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Yet it still has its hardened fans, even now. The Leica M8 sensor There is no Leica M8 Camera that the sensor in the Leica M8 has a very strong signature look. The crop factor factor From a design point of view, the concept of a digital rangefinder posed a few problems that are actually still suffered by Leica M8 Camera even 10 years later.

These problems were largely caused by the lens designs most commonly used on rangefinder cameras. This is one of the biggest advantages the rangefinder design has — it allows both the body of the camera and the lenses themselves to be smaller and the lenses higher quality too. The issue is, the short back focal distances of some rangefinder lenses can create an angle of light that is strongly oblique toward the edges of the frame. I talked about this in my recent Zeiss 28mm Biogon review. If you mount that lens on a Sony A7 series camera, the edges of the frame are soft and smeary.

With some lenses the smeariness is only half the issue too. Heavy vignetting and strong colour shifts can also come into play with some lenses. This is a good illustration of the problem Leica were faced with when designing their first digital rangefinder. Increasing corner performance If Leica M8 Camera problem of oblique light rays is greater the further toward the edges and corners of the sensor, one way to solve this is to make the sensor smaller than the full frame 24x36mm standard frame size of 35mm film. As mentioned the Leica M8 uses a 1.

Hot mess: Remembering the Leica M8: Digital Photography Review

As mentioned above, this means lenses have different effective focal lengths when compared to the 35mm format they are used Leica M8 Camera, but the pay off is more consistent corners and edges. Additionally to the smaller sensor, offset micro lenses were used in the sensors design.


Micro lenses are tiny lenses that sit on the top of each photodiode on the sensor to direct the light toward the diode below. By offsetting these lenses to an increasing degree toward the edge of the frame, the problem of the oblique light rays was again reduced. Leica also changed the design of the optical low pass filter or OLPF. The OLPF is a multi layered filter that sits on top of the surface of the sensor. The main purposes of this filter are to cut infrared as well as reducing problems with moire and aliasing. The issue is, the filter also compounds the effects of oblique light rays Leica M8 Camera the edge of the frame.

As I understand it, Leica reduced the thickness of the filter so as to reduce the impact it had on image quality into the corners. The relevance of all of Leica M8 Camera is that whilst the decreased sensor size and micro lenses only benefited objective image quality, the changes to the OLPF came with both positive and negative side effects.

The Leica M8 – A simple, digital, rangefinder

Thin OLPF for odd colours Possibly one of the most commonly known oddities with the Leica M8 is its susceptibility Leica M8 Camera odd colour shifts due to its sensitivity to infrared light. Because the OLPF was made thinner, its effectiveness at cutting infrared light was reduced. The result of this is that subjects that reflect a lot of infrared light can be susceptible to colour shift. The two most obvious cases of this happening are in foliage which shifts toward yellow, and dark manmade material which shifts heavily toward magenta. Unfortunately, once you start noticing the colour shift you start seeing it in skin tones, and then eventually — at least in artificial light — Leica M8 Camera everything. For a lot of people, rangefinder shooting is a pain, but if you love it, you love it. While the rangefindery parts of the M8 were for the most part nice and mature, Leica was new to digital, and it showed.

The first M8 I used personally, in latewas a buggy mess.

Leica M M8 10.3MP Digital Camera - Black (Body Only)

Its frame counter was basically just a random number generator, and its battery level indicator wasn't much better. It also crashed frequently, and had a Leica M8 Camera habit of getting worryingly hot when it was turned off and placed inside a camera bag. These days, Sony trolls like to shout and scream about the a7-series overheating, but you could have fried an egg on that particular M8. Leica's M-series film bodies have rubberized cloth shutters which operate with an almost apologetically quiet 'snick' sound.


I still shoot with an even older IIIC from time to time and unless you're standing right next to the Leica M8 Camera, its shutter is almost inaudible. By comparison, the M8's shutter fired with a loud whirring 'ker-cloink' which I could never quite get used to.

Not a great picture, but a good illustration of the Leica M8 Camera ability to render detail. The lack of an AA filter meant that pixel-level output at low ISO sensitivity settings was very crisp. Another Leica M8 Camera I struggled to get used to was the M8's 1. When you look through the viewfinder of a crop-sensor DSLR, the increase in magnification is effectively invisible. You don't need to mentally convert the field-of-view of an 18mm lens to 28mm equivalent in order to frame your shot accurately, because what you see through the finder is what you get. So far, the pictures are impressive. Before buying the M8, I would go the Rangefinder forum and the leica users forum. Both have dedicated M8 forums.

Lastly, I would spend a little money and buy Brian Leica M8 Camera book: If I had it to do Leica M8 Camera again, I'm not sure what I would do but I do wish I had done more research before buying. The Leica M8 is the first digital camera in the rangefinder M series introduced by Leica Camera AG on 14 September It uses an APS-H megapixel  Sensor‎: ‎18 x 27 mm inducing a crop factor. I share an anniversary with the Leica M8 - sort of. The M8 was announced in the same week that I started my career as a camera reviewer.

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