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Leica M Digital Rangefinder Camera (Body Only, Black)

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Product Highlights

  • 24MP Full-Frame Leica Max CMOS Sensor
  • Leica Maestro Image Processor
  • 3.0" 920k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording
  • Manual Rangefinder & Live View Focusing
  • 0.68x Optical Viewfinder Magnification
  • ISO 6400, 3 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Compatible with M-Mount Lenses
  • Magnesium Alloy Body and Brass Top Plate
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Color: Black

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The black M Digital Rangefinder Camera from Leica is a traditionally-styled M-series camera that blends elements of Leica's celebrated past with contemporary imaging technology. This camera features a full-frame Leica Max 24MP CMOS sensor and Maestro image processor to realize rich image quality with low noise levels and smooth color and tonal gradations. The sensor and processor combination also avails the ability to shoot continuously up to 3 fps, record full HD 1080p video, and enable a top sensitivity of ISO 6400. Unique among digital cameras, the M maintains Leica's preference for a rangefinder design and incorporates a 0.68x optical viewfinder with split and superimposed manual focusing and automatic parallax correction. Alternatively, the M is also the first M-series camera to integrate live view shooting capabilities, with the added convenience of being able to check focus and composition on the rear 3.0" 920k-dot LCD monitor.

As with past M-series cameras, the M retains the ability to utilize the vast network of M-mount lenses and is also compatible with Leica R-mount lenses via an optional adapter. When working in live view, and since focusing operation is entirely manual, focus peaking and 10x live view zoom can be utilized to ensure critical focus. While using the optical viewfinder, internal LEDs display shooting and camera information and frame lines are displayed to match lens' focal lengths with focusing accuracy to 6.6'.

The M's body design is constructed from die-cast magnesium alloy and wrapped in a synthetic leather covering while the top and bottom plates are made from milled brass and the rear LCD is covered with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. Altogether, this durable design is built for enhanced strength and resistance to splashes, dust, and inclement conditions. An integrated thumb rest, along with a minimal, yet intuitive ergonomic control scheme avail quick access to necessary camera controls. Additionally, a redesigned 1800mAh lithium-ion battery permits increased working times and reliability for all-day shooting.

24MP CMOS Sensor
A newly designed high-resolution, 24MP CMOS sensor in full 35mm format provides top-notch image quality. Its intelligent design and flat pixel architecture enables each individual pixel to gather a particularly large amount of light. This results in images of superior sharpness and maximum resolution. The new M delivers extremely low-noise and richly detailed images, even at higher sensitivities of up to ISO 6400.
Leica Maestro Image Processor
In conjunction with the new sensor, the Leica Maestro processor provides fast image-processing speed. The energy-efficient imaging electronics of the processor and sensor equals improved lasting power for a single charge of the Leica M's new 1800 mAh lithium-ion battery.
Lens Compatibility
The new CMOS sensor is designed and constructed for the use of both Leica M and R lenses on the Leica M camera. With the new Leica R-Adapter, almost all Leica R legacy lenses can be used on the Leica M.
Live View Capability and 3.0" LCD Display
The new Leica M is the first ever M to feature live view and live view focusing. Images can be composed using the actual image produced by the lens - with complete control of depth of field, exposure, precise framing and focusing. The high-resolution 3.0" LCD monitor with 920,000 pixels allows precise assessment of the subject seen through the lens. Previously confined by rangefinder limitations, live view opens up entirely new opportunities for M-series users, like macro and telephoto exposures, or using the monitor as a viewfinder. Live view can be used with both M and R lenses. It also enables owners of R lenses to use the optional Visoflex EVF2 electronic viewfinder. The Leica M can be used with an R-adapter, R-lenses and a viewfinder exactly like an SLR, without using the monitor.
Live View Zoom and Focus Peaking
The new Live View Zoom enables up to 10x magnification of the live view display for precise focusing on fine details. Live View Focus Peaking is an automatic highlighting of image contours in red color to provide convenient focus control. This contour display enables precise assessment of focusing accuracy. Depending on the situation or the photographer's preferences, M camera users can now choose between several focusing options.
Optical Viewfinder
The Optical Viewfinder is a large, bright-line rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation and LED-illuminated frame lines. Frame lines size matches image sensor size at 6.6' (2 m) focusing distance. Viewfinder magnification is 0.68x and the eyepiece is adjusted to -0.5 dpt. Optional corrective lenses from -3 to +3 dpt. are available.

