Leica M8 Price in USA

Leica M8 Price in US

The M3 was the first Leica rangefinder body with a bayonet interchangeable lens mount. It marked the beginning of a legendary series of cameras and lenses, the most recent of which, the M7, is one of the only 35 mm rangefinder cameras that is still in production. The M3 was introduced in 1954 at Photokina (or “Foto Kina”) in Japan. For over half a century, Leica has resisted the temptation to change the fundamental simplicity of the design that was established with the first iteration of the M3 (it wasn’t until 2002 that an electronically-controlled shutter was introduced, allowing aperture priority automatic exposure to be achieved). The M platform is considered by its legion of fans to be the purest photographic tool that is currently available. It has an average of ten years between major upgrades, and many of the original M3s are still in regular use. This makes the M platform a welcome antidote to the mass of plastic feature-laden models that make up the rest of the market. People have always done things with their emotions as well as their minds when they had a Leica M camera, and many of the most renowned photographs and photographers of the 20th century used Leica M cameras. Therefore, it should not come as a surprise that Leica did not feel the need to hurry into things when they decided it was time to bring the M into the digital age. Despite the fact that they had been talking about it for at least five years.

And so, fifty-two years after the introduction of the M3, and just on schedule at Photokina, Leica has made another historic debut with the launch of the first digital M series camera, the M8. The design, construction, and operation of this brand-new digital rangefinder camera are all reminiscent of earlier models in the M series, but it employs an all-digital imaging technology instead. Because it is slightly smaller than a film negative, the M8’s ten-megapixel CCD sensor introduces a 1.33x field of vision crop. This sensor was exclusively built for the M8. Using this ratio, numerous common M lenses may be readily converted to steps that are roughly equal (so 21 mm to approx. 28 mm, 28 mm to approx. 35 mm).

The M8 is not only a modified version of the M7; rather, it is an entirely new camera that has a new body (but one that carries all of the typical M hallmarks), a new viewfinder, and a new sensor. Leica is left that door open, at least for the time being, so it is not definitely the end of the line for M film cameras.

Because a rangefinder camera lacks a mirror box, it does not require the use of retrofocus lenses. This allows the lenses to be placed far closer to the film (or in this case the sensor). The issue with this is that wide-angle lenses create a dilemma (which are pretty much the main staple of the rangefinder camera). Because the angle of incidence of light coming from the back of the lens is so significantly off-perpendicular toward the corner of the frame, the light rays do not travel equally through the microlenses that are located above the sensor, which results in pretty extreme vignetting. When used at this distance, even a very small wide-angle lens might cause a difference of one or two stops in exposure between the center of the frame and the frame’s boundaries when utilizing a typical CCD sensor.

Leica has also introduced the Tri Elmar M 16-18-21 mm F4 Aspherical lens to coincide with the launch of the M8. This lens is particularly suited for use with the M8. Tri Elmar lenses are not zoom lenses; rather, they are lenses that have been particularly developed to deliver optimal performance at the focal lengths that may be selected by the user. This lens will produce an equivalent field of view of 21-24-28 millimeters when used with the M8. This is a standard lens from the M series, and it has not been modified in any manner to be specifically suited for the M8 (and so will work just as well on a traditional M series camera).

