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LEICA M Thefreedomtocapturethedecisivemoment.


CONTENTS

EDITORIAL

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LEICA CAMERA AG

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LEICA HISTORY

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LEICA REPORTAGE

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LEICA M-SYSTEM

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LEICA M9/M9-P

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LEICA M7/MP

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LEICA À LA CARTE

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LEICA M-LENSES

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LEICA M-ACCESSORIES

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LEICA M TECHNICAL DATA

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LEICA CAMERAS AND SPORT OPTICS

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Dear friends of Leica,

Unlike any other camera, the Leica M embodies a uniquely individual approach to photography. It is and always has been an exquisite instrument for enabling a unique visual experience, an instrument that gives photographers ­freedom to create, while also maximizing their options for realizing their own vision of the perfect picture. The Leica M is the ideal camera for capturing ­photographs that have the capacity to capture the inconspicuous, unnoticed aspects of life. Since the introduction of the Leica M rangefinder principle in 1954, photojournalists and photographic artists have ­influenced our image of the world with their discreet, fast Leica M cameras. Rangefinder cameras are ideal for ­taking vibrant, authentic images of events as they happen, and these advantages have been exploited by the many photographers of the world’s first independent photo agency, Magnum, founded in 1947 by legendary photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson and others. Then as now, members of Magnum believed that photographers must have a perspective in their imagery that transcends a simple, clichéd recording of reality. So we are particularly delighted that the relationship between Magnum Photos International Inc. and Leica ­Camera  is today stronger than ever. Building on our shared history, Magnum and Leica are collaborating to ­produce a series  of projects that continue our long-standing dedication to independent documentary photography. Today we’re very pleased to present one of the first results of this collaboration, on these pages. Magnum photographer Alex Majoli traveled with the newest member of the Leica M camera family to Venice. There, he captured for us a remarkable portrait of a young gondolier and his city. His photographs transform moments of time into living history. Vibrant, authentic images of life as it happens, captured with the new Leica M9-P. Yours, Leica Camera AG LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-M 75 mm f/2 ASPH., ISO 160, f/16, 1/250 s

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LEICACAMERAAG Passionatephotography.

OskarBarnack(1879–1936),inventor ofthefirstLeicacamera.

AdvertisementfortheLeipzig SpringExhibition,1925.

Left:TheLeitzOptics building,Wetzlar,Germany.

Belowleft:Theworld’smostlight-sensitiveasphericallens-theLEICA NOCTILUX-M50mmf/0.95ASPH.Below:Leicaoptical-componentqualitycontrol.

LEICAS2,themedium-formatprofessional digitalcamerathatsetsnewbenchmarks.

AlexWebb,Nicaragua,PuertoCabezas,1992.



TheoriginalprototypeLeica,of1913/1914.

AnoriginaldraftbyOskarBarnack.

LeicaCamerasharessomethingwithcountlesspeoplearoundtheworld:aloveof,andapassionfor,photography.It’sthefascinationofcapturingamomentintime;shapingit,transformingitintosomethingtimeless,and experiencingitagainandagainasauniquephotograph.ThisiswhathasdrivenLeicaforalmost100years:we createcamerasusingthebestpossiblematerialsandassemblethemmeticulouslybyhand,sothateveryLeica deliversunwaveringreliabilityandqualityoveralifetime.Whetherit’susedprofessionally,artistically,orforthe

sheerjoyofdocumentinglife,onethingbindsallLeicacamerastogether:theyallhelpthephotographertoconcentrateontheessentialsthatcompriseagreatphotograph.Eachoneisasmallmasterpiece.Leicacamerasare compact,ageless,elegant,easytouse,andyetuncompromisingintheiroptical,mechanical,andtechnicalquality. Theyaretheperfecttoolsforeveryonewhounderstandsthefascinationofphotographyandwholovesaunique photograph.

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LEICAM9,themostcompactdigitalsystem camerawithafull-framesensor.



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IN THE BEGINNING, THERE WAS LEICA From an idea to a legend.

Shot in Santa Monica, California, in 1955 with a Leica M3, “California Kiss” is one of Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt’s most famous images. Copyright Elliott Erwitt 1955, Magnum Photos.

1849

Carl Kellner founds the Optische Institut Wetzlar (Wetzlar Optical Institute).

1865

Ernst Leitz joins the company as a partner.

1913/1914

Leica engineer Oskar Barnack constructs the first Leica.

1924 Ernst Leitz II makes the decision to produce the 35 mm camera in series production.  The name Leica for Leitz Camera is registered.

Photography cannot stop the course of time, but it can capture, document, and interpret its fleeting moments, preserving memories of those poignant instants for eternity. Indeed, the transformation of the transitory into  the eternal is one of the main reasons we take pictures. And thanks in part to the pioneering spirit of Leica, it  is now possible for everyone to record their memories conveniently as they happen. It all began about a ­century ago, when Oskar Barnack changed photography with a stroke of genius – designing the first Leica, a small, ­robust, easy-to-use 24 x 36 mm format camera that paved the way for photography as we know it today. In 1954, the launch of the Leica M-System, with its brilliant combined viewfinder and coupled rangefinder, opened up vast new horizons in reportage and artistic photography. In the eyes of photographers, a Leica M has always been the perfect tool for capturing the fascination of a moment discreetly, silently, without hesitation, and with perfect image quality. Indeed, unsurpassed image quality was, is, and always will be the key founding principle of Leica. Every innovation and development since then has been measured by this strict criterion. With the launch of the Leica M8 in 2006, a new era in the history of rangefinder cameras began: the M-System went digital. Then, in 2009, Leica set a further milestone in digital photography with the Leica M9. The M9 is the first ever rangefinder camera with a full-frame 24 x 36 mm sensor in 35 mm format, and is also the smallest full-format digital system camera the world has ever seen. It is no exaggeration to state that the Leica M9 is the most significant Leica since the landmark Leica M3 of 1954.

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1925

The Leica I with a non-interchangeable lens is exhibited at the Leipzig Spring Fair.

1930

The first Leica with interchangeable thread-mount lenses appears on the market.

1934

The Leica 250 Reporter can be loaded with 10 m of film for 250 exposures.

1954

The Leica M3 with bayonet mount and combined bright-line viewfinder and rangefinder ushers in a whole new era.

1965

The Leicaflex is the first Leica SLR to go into production.

1966

A quantum leap: the Leica Noctilux - M 50 mm f/1.2 is presented at Photokina.

1967

Introduction of the Leica M4 with a simplified film-loading mechanism and new rewind knob.

1971

The Leica M5 is the world’s first rangefinder camera with selective through-the-lens metering.

1975

New glasses enable the construction of the extremely fast Leica Noctilux 50 mm f/1 lens.

1984

Introduction of the Leica M6 with selective metering and an LED display in the viewfinder.

1998

Announcement of the Leica M6 TTL with TTL flash metering.

2002

The Leica M7 debuts with aperture priority exposure mode and digital display of the automatically determined shutter speeds.

2006

Leica presents the first, digital rangefinder camera: the Leica M8.

2008

The Leica M8.2 is launched.

2008

Leica presents the world’s fastest aspherical lens: the Leica Noctilux - M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH.

2009

Launch of the world’s smallest full-format digital system camera: the Leica M9.

2011

Launch of the Leica M9-P, the sister model to the Leica M9.

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LEICA REPORTAGE

LEICA SUMMICRON-M 75 mm f/2 ASPH., ISO 320, f/2.5, 1/125 s


LEICA REPORTAGE The most romantic workplace in the world.

Only the calls of the seagulls disturb the silence as the morning sun begins its daily battle against the season’s heavy cloak of mist. The inhabitants of Venice call this city “La Serenissima” – a fond and reverential allusion to its medieval status as the Most Serene Republic – and on this March morning it seems to still be sleeping. But this isn’t true for all of its inhabitants. Balanced like dancers, Alvise and his friend Tobia are in their boat, rowing it forwards with rhythmic, powerful strokes. They glide past the beaches of the legendary Lido di Venezia, perhaps the most glamorous beach resort in the world during the Belle Époque. Once a week, the two friends meet for a session of morning sport, Venetian style, before Alvise makes his way to his workplace, not far from the famous Saint Mark’s Square. Alvise Catullo Ragazzo is 22 years old and one of around 700 gondoliers, a part of Venetian life as essential to the city as the Grand Canal itself. At just 18 years old, Alvise first entered the elite and ancient guild. Like all other  aspiring gondoliers, he had to first pass the grueling entrance exam at the Scuola Gondolieri before he could begin his one-year training. At the end of the training, a master gondolier checks each candidate’s suitability before  allowing them to take the final and decisive rowing test. And, of course, only the best make it through, as Alvise tells us with a wink, but also with a note of pride. The gondoliers’ license to carry passengers is issued by the city  of Venice – as it has been for centuries – and is linked to one individual gondola.

