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

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Opinions on the R8
From: "David Burdoin" <>
Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2001 18:01:19 -0600
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Hello Robert,

I bought an R8 last year and now have one each of all the R models.  I have
been using the Leica R system for more than 25 years.  The R8 is without any
question the finest camera I have ever used.  The build quality is
exceptional, and the optical (and mechanical) quality of the R lenses is
second to none.  The camera has plenty of  features and auto focus is of no
interest to me.

These remarks must be understood in context: I have not used all brands of
cameras, and I have never used the Leica M system.  These are my opinions,
based just on my own experiences and what I have read.

My guess is that if you get yourself an R8, you'll be very happy with it.

David Burdoin

- ----- Original Message -----
From: Robert W. Clark <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, December 08, 2001 9:23 AM
Subject: [Leica] Opinions on the R8

> Hi all:
> I've thinking about acquiring an R8 plus the 28-70 Vario-Elmarit.  I want
> 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
> 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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