Sometimes you have to let go of things you thought you’d never part with. However dramatic that sounds, I once had a Leica M8 that I used as a backup for my Leica M9. I sold it, after I bought a second M9-P (which I still have). After that, I started to miss the M8 and I bought it again. I found a nice orange leather strap during a trip around the world in Hong Kong and a few years later I found a matching piece of camera leather in Japan. A good (and skilled) friend of mine applied the leather to the camera and I continued using it.

My ‘faux Hermes Leica M8’ was used during a few workshops, but I never used it for paid assignments. Also, I didn’t do many workshops where the student wanted to test drive my M8.

A few years later I decided somebody else would be happier with it, so I sold it to my friend Maarten for The Analog Camera Store. It will be up for sale in a few days, but if you’re fast, you can send him an email to ‘make a reservation’. The camera is in very good condition. Less than 30.000 shutter actuations and I always took good care of it. Maarten is also a great guy.

For now, just a few pictures that I took with this superb little camera.

Leica M8 with Leica Summilux-M 24/1.4 ASPH

Leica M8 with 28/2.8 Elmarit
And one more with the CV35/1.2. Shot by my wife.
The M8 unsuitable for low light situations? Just use your steady hand.
What can I say: a beauty in black and white.
My favorite M8 shot: my best four legged friend, who I miss so much.
And a selfie, after I had the M8 refurbished.
And again: lovely B&W rendering.
And again. Sharpness is a bourgeois concept my friends…