Top: LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-M 75 mm f/2 ASPH., ISO 320, f/10, 1/125 s; bottom: LEICA SUMMILUX-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH., ISO 320, f/1.4, 1/15 s

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On the way to his home in the San Polo district, Alvise crosses Saint Mark’s Square. At this morning hour, it is practically deserted and bathed in a golden light that reveals all its breathtaking magic. A little further, close by the Rialto Bridge, he meets his old teacher, Aldo Pagan, for a morning chat in the Cantina do Mori. This classic  Venetian wine and snack bar has been in existence since 1462, and its historic interior creates the perfect ambiance for philosophizing about the art of the gondolier. Aldo, who also happens to be the grandfather of Tobia, Alvise’s friend, worked as a gondolier for 43 years. Now he is passionate about passing on his knowledge to the younger generation. Among his students is Giorgia Boscolo, the sole female gondolier in Venice. With Aldo, they can discuss the finer points of their vocation – such as La Madonetta, the most difficult curve in Venice’s network of canals. For gondoliers, it means maneuvering the gondola through a ninety-degree intersection between Canale  di Capesaro and the Canale de la Madonetta, with only a couple of centimeters of room at the prow and stern. The holes in the walls of the Casa La Madonetta bear silent testament to the difficulty of this operation. As always, the time with Aldo flies by. And Alvise’s work day starts early, with the first tourists already waiting to fulfill the dream of a trip in a gondola. But Alvise knows that he has one of the world’s most romantic workplaces: a real Venetian gondola. It bears the name Alessandra, after his mother. And like each one of Venice’s 425 gondolas, it carries its own motto: “Do not pass judgment on a gondola while you stand on land!” Day after day, Alvise boards his gondola, carrying out a centuries-old tradition. Magnum photographer Alex Majoli accompanied him for a few days, together with his new Leica M9-P. After all, what other camera could offer such insight into this Venetian myth? Vibrant, authentic – and discreetly in the center of life as it happens.

Top: LEICA SUMMILUX-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH., ISO 320, f/16, 1/250 s; bottom: LEICA SUPER-ELMAR-M /21 mm f/3.4 ASPH., ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/50 s

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LEICA M - SYSTEM

LEICA ELMAR-M 24 mm f/3.8 ASPH., ISO 160, f/3.8, 1/60 s


LEICA M - SYSTEM A tradition of superb functionality.

As he does at the start of every workday, Alvise puts on the straw hat and typical blue-and-white striped costume of the gondolier, before heading to his gondola’s mooring place. He goes past the Palazzo Ducale – the Doge’s Palace – and then waits by the Ponte della Canonica. It’s the start of a strenuous day: rowing a gondola demands not only skill and technical prowess but, above all, physical strength. With a length of 10 to 11 meters (32 to 36 feet) and a width of 1.4 meters (4 feet 7 inches), a gondola can weigh between 500 and 600 kilograms (1,100 to 1,320 pounds). The fact that it can be steered so precisely is thanks to its asymmetric construction. Today’s design is the result of the work of a late 19th-century boat maker named Domenico Tramontin, who perfected the shape of the gondola. Since then, the left side of each gondola has been made a few centimeters higher and longer than the right. Thanks to this refinement, the gondolier, who stands on the left and rows on the right, can steer through the water in a straight line. Perfectly evolved and highly functional, the gondola and the Leica M camera have much more in common – both have always been made by hand, for example. Only today, the construction of a Leica M utilizes the most modern equipment and technology. Top: LEICA SummiLUX-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH., ISO 160, f/1.4, 1/30 s; bottom: LEICA SUMMILUX–M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH., ISO 160, f/2.8, 1/125 s

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L EICAM - SYSTEM Masin“Messsucher.”

WhatyouseethroughtheviewfinderofanM-Camera.Theinnerbright-lineframeshowstheimageboundariesfora90mmlens, whiletheouterframeshowstheboundariesfora28mmlens.Thegrayrectangleinthecenteristherangefinderfocusingarea.

LeicaM-Camerasarealivinglegend.TheMstandsforMesssucher,theGermantermforacombinedrangefinder andviewfinder,andforanindividualstyleofphotography.Thissystem,generallydescribedinabbreviatedformas arangefinder,hasparticularmeritsthatenablephotographerstodevelopanunmistakablevisuallanguagethat transformstheiruniquelypersonal,subjectivevisualconceptsintophotographicrealities.Atthesametime,the LeicaMhasintuitivecontrolsandissimpletouse–evenforphotographerswhohavepreviouslyusedonlySLR cameras.WithaLeicaM,therearenosuperfluousfunctionsandnoovercomplicatedmenus.Photographersare giventheopportunitytoconcentrateontheessential:creatingmemorablepictures. Therangefindersystem,aboveallothers,enablesphotographerstocaptureauthentic,naturalimages,takenfrom reallife.Inaway,LeicaM-Photographersbecomepartoftheactioninframingwhatevertheywishtocapturein theviewfinder–ascene,amood,aspecialmoment.Simultaneously,thephotographerstillperceiveswhatis goingonoutsidetheviewfinderframe.Thedecisivemomentthusbecomesmorepredictable,anditcanbe capturedatpreciselytherightinstant.Theclearviewofthesubjectremainsvisibleevenduringtheexposureand evenunderthemostdifficultlightingconditions.Thebright,high-contrastviewfindercombineswiththeworldrenownedM-Systemrangefinder,assuringextremelyfastandprecisefocusing.Theminimaldelaybetween releasingtheshutterandcapturingtheshotmakesLeicaM-Camerasthefastest,mostresponsivecamerasinthe world.AlongwiththelegendaryMPandM735mmcameras,theM8andtheM8.2–thefirstdigitalLeicaM models–advancedthenobleheritageofLeicaM-Cameras.TheLeicaM9setanewmilestoneastheworld’s smallestsystemcamerawithafull-format24×36mmsensor.In2011comesanevenmorediscreetversion,the LeicaM9-P.Justlikeitssistermodel,aprofessionaltoolforM-Photography!



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THERANGEFINDER/ VIEWFINDER SYSTEM

Anopticalmasterpiececreatedforthehighestlevelsofphotography.ComparedtoSLRphotography,wherefocusing takesplacethroughthelens,andlensfocallengthandaperturesetlimitsonfocusingaccuracy,therangefinderbase oftheLeicaMremainspreciselythesameregardlessofthelensbeingused,andthereforeprovidesextraordinarily precisefocusingwithalllenses.ThisisthefundamentalreasonwhythefocusingprecisionoftheM-Systemisfar superiortothatofSLRcameras,particularlywithshortfocallengthlenses.Thehigh-contrastrangefinderrectanglein thecenteroftheviewfinderguaranteesfast,precise,andpin-sharpfocusing,evenunderthemostlyadverselighting conditions.Andirrespectiveofwhateverlenshappenstobemountedonthecamera,theframeselectorleverallows photographerstopreviewtheeffectofusingdifferentlensesbydisplayinganyofthebright-lineframesintheviewfinder–aninvaluableaidforassessinginadvancewhichlensisthemostappropriatefortheshot.Sincetheposition ofthesixdifferentbright-lineframesisautomaticallycorrectedforparallaxatallfocusingdistances,theyalways showthepreciseimageboundariesfortheselectedfocallength.Thebright-lineviewfindershowsallinformation relevanttothecaptureofaperfectimageincludingtheperipheralareaaroundthemainsubject,thusproviding significantadvantagesforcreatingspontaneousphotographs.Unobtrusivelyandwithabsolutediscretion.



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COMPACT

NootherprofessionalcameraisascompactasaLeicaM.Becausethe cameradoesnotrequireabulkymirrorbox,thisallowstheconstruction ofabodywithadepthof,forexample,lessthan37mminthecaseof theLeicaM9andtheM9-P.TheM-Lensesalsobenefitfromanextremely shortbackfocus,thedistancebetweenthelensmountandtheimage plane,whichpermitstheconstructionoflenseswithextremelysmall dimensionsandlowweights.Theextraordinarycompactnessof M-CamerasandM-Lensesalsomakesthemtheidealcamerasystem fortravelandreportagephotography.Mirror-bounceandrelated shakeeffectsincapturedimagesareaproblemneverencountered byM-Photographers.