The Optical Viewfinder has a four-digit, seven-segment LED digital display with brightness adapter. An LED symbol displays for flash status and warnings in case of exposure correction. It also displays automatic shutter speed in automatic mode, and an advisory indicating use of metering memory lock with manual exposure setting.
Rangefinder
Split or superimposed image rangefinder shown as a bright field in the center of the viewfinder image. Rangefinder effective metering basis is 47.1 mm (mechanical metering basis 69.25 mm x viewfinder magnification of 0.68x).
Full HD 1080p Video
This Leica M is the first M-series camera to have full HD 1080p video with rangefinder or Live View focusing. Videos with full HD 1080p video capture are designed to have the "Leica Look." A dedicated button starts video shooting with one touch.
Ergonomic Controls and Intuitive Menu
The control features of the Leica M offer intuitive handling, direct manual setting options, and rapid access to all the important photographic functions. In addition to manual focusing, direct aperture and shutter speed setting options, the combination of an ergonomically-positioned control wheel on the top plate and intuitive menu navigation are the basis of the Leica M operating concept. The newly-designed and user-friendly menu interface displayed on the large rear LCD provides a clear overview of all camera settings at all times. The video and Live View features, and the new focus functions, each have their own controls. The new focus button on the front of the camera allows selection of Live View Zoom and Live View Focus Peaking, as well as fast and easy exposure corrections in combination with the control wheel. ISO sensitivity settings are also controlled by a dedicated button. The Leica M also features an ergonomically formed thumb rest at the top-right end of the top plate. This ensures ideal grip and stability in even the most demanding shooting situations.
Exposure Metering
In classic viewfinder mode: Through the Lens (TTL) metering, center weighted with variable aperture.
In Live View and advanced viewfinder mode: Through the Lens (TTL) metering, center weighted, spot or multi-field measuring
Resilient Construction
The Leica M is built with maximum stability and tight sealing. Its cap and base plates are machined from solid brass, and its full-metal body is manufactured in one piece from high-strength magnesium alloy. Specially designed rubber seals protect the camera body against dust and water spray. A milled brass top cover contains an integrated thumb rest. The glass covering plate of its high-resolution LCD is manufactured from particularly tough and scratch-resistant Corning 'Gorilla' glass. The tripod thread is a 1/4" DIN made of stainless steel and the body is wrapped with a synthetic leather covering.
Long Battery Life
The new lithium-ion battery (1800 mAh) in the Leica M means long shooting sessions without having to recharge or change the battery. Thanks to the high-performance rechargeable battery, energy-saving exposure metering electronics, the Leica Maestro Image Processor and the new sensor, a single charge provides a large number of exposures, particularly useful when shooting in remote locations.
User Profiles
Up to four sets of camera and exposure settings can be saved under a user-selected profile name and rapidly retrieved whenever required. For added convenience, these profiles can be saved to an SD card.
Exposure Bracketing
Exposure Bracketing of 3 or 5 frames at 0.5, 1, 2 and 3 f/stops
Other Functions
Film Emulation Modes, Saturation, Contrast, Sharpening
Menu Languages
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
UPC: 022243107704
Imaging
Lens Mount Leica M
Camera Format Full-Frame
Pixels 24 Megapixel
Max Resolution 24 MP: 5952 x 3976
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 36 x 24 mm
File Formats Still Images: DNG, JPEG
Movies: MJPEG, MOV
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 25 fps, 24 fps
1280 x 720: 25 fps, 24 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
Video Format High Definition
MOV
1920 x 1080p / 25 fps
1920 x 1080p / 24 fps
High Definition
MOV
1280 x 720p / 25 fps
1280 x 720p / 24 fps
Standard Definition
MOV
640 x 480p / 30 fps
640 x 480p / 25 fps
640 x 480p / 24 fps
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Mono
Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo
Focus Control
Focus Type Manual
Focus Mode Manual Focus (M)
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Optical
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.68x
Diopter Adjustment - 3 to +3 m
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen   LCD (920,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200-6400 (Extended Mode: 100-6400)
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 60 - 1/4000 seconds,  Bulb Mode
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Kelvin, Manual, Shade, Tungsten
Burst Rate Up to 3 fps at 24 MP
Flash
Built-in Flash No
Max Sync Speed 1 / 180 seconds
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Performance
Start-up Time 0.7 seconds
Continuous Shooting Up to 3 fps
Self Timer 2 seconds, 12 seconds
Power
Battery 1x Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack, 7.4 VDC, 1800 mAh
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.5 x 3.1 x 1.7" / 139.0 x 80.0 x 42.0 mm
Weight 1.5 lb / 680 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 5.55 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.9 x 8.6 x 6.6"
Leica M Digital Rangefinder Camera (Body Only, Black)
  • BP-SCL2 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1800 mAh)
  • BC-SCL2 Battery Charger for BP-SCL2 Li-Ion Battery
  • Carrying Strap
  • Hot Shoe / Accessory Socket Cover
  • Body Cap
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    LeicaM Digital Rangefinder Camera (Body Only, Black)
     
