Some time ago I gave you 8 reasons to buy a Leica M8. Today, I give you one more.

There are only a few things in life that make me happier than working with a Leica M. Ice skating is one of them. On average, I visit the local ice track three to four times a week (In my country there are more ice tracks per person than anywhere in the world). While a track is nice for training, all ice skaters want just one thing in winter: real ice. Endless, black, singing ice. And this morning I woke up at 4:30 (on Sunday!) to make a trip.

Yesterday I was in doubt. Should I bring a camera? The ice is still pretty thin and there’s a chance that you’ll take a swim, which is not good for any camera, but especially not for a 6k Leica M. What did I do? I took my M8 with a cheapish Zeiss 35/2.8 lens. If I’d had to take a swim with it, I’d be crying less than with a much more expensive kit.

So there it is:

9: You can take your M8 if you’re skating on thin ice and swimming might be a possibility.