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View Poll Results: Why did you buy a digital Leica M?
I wanted a digital Leica RF camera 137 65.55%
The overall quality of the camera 31 14.83%
There ws no other option 37 17.70%
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Old 03-25-2017   #121
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Raid yes, I'm one not 100% convinced of the previous model and for that price I need to be convinced it works for me. After I played with the M10 in Wetzlar I changed my mind.
Still some doubts about the after sales service but the camera is so similar in use to my M7 and doesn't need long scanning sessions that I think yes, it can be my camera!
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If you get the M10 before we meet this year, that would be great. Then I could see how the M10 looks like in person.
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If you get the M10 before we meet this year, that would be great. Then I could see how the M10 looks like in person.
...it could be dangerous...
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...it could be dangerous...
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Rasha will keep any dangers of buying an M10 safe away from me!
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Old 03-25-2017   #124
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I was having trouble keeping color paper and chemistry on hand. The low temp RA4 kits were getting hard you source reliably, and paper supply was erratic. I started inkjet printing and thought the digital route would give me a simpler workflow. I've not really looked back. I still shoot some color film here and there, but nowhere near the frequency I used to.
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Old 05-18-2017   #125
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I bought a M240 about a month ago, haven't taken it outside the house yet as whenever I get the photography urge I grab my Barnack iiif instead. It is smaller and lighter, and I don't mind the lack of a meter.
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Old 12-31-2017   #126
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In the early 1970s, the first Leica I used was an M1 on a microscope.

My favorite 35mm film rangefinder has been a Leica M6. I have also used Contax, Canon, Argus, Minolta, and Fuji rangefinders.

In 2012, I compiled a list of size, weight, and performance features that I wanted my ideal digital rangefinder to have. When the Leica M10 met 28 of my 37 desired features, I decided it was time to buy the Leica M10 because it was as close as I would get to my ideal.
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Old 12-31-2017   #127
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At the time when the M8 was announced, I was heavily invested in Leica M, so a digital M made sense. Aside from Epson's RD1, I don't recall there being any compact large sensor cameras on the market: I think Sigma's DP1 and the first-generation Micro 4/3rds cameras came afterwards.

Really enjoyed the M8 and M9 when I had them! Selling them was another matter: Never before have I seen so many would-be buyers who fretted over well, pretty much everything.
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I got the M240 because I love shooting with my film Leicas ( IIIg, M2, M6) and I wanted that same Ďfeelí in the digital world that I wasnít getting with my then current Canon and Olympus digitals. Not long after I got the 240 the digitals were sold.

I can use all of my M and LTM lenses on the 240 and I especially like that if I come up with a vintage LTM lens I can instantly see how it will look by popping it on the 240.

When Iím shooting with the 240 Iím usually treating it like a film camera ( ISO at 400 or below, manual shutter speed and aperture) and Iím very impressed with the results.
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Old 12-31-2017   #129
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My son ordered a M8 ,told me about it, and while it was in transit I got one for my self.

Got to keep up with the kids you know.


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Old 01-24-2018   #130
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Came back to digital M after an extended break from it.

I'm trying to simplify and reduce my photo (and other) gear, and decided to trade-in bunch of stuff to almost break even with a decent condition M Type 240 with Leica Store warranty. I'm keeping one film M, one digital M, 35/2 and 50/1.4 Pre-ASPH lenses for basically all of my daily photography while OM-D kit will cover underwater, film scanning, video and technical photos.

