R8

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  • Shown with 80mm f/1.4 Summilux-R lens
  • Code numbers - 10080-chrom, 10081-black
  • Production era 1996-2002
  • Variants - Black (shown) and chrome versions
  • Shutter
"The shutter used was a Copal vertically running metal-leaf unit[1] capable of speeds between 1/8000 and 32 seconds steplessly in automatic modes, or to 16 seconds in half-stop steps in manual mode, as well as Bulb. The flash X-sync speed is 1/250 sec.
"The shutter release is in the center of the shutter-speed dial and is threaded for a cable release. The optional Motor-Drive gives additional front and vertical-grip releases." -jcb
  • Metering
"The highly sophisticated metering system allows free choice of metering mode and exposure mode. By contrast, the earlier R4-R7 series lacked multi pattern metering and offered only pre-set combinations of metering and exposure.
Three metering modes are offered:
Integrated centre weighted
Selective
Multi pattern (Matrix)" -jcb
  • Exposure modes
    • Manual
    • Aperture priority semi-automatic
    • Shutter priority semi-automatic
    • Program fully automatic
    • Flash pre-exposure measurement
  • Accessories - DMR - Motor-Winder R8: 14209 R8/R9 Winder - R8/R9 Drive
  • Designers - Alfred Hengst and Manfred Meinzer February, 1996
"It can be fitted with the Digital Modul R (DMR) digital back (discontinued in 2007 . . .) and used as a digital camera making them the only 35 mm SLRs to take a user-installable digital back. The R8 was the first R-series camera to have no association with Minolta, being solely a Leica design and showing a clear stylistic change compared to prior bodies. . . A key design goal was to evoke the Leica M and its smooth top plate instead of a raised pentaprism as in previous R series cameras, the R8 has sloped "shoulders" that blend almost seamlessly into the pentaprism housing. The shape is strongly asymmetrical, especially in plan view, with a bulged right handgrip and smaller, tapered left-hand side. . . The R8 was without doubt the most complex camera Leica had ever constructed containing extensive electronics including a microprocessor, despite its manual operation bias, and in addition was built in a very modular fashion to integrate seamlessly with motor drive units and new backs such as the Digital Modul R." -jcb

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R8 Serial Numbers

Serial numbers from Serial Numbers Leica Cameras with computed batch total.
Version Discussion
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SN Start SN End Product Year Batch
2285000 2285000 Leica R8 1996 1
2285001 2286000 Leica R8 24 Jul 1996 1000
2290501 2291500 Leica R8 (chrom) 1996 1000
2291501 2293500 Leica R8 (chrom+black) 1996 2000
2293501 2295000 Leica R8 (chrom+black) 1997 1500
2297001 2299000 Leica R8 (chrom+black) 1997 2000
2412001 2414000 Leica R8 (chrom+black) 1997 2000
2416001 2418000 Leica R8 (chrom) 1997 2000
2420001 2422000 Leica R8 (chrom+black) 1997 2000
2nd
2427001 2429000 Leica R8 (black) 1997 2000
2429501 2431500 Leica R8 (black) 1997 2000
2433801 2435800 Leica R8 (chrom+black) 1998 2000 ~2435539
3rd
2464101 2466100 Leica R8 (black) 1998 2000
2475301 2477300 Leica R8 (chrom+black) 1998 2000
4th
2552501 2554500 Leica R8 1999 2000
2725401 2726400 Leica R8 (black) 2000 1000
2751401 2752400 Leica R8 (chrom+black) 2001 1000
2775001 2776000 Leica R8 (black) 2001 1000
2847001 2847200 Leica R8 2002 200
2847201 2847450 Leica R8 2002 250
2847451 2847750 Leica R8 2002 300
2854751 2855050 Leica R8 2002 300
Total assigned serial numbers 38,551