DISCREET

Unobtrusiveness,clarityofdesign,andabarelyaudibleshutteralso playasignificantroleincreatingtheuniquecharismaofLeicaM images.Timeandagain,photographersworkingwithM-Camerasin areasofsocialandpoliticaltensionaroundtheworldreportthatthey arenotperceivedasjournalists,andcancaptureimagesthatremain unattainableforusersofothercamerasystems.Also,becausethefast M-Lensesguaranteethathandheldshootingispossibleforalongtime infailinglight,withoutanyneedforatripodorflashunit.Portraits appearmorerelaxedbecausethecameradoesnothidethephotographer’sface,andeyecontactwiththesubjectismaintained.The abilitytoshootdiscreetlyalsoallowsthephotographertoconcentrate ontheessentialdetails,facilitatingthecreationofmemorableimages. ThisisaprinciplethatappliestoallLeicaM-Cameras,butparticularly tothenewLeicaM9-P.Forevenmorediscretion,theLeicareddot traditionallylocatedonthefrontofthecamerahasbeenomitted,and hasbeenreplacedbyadiscreetLeicalogogramonthetopdeck.

FOCUSED

Everythingnewlydesignedorfurtherdevelopedintheevolutionary processoftheLeicaM-Systemsatisfiesagenuinephotographicneed. ThisprinciplewasalsoconstantlyborneinmindthroughoutthedevelopmentoftheM9andtheM9-P.Theoutcomeisadigitalrangefinder camerathatquiteintentionallydoesnotoffereveryfeaturemadepossiblebymoderntechnology,butratherlimitsitselfexclusivelytowhat makesrealsenseintermsofphotography.Thisalsoincludesthefast manualfocusingwiththerangefinderandthedistance-settingringon thelenssotypicalofeveryLeicaM-Camera,andtheoptionofmanually settingtheexposuretimeorrelyingonthecamera’sautoexposure system.And,evenwhenshootingonautomatic,photographerscontinuetohavecompletecontrolovertheirshots,asmanualexposure adjustmentscanstillbemadebyturningtheaperturering.

Top:LEICANOCTILUX–M50mmf/0.95ASPH.,ISO160,f/11,1/125s;bottom:LEICASUMMILUX-M35mmf/1.4ASPH.,ISO320,f/6.7,1/500s



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TOUGH

Peoplewhotakephotographyseriouslyusuallylivetheirlivesatthe edge;insearingheatorbittercold,pouringrainorswirlingdust.The Misbuilttobeconsistent,dependable,andtoughunderalmostany imaginableconditions.Thisiswhyresilienceandendurancearealways primeconcernsinthedesignandconstructionofeveryM-Camera. Italsoexplainswhythebodyismanufacturedexclusivelyfromonly thebestmaterials:brassforthetopdeckandbaseplateandhighimpactmagnesiumalloyforthechassis.InthecaseofthenewLeica M9-P,anewandextremelyscratch-resistantsapphireglassLCDcover guaranteesevenbetterresistancetodamageandwear.Thedigital componentsforM-Camerasarealsocarefullyselectedtoendure long-termuse.Manufacturingprecisionandpainstakingassembly guaranteefunctionalreliabilityfordecadestocome.

UNIQUECUSTOMER COMMITMENT

Precisionisthebe-allandend-allintheconstructionofanyLeica product.NoproducteverleavestheLeicafactorybeforeallcritical manufacturingphaseshavebeenrigorouslychecked.Productsthat canstillbeservicedandrepaireddecadesaftertheywerebuiltare extremelyrareinthesetimesofplannedobsolescenceanddisposable products.ButtheCustomerServicedepartmentatLeicastillservices andrepairsallM-Cameras–fromtheveryfirstonebuiltin1954tothe verylatestmodels! Top:LEICASUMMILUX-M35mmf/1.4ASPH.,ISO320,f/16,1/500s;bottom:LEICASUMMILUX-M35mmf/1.4ASPH.,ISO320,f/16,1/750s



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L EICAM - SYSTEM Unrivaled,eveninthelowestlight.

LEICASUMMILUX-M35mmf/1.4ASPH.,ISO160,f/13,1/180s

TheconstructionoftheextremelycompactLeicaM-Lensesisconcentratedononesingleaimpoint:deliveringimagingexcellenceinfilmanddigitalphotography.Leicaengineersconstantlyinvestenormouseffortandinnovative ingenuityintheirquestforperfectopticalsolutions.Theoutcome:lenseswithunrivaledperformance.Theyoften havefeweropticalelementsinordertoreducethenumberofair-glasssurfacesthatlightraysmustpassthrough toaminimum.Thisdesignconcept,realizedusinghighest-qualityglassesandprecisionmanufacturingtechniques, createsthebasisforimagesendowedwithanunmistakablecharacter–notonlyincontrastandresolution,butalso instructureandtonalrichness.Theyhaveauniquelynaturalsignaturethat’sparticularlynoticeableinimagesshot underadverselightingconditions.Thisisfurtherenhancedbythesheerpleasureofasilky-smoothfocusingaction withoutatraceofplay.Thisoutstandingqualityisensuredforeverysinglelensweproducebytheexperiencedhands ofourfactory’sprecisionopticalandmechanicalengineers.It’syetanotherreasonwhyLeicalensesareconsidered bymanyveteranphotographersandimagingexpertstobethebestintheworld.



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MODERN TECHNOLOGYAT YOURSERVICE

ThesuperiorperformanceofLeicalensesisbasedonthemostmodern technologies:asphericalelementsenabletheconstructionofhighly compactlensesthatprovidebreathtakingperformance.Theuseof floatingelements(differentiallymovableopticalgroups)ensuressuperb resolutionatclosefocusingdistances.Apochromaticcorrectionin theopticalsystemsoftelephotolensesguaranteesbrilliantreproductionwithoutanycolorfringingeffects.Sophisticatedsolutionsforthe suppressionofinternalreflectionsenhancecontrastandshadowdetail. ItissafetosaythateveryLeicalensdeliverssuperbperformanceeven atitsmaximumaperture.Stoppingdownservesmainlytoincreasethe depthoffield.

COMPATIBILITY

Leicaengineerscreatedatimelessstandardwhentheydesignedthe LeicaMbayonetinthe1950s.Thislensmountguaranteessystem compatibilitywithallM-Camerasuptothepresentday,includingthe digitalM9anditssistermodel,theM9-P.AlmostallolderM-Lensesare fullycompatiblewithandfunctionflawlesslyontheM9andtheM9-P. However,Leicasystemcompatibilityisdecidedlyforward-looking,with aneyetowardthefuture.Thankstothe6-bitcodingoflensmounts, theLeicaM9andtheM9-Pautomaticallyrecognizethecharacteristics oftheattachedlensandemploythisinformationforinternalprocessing. Ofcourse,uncodedlensescanalsobeusedontheM9andtheM9-P withtheiradvancedMbayonetmounts.Likewise,6-bitcodedlenses arealsoperfectlyathomeonanyoftheearlierMfilmcameras.



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L EICA M - SYSTEM Everythingataglance.

THELEICAM-CAMERAS

LEICAM9-P Availableinsilverchromeandblackpaintfinish.

LEICAM9 Availableinsteel-graypaintandblackpaintfinish.

LEICAMP Availableinsilverchromeandblackpaintfinish.

LEICAM7 Availableinsilverchromeandblackchrome.

WIDE-ANGLELENSES

LEICATRI-ELMAR-M 16–18–21mmf/4ASPH.

LEICASUPER-ELMAR-M 18mmf/3.8ASPH.

LEICASUMMILUX-M 21mmf/1.4ASPH.

LEICASUPER-ELMAR-M 21mmf/3.4ASPH.

STANDARDLENSES

LEICANOCTILUX-M 50mmf/0.95ASPH.



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LEICASUMMILUX-M 24mmf/1.4ASPH.

LEICAELMAR-M 24mmf/3.8ASPH.

LEICASUMMICRON-M 28mmf/2ASPH.

LEICAELMARIT-M 28mmf/2.8ASPH.

LEICASUMMILUX-M 35mmf/1.4ASPH.

LEICASUMMICRON-M 35mmf/2ASPH.

