Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/05/29

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Superb Leica R8
From: "Bryan Willman" <>
Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 09:20:09 -0700

Folks - the R8 *looks* huge when you see it
without context.  Something about the shape.
(By the same token, an OM1 looks even smaller
 than it actually is, I don't know why.)

When you see an R8 in somebody's hands,
it looks to be quite a normal size camera.


- -----Original Message-----
From: Harrison McClary <>
To: <>
Date: Friday, May 29, 1998 9:11 AM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Superb Leica R8

>I don't get these comments either. I used the EOS gear before my switch to
Leica and really don't see that much difference inthe R8 and EOS 1. Both are
about the same thickness.The EOS 1 was a larger camera. The R8 fits my hands
as well as any other camera has. IMHO it fits the hand MUCH better than say
the R4,5,6 Nikon FM2, F3, F2 without motors do. These cameras I have always
found almost impossible to use with out the accompanying grips on the motors
esp when used with long lenses.
>For those who claim the R8 is so HUGE I want to know Have you looked at it
side to side with the F5 and EOS 1n???
>At least with the R8 you can manually advance the film, manually rewind the
film. This is a HUGE plus when shooting in places like court rooms where
noise is a major factor.
>Thomas J. Donovan wrote:
>> And another thing; the handling comfort of the R8 is a sheer
>> joy! I just don't get all the pejorative comments. Are my hands
>> that unique ;-)?
>Harrison McClary