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've spent most of the past year photographing in Iraq with an M8. I'm a long-time Leica user but I'm not a fan of the M8. It has locked up on me repeatedly and has terrible low-light capability. If you've got money to burn and are shooting in daylight, and don't mind RAW processing, this camera could be for you. If you're a working photojournalist, stay away from it.
Pros: Small, and quiet
Cons: Low light capabilities, poorly laid out controls, expensive, no fast wide angle lenses, short buffer