Summary: I have Leica M cameras (M5, M6ttl, and M7) that were sitting in my closet unused since I had decided to make the switch to digital. Recently, I was debating which camera to upgrade to. Was it to be the new Nikon D7000 (but I have the D300) or the Canon 5dMarkII. In reviewing this decision, I looked back on my recent experiences with digital photography and found myself feeling that I was no longer a photographer but a point-and-shoot picture taker (many of the critical...
Pros: Great build quality, Can use most Leica lenses, Forces you to think about the picture being taken., Pleasure to use in the field, Great control placement, Simple but effect menu structure
Cons: Cost, 1.3 form factor, Snapshot mode that is virtually useless in practice, No recent firmware updates since 2.005 (this needs a firmware update)
Summary: the camara's good.i took some pictures during my trip.it's convinient to operate.and i like the way when i take picture with this wonderful camare.but i still think i need some time to get used to it.it remind me of my college life.
Summary: That the M9 has been introduced, and fixes a lot of the problems of the M8, is great for folks wanting to get a real digital M, because prices are down for M8 and M8.2s. Even with its quirks, it's an *amazing* camera, incredibly engaging to shoot with, and an image quality that is startlingly sharp. Not a very forgiving camera, but really, it's incredible.
Summary: You're all probably are aware of this cameras week points and the controversies surrounding it. A digital Leica M camera in itself is a controversy! As an avid M6 user who prints and develops his own B&W and C41 film, choosing to try the M8 seemed counter intuitive in some ways. However finding time in my life to do things the old fashion way has become a problem. I convinced myself early on that there was no point in thinking about digital unless it was the M8.
Pros: M camera, Sensor, Fun to use, Flexible, Did I say it's an M camera!?, Upgradeable, It's a Leica
Cons: IR filter issue - solvable, Coding issue - solvable, Change in feel from film M, Price
Summary: I love this camera in the same way I loved my m2, m4p, and m6's--they help me take better photographs even though they aren't the simplest to use. Or maybe because they aren't the simplest to use. It is a little quirky just like the older m's: The card and battery slots are located under the baseplate, so changing either is much more trouble than a DSLR, the white balance is a little too unreliable; and the motor drive is slightly louder than I'd like.
Pros: Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup, Great Picture Quality, Strong Construction
Cons: Poor Operation in Low Light, Short Battery Life
Summary: I use this professionally, So the stories,View lines aren't acurate. WB you have to play with fluorescent and daylight, camera has hard time adjusting but if you know this one can get around it, you have to know your lighting. I only shoot it @ 160 & 320 there is alot of noise @ 640 but there is alot of noise @ 640 film! The black and purple can be fixed in Aperture (easy) OKAY positive the camera is small works like a M6, very easy menu, preset film film types.
Pros: Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup, Easy to Keep Clean, Easy To Use, Great Picture Quality, Strong Construction
Summary: I have used the leica M8 for a year and it has been disappointing. The pixilation is horrible. The quality is so-so, if it weren't for the leica lenses the camera would be a failure. if you want to get a decent picture do not shoot past iso 320. The images need lots of photoshop tuning. The controls and everything like that are perfect. If your line of work can allow a few days of turn around, shoot with what leica designed and id known for, film.
Pros: Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Fast Shutter Speed, Lightweight
Summary: I use this camera mainly for streetphotography and for capturing the urban environment. This camera has finally gotten me to accept digital photography, because it resembles the best characteristics of film. The image quality exceeds anything that Nikon has at the present time. It handles just like the M6, but without the film advance lever as a gripping surface. The feel of this camera is as if it's made of one solid unit; not a bunch of parts bolted together.