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    Would you buy your M8 again?

    I have almost decided to buy the M8. I shoot with a M6, 35 cron and 50 lux now. Mostly candids and portraits. Knowing what you know now, would you buy your M8 again? Thanks for any advise. Durr

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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    Quote Originally Posted by durrIII View Post
    I have almost decided to buy the M8. I shoot with a M6, 35 cron and 50 lux now. Mostly candids and portraits. Knowing what you know now, would you buy your M8 again? Thanks for any advise. Durr
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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    Ditto what Jim said. I *love* my M8s! Point in fact was our recent workshop in Puerto Rico. I took my Mamiya ZD too, but greatly preferred walking the streets with my M8s. Simply cannot beat them for street and travel cameras

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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    After using mine for over a year I've found that all of the usual complaints are overblown in practice, though true enough at the core. The shutter is noisier than an M6, other cameras have lower noise at ISO 1250 & 2500, build quality isn't quite what it used to be (mine is looking more worn after one year than my M6 did after three or four--and I'm not shooting any more). That said I would buy again in a second. In fact I'm thinking about getting another one this summer, though will probably buy used/demo this time due to the price increases.

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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    Yes. Yes. Yes. It is fun to shoot and the lenses are spectacular.

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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    Yes, in fact, I bought a second one. I keep the 28 cron on one and a 50 cron on the other. Guy called me "the six-shooter" because I had one on each hip.

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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    For my re-entry to photography I bought a Nikon D2xs in 2006 and then bought an M8 in 2007. I wish I'd bought the M8 first. I almost have to force myself to use the Nikon once in awhile (hmmm, maybe I should sell it ).

    As others have indicated, most of the reports concerning the M8's faults are true-ish, but in practice (IMHO) overblown and easily learned/dealt with. And the lenses... simply fantastic. I'd buy again in heart beat.

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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    Well,
    I will stop at the two I have.
    It is the most enjoyable camera I have ever owned and has generated the best results for two reasons.
    1) It has really good image quality
    2) I tend to bring it almost everywhere so when pictures happen I have a shutter to press.
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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    yes.... absolutely..
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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    Yes! Probably the best thing that ever happened to my photography in many ways. Not only did reinforce the basics of DOF, framing, zooming with your feet, etc. etc. etc. but it introduced me to this community of amazing people.

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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    Yes. As a matter of fact I did, and that was two months after my first one, back when it was still being hammered on the internet too. Never regretted it for a second, even when opening my bank statements
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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    I still think it is the closet thing to MF in terms of color , tone, saturation and look. Would i buy one again, hell trying to hold onto the one I have for pete sakes. I want something smaller that takes the M glass now
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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    Hey Guy,
    wanna take a(nother) hit on some Leica Glass?
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    NO been snorting that stuff too long have to go down slowly. LOL
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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    NO been snorting that stuff too long have to go down slowly. LOL
    Mamiya does not equal methadone

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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    Quote Originally Posted by matmcdermott View Post
    After using mine for over a year I've found that all of the usual complaints are overblown in practice, though true enough at the core. The shutter is noisier than an M6, other cameras have lower noise at ISO 1250 & 2500, build quality isn't quite what it used to be (mine is looking more worn after one year than my M6 did after three or four--and I'm not shooting any more). That said I would buy again in a second. In fact I'm thinking about getting another one this summer, though will probably buy used/demo this time due to the price increases.
    ditto. mine is looking pretty beat up compared to my M6 that I have had much longer, and both have ridden around in the same bag for the same time. I think the black chrome must be thinner?

    The screen is a disaster, the anti-glare has come off unevenly although it is not scratched per se.

    I would not buy a second body, but I have never had two of anything, so that is not unusual.

    What I would avoid is running out and buying a bunch of lenses like I did, I think I only really use two or three.

    Just bought a noctprobably will sell it if I can't figure it out.

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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    Mamiya does not equal methadone
    Really? Maybe a Hassleblad 39 H3d does?

