (great for firmware reliability)
    • SanDisk SD/USB card (great for travel)
    • Leica Grip (no brainer’)
    • Thumbs Up (cheap insurance)
    • Extra battery (another no brainer’)
    • Fogg b-laika (just because I’m vain)
    • Magnifier (because I’m old)
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    Last edited by Digital Dude; 6th December 2007 at 08:39.

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