Leica M Rangefinders

The original Mirrorless system

I got into Leica because I was frustrated with the was other camera manufacturers were changing their systems so often. I saw the change from DSLR to Mirrorless happening, and decided I didn’t want to re buy all my lenses again. Sure you can use adapters but who really wants to do that? So I changed to Leica, because their excellent lens system hasn’t changed since the 1950s.

Leica cameras are tough. No doubt about it. And the lenses are strong too. There is nothing that can go wrong with a Leica lens. No electronics. No stabilised elements that can get stuck at a bad angle.

The Leica M forces you to become a better photographer. It is so simple yet versatile. The best part of using a Leica is the frame-line system. I can frame up, and reframe and still see what is in and out of my picture. No other viewfinder system does that. Gives me so much versatility.

Leica M Lenses

Leica lenses have a certain look to them. I truly believe they are the sharpest around, but it is also the natural, but strangely surreal look they have. They are simply the best when it comes to handing natural light.

It doesn’t matter how much technology that other camera manufacturers have: They will never be able to beat Leica. Because with a Leica photograph, there is something uniquely real about it. Something human. Because it is 100% over to the human photographer to setup the camera and take the image. No assists. Full manual exposure, and focus there.

I tend to think that in photography, a lot of us get way too hung up on things being technically perfect, that we forget the most important thing that really matters: The emotional impact of the image. How the photograph we take, makes someone feel.
Recently, I’ve had to adjust the rangefinder in my Leica M film body, namely my Leica MP. I was annoyed when I realised that it needed to be done. The focussing patch was out of sync at infinity. Setting the lens to infinity, pointing at a subject far off in the distance, I could see it was out.
The legendary Leica M6 is an icon. Intuitive, compact and discreet, it allows you to get up close to the action and to real emotions. Leica Camera AG, the company responsible for the first 35mm camera, and today the sole manufacturer of new 35mm analogue rangefinder cameras, continues its commitment to film photography with the release of the new Leica M6.
The Leica M12 rangefinder camera is coming. Even though the Leica M11 was only released in January 2022 (I got one in the first week) I know that it stands to reason another flagship Leica M body is going to replace it in Leica’s line up.