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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    I work with 2 m8s and am shooting at a rate of about 1500 images a month. The big changes you will find with digital come form the ability to get immediate feedback . For example .....you can handle all sorts of difficult lighting and know you have it (no more blown highlights on a whole series of images). I often use the "throw away" capability of digital to evaluate a scene and then work on composition or wait for the moment. And of course you can be sure you nailed the focus . I bought a 3rd M8 for backup so that I know I will have two available.

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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    The M8 had only 2 design flaws - which stopped it being almost perfect.
    1. It isnt full frame; and
    2. The silly IR issue.
    I agree with Jack, it is a fantastic travel and walk around camera - personally, I cant wait for the full frame version to arrive, so I can add that to my M kit.

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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    I think the FF issue is totally overblown. In my experience the 1.33 crop has very little influence on the "feel" of the lenses. After getting shorter lenses to compensate, I find I am back to shooting the 35, 50, 90 combo like I always shot before on film...
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    Absolutely! I also added a second used body. Even after adding a D3, the M8 is my favorite to carry and shoot. The M7 is a close second so you can see where my shooting preference lies, and I'm about to add an M5.

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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    I agree with Peter...full frame is an issue for me. It is not the end of the world, but it is there. Full frame has advantages beyond simply having lenses look like they should...the extra sensor size has enormous benefits for ISO performance, as cameras like the 5d and D3 demonstrate. The IR is of course an issue...the only other I would add would be the new framelines...I wish they were optimized for 2m rather than .7m...

    All that said, the great thing about the M8 is that it is small, takes M lenses and has superb image quality if you use the IR filters. The interesting thing I have found, is that at their base ISO's, the M8, DMR and D3 all have fairly similar image quality...assuming one uses a good lens. I think lenses make more of a difference these days than sensors...at the top of the line and at base ISO anyway. I think this is a great development, because it allows me to use the M8 when I want a small, compact and unobtrusive kit, or I can use the D3 when I need the speed and flexibility of an AF DSLR.

    So, yes, I would buy the M8 again. It still does something that no other digital camera can really offer -- a small, high quality digital camera that has a great optical viewfinder, and uses the incomparable M lenses.
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    Hi,

    I would buy one again. I am incredibly happy with mine.

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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    Yes, the M8 is a joy to use. Same holds true for the DMR - also a joy to use and I would not hesitate to purchase another.

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    Very happy with mine. Je ne regrette rien.

    Like Jaapv, I'm pretty much using the 35-50-90 combo I always used with film. I was mostly a 50mm kind of guy with film, so now I'm a 35mm kind of guy with the M8. But I must admit to getting a couple of used CV 28s (the 28/3.5 and the 28/1.9) to have an (almost) 35mm effective field of view again.

    The M8 gives near-medium format quality at ISO 160--I still have trouble believing how much detail there is in the files. At 320 and 640, it's still better than film. At 1250, it is noisier than some DSLRs, but still usable with some care.

    I can use it pretty much as I've used my film Ms before. I can still use the Leica lenses that I love. I can still play with my older LTM lenses when I want an older look.

    The IR issue is gone once you buy filters. The 1.33 crop is real, but once you get used to it and maybe buy another lens, things are pretty much like they were with film.

    My main annoyance is the focus shift problem with fast lenses. With some lenses at middle apertures, it requires learning to focus on the closest thing you need in focus, rather than the central thing (sometimes on a person's nose rather than their eyes). Annoying, but the camera is still well worth putting up with it.

    And the M8 files convert to B&W in a really beautiful way!

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    Oh, I suppose I would. Mine was a gift, though. Not sure I'd fork out five Gs for anything that didn't have an engine in it.

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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maggie O View Post
    Oh, I suppose I would. Mine was a gift, though. Not sure I'd fork out five Gs for anything that didn't have an engine in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmb_ View Post
    Yes, the M8 is a joy to use. Same holds true for the DMR - also a joy to use and I would not hesitate to purchase another.
    Ah-yes I can second that. My main trouble nowadays is deciding what system to use. An ultimate luxury...
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    Indeed. I'm not swift at changing lenses and find some times when I need both the 75 and a wide angle, so I have two bodies now. My most comfortable lenses are the 28 and 35, although I love the look of the Leica 24 on the M8.