    4.8

    (based on 36 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great resolution (22)
    • Good battery life (21)
    • Good in low light (18)
    • Large clear LCD (17)
    • Compact (15)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (23)
    • Low light (17)
    • Family photos (15)
    • Weddings (9)
    • Wildlife (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (32)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (14), Pro photographer (11), Semi-pro photographer (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Truly Amazing Camera

    A little about me:
    I am a professional photographer working in fashion, beauty, product and portraiture. I use an Hasselblad for my work.
    I have been always fascinated by Leica's look...Read complete review

    A little about me:
    I am a professional photographer working in fashion, beauty, product and portraiture. I use an Hasselblad for my work.
    I have been always fascinated by Leica's look and finally decided to buy one.

    About the camera:
    As soon as out of the box in my hands I can feel the German craftsmanship. It is solid, exceptionally made and the size is really perfect for me, not too small not too big.
    -Love the view finder.
    -Love the all-manual- film camera-like feeling.
    -Love the focus and menu
    -And most important I love the pictures that comes out of it..

    The camera performs better than I expiated in my preliminary tests, see attached photos.

    Pros:
    - Leica's look, good "vintage" saturation, if you know how to use this camera you can obtain film-like images before beginning to edit..
    - Compact, silent, discrete.

    "Cons:"
    - It takes a little to adjust to this type of "fully manual" shooting. (no autofocus etc) But this is also a Pros and one of the reasons why I bought it..
    - Price of the lenses! some of the lenses are truly remarkable but the also cost a fortune 3k to 7k range for a really good lens. (however they seem not to depreciate and that is good).

    Who should get this camera:
    -A person whom is really passionate about photography.
    -A person whom desires to challenge him/herself skills and have access to an extremely creative tool.

    Who should NOT get this camera:
    - Entusiasts with some good money to blow, whom are used to point and shoots and the all-automatic modern cameras.
    - Professional photographers whom do not have the patience to step back from modern technology and take "a dive into something else.."

    Conclusions:
    This is an exceptionally made camera, one can feel it in everything, the menus, the view-finder, the metering, the sounds, it is compact, the design and I can go on and on.. Leica M Rangefinder is a great-expensive tool to fall in love with photography once more. There is a whole world of breathtaking-beauty and this camera will help you capture it with it's own personality added to it.

    PS I have not test the video capability yet.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not what I expected.

    Let me first say that I own a leica x2 and love it. I received the Leica m and the 50mm f2.0 cron yesterday1/30/14. I waited 10 months on the...Read complete review

    Let me first say that I own a leica x2 and love it. I received the Leica m and the 50mm f2.0 cron yesterday1/30/14. I waited 10 months on the B&H site. What a let down. It is to heavy for me. and the few shots where nice, but not that much better the the X2 for the price.

    Let me say that Leica m is a thing to behold. But it was not for me. It pains me to send this back.

    Also the seal on both the m and the lens box where broken. I did a sensor test and it was loaded with dust. This could have been open stock.

    It is a great camera but not for me. I am 77 years old and been into photography since I was 14. I have A SpeadGrafic,4by5, Rolli 6x6, Pentax 645 Nikon f100. I love to take pictures.

    I always Buy from B&H. there a great store.

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    5.0

    stunning images

    By Stephen

    from Colorado

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Battery Life
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about M Digital Rangefinder Camera (Body Only, Black):

      I have been shooting with Leica film cameras for years. I have a nice collection of both m and r lenses. I finally decided to buy the m since I ran out of my final supply of Kodak G film. I shoot primarily fine art images and the m(240) is living up to my expectations. I am using both m and r lenses on the camera and having a great time creating images. I require little post production and can go to print quickly. The color and detail has been excellent. the images are sharp with great color and contrast. i really like shooting my r macro on the m it captures great detail. I like to shoot wide open and it looks just like my images I captured on film. My work flow is much faster and no longer nee to process film. I am looking forward to adding the m monochrome to my collection know.