TELEPHOTOLENSES

LEICASUMMILUX-M 50mmf/1.4ASPH.

LEICASUMMICRON-M 50mmf/2

LEICASUMMARIT-M 50mmf/2.5

LEICAAPO-SUMMICRON-M 75mmf/2ASPH.

LEICASUMMARIT-M 35mmf/2.5

MACROLENSES

LEICASUMMARIT-M 75mmf/2.5

LEICAAPO-SUMMICRON-M 90mmf/2ASPH.

LEICASUMMARIT-M 90mmf/2.5

LEICAAPO-TELYT-M 135mmf/3.4



LEICAMACRO-ELMAR-M 90mmf/4

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LEICA M9/M9-P

LEICA ELMAR-M 24 mm f/3.8 ASPH., ISO 320, f/4.8, 1/60 s


LEICA M9/M9-P Made for memorable moments.

Today’s a lucky day for Alvise. The first two customers who respond to his elegant call of “Gondola! Gondola!” are two young Italian women. For him, the most interesting aspect of his profession is the wide range of people that  he meets each day. And when his customers also happen to be so attractive, then Alvise is guaranteed that his colleagues Paolo and Alessandro will have lots to talk about. Just as individual as his guests, so is Alvise’s gondola.  It is decorated with particularly impressive cavai - the ornamental brass figures which hold the guard ropes in place. The proud seahorses rear up over the gondola, giving it an enigmatic aura that calls to mind Venice’s golden age. Perhaps these mythical creatures were the reason that Alvise’s gondola has been the stage  for no fewer than five proposals of marriage. Or maybe it’s simply because a Venetian gondola is the perfect location for a memorable moment. Also crafted for moments such as these, in Venice and throughout the whole world: the Leica M9 and its sister, the M9-P. They are the perfect cameras for transforming special moments  into photographs that are worthy of becoming treasured memories. LEICA SUMMILUX-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH., ISO 320, f/8, 1/250 s

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L EICA M9/M9-P Digitalphotographyentersawholenewdimension.

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M9;full-sizeview;availableinsteel-grayandblackpaintfinish.

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Thehistoryof35mmphotographybeganalmost100yearsagowiththelegendaryUr-Leica.Today,itisthe LeicaM9anditssistermodel,theM9-P,thatcarrythelegendofLeicaM-Camerasintothedigitalage.Theyare thesmallestfull-format,digitalsystemcamerastheworldhaseverseen.TheCCDsensor,developedspecifically fortheM9/M9-P,iscapableofperfectlycapturingthefull35mmformatof24Ă—36mm.TheM9andtheM9-P, inthefamiliar,classic,andtimelessMdesign,representthequintessenceoftheirpredecessors,butfeaturethe ultimateintechnologicaladvancementsofourtime.Thismakesthemtheperfectcontemporarytoolsforallwho demandthehigheststandardsinimagequalityandtakepleasureintheconsciouscompositionoftheirimages.



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M9;full-sizeview.

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2 COMPATIBILITYASAMATTEROFPRINCIPLE

7 FULL-FRAME24x36CAPTUREWITHOUTANYCOMPROMISES

3 ENDURINGPERFORMANCEANDVALUE

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9 INTUITIVECONTROLS

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L EICA M9/M9-P Concentratingontheessentials:maximumimagequality.

1 UNCOMPROMISING IMAGEQUALITY

Withanextremelyhigh-resolutionimagesensorinfull-frame35mmformatandacutting-edge image-processingsystem,theLeicaM9andM9-Pareuncompromisinglydedicatedtocapturingimagesoftheveryhighestquality.Thephotographermaychoosebetweenimagestorage inJPEGformatforfastprocessing,orasrawdatainDNGformatthatsupportsamultitudeof post-processingoptions.Alternatively,bothformatsmaybestoredsimultaneously.IntheDNG format,photographersmayalsochoosebetweenacompressedbutfasterandgreaterspacesavingoption,oranuncompressedversionthatpreservesmaximumimagequality.

2 COMPATIBILITY ASAMATTEROF PRINCIPLE

BoththeM9andthenewM9-P,ofcourse,offerphotographersaccesstothecompleteLeicaM rangeoflenses,longsincerecognizedasbeingthebestintheworld.Itsdevelopmentbegan in1954,andtheM-Systemhasbeencontinuallyadvancedandimprovedeversince.The high-resolution,full-formatimagesensoroftheM9andM9-Pfullyexploitstheperformanceof legendaryLeicalensesfromcornertocorner.

3 ENDURING PERFORMANCE ANDVALUE

ItishardlyunusualthataLeica,onceowned,becomesalifelongcompanion.Thisalsoapplies tothedigitalM9andM9-P:bothhaveone-piece,full-metalhousingscraftedfromahighstrengthmagnesiumalloy,andatopdeckandbottomplatemachinedfromsolidbrassblocks toprovideperfectprotectionfortheirpreciousinnermechanisms.Thedigitalcomponents andshutterassemblyofboththeM9andtheM9-Paresimilarlyconstructedwithendurance inmind.Freefirmwareupdatesensurethatthecamerasbenefitfromthelatesttechnology.In short:theLeicaM9andtheM9-Pareinvestmentsforalifetime.

4 SILENCEAND DISCRETION

DiscretionandunobtrusivenessareparticularstrengthsoftheM-System.Inoperation,the shutteroftheM9andtheM9-Pisasquietasawhisper.Anextremelylownoiselevelwhen cockingtheshutterisensuredbyasophisticatedmotorandgearingsystem.Indiscreetmode, theshutterisonlycockedafterthephotographer’sfingerisliftedfromtheshutterreleasebuttonwhen,forinstance,thecameraisconcealedunderajacket.Whenshootinghandheldat longexposuretimes,orwheneverextremesteadinessisessential,slightpressureontheshutterreleasebuttonin“softrelease”modeissufficienttotriggerthecamera.Inadditiontothese advantages,thefactthatthecombinationofcameraandlensissignificantlymorecompact thananyotherfull-framecamerasystemcontributestothefactthatM-Photographersare frequentlyunnoticedandoftensimplyblendintothebackground.

5 SPEEDAND FLEXIBILITY

TheLeicaM9andM9-Padapttotheirintendedusesinaseamlesslyflexiblemanner.Their sensitivityrangesfromISO80forwide-openaperturesonbrightdaystoISO2500forlowlightimagecapture.Verylownoiselevelsandfinelydetailedimagesareachievedthroughout thesensitivityrange,evenatthehighestISOsettings.Verylowimagenoisecharacteristics, anextremelybrightviewfinder/rangefinder,low-vibrationshutterandtheavailabilityofsuper- fastlensesmaketheM9andtheM9-Pperfectcamerasforavailable-lightphotography.

6 COMPLETE CONTROLOF ALLPICTURE PARAMETERS

TheLeicaM9andM9-Paidphotographerswithautomaticfunctionswheneverthey’rerequired, butneverdictatehowtoshootorinterferewiththepicture-takingprocess.Dependingonthe lightlevel,theautomaticISOshiftfunctionincreasesthesensitivityofthecameraassoonas theshutterspeedfallsbelowahand-holdablevalue.Atthesametime,italsolimitstheshiftto amaximumvaluedeterminedbythephotographer.Thismeansthatcorrectexposurewithout camerashakeandthelowestpossiblesensitivityisalwaysavailabletoguaranteethebest possibleimagequalityinallsituations.Inaddition,theM9andM9-Palsoofferautomatic exposurebracketingwithauser-selectablenumberofshotsandexposureincrements.This functionensuresthatevenhigh-contrastsubjectsareperfectlycaptured.

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TheCCDimagesensorintheLeicaM9andM9-Pwasspecificallydesignedanddeveloped forthesecamerasandoffersfull35mmfilmformatwithoutanycompromises.AllM-Lenses mountedontheLeicaM9orM9-Pofferthesameexactangleofviewtheyhadwhenshooting filmmaterialandcanthereforenowbeusedtooptimumeffect.Inotherwords,alltheoutstandingcharacteristicsofLeicaM-Lensesarenowfullymaintainedfordigitalphotographyas well.Inshort,thehighresolutionandsuperiorimagequalityoftheM9andtheM9-Phasthe abilitytofullyexploittheenormouspotentialofM-Lenses.