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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    Yes, but after carefully tring the rangefinder for infinity and close focus with my 35/1.4, since I have been fightingwith these errors from day one until now. (This is my second body, still misaligned, still being aligned from time to time.) The infinity alignment is so easy, but not the close distance.
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    It takes absolutely amazing pics but it can be a source of constant frustration as well. Like last night I went to an important reunion of musicians, etc and quickly grabbed the M8. It showed two bars on the battery indicator and I stupidly forgot to snatch an extra battery. I think it's because I've been shooting with the D3 so much - two bars would last me weeks!

    Anyway, after about 50 shots it totally ran out. I got what I wanted (I wasn't working or I would have used the D3 and/or had spare batteries) but it was frustrating.

    Full frame I don't need. Proper battery calibration and a good preview screen (ala D300) and a faster buffer would make the camera ideal. As it is, I have no plans to upgrade. I'm sure I will lust after the M9 but for now I need to stop chasing the dragon. M8 and D3 are about as great a combo one could ask for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    Or perhaps strings?


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    Quote Originally Posted by charlesphoto View Post
    It takes absolutely amazing pics but it can be a source of constant frustration as well. Like last night I went to an important reunion of musicians, etc and quickly grabbed the M8. It showed two bars on the battery indicator and I stupidly forgot to snatch an extra battery. I think it's because I've been shooting with the D3 so much - two bars would last me weeks!

    Anyway, after about 50 shots it totally ran out. I got what I wanted (I wasn't working or I would have used the D3 and/or had spare batteries) but it was frustrating.
    Son, that's sort of like blaming your F3 because you forgot to bring two rolls of film.

    I swear, you damn whiny kids are so spoiled these day!!! We had ASA400 film, in 36 exposure batches, and we were thankful for that!!!

    Now, GET OFF MY LAWN!!!!

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    Ha! Thank you - I feel young again at 44. Never had an F3 though did shoot with an F (and later F2) for many years.

    I just think that one should get more than 50 shots from a camera with supposedly 2/3rds battery power left (or heck, even 1/3rd). Is that too much to ask of a $5K camera?

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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    Quote Originally Posted by charlesphoto View Post
    Is that too much to ask of a $5K camera?
    Charles - yes, but the battery is only a $120 item!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmb_ View Post
    Charles - yes, but the battery is only a $120 item!
    Of course! Silly me. One should always be carrying $400 worth of batteries to make it through a 4gb card! Ah Leica...

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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    A smaller battery and its subsequent shorter charge life are the price paid for a much smaller camera than the D3. Of course since I don't own a D3 I can't be 100% sure the Leica battery is smaller. Is it?

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    My perspective, based on the original question has been evolving also. I was really excited about the M8 when it was released, and I was equally thrilled to get the first one that landed in Houston in November 2006. That also carried the famous line "Houston, we have a problem." I wrestled with all of the other early adopters to figure out what the heck was and was not working properly. I was not thrilled, but I loved having an M camera back in my hands again, AND being able to do all of it digitally. That made it worth the pains.

    A year and half or more later, I still love the M8. I shoot it as often as I can. I carry it with me almost everywhere, even if not shooting something. I love the glass I have collected for it. It has become a "go-to" camera with the Noctilux for some of my portrait shooting lately and the images are fantastic. However, it has been an expensive journey so far, and not without many of the shortcomings others have commented on. In the first 20 weeks I owned it, 9.5 of those weeks had it in Solms. Not good. It took another 4-6 months to get my Noctilux, and countless more weeks to finally get it properly working for foucs. All of the filters, codings, mount swaps, etc., have been a great tinkering exercise, but frankly, as a full-blown working tool it still does not cut it. Too many little things that are fidgety. I also had some ridiculous expectations that the files would produce otherworldly prints for me, but they can only be pushed so far.

    So, would I do it again, knowing what I know and have experienced now? Probably not. I will not give it up, but I also have been candid to others asking me about it. If they are tinkerers, and have a history with Leica, and have the money, I tell them to get one and have some fun. If they do not fit those categories, I tell them to consider other things. I myself am about to jump into MF (again, as I used to shoot MF film around the same time I shot with M4s), as the M8 today, cannot deliver the images I want for some things. For PJ work, casual travel and fun shooting, it is still a blast, but I want more from the images, and the M8, even with the best glass, is just not getting there.