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      5.0

      My favorite digital camera

      By DJ

      from Doylestown, PA

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good in Low Light
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel

        Comments about M Digital Rangefinder Camera (Body Only, Black):

        This is my first Leica digital camera. I had a number of M6TTL's and loved them, but film was more and more challenging to deal with, so I sold all my Leica gear and went with Canon about 12 years ago. Naturally as soon as I sold my last Leica lens they announced they were making a digital, but I'd cashed out of Leica, and stayed with Canon until now.

        I picked up a very lightly used Leica M, and it's spectacular. It operates very much like the M6's that I was use to. The manual metering, manual focus, and the feel of the camera in my hands are like an old fashion film camera...and the images are STUNNING.

        This camera isn't for everyone, and it's really only ideal for modest wide angle to short telephoto work. But if you like shooting the way it was back in the 1960's this camera is perfect. Some complain about the price, and yes German cameras cost more...but they are noticeably better than the Nikon and Canon cameras.

        Menus and features are very simple and easier to understand than many other camera manufacturers. After shooting with it for a week, I've ordered an M monochrome. I'd heard less than great reviews of the M8 and earlier Leica cameras, but clearly they are getting it right now.

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        5.0

        Point of arrival after 35 years of photography

        By Sartorig

        from Fremont, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Good Battery Life
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Noise
        • Sharpnes

        Cons

        • Focus Peaking

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about M Digital Rangefinder Camera (Body Only, Silver):

        I was never able to do serious manual focusing with DSLRs, Manual focus has been the norm for me with all my film 35mm and my manual Nikon lenses but DSLRs don't have the nice focusing screen with split prism of the old SLR. AF is good but not perfect and can't be used with manual lenses. Life View help to a certain point. Now I do have 100% of my photos perfectly in focus, I had thousands done and not a single OOF shot. Another positive is the amazing sharpness with AA filter. I do have a D800E and good fix lenses but it's really close to the M240 even though one is a 36MP camera and the other is 24. Noise also very acceptable. Big negative is the sub-par focus peaking, is like not having it. Video is better than expected. Overall photo quality shock most of the people, they don't expect this type of quality form a digital camera. Voigtlander lens are almost as good as original Leica. Buy them with no remorse.

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        5.0

        Why didn't I buy it earlier?

        By Gsartori

        from Bay Area, CA

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Battery Life
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography
          • Travel

          Comments about M Digital Rangefinder Camera (Body Only, Silver):

          Life is short, I used SLRs/DSLRs for 40 years but I never had a Leica. I had pretty much any Nikon DSLR both in FX & DX format. I do have the 4:3 format and the Nikon 1 and I like them all but my recent move to Leica should have been done earlier. I take much better photo now and I think that part is the camera tuning part is that I'm forced to think like I used to do 40 years ago. Modern cameras like a D810 are too easy to use and you end-up taking too many shots done superficially. Using the Leica M is like going back to film and the camera has amazing film-like colors and tones. I feel I'm back to the Velvia and Ilford days.

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          (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Truly Amazing Camera

          By Francesco

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Great Design
          • Great Resolution
          • Leica's Film-look Alike
          • Viefinder

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Photojournalism
            • Portraiture
            • Travel

            Comments about M Digital Rangefinder Camera (Body Only, Black):

            A little about me:
            I am a professional photographer working in fashion, beauty, product and portraiture. I use an Hasselblad for my work.
            I have been always fascinated by Leica's look and finally decided to buy one.

            About the camera:
            As soon as out of the box in my hands I can feel the German craftsmanship. It is solid, exceptionally made and the size is really perfect for me, not too small not too big.
            -Love the view finder.
            -Love the all-manual- film camera-like feeling.
            -Love the focus and menu
            -And most important I love the pictures that comes out of it..

            The camera performs better than I expiated in my preliminary tests, see attached photos.

            Pros:
            - Leica's look, good "vintage" saturation, if you know how to use this camera you can obtain film-like images before beginning to edit..
            - Compact, silent, discrete.

