Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/07/24

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Subject: RE: [Leica] R8 vs R9
From: "Randy Jensen" <>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2003 09:12:37 -0700

Having R8's only, the only feature that really attracts me to the R9 is the
fact that in Program mode it will use slow shutter speeds with TTL flash in
dark areas (the R8, if it can't get proper exposure wide open at 1/250 it
will set f5/6 at 1/250).  I have NO idea why they did this.

Of course, if I had the capability of the R9 this way, I'm sure I'd still
shoot in Manual indoors with TTL flash, but it would be nice for my wife to
get better auto exposures when she uses it!

The other 'improvements' don't make any difference to me.


- -----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of langhans
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2003 4:46 PM
Subject: [Leica] R8 vs R9

For all 6 Leica SLR users out there, this might be of interest.  I made the
long trip to Seattle yesterday and visited Glazers.  They had an R9 sitting
there so I just had to handle it.  I was curious if there was a big
difference between my R8 and the R9.  Just enough to make me want one.  The
weight difference is striking.  The ability to read your frame # on the top
of the camera even when it is off solves the only real irksome thing for me
about the R8.  Now, if I could scrape together $2100.....

I was told they are selling quite well, as well as the R8, especially since
Leica announced the future digital back.  For me that is good news.


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