Leica Dream Team! The Leica M8 Arrives!
Coventry Wedding Photographer – My Leica camera bag is now ready for Leica Wedding Photography. I now have two Leica M camera bodies to share my Leica M mount lenses. A full frame Leica M9 and a 1.33x crop Leica M8. I did not feel fully comfortable switching between a DSLR and a rangefinder during weddings when I was using my Nikon D800 as a second camera body. You need to settle into the Leica rangefinder way of taking images so you can then compose them in your head before bringing the camera to your eye. This is where I want to get too and to follow in the footsteps of the great Henri Cartier-Bresson.
First thoughts on the M8 – Slightly heavier and chunkier than the Leica M9 at first hold. Controls are near identical and I was able to pick it up and use as if it was my M9. Shutter is louder but it had a nice well made solid German clunk to each press which I like. For wedding photography I can use the discrete mode and keep my finger pressed on the shutter until I have moved away from the quiet area if needed.
Here are the first samples images from the M8 in the short time I had when I got home tonight.
Leica M8 + Zeiss ZM Sonnar 50mm f1.5 C
DNG file – I am very impressed with the colours and this is without an IR reducing filter.
Leica M8 + Voigtlander Ultron 28mm f2
DNG file converter to B&W in LR3. This lens feels very at home on the M8. Love the M8 B&W images. The lower MP makes the photos more grainy and in turn even more like 35mm film (in my view). Looking forward to Leica M8 B&W portraiture.
I have noticed that 50mm and longer focal lengths are difficult to compose on the M8 as what you see in the viewfinder is not what you get. I may find I stick to using 28mm and 35mm mostly but time will tell. Early days.
Overall very pleased with my new edition to the family! 🙂
More samples soon!
MatthewOsbornePhotography.co.uk – Leica Wedding Photographer