Hommage to Henri
Leica has evidently picked France as the locus of the world's introduction to the digital M8. (Hommage to Henri?) There are now numerous pictures on the internet—the picture above came from this site—and this site even has a video of someone handling the camera.
Is this going to be a toy for the rich? I don't know about that—the price is actually fairly reasonable, as such things go. (It is, after all, a Leica.) It is a player in the 10-MP game, which is where all the action is. It looks to preserve the fabled M gestalt faithfully, which is not only a nod to the past, but represents user functionality that's sorely needed in today's product marketplace (is the M8 my DMD, its hour come round at last? Could be.) Could it be that the M8 is going to be a hot seller? Could be—as one friend (dreamily) says, "There is an angel sitting on this one's shoulder."
We'll see. As far as Photokina 2006 goes, however, it seems pretty clear that the M8 is stealing the show.
Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON with thanks to KP
Featured comment by Mitch/Paris: It's funny, I had no interest in the digital M when I learned that it would have a 1.3x magnification factor. But about 6 weeks ago while in Singapore I bought a Ricoh GR-D on impulse "and have never looked back." This 8MP camera has a tiny sensor but I've made huge prints from it measuring 40x52 inches (100x133cm).
The GR-D has loosened up my shooting style. It also made me realize that my refusal to consider anything else than a full-frame digital M was merely a prejudice. If the M8 works well and produces good files (as I suppose is likely) I'll join the queue that will have inevitably been formed to get one, because I do love my M lenses, including the DR Summicron and Summilux-50 (pre-ASPH, of course).
You can see what I've been doing with the GR-D here...and you can see the one of the pictures that I've printed at 40x52 inches by clicking on "Bangkok Series" and looking at the first picture, the one of the bus at night.