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Leica M8

The dream of many Leica photographers has come true: the Leica M system is now open for professional digital photography.

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Leica M8
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Breaking completely new ground, the LEICA M8 doesn't only look like an M - it utilizes all the benefits of the analog Leica M system for sophisticated and creative digital photography. It is the only digital camera for professionals to incorporate the rangefinder system with its advantages of discreet and quiet operation, speed and precision. And the no-compromise quality criteria of the M system continue to apply to the M8. Full compatibility with nearly all M lenses means that their unique imaging performance is now available for digital photography, too.

The low-noise CCD image sensor with a resolution of 10.3 megapixels has been specifically matched to the compact lens design to guarantee superlative photographic quality. The controls and functions of the digital M still concentrate on the essentials. The proven M concept is complemented by the intelligent extra functions that digital technology has to offer. The LEICA M8 is the first timeless digital camera "Made in Germany". Fascinatingly new and yet still a real Leica M. (The LEICA M8 will be available from the end of November 2006 on.)

Exceptional performance in every detail

For Leica, image quality is not only a catchword, but a value attainable by optimizing all the links in the performance chain: Leica's M high performance lenses, now performing even better in the digital system with the new 6-bit coding. The low-noise CCD sensor which is specifically matched to the extreme requirements of the high-resolution M lenses. The future-guaranteed raw data format (DNG) and the raw data converter Capture One LE, acknowledged as the best. This combination of high-quality individual components ensures maximum image quality.

Concentration on the exposure. Not on the controls

A lot of care, many years of experience and extensive knowledge about how professional photographers work have gone into the operation concept of the M8. Due to the concentration on the essentials, operation is simple and intuitive. The LEICA M8 deliberately dispenses with multifunction keys and nested menus. All the main settings are made in clearly structured menus on the bright 2.5" display. For detailed quality control "on location", RGB histogram and clipping warning can be used on even the finest details of the subject.

New creativity: Flash photography with the M8
The modern metal-blade slotted shutter enables extremely fast flash synchronization times down to 1/250 second. The new M-TTL flash technology ensures natural flash illumination through the activation of a metering pre-flash. The auto slow sync. function now allows available light exposures without camera shake in aperture priority mode combined with a natural fill-in flash.
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AlanTW 19 353
Please Santa.................!
Mayfly 16 485 2 United Kingdom
But at a price only Leica can.....erm.....justify? 2800 !

Thats a 30D and a 24-70 2.8L and a 70-200 2.8L !!! I know what I'd rather spend my money on (if I had any)
SteveCharles 19 2.3k 18 England

I'd have this any day of the week.

In fact, I'm already figuring out how I could afford one...
What's with this 'M8' thing. For such a traditional company to fall into text speak is disappointing...Wink
philipr 16 392
interesting it uses DNG as its raw format also - wish my camera did , it would save space on cards and save me converting.
Nice :0)
User_Removed 18 17.9k 8 Norway
Beautiful. I've been a good boy Santa - really!
cathal 17 492 4 United Kingdom
Can't wait to see the results from this one!
I liked the look of it till I saw the price :0(
1100 16 36
Sounds good even though the price is a little stupid, but it does reflect price of the other M-series cameras.
It's quite strange that they'd put this up on EPZ, you can count on two hands and a foot how many members would use this in anywhere near the traditional Leica-M style made famous by the Magnum photogs (candids & photo-essay) This is far removed from landscape and flowers.
It doesn't mention here that before the usual post-process you have to get rid of the vignette, a side-effect of the way it's built.
fauxtography 17 6.6k 36
I wonder if it will still have that "Leica glow"?
1100 16 36
Leica glow? Hope so.

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