Kind of funny to call the Leica M8 an ol' Camera. I wouldn't call the Leica M6 being an "old camera", albeit it is from the 80s, while the Leica M8 is from 2007.

It is still going strong, albeit I don't often used it other than for black & white Infrared photography, due to it's IR leaking sensor. And yet, I have noticed that when I use it without filter, it still gives wonderful images. Not perfect, but surprisingly good images - despite it's CCD sensor with just 10 megapixels.

Below you see a couple of Black & White images made in Infrared. The last one, without IR filter.



 

 


Kind of fascinating.

Given that it once had a price tag of 42.000 SEK back in 2007, which i paid off over course of long 6 years with, god knows how much interests (11%) it resulted in additional money on top of the price. That i even dared to buy something like that *rolling my eyes*

 

One of my most used cameras !

The Leica M8 digital was in fact one of my most used cameras in terms of how many images I shot with her. I had never would have expected that.

Today, the camera doesn't cost much - and it can not be repaired, because Leica doesn't have any spares for the "spider web" cracking LCD screen, as the company who made them, doesn't exist anymore. My model is flawless and everything works well after now 15 years (!) *HUH*

 

It's already been a whopping 15 years...

Kind of strange to think... that it has been already 15 years since I bought the Leica. And this is one of the first images I took, after I existed the store. It was at Café Krona at Gamla Stan in the Old Town of Stockholm where i took test photos of people there. Back then, the color images were horrible, because of the Infrared leaking sensor, and bad firmware which created utterly bad color balance. (In this case below, i corrected the wrong colors somewhat).


Stockholm, Oct 2007


Stockholm, Oct 2007 at Café Krona


People along the road - Stockholm Slussen, Oct 2007


Subway - Stockholm Slussen, Oct 2007

 


Another Café at Östermalm - Stockholm , Oct 2007

 

Boy, did I long

for being able to use my old Leica lenses with a digital camera. I had abandoned the Leica M6, the Noctilux and the tiny Summicron-M 35/2 "IV" during a course of about 10 years up until 2007, I remember. It felt like... WFT, having a Noctilux, but basically just collecting dust, felt like one of the worst, overpriced lenses I had ever bought.

And yet, it was due to the digital sensor, which made the Noctilux shine all of the sudden. it never impressed me on ISO 400 film - because it never truly brought out the quality of what the lens was capable. You had to use ISO 100 film and tripod, in order to show that the ƒ1 aperture is no slough ! But how many times did I use a tripod, ISO 100 with the Noctilux ?

Almost never.

 

The prices of the Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm

Well the newer version of the Leica Noctilux, now called Noctilux-M 50/0.95 ASPH, costs a whopping 11.750 € in 2022 i believe.

My old version I bought for 11.500 SEK back in 1989, while the Leica M6 was 15.000 SEK, I believe. Or was it the other way around; that the Noctilux was more expensive than the Leica M6 ?! Damn, I can't remember.

Anyway, the Leica Noctilux, compared to the Deutsche Mark, which back then was in comparison to the Swedish Krona around 1:3 i believe, cost equally to 3500 DM, or 1750 €. (Wasn't the Euro twice of what the Deutsche Mark was ?)

 

In year 2022

Anyway, it's been 33 years ago. The "inflation" of the Noctilux went sky high. The old Noctilux-M 50/1 was 5000 € in 2012, and when the new Noctilux-M 50/0.95 ASPH. came, it was 7500 € - and has since then, risen to extreme 11.750 € in around 10 years, as you can see below, at the Leica Camera Store in Berlin. Crazy, isn't it ?

 

There are however very good alternatives to the Noctilux. Voigtländer for example just released a Voigtländer Nocton 50/1 - which perhaps slightly better than the original Leica Noctilux-M 50/1. It costs around 1750 €

I would buy it any time as an alternative to Leica, if i yearned for a Noctilux like character. Well, I don't need to Voigtländer, since I still have my old Noctilux.

 

Leica Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH

That one I bought during the separation from Daniel Nov 2013, kind of like a crying-in-the-pillow reaction I did. It was back then 29.000 SEK, and today it costs already 42.000 SEK or 3900 € in Berlin. So, these prices at Leica go up beyond the nominal inflation, that is for sure. I myself, have completely abandoned (to buy) anything that comes from the house of Leica in terms of lenses.


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