Leica M8 + IR FIlter Test

Leica M8 + Marumi UV IR Cut Filter (Test)
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Leica M8

I own a Leica M8 as a backup Leica M digital camera body for my M9. I have only ever used the M8 for B&W photography as the colours from the camera were not true to what you can see with you eye. The two most commonly documented examples of this are magenta blacks (seen taking photos of black synthetic materials such as a suit jacket. Quite a common sight at a wedding!) and yellowed greens (again green foliage is often all around during a wedding day here in the UK, whether the grass lawns of the wedding venue or surrounding gardens containing trees and shrubs).

I tried to do my own research to see if the IR blocking filters actually worked but there was very little evidence easily findable on Google. I bought myself a 52mm Marumi UV IR Cut Filter anyway and hoped it would work. It arrived yesterday so today I got to try it on my M8.

Here are the test photo results:
Leica M8 IR Filter Test
Marumi UV IR Cut Filter Test

Conclusion
It is very clear from the images that the Marumi IR removing filter does a great job of correcting the Leica M8 colours so they now look like colours I would obtain using my Leica M9.

This will give the M8 a new lease of life as I can now use it for both colour photography and black and white images. I would recommend this lens if you are looking to buy an M8 as an entry camera into the Leica M world. It can take some fine images, especially in black and white (due to the lack of IR filter built into the camera).

Cheers
Matt

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About matthewosbornephotography

Coventry, UK studio based Model and Wedding Photographer offering both Medium Format Film and Digital Images. 1-2-1 Photography and Lighting Tuition also available.
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