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Last week I rented a Leica M8.2 from LensRentals.com along with a Leica Summicron 50mm f2. Unfortunately my timing was off and the week turned out to be one of the most busy work weeks in a long time with lots of overtime so my hands on time with the camera was much more limited than I wanted.

That said, I did get to spend some time with the camera and carried it everywhere I went. The M8.2 was the first Leica M camera I have ever used and I found it ridiculously easy to use. About 15 mins flipping through the manual and another 15 playing with the menus and I felt confident about my ability to control the camera. Talk about simple compared to the current crop of digital cameras with menu systems that go on for miles.

Physically, the camera was a little bigger than I expected, having only seen them behind glass cases. I’ve been shooting mostly with an Olympus E-P2 and the body of that camera is significantly smaller and lighter than the M8.2, but so is the sensor, and I have to use an adapter to use the M series lenses.