Leica M8 Specifications

Price• UK: £2990 (body only)
• US: $4795 (body only)
TypeCompact digital viewfinder system camera for professional use with Leica M lenses.  Microprocessor-controlled metal blade slot shutter.
Body materialEnclosed all-metal body of highly stable magnesium alloy for professional use over many years.  Black synthetic leather coating. Top panel and bottom cover are milled from solid brass and are silver or black chromium plated.
Sensor• 27 x 18 mm CCD sensor (Kodak KAF-10500)
• 10.3 million effective pixels
• 11.2 million total pixels
• 6.8 x 6.8 µm pixel pitch
• RGB Color Filter Array
• Offset microlenses near frame corners
• No anti-alias filter (low pass filter)
• 1.33x FOV crop
Image sizes• 3936 x 2630
• 2952 x 1972
• 1968 x 1315
• 1312 x 876
File formats• DNG (RAW)
• JPEG (Fine / Basic)
Lens mount• Leica M bayonet
• Identification of 6-bit coded lenses
Lens system• Current 6-bit coded Leica M lenses of 16 – 90 mm focal length
• All Leica M lenses of 21 – 90 mm focal lengths produced since 1954
• 135 mm lens can be used but precise framing will be difficult
Lens coding• 6-bit lens coding system (detection can be disabled)
• Reduction of edge shadowing
• Identification of lens (recorded in JPEG EXIF / DNG)
• Auto slow-sync function in aperture priority mode
Incompatible lenses• Hologon 15 mm F8
• Summicron 50 mm F2 with close focusing
• Elmar 90 mm F4 with collapsible tube
• Lenses with retractable tubes can only be used with their tubes extended otherwise you risk damaging the camera
Focusing• Manual focus via lens ring
• Superimposed focusing system via viewfinder
Exposure modes• Heavily center-biased TTL exposure metering with preset aperture
• Light reflected from white strip in center of metal blade slot shutter
• Silicon photodiode with collection lens
• Range: 0 to 20 EV
Exposure compen.• +/- 3.0 EV
• 1/3 EV steps
Sensitivity• ISO 160
• ISO 320
• ISO 640
• ISO 1250
• ISO 2500
ShutterMicroprocessor-controlled metal blade slot shutter with vertical action
Shutter actionShutter activation optimised for minimum noise development. Electric motor drive with friction wheel in the first speed build-up stage and a cam disc for homogeneous torque throughout the activation process.
Shutter speed• In aperture priority mode steplessly adjustable from 32 to 1/8000 sec
• Manually selectable from 4 to 1/8000 sec in 1/2 EV steps
• Bulb
Shutter dial (for manual selection)• “Wrong way” shutter dial (same as M6 TTL / M7)
• Auto shutter speed position
• Bulb position
• 8 – 1/8000 sec in 1/2 EV steps
• 1/250 sec indicated as flash sync
Shutter release button• Three position soft-touch button
    1. Initiate metering
    2. Lock metered exposure
    3. Shutter release
ApertureSelected on lens
White balance• Auto
• Six presets
    o Tungsten
    o Fluorescent
    o Daylight
    o Flash
    o Cloudy
    o Shadow
• Manual preset
• Kelvin color temperature (2000 – 13100 K)
• Preset white balance (immediate or from photo)
Color space• sRGB
• Adobe RGB
Image parameters• Sharpening (5): Off, Low, Standard, Medium High, High
• Saturation (6): Low, Medium Low, Standard, Medium High, High, B&W
• Contrast (5): Low, Medium Low, Standard, Medium High, High
User profilesThree available
Viewfinder type• Large bright-line frame viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation
• Viewfinder optics with reduced sensitivity to scattered light and optimum visibility of the bright-line frame in all lighting situations
Viewfinder specification• Eyepiece matched to -0.5dpt, correction lenses form -3 to +3dpt available
• Enlargement: 0.68x for all lenses
Viewfinder bright-line frames• Automatically matched for the lens used
    o 24 and 35 mm
    o 28 and 90 mm
    o 50 and 75 mm
• Automatic parallax correction
Size basis range finderCombinationof split and superimposed image range finder shown as a bright field in the centre of the viewfinder image.  Effective measurement basis 47.1 mm (mechanical measurement basis 69.25mm x viewfinder enlargement 0.68 x).
Viewfinder information• LED symbol for flash status
• Four-digit LED display with dots above and below
• Brightness automatically adjusted depending on ambient brightness
• Memory capacity warning when the SD card is full
• LED light balance with two triangular and one circular LED for manual exp
• Display of: underexposure by at least one aperture stop; underexposure by 1/2 aperture stop; correct exposure; overexposure by 1/2 aperture stop; overexposure by at least one aperture stop
LCD monitor• 2.5″ TFT LCD
• 230,000 pixel TFT
Flash control• Leica M-TTL flash compatible
• Short calibration pre-flash immediately before main exposure
• Connection: M-TTL guide number control with pre-flash
• Flash sync: 1/250 sec
• Manual: Bulb to 1/250 sec
• Auto slow sync: 1/focal length in seconds (only 6-bit coded lenses)
• Choice of long flash sync times up to 1/8 sec for balanced flash in aperture priority mode
• Sync: 1st or 2nd shutter point (front / rear sync)
• Compensation: +/- 3.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Shooting modes• Single picture (one shutter button depression, one picture)
• Continuous (2 frames per second up to 10 frames)
• Self-timer (2 or 12 second delay)
Play functions• Image (simple)
• Image with histogram and information
    o Histogram: standard / RGB
    o Clipping indication: on / off
    o Exposure information
    o Can magnify and browse
• Image magnify up to 1:1 (can browse)
• Thumbnail (4 or 9 image index)
• Page by page (9 image index)
• Protect
• Delete
Delete function• Single image
• All images
Protect / Unprotect function• Single image
• All images
Set quick access menu• User profile
• ISO sensitivity
• Exposure compensation
• White Balance
• Image quality (‘compression’)
• Image size (‘resolution’)
Languages• English
• German
• French
• Spanish
• Italian
• Japanese
• Chinese
Storage• Secure Digital / Secure Digital HC
• FAT / FAT32
ConnectivityUSB 2.0 Hi-Speed (Mini-B connector)
Provided software• Capture One LE
• Leica Digital Capture
Power• Lithium-Ion battery pack (3.7 V, 1900 mAh)
• Charger included (also attaches to car socket)
Dimensions139 x 80 x 37 mm (5.5 x 3.1 x 1.5 in)
Weight (no battery)545 g (1.2 lb)
Weight (inc. batt)591 g (1.3 lb)
Box contentsM8 camera (10702 silver or 10701 black), anti-slip carrying strap (14 312), camera cover for M bayonet (14 195), lithium ion rechargeable battery (14 464), battery charger incl. car socket adaptor and 3 mains plug adapters (Euro, UK, USA) (14 463), USB connection cable, user manual, software DVD Capture One LE, software CD with LEICA DIGITAL CAPTURE and user manuals in all languages (PDF); printed user manual for LEICA M8; warranty card for LEICA M8
8.5Expert Score

