Leica M6, black

A legend returns, combining classic style with modern features

SKU: 799429105575   Mfg Code: 10557


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  • New analog addition to the Leica M family

    For more than 100 years, Leica Camera AG has been a synonym for cameras and lenses with permanent values such as reliability, consistency, and quality. With analog photography experiencing a renaissance – the new Leica M6 represents Leica Camera’s continued commitment to these values.

    The Leica M6 from 2022 relies on a modern version of the Leica M rangefinder with a 0.72x magnification. Furthermore, all of its optical surfaces are now coated and thus less sensitive to stray light. The light meter in the latest M6 now shows the correct exposure via a red dot in addition to the two arrow symbols originally used. Additionally, it is equipped with a battery warning indicator. The top cover has also been redesigned: while the cover of the preceding model was made of diecast zinc, it is now milled from solid brass and enhanced with an abrasion-resistant black lacquer. The exposure meter in the M6 measures light via a brightened area on the mechanically controlled cloth shutter. Like the original from 1984, the new edition of the M6 is also adorned with the red Leitz logo.

    The M6 remains true to itself and preserves all other typical character traits such as the slanted rewind crank for the film. Handmade in Germany, it is an extremely reliable companion for all those who appreciate the lasting and contemplative nature of analog photography.


    • 0.72x Viewfinder with Coated Glass Surfaces
    • Solid Brass Top Plate Enhanced with Abrasion Resistant Black Lacquer
    • Red Leitz Logo
    • Original M6 Style Packaging
    • User manual is also modeled after the 1984 version
    • New Light Meter Indicator with Battery Warning
    • New Leica M6 Style ISO Dial, Newly Developed with Modern Electronic Components Inside
    • Leather Carrying Strap with Embossed LEICA lettering
    • New Black Leatherette with Leica M6 Typical "MADE IN GERMANY" Embossing
    • Made in Germany
  • Camera Analog rangefinder system camera (35mm)
    Lens mount Leica M bayonet
    Lens system Leica M lenses from 16-135mm
    Type No. 2248
    Order No. Black: 10557


    Closed full metal housing, top cover and bottom cover: brass, black finish
    Operating conditions 0°C to +40°C
    Interfaces ISO accessory shoe
    Tripod thread A 1⁄4 DIN 4503 (1⁄4”) with stainless steel in the base
    Dimensions 138mm x 77mm x 40mm

    575g (without battery)

    Viewfinder Large, bright-line rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation
    Parallax compensation The horizontal and vertical difference between viewfinder and lens is compensated automatically in line with the relevant focus setting. Congruence of viewfinder and actual image. The size of the bright-line frame matches the distance: – at 2m: the exact sensor size of approx. 23.9 x 35.8mm – at infinity: (depending on focal length) approx. 7.3% (28mm) to 18% (135 mm) – less than 2m: less than film size
    Viewfinder magnification x0.72 (all lenses)
    Wide- base rangefinder Split and superimposed image rangefinder shown as a bright field in the center of the viewfinder image
    Shutter type Focal plane shutter with rubber liner, mechanically controlled
    Shutter speeds Mech. shutter: 1s - 1⁄1000s Flash Synch: up to 1⁄50s
    Shutter release

    Two-stage: Power up (activation of exposure meter) – Release Integrated standard cable release thread.

    Loading Manual with quick wind lever or LEICAVIT M, motorized with LEICA MOTOR-M, LEICA WINDER-M, LEICA WINDER
    Rewinding Manual with telescopic rewind knob
    Frame counter On top of camera. Automatic reset after removal of bottom cover
    Working range 70cm to ∞
    Focus mode


    Exposure metering

    TTL (exposure metering through the lens), with working aperture

    Metering cell

    Silicon photo diode with convex lens to the top left behind the camera bayonet

    Film speed range

    Manual setting from ISO 6/9° to ISO 6400/39°

    Metering principle

    The light reflected by a metering spot in the center of the 1st shutter curtain is metered. The metering spot has a diameter of 12mm and therefore corresponds to approx. 13% of the full negative format or around 2/3 of the short side of the corresponding frame in the viewfinder.

    Flash unit connection

    Via accessory shoe


    On the 1st shutter curtain

    Flash sync speed

    1/50s; slower shutter speeds possible.

    Flash exposure control

    Via computer control of flash unit or via guide number calculation and manual setting for the required aperture

    Power Supply

    2 Silver oxide button cells (PX76/SR44) or 1 Lithium battery (DL1/3N)


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