8 OPTIMIZED SENSOR

InthecaseoftheM9andtheM9-P,itwasnotamatterofmodifyingthelensestomatchthe imagesensor,butrathertheotherwayaround.Ourdedicationtofurtherdevelopingtheimage sensorhasresultedinacomponentperfectlymatchedtoitsintendedroleintheverycompact M-SystemaswellastotheperformanceofM-Lenses.Thespeciallayoutofthemicrolenses foundintheM9andM9-Psensormakesittolerantofobliquelightraysimpingingonitssurface, thusassuringuniformexposureandextremesharpnessfromcornertocornerineveryimage. Asaresult,futureLeicaM-Lensescanbedesignedandoptimizedwithuncompromising dedicationtotheachievementofthehighestperformanceandcompactconstruction.Anewly developedsensorfilterensuresthesuppressionofundesirableinfraredlight.Theconscious decisiontodowithoutamoiréfilter,acauseofimagedeteriorationthroughlossofresolution, ensuresmaximumresolutionoffinedetail.Theoptimizedsignal-noiseratiooftheCCDimage sensorreducestheneedfordigitalpost-processingandensuresthatM9andM9-Pimages possessanunrivaledandnaturalvisualimpact.

9 INTUITIVE CONTROLS

ThekeycontrolelementofboththeM9andtheM9-Pisanintuitivefour-wayswitchanddial combinationusedinconjunctionwiththelargeLCDmonitorontheback.TosettheISO sensitivity,simplymaintainlightpressureontheISObuttonwhilesimultaneouslyturningthe dialtoselecttherequiredsetting.Allotherfunctionsimportantforeverydaysituationsare quicklyandeasilyaccessiblebypressingthesetbutton:whitebalance,image-datacompression,resolution,exposurecorrection,exposurebracketing,andprogrammableuserprofiles. Theuserprofilescanbeprogrammedwithanycombinationofcameraandshootingsettings, storedunderanassignedname,andaccessedquicklywheneverrequiredforaparticular situation.Anadditionalpredefinedsnapshotprofileisalsoavailable.Insnapshotmode,the M9andM9-Pautomaticallysetasmanysettingsaspossible,thusprovidingavaluableaidto spontaneousanddiscreetphotography.Allotherfunctions–fromautomaticlensrecognition viasix-bitlensmountcodingandselectionoftherequiredcolorspacetocleaningofthe sensor–areeasilyfoundintheclearlyarrangedmaincameramenu.

M9;full-sizeview.

TheLeicaM9andthenewM9-Pincorporatetheheritageandamassedexperienceofmore than50yearsoftheLeicaM-System.Atthesametime,theyaredigitalsystemcamerasatthe absolutepinnacleofmoderntechnology.ForLeicadesigners,photographyhasalwaysbeenthe primeconcern–nomatterwhetherfilmordigital.Thecombinationofanextremelyefficient imagesensor,thelatestdigitalcomponentsandtheclassicviewfinder/rangefinderprinciple, consistentlyoptimizedovermanyyears,maketheLeicaM9anditssistermodel,theM9-P, absolutelyunique.



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10 ALLINFORMATION ATTHEPUSHOFA BUTTON

Pressingthe“info”buttoninshootingmodedisplaystheprecisechargelevelofthebattery, theremainingnumberofframesontheinstalledmemorycard,andthemostimportantbasic shootingsettings,forexampletheshutterspeed,onthecamera’sbrilliantLCDmonitor.In image-viewmode,userscanswitchbetweenanimage-onlyview(withazoomoptionupto singlepixellevel)oraccessotherinformationbysimplyturningthedial.Theavailabledata includesinformationontheISOsensitivitysettingandshutterspeedinuse,plusaprecise histogramdisplay.



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Intermsoftechnology,theLeicaM9-PisabsolutelyidenticaltotheM9.Itpossessesthesameperformance characteristicsandexactlythesameadvantagesasitstwinsister.However,asisoftenthecasewithtwins,the characteristicdetailsmakethedifference.Insteadofthereddotonthefront,theM9-Pnowbearsadiscreet Leicalogogramonthetopdeckthatmakesitevenmoreunobtrusive.AfurtherspecialaspectoftheM9-P:itis alsoavailableinthepopular,classicLeicasilverchromefinish.JustliketheM9,theM9-Pimpressesthroughuse ofmaterialsandfinishingofthehighestquality,andanextremelyscratch-resistantsapphireglassLCDcover guaranteesevenbetterresistancetodamageandwear.Withoutadoubt,theM9-Pisthecamerafordedicated Leicafansandconnoisseurswhoappreciateandexpectasuperiorleveloftechnicalexcellenceandlovetoown somethingtrulyspecial.



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M-Photographystandsforvitalandauthenticimagestakenfromreallife.Thisismadepossiblebythe compactdimensionsofLeicaM-Cameras,theirunobtrusive,minimalistdesign,andthealmostinaudible soundoftheirshutters.Allthesefactorsensurethatphotographersareseldomrecognizedassuchand virtuallymeltintotheirsurroundings.Asprofessionalphotographersinparticularoftentendtohidethe reddotlocatedonthefrontoftheirM-Camerastomakethemselvesevenmoreunobtrusive,theLeica M9-Pomitsthischaracteristicfeaturefromthestart.Instead,thetopdeckofthecameraisnowgraced byadiscreetLeicalogogram.TrueconnoisseursofLeicacameraswillneverthelessimmediatelyrecognizetheM9-PasarealLeica.

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TheM9-Pstandsforlongservicelifeandenduringproductvalue,justlikeitssistermodel,theM9.The Leicafactoryemploysonlycarefullyselected,high-qualitymaterialsintheconstructionoftheM9-Pand subjectseverydetailofeachcameratomultipleteststomakesureitcansatisfythecompany’smost stringentqualitystandards.ThetopdeckandbaseplateoftheLeicaM9-Paremachinedfromsolidbrass blanks.Itsfull-metalbody,manufacturedfromahigh-tensilemagnesiumalloy,securelyprotectsthe camera’ssensitiveinternalcomponentsandsystems.



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Leica M9 and M9-P customers can take advantage of a free download of Adobe®  Photoshop® Lightroom® 3, the professional digital workflow solution.

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The extremely efficient image sensor of both the M9 and the M9-P demands a particularly high spatial resolution to deliver the full image quality delivered by the latest M-Lenses. Their excellent correction for optical aberrations and high resolution makes them a perfect match for the awesome digital capture capabilities of the M9 and M9-P. The current M-Lenses are supplied with a six-bit code on the mount that is scanned optically by the M9 and M9-P. On the basis of this coded information, the M9 and M9-P are both able to compensate for any negligible, system-inherent vignetting effects. In addition, the lens type is recorded in the EXIF data of the image files and, when using the latest flash units like the Leica SF 58, the camera automatically adjusts the flash head to match the focal length of the lens in use. Leica users can contact Customer Service to arrange for retrofitting the six-bit coding to the mounts of most existing M-Lenses.

Micro lenses are employed to ensure that more light reaches each individual pixel of the sensor used in the M9 and M9-P. As a consequence of the extremely compact design of Leica M-Cameras, rays of incoming light at the edges of the image field impinge obliquely on the sensor and would therefore not be captured by a sensor employing conventional micro lenses. As a consequence, the image sensor used in the M9 and M9-P employs advanced and meticulously designed micro lenses with a low refractive index. In addition, the micro lenses at the edges of the sensor are laterally displaced towards the image center to match the characteristics of M-Lenses precisely. This optimized micro-lens design, based on many years  of precision optical engineering experience, captures and concentrates even the most oblique rays on the sensor and reliably delivers full image brightness across the image field without any fall-off at the edges and corners of the image. This ensures that all existing Leica M-Lenses maintain their full performance when used for digital photography.

WORKFLOW  INCLUSIVE

Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 3 is a professional digital solution for Apple Mac® OS X and ­Microsoft Windows®. This software package is immediately available as a free online download for all purchasers of a new Leica M9 or M9-P. Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 3 offers a vast range of functions for the administration, processing, and exporting of digital images. If the images from the M9 or M9-P are saved as raw data in the standardized and future-proof Adobe Digital Negative Format (DNG), then the sophisticated and precise processing options of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 3 guarantee direct and extremely high-quality image processing with maximum image quality. At the same time, the 14-bit per channel color information captured by the image sensor is maintained throughout the processing workflow from image import to image export, ensuring that the most delicate tonal differentiations are preserved in maximum quality after completion of the post-processing sequence.