We'll see if it sticks.
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Old 03-07-2018   #131
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I was all in with a Leica M system - multiple lenses and 3 film bodies, but was finding the logistics of getting my pictures to digital (where they needed to be) was getting more complicated and expensive. I tried a Ricoh GXR as an interim measure but it was so painful to use that I found myself leaving the camera at home, so I decided to trade in the kit I rarely used and get a digital body. I'm now down to four lenses, my M6 and an M262, and I'm enjoying shooting pictures again. I'm still a little rusty but gradually getting back up to speed.
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No other digital body that integrates as well with M glass.
What he said....
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Old 07-10-2018   #133
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I was fed up with carrying my D810 and lenses from 14mm to 500mm and did not like the black and white conversions from the nikon, so since I had a Leica M6 and M4-P and lenses from 15mm to 50mm it seemed obvious that a digital M might be worth trying. The M10 was too expensive, the M8 and M9's too crude, crap screens, horrible shutter sound, Monochrom too pricey, then I found an M240 just under US$3000 and could not resist.
I've semi retired and don't need the long lenses any more.
I thought I'd use the M240 for black and white conversions which I must say seem much better than the D810, but I instantly fell for the colour files which are exactly what I always wanted but have never found elsewhere in digital, having tried Fuji, Sony, Panasonic, Canon and disliked them all.
So now for me its the Leica film M's for tri-x and the M240 for colour, all in one bag. The Nikon and it's lenses will be going on Ebay but I must admit I will wait to see what Nikon mirrorless gets released before I sell, just in case they don't screw it up.


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I had/have lots of Leica lenses, so it made sense to me to try out a Leica digital M camera. You kept the RF in place, and the results look fine to me.
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Sure I had a good reason for deciding the get a digital Leica but now that I've been using on for about 5-6 years I have no plans on stopping. Sure the M9 I'm using is almost 9 years old but it meets all my needs. Right now I don't see replacing for another 3-5 years if not longer.
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Have owned film Leica's since 1975. There has always been one on hand since the Leica CL way back when. I still own film M's but wanted the convince of digital for certain uses. I picked up an M9 about five years ago and traveled through Europe for 90 days with it but never bonded. Sold it two years ago and picked up the MP240 about six months ago. It gives a lot more capability then the M9 so no plans to move to M10.
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Why I Bought a Leica M

Was a G.I. in Germany 1961. The M3 seemed like a well built camera with a reputation as the finest 35MM camera around used by all the best shooters at the time.

The Air Force PX in Wiesbaden was asking $250 (about 2 months G.I. salary.) I took the M3 with a 50mm Dual Range Summicron, 35mm Summaron f 2.8; and a 135mm Elmar f 4.0

I have been owner of many other cameras since then but the M3 is still my film companion. I shoot B&W T-Max 400, develop in a small tank, then scan.

My son won't let me sell the camera so I guess it'll be in the family for a while longer.

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...My son won't let me sell the camera so I guess it'll be in the family for a while longer.

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This is so nice and welcome to the forum !
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Went from digital Canon back to shoot film with a M4 a few years ago. Being fond of the handling of a RF, just wanted a digital M for (a few) situations where film is not doable.
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Bought a Digilux 1 when they first came out. It still works by the way. That led to a M7 and
Then a M8. Recently added a new CL which I love.
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OK, so this old thread made it back to life!
The "internal struggle" with choosing between film and digital camera is still present.
The monetary loss is large when you switch from an older digital Leica to a new digital Leica. The "old" film Leica cameras still work like new, even though they may be from the 1950's or earlier. As we get older, time becomes even more precious, and here, a digital camera is the winner for my case. Do I really want to re-learn how to develop and print B&W film? No good photo labs are to be found locally, so film needs to be mailed out for developing and maybe scanning and/or prints. More and more, the edge goes to digital cameras. Whether the camera must be a Leica seems to be another issue.
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OK, so this old thread made it back to life!


You are right Raid....It's Alive

This phrase always reminds me of this.......




On a more serious note I think I mostly agree with your earlier post in which you said - shown below.

"I had/have lots of Leica lenses, so it made sense to me to try out a Leica digital M camera. You kept the RF in place, and the results look fine to me."

That quote would pretty much represent my thoughts too. Though to be honest if mirrorless technology was as good back then it is now I very possibly would have forgone the M8 option and instead just gone with something like one of the cameras in the Sony A7 series.
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I am still finding it easier and more practical to use a digital camera than using a film camera, but I find it more fun to occasionally use a film camera for smaller numbers of images. It is less costly these days to use a digital cameras than a film camera if you must send out the film for developing and scans. At least we are lucky to get both options available to us, Peter.
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