            "Cons:"
            - It takes a little to adjust to this type of "fully manual" shooting. (no autofocus etc) But this is also a Pros and one of the reasons why I bought it..
            - Price of the lenses! some of the lenses are truly remarkable but the also cost a fortune 3k to 7k range for a really good lens. (however they seem not to depreciate and that is good).

            Who should get this camera:
            -A person whom is really passionate about photography.
            -A person whom desires to challenge him/herself skills and have access to an extremely creative tool.

            Who should NOT get this camera:
            - Entusiasts with some good money to blow, whom are used to point and shoots and the all-automatic modern cameras.
            - Professional photographers whom do not have the patience to step back from modern technology and take "a dive into something else.."

            Conclusions:
            This is an exceptionally made camera, one can feel it in everything, the menus, the view-finder, the metering, the sounds, it is compact, the design and I can go on and on.. Leica M Rangefinder is a great-expensive tool to fall in love with photography once more. There is a whole world of breathtaking-beauty and this camera will help you capture it with it's own personality added to it.

            PS I have not test the video capability yet.

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            5.0

            It is worth.

            By Force

            from Savannah,GA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Battery Life
            • Good in Low Light
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel

              Comments about M Digital Rangefinder Camera (Body Only, Black):

              I use this for studio and landscape most.

              Quality! Quality! Quality!

              I waited it so long even after I was in the waiting list of BH.

              For leica, we never ignore its price.

              But it is worth. Every penny of it.

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              4.0

              Not for everyone...

              By Dan Ortego

              from Yuma, AZ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Great Resolution
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about M Digital Rangefinder Camera (Body Only, Silver):

                I loved my four Leica primes and that's where Leica really shines! The M that I owned was a bit of a disappointment in terms of keepers. I mastered the focus but the slightest movement handheld often killed the shot.

                The ergonomics is horrible so I purchased the very funky looking grip together with the 'ThumbsUp' device that fits in the flash mount. Even so I wish I had kept it or at least kept the glass, but I have since moved on to something I find more useable.

                I now only use Carl Zeiss glass but they're no match to Leica primes in my opinion. At my age, I now rely on auto focus for most shots.

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                4.0

                PERFECT CAMERA

                By andresjaime

                from Bogota, Colombia

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Battery Life
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Resolution
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                • Complicated Controls

                Best Uses

                  Comments about M Digital Rangefinder Camera (Body Only, Black):

                  The Perfect Camera for someone who wish a Canon EOS Mark II on a Leica M body. Not for Me. I Traded it back for a Leica M9.

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                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Love It

                  By Jim

                  from Midland, Texas

                  About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Battery Life
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Resolution

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Travel

                    Comments about M Digital Rangefinder Camera (Body Only, Black):

                    Perfect for travel, although it is heavier and thicker than the M9. The image quality is extremely high, even at the higher ISO's. The noise is acceptable at 3200 which is great when shooting after dark on the street. I am very pleased with the color rendering which is important even though I always shoot RAW. It is slower on start up than the M9 which affects reviewing pictures more than shooting pictures.
                    I have not used the video and probably will not.
                    Leica is expensive but you get great pictures and great reliability in a light weight package.
                    I think the battery life is excellent.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A Long Time Coming

                    By Papastats

                    from Ohio, Montana,Hong Kong

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                    • Limited Zoom

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about M Digital Rangefinder Camera (Body Only, Black):

                    I have saved and waited a long time for this superb camera and it excedes my expectations and probably my ability. Have taken only about a thousand shots, and as I improve I intend to grow with the Camera. It is heavier than my Vario X, but with the M series I can play to my hearts content. Shooting a cron 50 and Sumi 35 and 90. All so far wonderful. For old tired eyes like mine I reccomend an evf. I have both the Olympus, works fine, but I confess to springing for the Leica, just for bragging rights and to make the outfit look well, Leica like. One thing is don't lose your hot shoe protector. Leica wants $[*] for a $.05 piece of plastic. A fine camera, best I have ever owned.

