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    Re: M8 Upgrade program delayed

    Waiting until after Photokina. Wishful thinking hopes there is something new like a sensor, but I suspect the upgrade may need new firmware. If the firmware is done and has all the new Leica M lenses coded into it, they probably don't want this firmware getting out in public until the official announcement of the new lenses.

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    Re: M8 Upgrade program delayed

    That and/or they've made a decision re: changes to the program, a M revamp, etc., to be announced come Photokina that could upset folks who paid for the upgrade in lieu of another option come the show.

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    Re: M8 Upgrade program delayed

    Or maybe they are just not yet ready.
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    Re: M8 Upgrade program delayed

    Even without a delay, I would not send the camera off for the upgrade before all the Photokina announcements are made. €1200 is a large investment to make when you know for certain there are going to be announcements coming out.

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    Re: M8 Upgrade program delayed

    Than again maybe not.
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    Re: M8 Upgrade program delayed

    i am not really devastated with this news. when email came, i was looking forward to seeing an announcement of a new firmware update. all these stories about leica utmost interest to needs of photographers can be explained only by one thing: leica customer relations department (if there is one) comes up with what photographers need and then this hypothesis magically turns into an axiom. Like remember the lame response to requests for manual lens selection? leica would not do it in order to prevent a human error of an inadvertent selection of a wrong lens. a mere existence of a shutter speed dial is provides ample opportunity for a human error, doesn't it?

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    Re: M8 Upgrade program delayed

    Quote Originally Posted by irakly View Post
    a mere existence of a shutter speed dial is provides ample opportunity for a human error, doesn't it?
    . . . not to mention lens caps on a rangefinder camera

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    Re: M8 Upgrade program delayed

    i thought the upgrade program had vanished, so the sept schedule does not seem like a delay, but a revival.

    any comments about the possible mechanical integrity value of the new shutter, as opposed to simply quieting it?
    and what about the extended warranty?

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    Re: M8 Upgrade program delayed

    Hi All,

    Like Irakly, when I saw the email I thought, wow new firmware.

    While I really like the concept of an upgradeable camera this first feature set is not enough to tempt me to send the camera off. While I would like a quiter shutter and less vibration I feel that losing a stop at the fast end could sometimes be a burden shooting wide open in bright conditions. It is only a stop though I suppose.

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    Re: M8 Upgrade program delayed

    Quote Originally Posted by cmb_ View Post
    . . . not to mention lens caps on a rangefinder camera
    Which should certainly be banned by law (what a fool one feels).

    As far as the program is concerned - I was also going to wait and see what photokina brought before making a decision.

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    Re: M8 Upgrade program delayed

    Like several others, I thought the e-mail was new firmware. I will not send my camera off at that price for a new shutter, and I just don't think the demand is there for the LCD cover. I think it was an unusual communication from Leica. DR

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    Re: M8 Upgrade program delayed

    I thought it would be a great idea until I saw the price... . Well, coming from Leica combined with the deteriorating value of the US$.....

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