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Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) 'Leitz Wetzlar'

Limited to 150 pieces worldwide

SKU: 79942910930LW   Mfg Code: 10930

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  • Ernst Leitz took over management of the "Optical Institue" in Wetzlar 150 years ago and renamed it "Ernst Leitz Wetzlar" in 1869. As a tribute to this anniversary, Leica Camera offers a limited production of Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) cameras with the traditional "Leitz Wetzlar" engraving atop the camera.

    This production will be limited to 150 cameras worldwide. All other technical specifications are identical to the standard-production camera. Please note, no lens is included.


    The Leica M Monochrom has a 24-megapixel resolution on a monochrom CMOS sensor similar to the Leica M. As the M Monochrom has no need for color filters, it needs no interpolation for the calculation of luminance values. This results in brilliant images which have 100% more details and contrast than what is possible in color photography.

    Up to ISO 25,000

    The new Leica M Monochrom opens up new dimensions for available-light photography with its combination of low noise up to ISO 25,000, a bright viewfinder, a low-vibration shutter release and fast lenses.

    Full Visual Control with Live View

    The high-resolution 3” monitor with 921,600 pixels ensures that photographers have complete control of composition, exposure, focusing and depth of field. The Live View also offers two additional focusing methods. The up to 10x magnification in Live View Zoom mode enables full control of the sharpness of details in the image on the monitor or the closest focusing distance. In Live View Focus Peaking mode, sharply focused edges in the image are highlighted by colored lines.

    Full HD Video in Black and White

    The new Leica M Monochrom captures high-quality, full-HD video in black and white. With the optional Leica microphone adapter set, one can be assured of perfect sound.

    2 GB Buffer Memory

    With it’s high-capacity 2GB buffer memory and Leica Maestro processor, the camera captures sequences 3 times faster than its predecessor. In addition, the new processor enables extremely fast display of the captured images in review mode.

    Sapphire Crystal Glass

    The LC display is made of scratch-resistant and almost unbreakable sapphire crystal which has been treated with an anti-reflective protective coating that ensures that photographers can check their images in any lighting situation.


    All current M accessories for the Leica M (Typ 240) can be used with the Leica M Monochrom. These accessories include finger loops, electronic view finder, ever-ready cases, flash and straps. In addition, R-lenses can be used on the Leica M Monochrom with the Leica M-Adapter-R.


    • Outstanding imaging performance with low noise up to ISO 25,000
    • Live-View and focus peaking 
    • Large buffer memory and Leica Maestro processor 
    • High quality full-HD video function 
    • Easy to use - reduced to the essentials
    • Body made of high-strength magnesium alloy and solid brass top and base plates finished in black chrome 
    • Sapphire crystal glass cover plate and 3” monitor
    • Access to a wide range of M lenses from 16 - 135 mm 
    • New filters solely for the Leica M Monochrom widening creative possibilities
    • Compatible with all accessories for the Leica M (Typ 240) 
    • Access to R lenses with Leica M-Adapter-R for pictures and video
    • Includes 90 day trial subscription to Adobe® Creative Cloud Photoshop & Lightroom®
    • Made in Germany
  • Camera type:   Compact digital view and rangefinder system camera with a dedicated black-and-white image sensor.
    Lens mount:   Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding
    Lens system:   Leica M lenses from 16 to 135 mm.
    Material:   All-metal die cast magnesium body, synthetic leather covering. Brass top panel and base, black chrome plated finish.


    Image Sensor:   B/W CMOS chip, active area approx. 23.9 × 35.8 mm (corresponds to usable format of analog Leica M models)
    without color and low-pass filter.
    Resolution:   DNG™: 5976 × 3992 (24 megapixels), JPEG: 5952 × 3968 (24 megapixels), 4256 × 2832 (12 megapixels),
    2976× 17984 (6 megapixels), 1600 × 1072 (1.7 megapixels). For video recordings: 720 P, 1080 P.
    Data formats:   DNG™ (raw data), either uncompressed or compressed (lossless), JPEG.
    File size:   DNG™: compressed 20-30 MB, uncompressed 34.5 MB, JPEG: depending on resolution and picture content
    Video recording format :   24 fps, 25 fps
    Buffer memory:   2 GB/30 pictures in series.
    Sound recording:   Mono, stereo using microphone adapter, choice of automatic or manual modulation during recording or fixed
    “Concert” setting.
    Storage media:   SD cards up to 2 GB, SDHC cards up to 32 GB, SDXC cards.
    Burst rate:   3fps
    Self timer:   2s / 12s

    Storage Media:

      SD / SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards
    Compatibility:   Windows® Vista ®SP2 / 7 ®/ 8 ®; Mac ® OS X (10.5 or higher).
    Exposure metering:   Through-the-lens (TTL) metering, with variable aperture, center-weighted TTL metering for flash exposure with
    system-compliant SCA-3000/2 standard flash units.
    Metering principle/
      By metering the light reflected by light blades of the 1st shutter curtain onto a measuring cell: strong center-weighted; for metering on the sensor: spot, center-weighted, multi-field metering.
    Metering range:   (to ISO 320, room temperature and normal relative humidity:) EV 0 (with aperture 1.0) to EV 20 (with aperture 32). Flashing of the left-hand triangular LED in the viewfinder signals that the exposure meter reading is below the working range.
    Sensitivity range:   ISO 320 to ISO 25000, adjustable in 1/3 ISO increments, choice of automatic control or manual setting

    Exposure mode:


    Choice of automatic shutter speed control with manual aperture preselection – aperture priority A, or manual shutter speed and aperture setting.

    Viewfinder principle:   Large, bright, combined bright-line viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation.
    Image field indication:   By activating two bright-line frames each: for 35 and 135 mm, or for 28 and 90 mm, or for 50 and 75 mm.
    Automatic switching when lens is attached. Frame color (red/white) selectable in menu.
    Magnification:   0.68 x (for all lenses).
    In the viewfinder:
      Four-digit digital display with dots above and below, displays.
    On back:   3" TFT LCD monitor with 16 million colors and 921,600 pixels, approx. 100 % image field, max. 170° viewing angle, glass cover of extremely hard, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal for LiveView and review mode.
    Shutter :   Metal blade focal plane shutter with vertical movement
    Shutter speeds:   For aperture priority: (A)continuous from 60 s to 1/4000 s. For manual adjustment: 8 s to 1/4000 s in half steps.
    B:for time exposures up to max. 60 s (in conjunction with self-timer T function, i.e. 1st release = shutter opens,
    2nd release = shutter closes). (1/180 s): fastest shutter speed for flash synchronization, HSS linear flash mode
    possible with all shutter speeds faster than 1/180 s with HSS-compatible Leica system flash units); for video recordings
    (aperture priority and manual mode): 1/30 to 1/4000 s, for manual mode possible override of specified shutter speed
    to ensure correct exposure.
    Shutter release button:   For single pictures: two-stage, 1. Activation of exposure metering and exposure lock (in aperture priority mode),
    2. Shutter release; standard thread for cable release integrated.
    GPS:   Optional (only with multifunction hand grip attached, not available everywhere due to country-specific legislation,
    i.e. enforced automatic shutdown in those countries), data written to EXIF header in picture files.
    Software Included:   90 day trial subscription to Adobe® Creative Cloud Photoshop & Lightroom®.
    Dimensions (L × H × D):   Approx. 138,6× 42 × 80 mm (5.45 × 1.65 × 3.15 in).
    Weight (with battery):   Approx. 680 g (24 oz).