Here's a great review of the M8 from the LUG site:
Would the rapidgrip works on the M8??
> Leica kindly lent me an M8 to try out. I suspect that they thought "If he
> likes it, we are on the right track"!
> Well, I am happy to say that they are on the right track. The M8 does behave
> like an M-camera should. It puts minimal "digital" between you and your
> picture, but if you are so inclined you can add all the bells and whistles to
> what you are doing. When I got it (no manual for it) I managed to turn it in to
> a M2/M6 with little fuss. Put it on mono-chrome, put the ISO to 320 and stick
> a lens on it. I donít shoot color and to me the black/white image quality
> was what counted. The first couple of 100 shots were done with everything in
> "Standard" setting and the prints that my local lab pulled were a bit flat (to
> be expected as you can manipulate the image in the computer after wards). The
> next batch was shot with higher contrast settings and came out fine. The
> higher ISO settings have a bit of digital "noise" (1250/2500) but so would film
> if you either used a T-Speed or Delta 3200 so no big deal.
> It does feel like a slightly obese M6. The additional thickness coupled with
> the rather slippery covering had my right hand cramping up after a while. I
> did get used to it, except when I switched between a M2 and M8. My hand
> wanted to "crush" the M8 to M2 thickness! The lack of a film-advance arm is
> somewhat disconcerting as it does feel like an M and you are forever trying to pull
> out a lever to hook your thumb behind - although this is something you get
> used to. I love the base-plate with its folding "Leica" key lock. Battery and
> SD card are accessed by removing it and I still have that fleeting thought ď
> Damn, did I rewind the film" before pulling the base plate off! The design is
> that close to an M!
> The noise is modest; a soft click and a slight "whirr" sound is not
> disturbing at all. My biggest problem with the M8 is that I am a left eye focuser and
> my nose is squished against the screen. During flu-season that could be an
> ugly sight! Some kind of cover would be useful - particularly as I use it as I
> would a regular M, shoot away happily and after 40-50 shots I looked for a
> shady spot (outdoor patio of cafe works well) and chimped through what I shot
> and deleted the misses or boring stuff. Like any digital screen, however
> pleasantly sized it is - I cant see it bright light and as I have to take off my
> glasses to see it in subdued light - i might just as well be comfortable,
> sipping coffee and admire my handiwork.
> I went through my lenses and anything that could be made to fit was put on
> it. from 12/5,6 to 135/4 in M-mount and even some Nikkor RF lenses with the
> Orion-copy adapter as well as my Viso III. I need to make a mask (i.e. draw the
> reduced frame size with marker on the Viso screen). It also works well with
> Bellows II (and a 61/2" Kodak Anastigmat from an old folding Kodak).
> Lenses like the 75/2 and the 50/1,4 Asph. works very well, but I found that
> I was suing my 40/1,4 Nokton and the 28/25 focal length for most of the
> The technical stuff I leave to those of us who like that kind of stuff but
> the long and short of it is that A/I have ordered one and B/ Leica succeeded
> where nobody else did. They made me a believer in Digital. The M8 will be a
> complement to my M2's and M6's. It will not relegate film obsolete in my
> "book" but it will be additional tool in the arsenal.
> Now, all we need is a printer that is dedicated to black and white. Four
> shades - glossy black, matte black, mid-grey and light grey and while I am
> dreaming - a spot-varnish feature. Oh, the inks should also be reasonably priced!
> For storing the digital images I would like to see a digital to film transfer
> that was easy to use and cheap at that. Film is still the cheapest and
> safest long term storage available! Well, if Leica can build a Digital M
> successfully why cant other manufacturers do what some of the customers want to have!
> The demand for a dedicated b/w printer would be huge - think of all those
> neg- files sitting around. I have in excess of 350 000 negatives on file- most
> are not worth the backing they are on, but some I would like to do quick
> prints from. The good prints I would still do in a wet darkroom as I enjoy that
> process - staring at a screen does not come close to the pleasure of watching
> a white sheet of paper
> turn into an image.
> Best for now,
> Tom A
> Tom Abrahamsson
> Vancouver, BC
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