Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/08/07

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Thoughts on R8s
From: "Mehrdad Sadat" <>
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2001 10:30:06 -0700

Adam, r8 is probably the best camera that fits my hand and i have tried them
all from canon 1v to nikon f5. it is very simple to use and very easy to
feel at home with unlike the canon 1v which has more features than i care to
do with (I do have one). Lens point view u might want to start with a 35-70
f4 as an all around lens and later add 100 apo, 24 or 28 macro plus a 2x (or
a 180 3.4/2.8) and u have a complete set. the 70-180 lens is a good piece of
glass as long as u don't want to carry it around, it is very heavy and
tripod mount is highly recommended. the R8 do show occasional electronic
problem, make sure u have valid warranty on hand in case...

the M motor is on my M6 permanently and it is ok, I do prefer Tom's rapid

Thanks, Mehrdad

[-----Original Message-----
[[]On Behalf Of Adam Bridge
[Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2001 9:42 AM
[Subject: [Leica] Thoughts on R8s
[I'm seriously looking at purchasing an R8. I've been shooting with my Canon
[D30 but I need film and I am not thrilled with the feature set of the
[Japanese cameras which are almost overwhelming. The R8 looks like the
[feature set I use - a few metering modes and MANUAL that's easy to get to
[with controls that work like my M6.
[I was pondering which of the two wide-med angle zoom lenses seem best? And
[is that f2.8 70-180 worth in price of a small car?
[I'll be shooting almost entirely color with this camera while the M6 seems
[have fallen into B&W mode and is likely to stay there. Heck - so could the
[R8 for that matter.
[Anyway - if you're an R8 user and would share some thoughts I'd appreciate
[it. I'm a big guy, the heft of the camera with motor drive isn't an issue.
[On a related topic - who is using the motor drive for the M6? What are your
[reactions to using it? I like the idea of not having to bring down the
[camera to wind the film - I can just compose and shoot. Although
[stopping to
[take notes is a good thing too. Sigh.
[Adam Bridge