TONAL VALUE HISTOGRAM (not illustrated)

Both the Leica M9 and the M9-P can display a precise RGB tonal value histogram of the captured image after each shot, and offer optional integration of the histogram in the automatic image view display. The clipping warning display shows the over- and underexposed zones in each image, and warns the photographer of potentially unusable images. An innovative feature  is that the histogram is recalculated every time a new part of the image is viewed, thus enabling a precise quality assessment of small image areas and even the finest image details.

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TheM9anditssistermodeltheM9-Parealsoeminentlysuitableforflashphotography: eitherwiththeLEICASF24D,acompactflashunitideallymatchedtotheM9andM9-P,the high-poweredLEICASF58,orother-brandflashunitswithSCA3502adapters.M-TTLflash technologyenablescontroloverlightingeffectsthatisaspreciseasitiscreative.Priorto theactualexposure,theunitsemitameasuringflashthatismeteredthroughthelens.The flashpoweristhenpreciselycalculatedandsettakingintoconsiderationtheambient,natural lightlevel.Thankstothisprecisebalancingofflashilluminationandexistinglight,themood ofthesceneismaintainedandthepicturelookscompletelynatural.Incombinationwiththe aperturepriorityexposuremode,theauto-slowsynchronizationfunctionensuresasubtle lighteningofthesubjectthatenablesthelongestshutterspeedstobesetmanuallyor,when usingsix-bitcodedlenses,automaticallybasedonthe1/focallengthruleofthumb. LEICASUMMILUX-M35mmf/1.4ASPH.,ISO200,f/8,1/180s



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LEICA M7/MP

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LEICA M7/MP Success from generation to generation.

The guild of gondoliers is inseparable from the squeraiol, the specialist boat makers who are masters of the art of building gondolas. Just as a gondolier might pass on the license for his gondola to a son, the secrets of gondolamaking have been handed on from generation to generation. Traditionally, the builder of a gondola never uses a blueprint. Instead, they rely on a collection of wooden templates, which the master craftsman bequeaths to his son. In addition, there is a vast array of special techniques and secret details to making a perfect gondola that will never be found written in a manual. The fact that success can continue from generation to generation is also evident in Leica’s analog M models: the Leica M7 and the Leica MP. They both build on the achievements of their predecessors, and bring classic M-Photography to the point of modern perfection. LEICA NOCTILUX-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH., ISO 320, f/8, 1/250 s

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Classicsareworksthathaveacuriousrelationshipwiththepresent.Theyareneverreformulatedwithrespectto theiressentialcharacter,butratherreinterpretedonthebasisofachangedworld.TheLeicaM7filmcamerais justsuchaclassic.LikeeveryotherLeicaM-Camera,theM7isprimarilyamechanicalandopticalprecisioninstrument.However,becauseoftheintelligentuseofthelatestelectronics,itissimultaneouslythemostversatile andmostpreciseLeicaMfilmcameraeverbuilt.Forexample,LeicaM7photographerscanselectacontinuously variableaperturepriorityexposuremode–leavingthephotographerfreetoconcentrateonthecreativeessentialsoffocusingandframingthesubject.



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AsystemuniquetoLeicarangefindercamerasclearlydisplaysall relevantinformationinthebrilliantviewfinderoftheLeicaM7:the shutterspeeddeterminedbytheaperturepriorityexposuresystem, over-andunderexposurevaluesinmanualmeteringmode,aflashreadysignalwhenaflashunitisattachedandreadytofire,anda warningiconwhenthecamerabatteriesarelow.

1 ENHANCED PRECISIONPLUS MANUALBACKUP

ThelegendaryLeicahorizontalclothfocalplaneshutterincorporated inallpreviousM-Seriesfilmcameraswasfundamentallyrevised fortheM7.It’sbarelyaudiblewhencontrollingtheshutterspeeds electronically,andconstitutesanessentialelementoftheaperture priorityexposuresystem.Thecommonlyusedshutterspeedsof 1/60secand1/125secfunctionwithoutbatterypower.

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Incombinationwithaspecialdedicatedflashunit,theM7alsooffers second-curtainflashsynchronization.Theadvantage:amorenatural looktocapturedimagesofmovingsubjectsincludingtimeexposures withfill-inflash.Inadditiontothestandardsynchronizationspeed of1/50sec,theM7alsosynchronizesataspeedofupto1/1000 secwhenusedincombinationwithcertainSCA-dedicatedMetzflash units.

3 AVOIDING INCORRECT EXPOSURES

TheLeicaM7offersphotographersthechoiceofsettingthefilm speed(ISO)manuallyorbyusingthecontactlessautomaticfilmspeeddetectionbuiltintothecamerabody(DXcoding).ThiseffectivelyavoidsincorrectexposuresduetowronglysetISOfilmspeeds. Asafurtheroption,inautomaticexposuremode,photographerscan inputexposurecorrectionsofupto±2stops.

4 AUTOMATIC EXPOSURE ALTERNATIVES

Asanalternativetothefamiliarmanualexposuremeteringofother M-Cameras–which,ofcourse,isstillanoptionwiththeM7–the cameraalsooffersaconvenient,continuouslyvariableaperture priorityexposuremodewithAElockthatisactivatedbylightly depressingtheshutterrelease.

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TheON/OFFswitch,ergonomicallylocateddirectlynexttotheshutter release,hastwoimportantfunctions:firstly,itactivatestheelectronics oftheLeicaM7and,secondly,itlockstheshutterreleasewhenthe cameraisturnedoff.

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Bydefinition,photographyiswritingwithlight.ButLeicaM-Photographymeanssomethingmore–theabilitytocreateimagesthat articulatearecognizableanddistinctivecharacterevenwiththebare minimumofavailablelight.TheLeicaMPempowersthephotographer tomastereventhemostdifficultlightingsituations,becausethe cameranevertriestothinkonitsown.ItsselectiveTTLmetering systemmerelyprovidespreciseandcomprehensibledatatosupport photographersintheirselectionoftheidealexposureparameters, ensuringcompletecreativecontrol.

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TheLeicaMPisbuiltforlonglifeandlastingvalue.Thisisguaranteed byLeica’scommitmenttousingonlythefinestmaterialsandthe highestprecisionmanufacturingtechniques.Timeandtimeagain, theLeicaMPhasprovenitsrobustnessanddependabilityunder themostadverseconditions.Ithasbeenusedinsub-freezing environmentswherecamerasrelyingonbatteriescannotfunction reliably—allwhiledeliveringanumberofshutterreleasecyclesthat hardlyanyothercameracouldmatch.Thismatchlessqualityisalso theunderlyingreasonwhyLeicaispreparedtoofferanextraordinarily longwarrantyperiodoffiveyearsforregistereduserswhopurchase theircameraatanauthorizedLeicadealer.

3 MAXIMUM STRENGTH MINIMALISM

TheconstructionoftheLeicaMPissouncompromisingthatitis alwaystotallydependable.Itsincrediblystrongandruggedbodywill withstandtheworstconditionswithoutawhimper.Allitscrucial controlelementsarecraftedexclusivelyinmetal.Yes,theMPdepends ontheskillsoftheuser–butitcertainlydoesn’tdependonbatteries. Theyareneededsolelyformetering.Anyoneskilledinestimating shutterspeedsandaperturescanevencompletelyignorethe electronics.

4 INDIVIDUALISM THATIMPROVES WITHAGE

TheLeicaMPisavailableintwodifferentbodyfinishes:silverchrome andblackpaint.Afteryearsofharduse,whenabitofbrightbrass beginstoshowthroughtheblackorsilveratthecornersandedges, it’sasuresigntosavvyphotographersthatthecameraanditsowner havesharedmanymemorableexperiences.

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Itiswell-knownthatmostprofessionalsjustlovetheredLeicadoton theircameras,butforthesakeofmaintainingalowprofile,many maskthetelltaledotwithgaffertape.ThisiswhytheLeicaMPwas manufacturedwithoutthisiconicemblemrightfromthestart.Of course,knowledgeableownersandaficionadoscanidentifyaLeica anywherewithouttheneedforspecialbranding.TheLeicainscriptiononthetopdeckisidentificationenough.

