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

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Opinions on the R8
From: Tarek Charara <>
Date: Sat, 08 Dec 2001 19:34:43 +0100


I bought my R8 in April and I must say that it is becoming my favorite
camera, even when I travel. The lenses are fantastic, but I would take the
35-70 instead of the 28-70. The 35-70 is a very sharp and contrasty lens.
The exposure (automatic or manual) is almost perfect and I leave my Sekonic
in it's case most of the time. The motordrive is the natural complement to
the R8, the autobracketing feature can come in handy... Autofocus? I don't
need AF. When in manual mode, it's very easy to adjust the ligt measuring
mode and the shutterspeed (in half stops). All the information I need is in
the viewfinder, plus I can wear my glasses and still see everything - quite
a change from the R4/R6 or from the M's.


le 08.12.2001 16:23, Robert W. Clark à a écrit :

> 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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