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

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Opinions on the R8
From: "Gerry Walden" <>
Date: Sat, 08 Dec 2001 19:31:42 +0000

The R8 is my only SLR and every time I use it I grow more in love with it. I 
use it professionally and it has never failed me, even when I think I have 
made a total pigs ear of things. The TTL flash metering is, for me, very 
useful and works with studio flash as well as any flash gun you want to 
attach to it. The Leica optics are renowned (as we all know) but I must 
agree that the 28-70 zoom is not the best although I can't actually fault it 
- - I just seem to have trouble focusing with it compared with the others, and 
thus get more out of focus shots. I used to use Canon EOS but do not miss 
the autofocus a bit. BTW, I also use M gear.


>From: "Robert W. Clark" <>
>To: <>
>Subject: [Leica] Opinions on the R8
>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 
>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 
>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 
>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, 
>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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