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Is Leica T marking the end of M8/M8.2 and even X series!

 

I sold my M8 for M and never had the honour of owning M9. Now T is on the way. "technology wise" you guys think M8 will be obsolete? I think Leica will protect X line with pricing T way higher, imagine mounting 28/2.8asph on T, who needs X2?!

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Is Leica T marking the end of M8/M8.2 and even X series!

There is no such thing as an ‘M8 series’. There was an M8 and an M8.2, then came the M9 and now the M Monochrom, M-E, and M (Typ 240). The M series is expected to prosper but chances are slim there will ever be something like the M8 (i.e. an M with an APS-H CCD) ever again.

 

The X series of APS-C compact cameras is likely to be continued, with a new X already making the rounds.

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Only the lack of parts will mark the end of the M8/8.2/8.u. Until they cease functioning they will remain a viable camera.

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Guest Mr. B

The M8 was introduced in 2006 and the M8.2 in 2008. As far as digital technology goes they have been obsolete for some time. I have read accounts of the M8 having trouble with the rear screen going out and they are no longer made.

Mr. B

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My M8 was bought in 2007, made and still makes excellent pictures : maybe the new T will be even better in terms of imaging (no surprise - 8 year after) but won't have the RF...

If my M8 will fail one day.... I'll see if will be possible and worth to repair... but have a M...20 years ago, when my M2 failed, I preferred not to repair it and use only the M4.

 

T will be another breed and indeed it could pose a problem of positioning of the X Line, depending on prices and specs... we will see.

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I know it will come to an end one day but my M8 has just celebrated its 7th birthday and has never put a foot wrong.

 

Will the new T camera be able to compete with that? Time will tell.

 

Tony

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Same here. The way I see it is like this, the M8 is a really fantastic camera to use with stunning crisp low ISO output rather than a great camera to talk about

 

Its still fantastic at low ISO in much the same way as film is still fantastic and it will still be fantastic tomorrow and the day after that. Probably 90+% of all my photography I have ever done or been interested in can be shot with an M8 (or film M for that matter) and this again will continue to be the case in the future. For the things it isn't so great for such as high ISO, fast tracking AF on long lenses, fast and deep buffer, ability to use top quality real macro lenses, ability to control a flash system with multiple off camera flash etc,,,, well none of the alternative systems the M8 haters love to talk about are any good at any of that stuff either.

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All M8 and M8.2 would be better viewed, if a well full service would be possible for them, as it is still in strict at all mechanical M cameras.

If Leica has not betimes equipped with the necessary spare parts in the required quality, it should carry out repurchases or exchanges take actions to reach those parts for repairable M8 and M8.2.

Only then the good reputation of a long-term durability of the analog M cameras would also saved for the digital M cameras, as suggested misleading in advertising for digital M cameras.

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<sigh> They did not run out of parts in general. Due to an unforeseen fluke they ran out of one part, i.e. the M8 LCD screen. For the rest the cameras are fully repairable. I think this has been discussed to some extent in this forum.

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"technology wise" you guys think M8 will be obsolete?

 

Technology wise the M8 is long obsolete, still takes nice photographs and is a joy to use.

 

Assuming the T is an APS-C mirror less camera, the real benchmark will be the Ricoh GXR A12, as it is the only camera, that I am aware of, in that category optimised for M lenses (presuming the T is optimised for M lenses!!).

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Yes. Sadly I will have to bury my M8 in the backyard next to my other useless, outdated Leica cameras...M2, M6 and MP.

 

Bang the drum slowly, please.

 

 

Best regards,

 

Bob

CEO CFO EIEIO, Ret.

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Assuming the T is an APS-C mirror less camera, the real benchmark will be the Ricoh GXR A12, as it is the only camera, that I am aware of, in that category optimised for M lenses (presuming the T is optimised for M lenses!!).

Leica has a few cameras optimised for M lenses; the M and the M Monochrom come to mind. Wouldn’t the T be optimised for T lenses?

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If it is not optimized for M lenses it won't sell to M users. Taking that kind of risk would be at least curious IMHO

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