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Leica M6 Rangefinder Camera

BH #LEM6 • MFR #10557
Leica M6 Rangefinder Camera
Key Features
  • 35mm Film Rangefinder Camera
  • Fully Mechanical Operation
  • 0.72x Brightline Viewfinder
  • Six Image Field Frame Lines
A camera that needs no introduction, the Leica M6 was originally released in 1984 and would go on to become an icon of photographic history. Manufactured until 2002 and subsequently replaced by the M7 and MP, the M6's simplicity, toughness, meticulous craftsmanship, and a most intuitive operation allowed it to outlive its successors and remain the golden child of the film photography era. Now, as a new generation of photographers rediscover this inimitable experience, the M6 returns to full production ready to lead the way.
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Leica M6 Overview

Leica M6: An Icon of Photography
A camera that needs no introduction, the Leica M6 was originally released in 1984 and would go on to become an icon of photographic history. Manufactured until 2002 and subsequently replaced by the M7 and MP, the M6's simplicity, toughness, meticulous craftsmanship, and a most intuitive operation allowed it to outlive its successors and remain the golden child of the film photography era. Now, as a new generation of photographers rediscover this inimitable experience, the M6 returns to full production ready to lead the way.

Taking inspiration from the M6 Classic rather than the later TTL model, this contemporary take remains true to the original and features the same slanted rewind crank, angled film advance lever, vintage black vulcanite, and the recognizable Leica M6 branding in the front, complete with the red dot logo.

Film is not Dead
Beginning from the action of decisively loading your camera with a roll, film encourages us to make decisions and commit to them. In a manual camera with no autoexposure settings, our knowledge of the core principles of photography are the only things that make a difference. The film development process creates a separation between us and the final image, forcing us to trust in our own ability, allowing us -over time- to more easily visualize the effects of aperture and exposure in our work. Thanks to the natural, organic beauty of the images made in this medium, film has revealed itself to be the most rewarding form of photography in the post digital age.
The Leica Way
Trends come and go, but real true quality and love for the craft stands the test of time. Committed to a singular vision from the moment of their inception, the Leica M cameras have captured iconic images for decades. Their rangefinder design allows not only for the dimensions to remain as small and light as possible but to design dedicated lenses of unparalleled optical performance without compromise. Combined with the simple elegance, absolute reliability, and high-quality materials, it's no surprise the M system has become an icon itself.
Rangefinder and Light Meter
Taking in advances pioneered by modern M-bodies, the rangefinder sees a full overhaul, with optimizations to its assembly, as well as optical coatings on all glass surfaces to virtually eliminate ghosting and flare. Now comprised of over 100 individual parts, it's a pleasant improvement over the shortcomings of the previous design. It features the same 0.72x magnification as the M6 Classic, a versatile middle ground between the 0.58x and 0.85x alternatives.
The light meter has been completely reengineered with modern, more reliable electronics and sports a newer display with a center dot in addition to the traditional arrows on either side. Like the original, there are frame lines available for 28, 35, 50, 75, 90, and 135-millimeter lenses. After attaching a lens, the corresponding focal length automatically appears in the viewfinder as frame lines. In addition, all other frame lines can be displayed in the rangefinder using the field selector. This allows you to select the appropriate focal length for your subject before releasing the shutter - and to capture your image at the decisive moment. It features a battery warning indicator and unlike the original, you have the option to turn it off completely by rotating the shutter dial to the Bulb mode position.
Craftsmanship
Housing the new light meter is a redesigned top cover. While the original was made of diecast zinc, the current iteration has it milled from solid brass and is finished with an abrasion-resistant black lacquer. Along the top, the shutter speed dial features the same dimensions and direction as the original M6 Classic rather than the larger TTL dial. A PC socket is found below the flash shoe, allowing the use of off-camera flashes. The rear ISO dial features new, more reliable electronics.
Extras and Accessories
Leica have paid heed to every detail in order to faithfully reproduce the same experience a customer may have had in 1980's at the beginning of the M6's history yet improving upon it whenever possible. This version retains the stylish original M6 box -now made of sustainable eco plastic- lined in red velvet with Leitz logo on the inside of the cover. Even the manual has been modeled after the original. Additionally, a black leather strap is included and features raised Leica lettering in reference to the 1984 model.

Leica M6 Specs

Key Specs
Flash
No
Weight
20.3 oz / 575 g (With Battery)
Frame Format
Standard 35mm
Exposure Control
Exposure Modes
Manual
Flash
Flash
No
General
Dimensions
5.4 x 3 x 1.6" / 138 x 77 x 40 mm
Weight
20.3 oz / 575 g (With Battery)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
2.395 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
7.9 x 5.8 x 3.1"

Leica M6 Reviews

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Is the top plate brass?

Is the top plate brass?
Asked by: Michael
Yes, the Leica M6 Rangefinder Camera has a top plate made of brass.
Answered by: Daniel C
Date published: 2023-08-06

Where is this camera made?

Where is this camera made?
Asked by: javed
The country of origin on the Leica M6 Rangefinder Camera is, Germany.
Answered by: Rob K
Date published: 2023-08-02

Is this the new version from 2022? or the ...

Is this the new version from 2022? or the original version of the M6?
Asked by: Zhengquan
The newly released Leica M6 in Oct 2022 is a reintroduction of the original M6 from 1984 with some updated features, including a modern version of the viewfinder, a solid brass top plate, new light meter and updated electronic components inside along with new black leatherette covering. And of course, made in Germany like the original M6.
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2024-01-19

will the SF20 electronic flash work on the newest ...

will the SF20 electronic flash work on the newest version of the M6 like it did on the TTL?
Asked by: Robert
The SF20 will operate manually with the M6, but the TTL settings will not.
Answered by: Olivia G
Date published: 2024-03-07
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