Summary: It takes the best quality pictures you can take short of a full-size sensor Leica like the M9. It is heavy, confidence-inspiring, unobtrusive and beautiful. If you are ok with the price of one, then you will love the rest.
Summary: Leica should have named this one the M9, and their next M10; that's because if the M8 was a major fiasco in every way, this one is not. The IR issue is almost nonexistant and in my case - shooting BW all the time - it's not a question at all. As for the other complaints, if you want to do jumbo sized prints, get a 40MP (or medium format film) reflex camera for the same money: Leica is not about that. It's about optics and small size and light weight.
Only for serious photographers - I have not experienced anything better
Krishna Sudarshan, Amazon
10 December 2011
Summary: Simply awesome camera. I had serious buyer's remorse after plopping almost 7 grand on a manual camera. But the raw images (yes, shoot raw since the image processor is not so great) have convinced me that this was the best 7 grand I've spent.
Excerpt: Well built rangefinder camera with excellent output and a bevy of great lenses from Leica, Zeiss, VC, and many others. Imagine a 50mm F 0.95 or for less than a third the price of the Nocti - a 50mm F1.1, or a Leica 21mm F1.4 - who else has that. Camera has a quiet shutter release (nearly the level of the M6). The output up to 640 ISO (800 ISO in real life) surpasses film at the same ISO. The DNG files at lower speeds are exceptional. Problems: ZERO problems.
Excerpt: The M8 is, without doubt, one of the most intuative and engaging cameras you will ever have the pleasure of using. Quality of construction and, with Leica glass attached, imagery is simply outstanding. Don't listen to those who like to knock the M8; try one for yourself. If you love photography, the M8 will deliver one of the best experiences you'll ever have. Problems: Absolutely none.
Summary: As much as the title of my review seems like hyperbole, I assure you it is not. After two weeks of using this camera in just about every environment and condition imaginable -- indoors, outdoors, low-light, still, action, tripod -- I can attest that it is the best I have ever used in my 10 years as a photographer. This camera is extremely user-friendly and anyone from novice to expert will have no trouble becoming familiar with its wide variety of features.
Excerpt: This is to offset the idiot who posted a one star review because he's anti-Leica. Problems: I happen to think this camera deserves 5 stars and is long overdue! The optics from Leica are bar none the best!