Leica M8 -The Digital M

The Leica M8 is the product of many years of professional photographic experience. Its operation is simple and intuitive. It is the only digital camera for professionals that incorporates its rangefinder system (determines focus) with the advantages of discreet, quiet operation with speed and precision.

Leica holds image quality in the highest regard, reflected in the optimization of the M8’s performance lenses, low-noise CCD sensor, raw data format (digital negative – DNG) and raw data converter. All the main settings are controlled from clearly structured menus on the bright 2.5-inch display. Its 10.3 megapixel resolution, combined with the highest film settings of up to ISO 2500, allow more detailed pictures to be taken than were ever possible with analog films. Shutter speeds of up to 1/8000 can be achieved with its electronically controlled metal blade focal-plane shutter.

A special sensor adaptation with micro-lens offset prevents problematic vignetting (reduction in image brightness) in the corners of the picture. The exceptionally thin cover glass prevents unwanted refraction of light striking the sensor obliquely. Additionally, the camera boasts fewer moving parts (no mirror or diaphragm) than a typical SLR camera, and is more compact and discreet.

The Leica M8 is priced at $4,795 (www.bhphotovideo.com).

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