    Not bashing the M8 here. I have one, will keep it. I maybe could/should have spent the money and time on MF instead, but that field was not too settled either at that point, as it is now. Not really a regret, but a sober perspective. It does let me get some things that my big Canon DSLRs do not match, but overall, it has many limitations for my professional needs.

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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    Absolutely, warts and all there's nothing which does what it does and does it so well.

    It put beauty and joy back in to my photography.

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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    Quote Originally Posted by johnastovall View Post
    Absolutely, warts and all there's nothing which does what it does and does it so well.

    It put beauty and joy back in to my photography.
    What a nice compliment!

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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    I am less enthusiastic about the M8 than I was before I got it, probably due to unrealistic expectations on my part. I envisioned myself shooting wonderful wide open lux shots at 35, 50 and 75 and the occasional Noct masterpiece as icing on the cake. Turned out that between focus shift on the 35, backfocus on the 50 and 75 luxes and the Noct that I didn't realize my vision. The camera is a superb travel companion for me but, truth be told, I still like my DMR better. Keep in mind I am not a "street" shooting kind of guy so much of what appeals to others with this camera is wasted on me. Nevertheless, I am delighted to see that the overwhelming response to this camera is positive. I'm a Leicaholic and proud of it

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    Yeah, it's sad that not all the camera -- lens combinations worked all that well. Mine focused spot on with the 35/1.4 asph and the 75/1.4 in all the shots I could take, but the lens coding did not work and the rangefinder was out of vertical adjustment slightly. So I sent it in, and it came back with the lens coding working, the vertical adjustment perfect, but now the 75/1.4 is no longer spot on. I have not had the heart to try the 35/1.4 wide open at .7m yet. It's always something, right?

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    Based on todayís market and recent events, Iím not so sure. However, I still like my M8 and Leica lens set of 50/24/35 so I consider myself quite vested in my own right.
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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    Quote Originally Posted by durrIII View Post
    I have almost decided to buy the M8. I shoot with a M6, 35 cron and 50 lux now. Mostly candids and portraits. Knowing what you know now, would you buy your M8 again? Thanks for any advise. Durr
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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

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    I am less enthusiastic about the M8 than I was before I got it, probably due to unrealistic expectations on my part. I envisioned myself shooting wonderful wide open lux shots at 35, 50 and 75 and the occasional Noct masterpiece as icing on the cake. Turned out that between focus shift on the 35, backfocus on the 50 and 75 luxes and the Noct that I didn't realize my vision. The camera is a superb travel companion for me but, truth be told, I still like my DMR better. Keep in mind I am not a "street" shooting kind of guy so much of what appeals to others with this camera is wasted on me. Nevertheless, I am delighted to see that the overwhelming response to this camera is positive. I'm a Leicaholic and proud of it
    hm.... i am shooting 50 and 35 summiluxes wide open just fine. the only lens that gives me a headache is 2/90, but i already figured how to adjust focus to compensate.

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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

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    hm.... i am shooting 50 and 35 summiluxes wide open just fine. the only lens that gives me a headache is 2/90, but i already figured how to adjust focus to compensate.
    Wish I could say the same I am going to limit myself to the wide end with this system and see how that works out. This is still the best travel kit out there and I really don't want to give up on it.

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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

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    i would in a heartbeat
    Da-dump da-dump ... (that's another heartbeat )

    I simply love mine. Both of them. The worst thing is that they tempted me back to another film M after a couple of years in the wilderness shooting just digital and after selling my M6TTL.

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    Re: Would you buy your M8 again?

    Had I known the pain to get my M8 working (focusing) with all my M lenses and knowing today's quality coming from a D3 or D300 I would definitely NOT.

    The D300 I count as a similar stealth camera as the M8, I know a bit larger, but far more fast and comfortable especially when used with a zoom like the 18-200.

    And the D3 gives me far superior image quality and again much more comfort due to AF and the Auto ISO, which I really miss now when using the M8.

    Would I buy a FF M Digital? If this beast comes I would anticipating Leica have learned their lessons in focus accuracy, several helpful functions etc.


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