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Leica M8 Digital Rangefinder For Sale

In an effort to cut back on the amount of kit I am dragging around I am parting with a Black Leica M8 body, it comes with 3 batteries and all leads and disks. It has not had heavy use but does have a few marks here and there. I am only asking £1800 or $2700 + shipping so I guess it is a cheap as you will find one anywhere. As per previous posts I have a pristine Black Leica 21mm 2.8 Asph going for £1500 or $2250 and a 28mm finder for £100 or $150. Please get in touch if you are interested in any of this kit. Cheers, Jason.

by [a former member] at 2008-12-12 09:44:13 UTC (ed. Feb 24 2009 ) Kabul , Afghanistan | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Jason,

Can it be upgraded to the M8.2? What does this cost? are you still keeping another M8 for yourself or are you completely parting ways with M8s? I ask because I really want to get one to replace my film Leica Ms but feel I will still need to be carrying around a 5D for low light? Is this the case? Is the noise on the M8 over 400 ASA really ‘film like’ as some have said?

Davin

by Davin Ellicson | 12 Dec 2008 16:12 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Davin,

No noise above 400 ASA/320 ISO up to 1250 ISO/1600 ASA with new firmware for M8 2.002, which does include Auto ISO as well.

by Daniel Legendre | 13 Dec 2008 07:12 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
Hi Davin, I hadn’t looked into the new firmware but I did see on the Leica site that you can get the new shutter, bright-line viewfinder frames and hardened display fitted. I have other Leica equipment as well an extensive system of Canon kit too and I just need to reduce it down a bit.

I used my M6’s to shoot my Colombia book over a 5 year period, throughout I only ever used Fuji Neopan 400 whatever the lighting conditions. That is quite a grainy, contrasty film and I chose it for those properties and a certain look. I had some 1600 which I ended up never needing for that project and when I have used it on other occasions I have found the grain a bit over the top. Likewise the M8 is fine at 320 but gets a bit out of hand at the higher ASA’s, currently at least but it sounds as though the new firmware may be well on the way to resolving those issue’s. I have this body with me here in Afghanistan at present and I have the option to either send it back to Europe in the next few days if someone there is interested or take it with me to Bangkok in a week or two if there are any interested parties there. Let me know. Thanks, JPH.

by [former member] | 13 Dec 2008 10:12 (ed. Dec 13 2008) | Kabul, Afghanistan | | Report spam→
Jason,

You could download the new firmware 2.002 in the mean time and install it already.

by Daniel Legendre | 13 Dec 2008 10:12 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
Have just done that, it certainly is an improvement, 1250 is now very usable, 2500 still a bit noisy but its getting there. JPH

by [former member] | 13 Dec 2008 12:12 | Kabul, Afghanistan | | Report spam→
Today is the last opportunity I have to send the M8 back to Europe from Afghanistan so if there is any interest out there please let me know otherwise I will take it with me to Bangkok. The 21mm and finder have both sold. Cheers, JPH

by [former member] | 22 Dec 2008 08:12 | Kabul, Afghanistan | | Report spam→

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