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    High pitched whine, Leica M8

    Sorry if this has already been mentioned. I can hear a high pitched whine when I depress the shutter release of my new Leica M8. It is very quiet, but very apparent in a quiet room. Is this anything to be concerned about please?

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    Re: High pitched whine, Leica M8

    Hi,

    Welcome to the forum.

    It is quite hard to answer your question without a little more detail I am afraid.

    When exactly does the sounds occur? Have you tried using both discreet and standard mode (assuming you are using the latest firmware). If so when does the noise occur? A the time of the shutter opening and closing or at recocking time?

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    Re: High pitched whine, Leica M8

    Hello ecliffordsmith, thank you.

    It's when I depress the shutter release to take a meter reading just before taking the photograph. It's an electronic tone sound a bit like tinnitus.

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    Re: High pitched whine, Leica M8

    Hi,

    I have never noticed this before. Perhaps you could ask your dealer about it?

    I disabled all sounds on my camera when I got it and while I cannot imagine this is intentional functionality have you disabled the sounds?

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    Re: High pitched whine, Leica M8

    I have a pair of M8's, one makes the noise, the other does not. The one that does is 18 months old and it has never been a problem. In fact both bodies have been extremely reliable, albeit not as enjoyable as my M7

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    Re: High pitched whine, Leica M8

    Hi All,

    Well, I have never noticed this noise. I will listen out for it later ...

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    Re: High pitched whine, Leica M8

    Its possible that this frequency range is inaudible for you. My wife cannot hear it, but I certainly can.

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    Hi,

    Wow, that high frequency? I will have to borrow a friends dog!

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    Re: High pitched whine, Leica M8

    I hear it on mine, and my last two M8's as well. It is when you start to press the shutter that you hear it.
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    Re: High pitched whine, Leica M8

    All digital cameras do this to a certain extent. The Digilux2 is louder than the M8 for instance. Some people, especially elder men, are unable to hear it. So it should be no problem with Leicas
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