I was in a bind over this too, deirdre. There was an M8 on eBay for about $3000 but it was previously an ex-demo model before life with its current owner, slightly battle-worn, and was out of warranty.Welcome to the club!
An 8.2 was a bit richer than I wanted to pay until I was more certain if I wanted one, so I bought an M8. I prefer the chrome, but the best buy I found was on a black one, so that's what I have.
But before that, let the bread and water diet begin first! And the search for used lenses. I'll probably be looking at something at 50mm-ish as the first lens, although I'm aware that there is a 1.3x crop, so maybe I should look at a 28mm.Wowee, Traam! Congrats! Let the M8 shots begin!
I picked up a used Voigtlander 28mm f/1.9 Ultron, which is a screw-mount lens but works beautifully. In practice, it's the lens that gets left on the camera most of the time. That plus the 45mm Panaleica on my GF1 make a nice travel set.
Ah I have to start looking at, and learning rangefinder/Leica lens terminology and brands. I have previously only looked at Canon lenses for my 7D. That Voigtlander 28mm f/1.9 Ultron looks alright for that price though, and with the 1.3 crop that comes up to about 36.4mm (roughly within the 35mm range!). I think I'd be happy to start with that one lens first and build up from there.I picked up a used M8 about 8 months ago. I love shooting with it, even though it had blue leather. Hope to change it one of these days. I use a 50mm Summicron from my M6. Normally I use my 28mm f2.8 Elmrit IV most of the time. It's the easiest combo to use for quick street shooting.
After we just had a brief discussion about the pros and cons of the higher cost of the M8.2, all it takes is apparently blue leather that you would pay extra for. Not the quieter shutter, not the anti-scratch LCD screen, not the more accurate frame lines. Not the warranty.Why would you change the blue leather! Heresy!
Seriously, I'd pay extra for mine to have blue leather.