Leica M8 Camera

– 6 Reasons why you should buy a Leica M8!


Leica M8 Camera


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Why I bought a Leica M8

Leica M8 camera?  I felt my Leica M9 needed a wingman for the Leica wedding photography. By this I mean a fellow Leica M body to make use of my various Leica M mount lenses.

Firstly I looked at a the newest Leica M, the Leica “Typ 240” but they are too expensive for me and would depreciate faster than my car! I then toyed with the idea of a second Leica M9 body for Leica weddings but it seems a waste to have both cameras devaluing with age when I can only use one at a time.

By accident I then stumbled across the older Leica M8 (released in 2006) on eBay when looking for used M9 bodies. I started my Leica M8 research and got more and more impressed with every article I read. To cut a long story short a purchase came soon after! A special thanks to Julie who sold me her beloved Leica camera via eBay.



Leica M8 crop sensor

Going backwards!? I never thought I would buy another crop sensor camera after going full frame with the Leica M9 and Nikon D800. The M9 is 18MP and the Nikon D800 is 36MP. The M8 is a crop sensor Leica with a 1.33x crop factor and only 10.3 MP but I feel I can still get just as good results from it for my needs.

6 Reasons why I bought a Leica M8!

1) Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 (Same as D800. M9 is 1/4000)

2) Maximum flash sync speed – 1/250 (Fastest shutter speed at which I can use a strobe/ speedlight / studio light with the camera). A fast shutter can reduce the amount of ambient light hitting the sensor and is great for Leica strobist work on a bright day. (M9 is 1/180).

3) Kodak CCD sensor (The same filmic look as achieved from the Leica M9 CCD just smaller).

4) No infrared filter – This makes the Leica M8 fantastic for B&W photography. (For colour photography it is recommended that an IR UV filter is used to reduce green ghosting and colour cast). I shoot mostly black and white so this will be perfect for my taste. Some even call it the ‘original’ Leica Monochrome camera.

5) Crop sensor – Most people would see this as a negative however it means the M8 will use the sharpest centre part of my various lenses but more so it gives all my lenses a new lease of life. With a 1.33x crop applied to all my focal lengths it means my Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH ii would be equivalent to almost 50mm (35×1.33=46.55mm) and my Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4 becomes a 66.5mm. This will give me more reach for my wedding photography from my existing lenses.

6) Price! I think the biggest plus is the price of a used Leica M8 camera body and the excellent value for money. Costing 3x less than a used Leica M9 it really is a steal. That is the same price as a used Canon 5D Mk II yet you are getting a Leica!


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3 Drawbacks of the Leica M8 Camera?

  1. Coating – The coating is said to be not as good as the M9 (or M8.2).
  2. Noisy Shutter – is less refined and more noisy than the M9 (corrected in the Leica M8.2)
  3. Limited High ISo – Minimum ISO is 160 rather than ISO 80 on the Leica M9. I find a low ISO useful to control light levels.

I am sure there are more but those were the main ones that stood out to me and /or have already been covered above.

To celebrate my now two Leica M camera family I will setup a specific Leica wedding photography website to exhibit my Leica wedding photography work and to separate it from my current model photography that often dominates my pages.

**Many example Leica M8 photos now linked below! (Model photography with the M8 camera).

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12 thoughts on “Leica M8 Camera (6 Reasons why you should buy a M8!)”

  1. I was enjoying my m8.2 until last few weeks with m9.
    M8 is heavier for me. BW photos are always intriguing.
    But I do live the color work from m9.

  2. I’ve also been thinking I need a wingman for my M! I was going to use my nikon d800 but after switching to the newer digital Leicas the idea of shooting nikon has long gone!

    1. Agreed. I have the same setup it sounds like.. I think it is hard to make the Leica an extension of your arm if you flit between a Leica and a DSLR such as on a wedding day. I need to get my Leica hat on and start visualising the shots before the camera is even near my eye. That way I can get the shots I want and hopefully continue to improve. The 2 Leica setup is the plan.. 1 body for say 80% and one with wider lens if and when needed and I can’t zoom out with my feet.

      1. I have got to the point now where I don’t use my Nikon and my Leica fits me perfectly the only hiccup will come when this years wedding season starts for me too. I really don’t want to be swapping between rangefinder and slr! Although I only use prime lens with my Nikon I still found myself becoming lazy something that I have stopped since shooting with leica again! Plus I don’t want to weight of a D800 and lens on my shoulder! Maybe a second hand m9 could be on the cards!

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