The introduction of Leica's first digital M series hasn't gone quite as\nsmoothly as they will have hoped, before the camera even reached owners\nsome reviewers spotted some issues with the imaging side of the camera\n(Banding, Mirror/Ghost effect and IR sensitivity). Leica issued a\nstatement two weeks ago that they were aware and were working on a\nsolution. Today they have announced the 'action plan', firstly that the\nBanding and Mirror/Ghost images issue can be rectified by returning\nyour camera to LEICA for repair (and that all new M8's leaving Solms\nwill not suffer from this problem). Secondly the solution for 'above\naverage' IR sensitivity are IR filters which attach to the front of the\nlens, Leica will be offering two free filters to all M8 owners.\n\nPress Release:\nUpgrade for the LEICA M8 available\n\n11/24/2006 - Since delivery of the LEICA M8 started as of the end of\nOctober 2006 we have received the endorsement of many happy users.\nNevertheless, in some fairly rare situations, some annoying effects may\noccasionally occur. Even though these artifacts neither happen often\nnor to everyone we want to eliminate the effects by providing the\nfollowing solution.\nIssues reported as "Banding" and "Mirror/Ghost images"\n\nOur engineering teams thoroughly investigated the root causes of these\neffects. They have developed and tested a robust remedy - an upgrade\nfor the M8 - to eliminate any re-occurrence. We have taken extra\nprecautions to not only make sure that the problem does not surface\nagain, but that this remedy will enable every M8 to meet and exceed\nLeica performance standards.\n\nCameras shipped from our factory as of November 27th, 2006 will be\nequipped with the upgrade. Therefore, and because they will be tested\nthoroughly, we are confident that they will be defect-free.\n\nAll customers having received their LEICA M8 before this delivery date\nwill be offered an upgrade free of charge in Leica Camera AG's Customer\nService in Solms. To upgrade your camera please, register yourself on\nour website as of December 6th, 2006. After you have registered you\nwill be contacted by Customer Service to make an appointment to send in\nyour LEICA M8.\nPlease note that even without this upgrade all cameras delivered before\nthis date are in working order and can be used normally. Even so, we\nrecommend you to have the upgrade performed.\nAbove-average sensitivity for infrared light (synthetic fabrics are\nrendered with a slight magenta offset)\n\nDuring the development of the LEICA M8, we made important design\nchoices to insure that the camera delivers the quality in images the\nLeica M System is known for. Keeping the protective glass cover on the\nsensor as thin as possible on the one hand has the benefit of allowing\nthe full potential of Leica lenses on the LEICA M8 to be utilized with\nrespect to their sharpness and contrast rendition, but it also absorbs\nless of the infrared light. In everyday photographical use the\nresulting above-average sensitivity for infrared light may lead to a\nfaulty color rendition, especially in the case of synthetic fabrics\nwhich - depending on the ambient light - cannot be rendered fully black\nbut only with a slight magenta offset.\n\nOur solution: We will offer special screw-on type UV/IR filters for all\nLeica M lenses. With respect to the Leica M's compact build the\ncombination of a thin absorption filter on the sensor and a screw-on\ninterference filter on the lens represents the best technical solution.\nIt completely eliminates the color offset caused by infrared light.\nWhen using lenses from 16 to 35mm, we suggest opting for the 6-bit\ncoded ones, in order to prevent a color offset towards the edges. No\ndisadvantages must be expected for the images when the LEICA M8 is\nequipped with the latest firmware (from 1.10; available as of early\nDecember 2006).\n\nLeica Camera AG offers every LEICA M8 customer a basic kit of two UV/IR\nfilters with diameters of her/his choice and free of charge. Delivery\nwill commence as of early February 2007. In order to receive the two\nfree IR/UV filters, please register yourself as of December 6th, 2006,\nincluding your name and address as well as the camera's serial number.\nAfter your registration you can order two filters of choice which will\nbe delivered to your address. Additional filters will be available from\nyour Leica dealer.\nContinuing improvements through firmware updates\n\nAs is common with digital products, Leica Camera AG is constantly\nworking on improving firmware details such as in the case of the\nautomatic white balance. All improvements will be made available for\nour customers as downloadable firmware updates.\n\nWe are confident these corrective technical measures will fulfil every\nexpectation of even the most demanding customers.