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                    5.0

                    A true landmark in M development

                    By Ben S,

                    from Visalia, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about M Digital Rangefinder Camera (Body Only, Black):

                      I've used film-based Leica M cameras for quite some time, and this is my first forray into the digital M. Excluding the M Monochrom for the moment, I am glad I waited for this model, as I feel it represents a big improvement over the earlier versions. Even if you do not use some of the new features, such as the movie mode, or Live View on the rear monitor, the other improvements add a great deal of value to this camera. For instance, the physical design and construction of the camera body have been improved, making for a solid, weather resistant body that feels like a (slightly) larger version of my MP. The new battery is more powerful than in previous models, and easily lasts a full day, especially if you are careful in adjusting the camera settings. The optical rangefinder was redesigned (internally--no visible changes) and offers a very bright, easy to use field of view, and the LED framelines are always highly visible. Although I mostly rely on the rangefinder, the optional EVF2 allows you to take advantage of the new focus peaking feature, that helps you nail the focus with great precision. The EVF (and the monitor) also shows you not only the exact view through the lens, but also the depth of field as well as the effect of exposure compensation before you take the photo. This camera lets you "feel" the amount of engineering and software development that preceded it. It feels like, and is, a solid, reliable professional tool, that now also offers the choice of using Leica R (and non-Leica) primes and zoom lenses. It can also be set-up as a studio camera, through the addition of the multi-function handgrip. It's simply a great camera, and demonstrates that the Leica M series has a great future ahead of it.

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                      5.0

                      Absolutely Amazing

                      By KRP

                      from Fort Wayne, IN

                      About Me Pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Battery Life
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Fine Art
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscapes
                        • Portraits
                        • Street Photography
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about M Digital Rangefinder Camera (Body Only, Black):

                        I am a professional photographer and have been shooting Canon all my life. This is my first Leica and camera and I love it. I started off shooting film and the Leica M reminds me of the old Canon rangefinder I used many years ago.

                        The simplicity of the camera's controls allows me to concentrate on the creating the photo instead of having to worry about the camera.

                        I have been spoiled by the 5D MkIII autofocus, so it's taken a little time to re-learn how to use the split image viewfinder. But it's a minor issue and it's a pleasure to actually control the camera.

                        Compared to the 5DMkIII the Leica is tiny. So I find myself taking it with me a lot more often. Plus, it is small and discrete so people don't notice that you have a camera with you. Great for street photography.

                        The image quality is as good if not better than my 5D MkIII. It's hard to compare directly because the Leica lenses are so good, it's not a fair comparison.

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                        4.0

                        Great Camera with still some flaws

                        By CiMan

                        from Fremont, CA

                        Comments about M Digital Rangefinder Camera (Body Only, Silver):

                        Let me first tell you this is absolutely gorgeous camera with awesome capability of taking stunning pictures. I owned 2 SLRs for last 12 years and found I am carrying my camera (the M) more frequently and more comfortably than ever; that explains a lot. If you have a great camera but if it is difficult to carry around - the whole meaning is gone. Also these days walking with a big camera is sort of sight pollution; every Tom, Dick and Harry has an SLR and the meaningless clicking at everything and everyone made carrying around a large camera looking cheap. Leica is in rescue - giving an absolute capable lightweight small camera without getting noticed much or better only get noticed by knowledgeable folks and of course it does not pollute the sight as much the consumer SLRs do.

                        I bought Summilux 50mm/1.4 ASPH newest lens which is an absolutely gorgeous piece of glass. I would recommend this to anybody who wants to do street photography as well as some portraits. I never used a 50mm before but I am using this all the time as a general purpose lens which is extremely capable. Specially it sees almost in the same way our naked eyes see around which is really great. My new love for 50 mm is probably due to Leica for its great smallish Summilux as well as gorgeous small camera which allows me to carry it around easily compare to bulky SLRs. I taste in photography has changed too. My photography was more object oriented before and now more subject oriented. I used to find an object to capture and use all the technique to amplify it; now I see the whole subject that goes beyond an object and try to capture that with its context around and with that I inclined more towards the street photography style. I believe thats a good transition for me and thank Leica M to facilitate that.

                        Lets get to the Leica M features that matter to me. Can't talk much about its design and ergonomics as it is a legend in that department which is known to the world. The features I noticed first and liked them are:
                        1) Focus peaking - thats awesome addition to a rangefinder and focusing a range finder is not easy all the time - when done right it is dead on but there are time when it is not very easy to do. The people like me coming from long SLR background may find it difficult to focus using 2 overlapping images; though I'm comfortable doing it most of the times but not always. Eye strain is another factor in focusing any camera and specially rangefinder in low light situation. Focus peaking on live view is really the saver in this.
                        2) The classic look - can't say enough about it :)
                        3) The black-chrome finish when couple with chrome colored lens - its just something absolutely beautiful
                        4) The easy navigation. Specially the ISO change, even though I desire a dedicated button for ISO change but what it is today is great too. Keep the ISO button depressed the push up/down arrow button.
                        5) Ease of taking along - most important feature is this to me. I am carrying this camera virtually everywhere unlike my SLRs. It easy to carry around due to its size and shape including the lens size and also it has that love factor - I love to carry it around.
                        6) The dead accurate range-finder focusing - I am not comfortable using it in every light situation but when it can used - its is dead accurate.

