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  • 35mm Rangefinder Camera
  • 0.72x Magnification
  • Metal Housing
  • Lithium Battery
  • M Mount
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M6 Body

Leica M6 – an icon of analog photography

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. Since 1984, it has been the camera of choice for many of the world's best photographers, who have used it to create countless iconic images.

A milestone in the company's history

Among Leica’s rangefinder cameras, the Leica M6 has a very special role to play: From 1984 to 2002, it was manufactured almost 175,000 times and served the best photographers as an instrument to capture their view of the world. This resulted in numerous pictures which today represent a piece of contemporary history. Still handmade in Germany today, the current Leica M6 is an extremely reliable companion for all those who appreciate the conscious experience of analog photography.


Product Specifications

M6 Body

Camera type Analogue rangefinder system camera (35 mm)
Material Closed full metal housing, Top cover and bottom cover: brass, black finish
Lens mount Leica M bayonet
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 138 x 40 x 77 mm
Weight 575 g (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 2 m: the exact sensor size of approx. 23.9 x 35.8 mm
– at infinity: (depending on focal length) approx. 7.3% (28 mm) to 18% (135 mm)
– less than 2 m: 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: 1 s - 1⁄1000 s
Flash Synch: up to 1⁄50 s
Shutter Release Two-stage: Power up (activation of exposure meter) – Release. Integrated standard cable release thread.

Film Winding

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 70 cm to ∞
Focus Mode Manual


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.
Exposure control mode Manual shutter speed and aperture setting, adjustment using LED light balance.


Flash unit connection Via accessory shoe
Synchronisation 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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Leica M6 Body

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