Meanwhile, the photographer can still see what’s happening outside the viewfinder frame. A decisive advantage in stark contrast to the dictates of the view through the finder of a single lens reflex camera. Here, you will see a finished picture in terms of framing and levels of sharpness. The rangefinder of a Leica M widens the photographer’s artistic horizons. At any moment in time, the photographer has complete control over all creative aspects of composition and subject framing.
Size does matter
The depth of the body of the Leica M10 measures only 33.75mm, exactly the same as an analog M-Camera for 35mm film. This makes the M10 the world’s most compact full-frame camera system.
The M-Lenses also benefit from the short distance between the mount and the image plane, and are therefore extremely small and light. The extraordinary compactness of M-Cameras and their lenses makes them an ideal camera system for travel and reportage photography.
This is also true of the system compatibility of these precision instruments. A lens dating from 1954 can be used without hesitation with the latest digital models in the Leica M range. More than ever, the evolution of the Leica M has been characterised by the consistent implementation of a single concept: At the time of its launch, every M-Camera represented the pinnacle of the ‘technically possible’ – including only the features essential for photography.
The combination of mechanical and optical precision, and absolute discretion, has been at the root of the Leica M-System’s success since its introduction more than 60 years ago – and has remained a winning formula for the future.
Leica M-Lenses - Unrivalled. Even in low light.
Leica M-Lenses meet the highest demands of quality. They enable the creation of images endowed with an unmistakable character – not only in terms of contrast and resolution, but also with uncanny sharpness, tonal depth, and a unique natural signature that is especially evident under adverse lighting conditions.
M-Lenses reveal their full potentials when mounted on M-Cameras, as the sensors are precisely matched to their optical characteristics. Together, M-Lenses and M-Cameras are the perfect duo when it comes to ensuring maximum picture quality.
The exhibition “36 aus 100” at Leitz-Park Wetzlar showcases an exclusive selection of these photographs.
On display are works that breathe life into the Leica legend and follow the traditions established by Oskar Barnack with his Ur-Leica, now more than a century ago. This was the first successful 35 mm camera, and it established an entirely new genre – namely, reportage photography. Both a legacy and an inspiration for every photographer exploring the world with a Leica M, to transform the images of the mind’s eye into photographic reality.