                        The things I didn't like:
                        1) Length of Camera strap; and hey I am just 5'6". When I put the camera in my messenger bag with open flap it does not go fully in the bag due to the short length of the strap even when fully extended. Too bad.
                        2) The base plate - quick access of the SD card is pain in the butt. So the battery.
                        3) Recycle time - I missed few shots due to that. Sometimes the click just doesn't work even after 1 minute or 2. Is that only me?
                        4) Magnification while reviewing the pictures through "play" button. It responds slow at times- very annoying.
                        5) Battery life - not very long sorry can't agree with people claiming it has long enough battery life

                        Debatable desire:
                        1) I know Leica purist may not like it but I think a dedicated ISO knob would be useful, placement of that could be challenging but hey thats why the expensive design engineers are for right!
                        2) The battery is quite large compare to the camera and it takes between 1/3rd to 1/4th of them camera body. Leica could be made slimmer with the battery in a projected enclosure acting as embedded grip. Width wise battery could be half inside and half project (enclosed).

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                        5.0

                        Bit the Bullet

                        By Doug

                        from Closter

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                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Battery Life
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Resolution
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about M Digital Rangefinder Camera (Body Only, Black):

                          It's a rangefinder so you know what the shortcomings are going in. This is a very nice camera. I have far too many cameras right now and something will have to go, but it won't be this. Fit and finish is amazing, latest firmware so none of the early issues. Paired with a 50 f2 Summicron, and its very nice. Zero issues so far.

                          Color is great, focusing is pretty easy except in low light, but with Live View, no issue really. High ISO performance is great. Very tight and pleasing luminance grain; I don't surpress this at all, just chrominance.

                          The camera is HEAVY. Freakishly so. And it's not really comfortable to hold, but hey, I knew that coming in.

                          Let's face it, they don't really have any competition and the handcrafted quality and precision can't be found elsewhere. This is as simple as it gets, and it's special. Yes, my D800 runs rings around in most areas, but it's also void of any real personality.

                          Battery life is stunning.

                          B&H service as always is amazing.

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                          5.0

                          My second M240

                          By Overgaard

                          from Denmark

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                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Battery Life
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Great Resolution
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Travel
                            • Video

                            Comments about M Digital Rangefinder Camera (Body Only, Silver):

                            This is my second Leica M240. I got the first one the day it was released and have been writing extensively about it as well as the previous models. This time I wanted a chrome to go with the black one, and BH had it in stock so I could have it the next day by airmail.

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                            4.0

                            Beautiful camera...but overpriced

                            By DanT

                            from NE US

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Comments about M Digital Rangefinder Camera (Body Only, Black):