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Performance,precision,andreliability–theseareattributesthatallLeicaM-Camerashaveincommon.Nevertheless,thelooksofM7andMPfilmcamerascanbechangedinavarietyofuniquewaystoexpressyourindividual tastes.Eventechnicaldetailscanbemodifiedtomatchanyphotographer’spersonaluseprofile.Thisishowafully personalizedLeicaM-Cameraisborn.Achoiceofthefinestmaterials,differentstylesandcolors,andamultitude ofvariableelementsandfunctionaldetailsopenupalmostendlesscreativeopportunities–fromanunobtrusive professionalstreet-shooter’stooltoanextravagantandeye-catchinglifestyleicon.Theindividualcomponentsare assembledbyhand.Uptoandincludingfinalqualitycontrol,eachàlacarteLeicaM7orMPiscustom-craftedaccordingtotheprecisespecificationsofeachindividualorder.



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Viewfinderframesandmagnificationcanbecustom-orderedtomeet therequirementsofthelensesyouprefer.Theàlacarteprogram offersachoiceofuniversalviewfindermagnifications:thestandard 0.72xversion,thewide-angleandeyeglasses-wearer’sversionwith 0.58xmagnification,andthetelephotoversionwith0.85x.Thechoice ofcontrolelementsallowsyoutotailorthecamerapreciselytoyour shootingrequirements,forexampletofavorruggednessorfaster operation.

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Over4,000differentconfigurationoptionsfulfilleventhemost unusualwishes.Whetheryou’reaprofessionaloracollector–Leica àlacartehasexactlythecamerayouarelookingfor.Theindividual componentscanbeviewed,handled,andselectedatanyauthorized Leicastore.However,theInternetconfiguratorisalmostcertainlythe mostfascinatingwaytotryoutthevariouscombinations.Todoso, pleasevisitwww.leica-a-la-carte.com

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Aselectionoftopdeckcolorsandbodyleatheringinawiderangeof organicallytannedleathersinvarioustexturesandcolorsisavailable tocomplementthebodyfinish.Camerabags,cases,andcarrying strapsarealsoavailableinmatchingleathers.And,lastbutnotleast, personalizedengravingintheformofsignatures,monograms,graphic elements,orfamilycrestsmakeanyLeicaatrulyuniqueandunmistakableworkofart.



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LEICA M-LENSES Perfect tools are created by experience.

The unmistakable smell of sawdust hangs in the air. A radio is playing somewhere, its music merging with the rhythmic strokes of a wood plane. Alvise has arrived at his destination in the Castello neighborhood. Piero Dri is expecting him. The oar maker works in the Bottega del Remer, the tradition-rich workshop of the master craftsman, Paolo Brandolisio. This is one of the last specialist workshops that follow the 700-year-old craft of producing oars and oar supports. Today Alvise needs a new oar. Each one is tailor-made for the gondolier: the oar’s length can vary from 4.10 to 4.20 meters and each can weigh between 4 and 5 kg. Often, ramin wood is used, a tropical hardwood with a fine grain and light color. Apart from the modern machines that help to cut the wood to the correct length, the oar-making process is essentially unchanged from the era of Casanova. Expert knowledge and precise craftsmanship are essential – just as with the creation of a Leica M-Lens. The perfect gondola oar and the world’s best lens: both are the result of many years of experience. LEICA NOCTILUX-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH., ISO 320, f/3.4, 1/125 s

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L EICA NOCTILUX - M50mmf/0.95ASPH. Kingofthenight.

Allviewsoflensesfull-size(unlessotherwiseindicated).

In2008Leicaproudlyannouncedthefastestasphericallensthe worldhadeverseen:theremarkableLeicaNoctilux-M50mmf/0.95 ASPH.,areplacementforthelegendaryLeicaNoctilux-M50mmf/1, whichhadbeenahighlightoftheLeicaMlensrangesince1975. Thecombinationofcutting-edgeopticalandmechanicaltechnologieshasmadeitpossibletoachieveamarkedimprovementinits performancecomparedtoitsillustriouspredecessor.Althoughits dimensionsarealmostidentical,asignificantlyhigherspeedhas beensuccessfullyattained.Atfullaperture,itsextremelyshallow depthoffieldallowsthephotographertocreatecompellingportraits andscenicimpressionscharacterizedbyanincomparablynaturallookingplayofsharpnessandsoftness.Stopdownalittleandthe lensdeliversoutstandingimagequalitycomparabletothatofthe LeicaSummilux-M50mmf/1.4ASPH.,thelensgenerallyconsideredtobethereferencestandardforallothernormallenses.When usedforavailablelightphotography,theNoctilux-Mactuallyexceeds theresolvingpowerofthehumaneye.Theuseofafloatingelement ensuresthatthislensprovidestopperformancedowntoitsclosest focusingdistance.Vignettinganddistortionhavealsobeennoticeably improvedcomparedtothe50mmf/1.

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N  EW:THELEICASUPER-ELMAR-M 1:3.4/21mmASPH. Smalldimensions–enormousversatility.

ThenewSuper-Elmar-M21mmf/3.4ASPH.isafittingsuccessorto thelegendaryLeicaSuper-Angulon-M21mmf/3.4.Aswasthecase withitspredecessor,thenewsuper-wide-anglelensisalsocharacterizedbysuperiorimagingqualitiesandextremelycompactconstruction.Thelensrevealsitsexcellentreproductionofdetailsandsuperior contrastatmaximumaperturefrominfinitytoitsclosestfocusing distance.Thelensissuppliedcompletewithafull-metal,screwmountedlenshoodtopreventundesirableflareeffectsandensure perfectimagesharpness.Thankstoitswideangleofview,theLeica Super-Elmar-M21mmf/3.4ASPH.isparticularlysuitableforarchitecturalandlandscapephotography.Atthesametime,thisfocallength isalsoidealfordynamicphotojournalisticphotographyinthemidstof wheretheactionis.Thesophisticatedopticaldesignandconstruction ofthelensguaranteessuperiorimagequality.Thesystemcomprises atotalofeightelements,onewithtwoasphericalsurfacesand anotherfourmadefromglasseswithanomalouspartialdispersion (tocounterchromaticaberration),andplaysanessentialrolein reducingdistortionandvignettingtoanabsoluteminimum.TheLeica Super-Elmar-M21mmf/3.4ASPH.providesM-Photographerswith acompact,high-performancelensforthebroadspectrumofphotographicsituationscoveredbysuper-wide-anglephotography. LEICASUPER-ELMAR-M21mmf/3.4ASPH.,ISO640,f/8,1/15s



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L EICA SUMMILUX-M35mmf/1.4ASPH. Universallypowerful.

TheLeicaSummilux-M35mmf/1.4ASPH.isaneweditionofthe extremelypopularpreviousversionofthelens.Thankstothefurther developmentofitsopticalandmechanicalsystems,itnowsetsnew standardsintheworldoffast,wide-anglelenses.NewintheLeica Summilux-M35mmf/1.4ASPH.isafloatingelementthatnowalso ensuresexcellentimagingqualityintheclose-uprange.Thelens alreadyrevealsitsoutstandingperformancecharacteristicsat maximumaperture.Thankstothesumofitsqualities,this35mm lensisauniversaltoolforeveryphotographer.Itsmoderatewide-angle characteristics,ontheonehand,anditsnaturalreproductionof perspectives,ontheother,makeitidealforaparticularlybroad spectrumofphotographicusesrangingfromportraituretolandscapes. ItisidealasafirstlenswhenbeginningtobuildaLeicaM-System. LEICASUMMILUX-M35mmf/1.4ASPH.,ISO320,f/1.7,1/180s



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L EICA APO - SUMMICRON - M75mmf/2ASPH. Detailsatyourfingertips.

Thiscompact,fast,shorttelephotolensisacclaimedfor itsexcellentimagequalityatmaximumapertureandover thefullfocusingrangefrominfinitytominimumdistance. Itcombineseveryfeatureofferedbytoday’shigh-performanceopticaltechnologiesinitsconstructionincluding asphericalsurfaces,specialglasseswithanomalouspartial dispersion,andfloatingelements.Tostateitconcisely,it isaphotographictoolthatrepresentstheabsolutepeakof opticalexcellence.It’sidealforavailablelightportraiture andforrecordingcrucialdetailsinphotographicreportage.

Top:LEICAAPO-SUMMICRON–M75mmf/2ASPH.,ISO320,f/3.4,1/60s;bottom:LEICAMACRO-ELMAR-M90mmf/4,ISO320,f/4.0,1/25s

L EICA MACRO - ELMAR - M90mmf/4 Thepowertocreateproximity.

