Stealth Black Leica M8.2So after thoroughly enjoying my shooting experience with the Leica M5 I decided film was not conducive to my post shoot workflow. While many hold film near and dear to their hearts, for me it detracted from the enjoyment of shooting with the M5.
The rangefinder style of shooting is almost zen-like. For me, film spoiled the fun. Enter the Leica M8.2 digital rangefinder. In a word... WOW. This little beauty is a ball. Unlike Leica's current flagship rangefinder, the full frame sensor M9, the M8.2 delivers 10mp files with a 1:3 crop factor. So, with a 35mm lens your field of view is just shy of 50mm. It's nice. More importantly, the M8.2 is the upgraded version of the M8 and features a silent shutter and scratch-proof sapphire rear display. The black version (shown here) comes with a black vulcanite grip, black paint finish (as opposed to black chrome) and the infamous Leica "red dot" has been replaced with a stealthy black dot.
The M8 and M8.2 versions have a known issue (bug or feature) with infrared light. All cameras have an IR glass filter in front of the sensor. In an effort to keep sharp detail to a maximum, Leica put only the thinnest of IR filters in front of the cameras sensor. Unfortunately this had an effect on some colors ... like black fabric... giving off a bit of a magenta cast. The solution is rather simple; put an IR cut filter on the lens. Leica steadfastly defends that this is still a better solution since it minimizes any filtering between the lens and the sensor. I can only tell you, with the IR cut filter in place (on the lens) my images have been fantastic.
In short... I'm in love with this camera. I have a long way to go before I'm fluent with the camera's controls.... not that they're difficult, but with a rangefinder you want the process to be seamless... smooth, decisive and quick. I'll get there.