                            I have a few digital Leicas (M240 and Monochrom) that I shoot with along side an extensive Fuji X system. I will compare these cameras in this review. If your on a budget the Fuji X is another good choice. The Fuji-X's image will rival the Leica M240. But when it comes to the Monochrom, the Fuji -X image is not as sharp. Now, the Monochrom is not worth the premium in price over the Fuji for sharpness. But you can still see a big difference on large prints. Maybe the Monochrom is 20% sharper. The M240 is pretty much on par with the Fuji for sharpness. Fuji has a really amazing sensor in the X cams. If Fuji made a FF 24mp sensor it woul probably equal or out-do the Nikon D800.What led me to both of systems was the option of manual controls. If Fuji had not put a shutter dial on the X cams I never would have bought one. I do a lot of zone focus shooting in dim light as well as fast street shots. In dim light or fast shooting, the Fuji AF does not work well. I don't have time to figure out the push button controls on the new school cameras created by the young gun, camera fondling engineers. The engineers keep making things more complex with more buttons and menus to screw with. By the time you screw with the buttons, the shot is gone. I am an old time film photographer and I like old school controls. Shutter speed dial, aperture ring and a focus scale on a lens. Is that asking for too much?? What I like about the M240 is the manual controls and small size body. The M240 is not as small as the Fuji, but they are close in size. The M240 is very heavy. The batteries are near $200 each. If you lose the neck strap it is $50. Everything about the Leica is crazy priced. But, if you want a manual cam rangefinder the only choice out there is the Leica…so pay up.I've lost a few shots with the slow Leica buffering on the M240. But I've also lost shots with the Fuji X and all their screwy buttons and controls. To improve the Leica use fast cards and no instant review. Fuji seems to be trending to taking manual controls away from the photographer. They removed the focus scale from their new super wide zoom. The aperture rings have been redesigned into a useless unmarked ring. And the 'focus by wire' is one of the worst inventions any camera company has come up with. The Fuji lenses that do have a marked aperture ring are poorly designed. They are such a loose goose affair that I have to use gaffers tape on mine to keep them from constantly moving. Fuji's AF is terrible for low light and problem conditions. The Leica is a joy to shoot with. The focus is positive and the manual controls straight forward. Simplicity is the hallmark of the Leica. I don't have to use gaffers tape on my Leicas. The Fuji has a quieter shutter than the Leica. The Monochrom does have the drop on the M240 with shutter sound. You can set the shutter for 'discreet' on the Monochrom and it allows the noisy cocking of the shutter to be done when you release the shutter button. What needs to be done to make things right on the rangefinder world is this… Fuji needs to make an affordable [$] 24mp FF rangefinder that takes Leica lenses. They need to copy the Leica and drop one of their superb sensors in it. BUT… Fuji must refrain from trying to reinvent the wheel into a square as they have done with their X system. Leica perfected eons ago what is needed in a good documentary camera. Fuji, Canon or Nikon could only improve on a Leica by making their Leica rangefinder copy affordable to more people and putting a better sensor in it. While the sensors in the Leica's are good, they are not stupendous. And if this never happens...we can still all be grateful that 'for a price' one can buy such a beautiful camera as a Leica.

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                            5.0

                            a Dream to come True

                            By Bonyo

                            from Charleston SC

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                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Good Battery Life
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Great Resolution
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Small / Compact

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife photos

                              Comments about M Digital Rangefinder Camera (Body Only, Silver):

                              Where shall I start... This is a phenomenal camera equipped with R or M lenses the package is superb. Sold all my Canon stuff except 70-200 mm IS II lens which I can still use on Leica M with an adapter (no control over aperture so you will have to shoot with f2.8). Love it, very secrete, perfect for any job.

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                              5.0

                              Do you really need a Leica

                              By Nikon Lover

                              from NY NY

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Battery Life
                              • Great Resolution

                              Cons

                              • EXPENSIVE

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Landscapes
                              • Travel
                              • Wildlife photos

                              Comments about M Digital Rangefinder Camera (Body Only, Silver):

                              Have had the camera for 3 weeks now and it is a gem. The build quality is as I expected after reading about Leicas for so many years but never owning one. I am so used to Auto Focus DSLR's that it took me some time to get used to and I still have a way to go. Th picture quality is excellent and the fun factor is even better.
                              Nobody really needs a Leica. My Nikon D4 does everything I need and then some but it is nice to travel light for once. If your looking for a change and have the $ to burn it's an amazing camera. As always B&H is was a pleasure to deal with.

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                              5.0

                              Amazing

                              By neekon

                              from NYC

                              About Me Pro Photographer

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                              Pros

                              • Good Battery Life
                              • Good in Low Light
                              • Great Resolution
                              • Small / Compact

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Travel
                                • Weddings/Events
                                • Wildlife photos

                                Comments about M Digital Rangefinder Camera (Body Only, Black):

                                i bought this product to upgrade from the Leica M8.2 and let me just say, that wow, the improvements that leica made over the previous camera are staggering, the picture quality, low light and shutter sound are all significantly improved. the rangefinder focusing is also significantly easier and the battery lasts for ages longer. all in all i am very happy with the product

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                                5.0

                                Great to be back

                                By Z

                                from Chicago

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Great Resolution
                                • Large Clear LCD
                                • Small / Compact

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about M Digital Rangefinder Camera (Body Only, Black):

                                    This is as much as Leica as any of my film Leica's in the experience. I may shoot a few more images than my M6/7 but basically the same. Slow shooting is what I am after. The feel is all there. The shutter is glorious. The image files are wonderful. My conversions to BW are really fantastic files to work with.

                                    Great to be back shooting an M on as my daily machine - its like coming home to a happy place.

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