The LEICA R8 sets new design standards thanks to the perfect clarity of its lines combined with a hitherto unsurpassed functionality. Easy-grip, optimally positioned controls for simple, safe handling. The fast shutter (1/8000 - 32 s) opens up every possibility for creative photography - under natural light conditions, as well artificial lighting. Flash synchronisation 1/250 s. In addition to the customary selective and center-weighted metering methods, multi-pattern metering is also available. It automatically improves exposure reliability and opens up possibilities for exploring unusual motifs. All three metering methods can be combined freely with the four operating modes: speed or aperture priority, variable automatic program mode and manual settings. Perfect adaptability to every motif and situation. The new High-Eyepoint viewfinder with integral diopter adjustment provides all the information and offers a total overview at a glance. With a brilliant image and complete information. Variable flash options expanded, effective, easy-to-use flash system ranging from individual pre-exposure analysis to fully automatic flash output control whether as main light source or fill-in flash (SCA 3000 system). Unsurpassed mechanical precision and ruggedness Thanks to its sturdy, tough metal design and the greatest care taken in the choice of material and manufacture right up to a final, one hundred percent check.