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| p.3 #5 · Used Leica M8 or wait until new Mx arrives and the price of an M9 to go down? |
Yeah, the UV/IR filters didn't concern me at all with the M8/8.2. It was just the horror stories of the streaking on the sensors. I saw too many stories of people sending them in for repair (or remapping of sensor) only to have the problem come right back. Tough decision when I've never had any problems with Canon, Nikon, and others Asian cameras (or even film Leicas).
Thanks for the advice and insight though on the M8. It's appreciated.
I really, really wanted to try the M8.2 after selling my D700. The noisy high ISO didn't really scare me away as much as the sensor issues and problems people have had with an unusually high failure rate. To me, it seems that fail rate is way too high for a camera in that price range. Is it really true about the high fail rates or just internet gossip? I don't know, but I can't afford a warranty backed dealer M8.2 AND a nice lens, so I would have had to buy used which is too risky for my blood on a camera with known issues.
Its just internet gossip. Like said before in this topic, IR isn't much a problem. Just use the filters and you have no problem whatsoever. There is absolute no difference in use between a lens with an UV filter on it, or a lens with an UV/IR filter.
With the 092 and 093 filters you have a nice IR camera btw.
High iso can be more of a problem. The leica doens't do anything about noise reduction so files look more noisy than what you get out of a canon or nikon (besides the CMOS vs CCD difference off course). With good post processing and good lightning its pretty usable. Off course its no D800 with 1000 000 clean iso. But how many times did u really use that? I used 400 asa film for many years and always got away with it.
With the M8 I never really had shots missed because of that. Only you sometimes need to go to B/W, but since I shoot for 90% in B/W that isn't much of a problem to me.
On low ISO the M8 however is hard to beat, you would be amazed by the sharpness and nice color when coming from a DSLR. I still like them better than the M9's files.
Fail rate is way overrated I think. Many of those stories come from people never ever used a M8 but are certain its way worse than their canon or nikon.
Why do you think the prices of the M8 used are not falling down that fast as most camera's do? Not because they are failing all the time.
If you want to have a M8 or M8.2, just go for it. Just be sure to test is before buying, and make sure the focus is correct and have fun shooting it.