Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/12/08

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Subject: [Leica] Opinions on the R8
From: "Robert W. Clark" <>
Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2001 10:23:41 -0500

Hi all:
I've thinking about acquiring an R8 plus the 28-70 Vario-Elmarit.  I want a
longer focal length to complement my M system (M6, 35 2.0 ASPH & 50 1.4).
Doesn't have to be a Leica but I'm leaning that way.  My previous SLR was an
AE1P with a variety of non-Canon lenses.  I had the opportunity to inspect
one down at Carolina Camera in Greensborg and was exceptionally pleased with
the ergonomics of the's design really appeals to me.  I also
like the depth of field control, the ease of changing the shutter speed when
your hand is in shooting mode, and the information in the viewfinder.
And..of course, it is a Leica.  Perceived autofocus.  I've
seen the work of many R users so I know talented people can use any SLR but
I want to know what people think of the R8..especially those who have
employed it in different situations...amateur work, journalism, travel, etc.
The price is dropping and I've been greatly pleased with the prints and
negatives from the lenses and my M6.  Of course, I have always coveted an
FM2 but never bought one.  Mostly, I do travel photography along with
family, rural small towns, and seascape/landscapes.

Robert Clark
Lancaster, PA

 "We can't ever go back to the old things or try and get the 'old kick'
out of something or find things the way we remembered them.  We have
them as we remember them and they are fine and wonderful and we have to
go on and have other things because the old things are nowhere except in
our minds now."  Hemingway in Paris 1923

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