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 Post subject: Re: leica m8 infrared
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Hi Memphis.

Real nice pics. The subject matter suits the medium. Or should that be, the medium suits the subject matter?

Being a film shooter I hope that you will excuse my ignorance here, but I assume that there is an on-camera IR setting?

All the best.
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smirt wrote:
Hi Memphis.

Real nice pics. The subject matter suits the medium. Or should that be, the medium suits the subject matter?

Being a film shooter I hope that you will excuse my ignorance here, but I assume that there is an on-camera IR setting?

All the best.
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There is no IR setting on the camera. The M8 was equipped with a VERY weak IR-cut filter making it exceptionally susceptible to IR contamination. For most M8 shooters this was a bad thing because blacks looked magenta and were low contrast in the black and white setting. Leica issued a fix by giving away free IR-cut filters to screw into the front of the lens.

You can see the difference here:
Without IR-cut filter:
ImageScreen Shot 2013-06-07 at 7.28.35 PM by _JDT0505, on Flickr

With IR-cut filter:
ImageScreen Shot 2013-06-07 at 7.28.26 PM by _JDT0505, on Flickr

Those are black Converse Chuck Taylor's and you can see the marked IR contamination in the top photo and the more true black in the bottom.

For some people, like me, the M8 was an awesome camera because you had an IR camera that you could handhold at regular exposure times and since it's not an SLR the viewfinder isn't blocked by the nearly opaque IR filter. I used my M8 exclusively as an IR camera after I got my M9-P. I wish I hadn't of sold it.

Here are a few of my M8 IR shots.

ImageRockin' S Ranch. Infrared by _JDT0505, on Flickr

ImageUntitled by _JDT0505, on Flickr

ImageUntitled by _JDT0505, on Flickr

ImageInfrared South Austin by _JDT0505, on Flickr

Imageinfrared poppies by _JDT0505, on Flickr

ImageInfrared South Austin by _JDT0505, on Flickr


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 Post subject: Re: leica m8 infrared
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Hi RCR.

Well, you learn something new everyday!

Many thanks for taking the time to explain.

I remember trying out an IR film years ago,.. with no sucess. This seems like a much better way. Now all I need is a M8.......

Lovely pics by the way.

Thanks again
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Thanks, some are straight B&W conversions and some are what they call a Blue/Red channel swap.

It still might be cheaper to buy a converted camera, but you can score a used M8 and a 28MM lens less than $2K...


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The M8's greatest flaw is also it's most interesting "feature" :)
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The M8's greatest flaw is also it's most interesting "feature" :)
Great photos!

So true, so true! I regret never taking the time to fully explore it.

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