I’ve borrowed a Leica M8! I have been using it since lunch time, and already feel like I have a lot to say about the experience. Perhaps a review is on the cards…? Time will tell on that, time will also tell how long this current flurry of novelty value continues first! One thing is for sure though, this evening has resulted in both a shooting experience I’ve enjoyed, and photos I’m not the least bit dissatisfied with.
Possibly the most interesting feature of these images is the very low level of post process I needed to apply to be happy with them. Second to that has been my hit rate. I took 80 photos this evening, which is clearly a more snap happy approach than with film, but I’m happy with 1 in 4 of those, which isn’t bad for digital in my experience.
Does this mean I’m going to stop shooting film? No, of course not, it’s only a loan camera for a start! What it does mean is that the niggling interest in the idea of a digital Leica that was gained through playing with the M60 can now be explored. And explored with a camera that is worth 1/20th that of the M60, a feature that feels like it allows me a little more freedom with how I use it. (Don’t worry Des, I won’t break it… 😉 )
So anyway, regardless of the end result of this foray into digital-Leicadom, what’s important here is the results from this evening’s experience, so here they are:
Shot with the M8, a combination of 50mm Zeiss Sonnar and 35mm f/1.4 Voigtlander Nokton. Processes in LR just using the basic tone controls.
Cheers, (and thanks again for the load Des)