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The Rumor Mill – Two Special Edition M8.2s Coming
Old 12-01-2008   #1
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The Rumor Mill – Two Special Edition M8.2s Coming

I have heard from two separate sources that Leica is coming out with two special edition M8.2 cameras – one is a Hammertone finish and the other is a green "safari" finish.

I suppose it was only a matter of time before Leica’s special editions entered into the digital age.

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When are they going to open the M8's to the A-La-Carte service?

The Safari M6 is so ugly it's beautiful, in my opinion. The closest I'd probably ever get is an olive Bessa R2, though and even that is unlikely.

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The oil prices fell by $8 (per barrel) overnight, the Toronto TSX is down by 700 as I type this.

Who in their right mind would buy an M8.2, Nikon D3x or any of these overpriced digital cameras in this economy?

Perhaps the marketing team of these companies are out of touch with the reality... or is the digital camera bubble the next mini-bubble which will kill a lot of small time camera makers and severely damage the bottom line of big guys like Canon and Nikon...?
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Purple harmmertone would be nice
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The oil prices fell by $8 (per barrel) overnight, the Toronto TSX is down by 700 as I type this.

Who in their right mind would buy an M8.2, Nikon D3x or any of these overpriced digital cameras in this economy?

Perhaps the marketing team of these companies are out of touch with the reality... or is the digital camera bubble the next mini-bubble which will kill a lot of small time camera makers and severely damage the bottom line of big guys like Canon and Nikon...?
If we do end up with a period of deflation, these things will all be cheaper the longer you wait for them....
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Who in their right mind would buy an M8.2, Nikon D3x or any of these overpriced digital cameras in this economy? </snip>
That's easy.
Those that can afford them and those that, perhaps, "need" them for work or such.

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The people who will buy them are the people that usually buy stuff like this: professionals who need a fancy Nikon or Leica body for their work. I doubt the hobby market for the D3 is big enough Nikon will care if hobbyists don't buy them. I am guessing the same is true for the Leica market, but perhaps things are more tight here? Still, people with several thousand to blow on new Leica gear are probably not the sort of people effected by an economic downturn.
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Purple harmmertone would be nice
That might be too close to Tom A.'s Jerry Garcia M4 though .
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Whatever special edition they might come up with, unless they make it a FF , Fx i.e. 24x36mm sensor I'll not be buying into it. So some more time to buy lottery tickets and trying to do the impossible (nearly) .
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The '2008 Credit Crunch Memorial M8' or the 'George B..', ah never mind, - there should be a lot of other ocations to celebrate. Or...?
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It says the new rebate is for M8 (excluding special editions)...

http://us.leica-camera.com/news/news/1/6164.html

this could be a true rumor.
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Nice ... there's nothing like a bit of 'bling' to make you feel better about life in general!
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The special edition I want would be one with

.... black paint and lifetime warranty.

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I want the M8 special à la carte version with the shutter speed dial that turns the OTHER way. That is, the same way as my MP.

Does anybody know when the special edition dMP is coming???!

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That might be too close to Tom A.'s Jerry Garcia M4 though .
I like Jerry Garcia. Makes me really want to see Tom's M4.
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Cripes, isn't this what women do when they approach a "certain age:" Start wearing more scarves, jewelry and make-up? It ain't helpin'. No amount of lizard skin and hammertone can hide that sagging old sensor once the bar lights go up.
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Professionals aren't going to be buying commemorative special editions.

I think this is a silly idea. Digital cameras do not have the longevity (no, not even a Leica digital) to have collector's editions make any sense. It is a bit strange to begin with for film cameras, but for digital cameras, a truly silly idea, IMO.
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Cripes, isn't this what women do when they approach a "certain age:" Start wearing more scarves, jewelry and make-up? It ain't helpin'. No amount of lizard skin and hammertone can hide that sagging old sensor once the bar lights go up.

Maybe the whole process could be structured like one of those television make overs ... where the M8 enters the room to rapturous applause and gasps of amazement with the rest of the Leica family watching on ... tears rolling down their faces!
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Maybe the whole process could be structured like one of those television make overs ... where the M8 enters the room to rapturous applause and gasps of amazement with the rest of the Leica family watching on ... tears rolling down their faces!
LOL!

And in a follow-up episode, we learn the husband left his wife for a Nikon D700.
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LOL!

And in a follow-up episode, we learn the husband left his wife for a Nikon D700.

Not that I've ever watched one of those shows mind you ... someone told me about it!
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For some reason or other I'm now thinking that the Special Edition M8 is going to be akin to "Bubbles De Verre"...

