Leica M: the series that marked the history of photography

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Leica M is the series of M cameras that have marked the history of photography, as an icon of design and vision: let’s discover together some of the most iconic cameras in this series

M photography goes far beyond simply capturing a moment, as it captures the emotion, essence and soul behind that moment. Since 1954, the Leica M has been part of history. It’s more than a camera: it’s a design icon, a testament to unparalleled vision, and a bridge that connects the deepest creativity with precision. It is a witness to history, in the hands of true photography legends. When you hold a Leica M, you feel like you are embracing a tradition and legacy of emotion, artistry and compelling stories. Most importantly, M is not just a letter; it’s a feeling, an era and a voice.

Let’s now discover together the most iconic cameras of the M series and the most important contemporary photographers who use it for their stories and reportages.

Leica M: the series that marked the history of photography

Leica M: the series that marked the history of photography | M 6 and New York according to Paul Hepper

The legendary Leica M6 is an icon. Intuitive, compact and discreet, it allows you to get closer to the action and true emotions. It has been the camera of choice for many of the world’s best photographers since 1984, who have used it to create countless iconic images.

Street photography has enriched the life of young photographer and filmmaker Paul Hepper ever since he was given his first analogue camera. Being in the dark about what might happen next and not being able to plan ahead: This is what Paul considers the essence of street photography and what fascinates him; and the energy and images captured in New York City are unmatched.

The features of the Leica M6

  • Compact analog camera with rangefinder system
  • Large, bright viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation and frame preselector for 28 and 90 mm, 35 and 135 mm and 50 and 75 mm. Automatic projection with lens attached
  • Mechanical shutter
  • Manual setting of shutter speed and aperture
  • With selective exposure meter
  • Angled rewind crank
  • Scratch-resistant black paint
  • Leitz logo

Leica M: the series that marked the history of photography | M11 Monochrome

The fourth generation of Leica cameras with a monochrome sensor offers maximum artistic freedom and flexibility in composing images with only highlights and shadows. With its BSI CMOS sensor specially designed for black and white photography and enormous sensitivity range from ISO 125 to 200,000, the The Leica M11 Monochrom delivers images with fine details, extremely high contrast and exceptional, natural sharpness. Furthermore, it offers the ability to switch between 60, 36 and 18 MP at any time.

Black and white photography still remains a highly appreciated artistic medium, this is why Leica promotes two photographers who have chosen black and white for their stories: Fatma Almosa e Andre D. Wagner.

The features of the Leica M11 Monochrom

  • Compact digital camera with vision system and rangefinder
  • New monochrome sensor with 60/36/18 MP triple resolution technology
  • ISO 125 to 200,000
  • 256 GB internal memory
  • Porta USB-C
  • Accessory certified “Made for iPhone and iPad” by Apple
  • High quality aluminum top cover and scratch-resistant black paint finish, sapphire monitor cover glass
  • Iconic and discreet design

Leica M: the series that marked the history of photography

Leica M: the series that marked the history of photography | M11

The new Leica M11 combines the experience of traditional rangefinder photography with modern photographic technology, offering maximum flexibility. As a benchmark in rangefinder photography, the M11 is completely redesigned and well-equipped to go beyond the known with a unique design.
The full-frame BSI CMOS sensor with triple resolution technology offers the ability to produce stunning images at 60, 36 or 18 megapixels. You can express your artistic vision precisely with an unrivaled level of detail rendering and a wide ISO range. The new battery is powerful and can be charged by connecting the camera and using the new USB-C port so as to benefit from a high level of data security with 64 GB internal memory.

The features of the Leica M11

  • Compact digital camera with rangefinder system
  • Full frame BSI CMOS sensor with triple resolution technology
  • Maestro III processor
  • Internal memory 64 GB
  • ISO from 64 to 50,000
  • Electronic shutter with shutter speeds up to 1/16000 second
  • Multi-field measurement in rangefinder mode
  • Porta USB-C