When I first got my hands on the M8, I have to admit that it was my first experience with a rangefinder camera. I was also skeptical that there was still a place for such a significantly manually controlled camera in such an automatic world where every new camera removes one more layer of control from the photographer. When I first got my hands on the M8, I had to admit that it was my first experience of a rangefinder camera. They re-connect you to your subject, they bring you into the scene (large viewfinder, no mirror black-out), and they compel you to make judgments regarding focus and depth of field, which to the majority of digital SLR users are “lost in the half-press.”
The design of the rangefinder has a number of benefits; nevertheless, it also has a significant number of drawbacks. I personally didn’t think I’d last more than a few days without auto-focus or without any way to preview the depth of field or without lenses which go much beyond 90 mm, but you soon realize that it’s just a different way of taking photographs and that when you actually use a rangefinder you don’t really see these things as disadvantages (just ‘features’). I personally didn’t think I’d last more than a few days without auto-focus or without any way to preview the

Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Image quality
  • Sync Port for Flash
  • Integrated Optical Viewfinder Within the Camera
  • Long Shelf-Life of the Battery (550 shots)
  • High Shutter Speed of 1/8000 of a Second
  • 591 grams for a light body
  • Unsatisfactory Performance in Low Light
  • Lack of a Screen That Articulates
  • Sensor with a Low Resolution: 10.0 Megapixels
  • LCD Display on a Chip ( 2.50")
  • No Focusing Based on Face Detection
  • Low resolution on the screen ( 230kdots )
  • Lack of Protection for the Environment
  • Only ISO 2,500 serves as the maximum sensitivities.
  • A Lack of a Touch Screen
  • No Full HD Video
  • Stabilization of the image that does not rely on sensor shift
  • No wireless connection was established.


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