Leica M8 Street Photography Stress Test Portfolio

Our resident street photographer, Mason Resnick, shot Manhattan with the first digital Leica rangefinder. Here are his results

While preparing today's field test of the Leica M8, I spent some time in New York City giving it the ultimate stress test: a photo walk on the streets of Manhattan. My rig was a Leica M8 and a Leica Summicron-M 28mm f/2.0 lens, a Sandisk Extreme III 8GB memory card, and a spare battery. That was it.


Following Bryan Peterson's "Push ISO" tip, I shot in RAW format, at ISO 320, but deliberately underexposed by 1.3 stops to effectively "pushing" it to ISO 800. In my RAW editor, I lightened each shot by +1.3 stops. While I shot in color, I prefer black and white, so some of these shots were desaturated after the fact.


All of these shots are shown uncropped with no manipulation other than to get a proper exposure.












In addition to running the Adorama Learning Center, Mason Resnick teaches the world's first (and, as far as we know, only) online Street Photography course, at Adorama's online photography school partner, the Perfect Picture School of Photography.


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    Compatibility to memory cards in the SDHC standard up to 32GB capacity.

    Note: The choice of SD and SDHC cards in the market is already very big and is constantly growing.
    Therefore, Leica Camera AG is not able to do comprehensive compatibility- and quality testing with all
    available cards in the market. We recommend “Extreme III” or “Professional” from the leading brands such
    as “SanDisk” or “Lexar”. Using other card types, will not damage camera or card, but as especially “no

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