Go figure

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Isn't the M8 'supposed' to be an upgrabeable system that one can have and hold for years to come with new upgraded whirly gigs and such? I mean, if they charge about the same for the special editions as the M8.2 they might find an audience. I remember at the last Tamarkin auction they had the first production M8 up on the block, so maybe their is some sort of bizzarro land collectibility for digitial cameras.
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I think that the previous Leica CEO, who predicted FF sensor upgrades to existing M8s, was fired. Or maybe it was just FF M8s in the near future.
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I think it is pretty certain there will be no further upgrades for the M8.
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I would buy one if they put in something functional like a .91x or higher finder. Collector edition digital camera = oxymoron?
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well they have to come up with collector editions because collectors are a big part of their clientele. when you are not attracting any new customers, you have to sell multiples to the same people.
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I don't think there's much difference between making a film camera look like an overblown accessory to excess itself ... or a digital for that matter ... it sucks either way from where I stand.

I'm no fan of these limited edition a la carte wonders from any manufacturer in case you hadn't guessed!
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I like Jerry Garcia. Makes me really want to see Tom's M4.
You can see it here (our bartender's site) :
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allowing himself to be caught up in the excitement of wondering what Solms will commemorate next, Tom could wait no longer for his very own Jerry Garcia Purple Haze M4 Commemorative
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So much for that "discreet" street shooter camera huh...

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allowing himself to be caught up in the excitement of wondering what Solms will commemorate next, Tom could wait no longer for his very own Jerry Garcia Purple Haze M4 Commemorative
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That thing has a Leicavit!! Ah no - probably Tom's own winder....
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Wow. As soon as I saw that camera, K.C. and the Sunshine Band started playing in my head: Awwww, that's the way, uh-huh uh-huh, I like it, uh-huh uh-huh!
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Cripes, isn't this what women do when they approach a "certain age:" Start wearing more scarves, jewelry and make-up? It ain't helpin'. No amount of lizard skin and hammertone can hide that sagging old sensor once the bar lights go up.
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I don't think there's much difference between making a film camera look like an overblown accessory to excess itself ... or a digital for that matter ... it sucks either way from where I stand.

I'm no fan of these limited edition a la carte wonders from any manufacturer in case you hadn't guessed!
Absolutely, I'm also a user and if the new version/edition doesn't help usability it sucks - but what am I lamenting about - I only buy used anyway, so there'll never be a special edition going into my bag .
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Absolutely, I'm also a user and if the new version/edition doesn't help usability it sucks - but what am I lamenting about - I only buy used anyway, so there'll never be a special edition going into my bag .
Well, yes, exactly. Why do some people who on their own admission will never buy something -- be it a new Leica, a new Rolls Royce or made-to-measure Lobb shoes -- feel such a need to attack it? You're honest enough to admit it; many aren't.

I can't imagine buying a 'commemorative' Leica either; but if someone else wants to, and by doing so, helps keep Leica in business, why would any sane person complain? I mean, it's not like they're covered in human skin or something. It's a piece of jewellery, and I don't buy jewellery either, but that doesn't mean I want Garrard out of business.

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Hi Roger,

obviously for users/shooters who actually take pictures with their gear it seems hard to understand that a tool is not used for its purpose. It's a waste of function - not starting a debate on waste of money. This is clearly not an argument for buyers of special editions.
I don't want to go into details but Vogel boots (NYC) aren't that bad either....
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obviously for users/shooters who actually take pictures with their gear it seems hard to understand that a tool is not used for its purpose. It's a waste of function - not starting a debate on waste of money. This is clearly not an argument for buyers of special editions.
I don't want to go into details but Vogel boots (NYC) aren't that bad either....
Sure. We can regard it as a waste of money. But on the scale of wastes, I still think that a commemorative Leica is a less wasteful and more rational purchase than a pair of designer trainers or a $100 hairdo once a month (my wife, fortunately, agrees with me on the latter).

Besides, people are entitled to waste their own money. We even elect people to help us...

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Sure. We can regard it as a waste of money. But on the scale of wastes, I still think that a commemorative Leica is a less wasteful and more rational purchase than a pair of designer trainers or a $100 hairdo once a month (my wife, fortunately, agrees with me on the latter).

Besides, people are entitled to waste their own money. We even elect people to help us...

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I agree...

Heh...not to mention those who keep up with the digital replacements every six months or so...like the D3X at $8k...I gave up on that long ago and buy my digital gear used. I guess I am taking obsolete photos but I like them!
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Hey, I remember when people used to drive their older Ferraris. Now, they're worth enough to retire on so they're usually parked forever. As previously said, it's "your" money. If you want to use an M8 for target practice, taking pictures or just collecting dust, that's your perogative (sp). Why criticize someone for collecting. It's an exercise in freedom and human rights. Be happy for those that can afford these jewels and keep Leica afloat in times like these.

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It seems like Michael Richemann of LL is once again up in arms against a camera company and this time its Nikon.

Aren't you guys tired of these photo-pundits, I mean during film days there were no Rockwells or Richamanns or Thoms... The digital age also brought its own talking heads.
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Aren't you guys tired of these photo-pundits, I mean during film days there were no Rockwells or Richamanns or Thoms... The digital age also brought its own talking heads.
Also in the film days there were photo-pundits.... admittedly they couldn't reach that many reader as nowadays on a widely-used and easily accessible medium called "world-wide-web".
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