 InasetwithLEICA 1 ANGLEFINDERM 2 MACRO-ADAPTERM

1

2

Thisisthemostcompacttelephotolenseveroffered byLeica.It’saversatile,high-performancelensthat’s supremelyportable.IncombinationwiththeLeicaMacroAdapterM,itallowsmacrophotographyatdistances ascloseas55cmandareproductionratioofupto1:3. Despiteitsdiminutivesize,theMacro-Elmardelivers outstandingimagequalityinbothnormaldistanceand macroapplications.Incombinationwitha28mmor 35mmwide-anglelens,thislensoffersacompact,comprehensivesystemthatisperfectfortraveling,orinother situationswherelowweightandvolumeareessential.



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WIDE-ANGLE LENSES

InasetwiththeLEICAUNIVERSAL WIDE-ANGLEVIEWFINDERM

Thisremarkablelensprovidesthreesuper-widefocallengthsinoneextremelycompactpackage.Becauseofitsminimaldistortionevenat16mm,thislensalsomeets therigorousperformancestandardsofprofessionalarchitecturalphotography. Itsnewinternalfocusingsystem,basedonfloatingelementtechnology,ensures thehighestqualityevenattheclosestdistances.Andwhensettoitshyperfocal distance,it’spossibletoachievebrilliantdepthoffieldrangingfrominfinitydown to0.33meters.OnlyavailableasasetcompletewiththeUniversalWide-Angle ViewfinderM.Pleaserefertotheaccessoriessection.

Thesuper-speedLeicaSummilux-M24mmf/1.4ASPH.istheidealphotographic toolforprofessionalphotojournalists.Indeed,itwasvirtuallypredestinedforuse inavailablelightsituations.Likethe21mmf/1.4,itsopticalsystemconsistsof tenelementsineightgroups.Priortotheintroductionofasphericalblankmolding technologyforopticalelements,creatinglensesofthespeedandqualityof Summilux-Mserieswouldhavebeenimpossible.Extremeattentionwaspaidto correctingchromaticaberration,andtothisend,theopticaldesignofthe24mmlens containsnolessthanfiveelementswithanomalouspartialdispersion.Vignetting anddistortionaresosuperblycorrectedthattheyare,forpracticalpurposes, non-existent.Evenattherelativelywideapertureoff/2.8,onlynaturalvignetting duetothelawsofphysicsremains.Theimagequalityofthelensisequalinevery waytothesplendidperformanceoftheLeicaSummilux-M21mmf/1.4ASPH.A patentedrectangularlenshoodpermitstheuseofSeriesVIIfilters.

LEICASUPER-ELMAR-M18mmf/3.8ASPH.

L EICAELMAR–M24mmf/3.8ASPH.

Seldombeforehastheoptimumuseofspacebeensoperfectlyachievedaswith theLeicaSuper-Elmar-M18mmf/3.8ASPH.Withanimpressiveangleofviewof 100degrees,itdefinitelyfallswithinthesuper-wideclassanditdeliverstruly outstandingimagequality.Thisopensuppreviouslyunrealizedpossibilitiesnot onlyinthefieldsofarchitecturalandlandscapephotography,butalsoforstreet shootingandenvironmentalportraiture.Amazingly,itisonlynominallylargerthan astandardlens,whichispartiallyattributabletoitspatented,space-saving,but extremelyeffective,lenshood.Despiteitsenormousangleofviewandcompact dimensions,theLeicaSuper-Elmar-M18mmf/3.8ASPH.isaparagonofoptical excellencethankstoitsinnovativeretrofocusdesignconsistingofeightoptical elements,oneofwhichhastwoasphericalsurfaces.Indeed,itprovidesphenomenal imagequalityevenatitswidestaperture.

Thislensischaracterizedbyitsextremelycompactsize,veryhighimagequality, andverywideangleofview,allofwhichmakeitagreatall-aroundwide-angle lens.Itsrangeofusesisimmense:fromjournalisticcoverageofpeopleineverydaysettings,tolandscapesandarchitecturalphotography.Contrastanddetail renditionareexcellentevenatitsmaximumapertureof3.8.Stoppeddownto mediumapertures,thedepthoffieldissogreatthatwide-rangingvistaswillbe infocusfromclosedistancestoinfinity.Alltheseoutstandingpropertiesmake itanoutstandingchoicewhenusedincombinationwiththeLeicaM9orM9-Pin snapshotmode.

LEICASUMMILUX-M21mmf/1.4ASPH.

LEICASUMMICRON–M28mmf/2ASPH.

TheLeicaSummilux-M21mmf/1.4ASPH.istheworld’sfirstandonly21mmlens for35mmformatphotographywiththisexceptionalmaximumaperture.The outstandingimagequality,wideangleofview,andcompactsizeofboththeLeica Summilux-M21mmf/1.4ASPH.andtheLeicaSummilux-M24mmf/1.4ASPH. combinetomaketheselensesalmostindispensableformanyapplicationsinthe worldofprofessionalphotography.Theyprovideextremelyshallowdepthoffieldat fullapertureformaximumestheticcontrol.Inclose-upphotography,forinstance, aforegroundsubjectcanbeeffectivelyisolatedfromthebackgroundtocreate expressiveanduniquelynaturalisticphotographiceffects.Stoppeddownto mediumapertures,theirdepthoffieldissogreatthatallelementsinanexpansive scene,fromclosestdistancestoinfinity,willbeinsharpfocus.Theuseofa floatingelementensuresthattheirextremelyhighresolvingpowerismaintained evenattheclosestfocusingdistance.Vignettinganddistortionareextremelywell correctedforwide-anglelenseswithsuchlargemaximumapertures.Apatented rectangularlenshoodpermitstheuseofSeriesVIIIfilters.

Averyfast,extremelycompactwide-anglelens,itistheidealchoiceforavailablelightphotographyandreportage,providinguncompromisingimagequalityandhigh contraststartingatmaximumaperture.Evenunderthemostadverselightingconditions,reflectionsandflarearealmostcompletelyeliminated.Itslargemaximum apertureoff/2alsoenablestheuseofselectivefocusinwide-anglephotography.

L EICATRI-ELMAR-M16–18–21mmf/4ASPH.



LEICASUMMILUX–M24mmf/1.4ASPH.

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STANDARD LENSES



L EICAELMARIT–M28mmf/2.8ASPH.

L EICASUMMILUX–M50mmf/1.4ASPH.

NootherM-LensisascompactastheLeicaElmarit-M28mmf/2.8ASPH.The highestimagingperformanceisachievedthroughtheuseofanasphericalelement.Thelensispracticallyfreeofdistortionfrominfinitytoitsclosestfocusing distanceof0.7meters.Itslightweightofonly180gramsisunmatched,andthat’s whatmakesthislensanidealtravelcompanion.

Thisclassiclensisunsurpassedforhighlyexpressiveavailablelightshotsandhigh contrastimageswithsuperbresolutionoffinedetails,evenatmaximumaperture andminimumfocus–thanksinparttoitsfloatingelementdesign.Italsoprovides precisecolordifferentiation,almostcompleteabsenceofcomaandsuperbly controlledinternalreflectioncharacteristics–idealforcapturingnaturallooking subjectsinlowlight.It’sparticularlyeffectiveforportraiturethankstoitsshallow depthoffieldatmaximumapertureandsubtletonalgradation.Alsoavailablein silverchrome.

LEICASUMMICRON–M35mmf/2ASPH.

LEICASUMMICRON–M50mmf/2

Becauseofitsexcellentcontrastcharacteristics,outstandingresolutionthroughouttheentirefocusingrange,andalmostperfecteliminationofdistortion,this renownedlensisoneoftheworld’sbesthigh-speed35mmlenses.Itisalso amazinglycompactdespiteitslargeapertureandhighimagingperformance.In combinationwiththislens,anyLeicaM-Camerabecomesacompactandelegant systeminitself.Alsoavailableinsilverchrome,itishighlyrecommendedasa standardlensoptionfortheLeicaM9andtheM9-P

Thiscompactuniversallenshaslongbeenacclaimedasthebestnormallensinits apertureclass.Itdeliversextremelylowdistortionandoutstandingimagequality, evenatclosedistancesandfromcornertocorner.ThismakestheSummicronan idealstandardlensforallphotographersseekinganunsurpassedcombinationof highperformanceandrefinementinahandy,lightweightpackage.

LEICASUMMARIT–M35mmf/2.5

L EICASUMMARIT–M50mmf/2.5

Asthesmallestandlightest35mmlensintheM-System,it’satrueall-rounder. Constructedusingthelatesttechnologies,itoffersexcellentimagequality,and offersanidealalternativetothe28mmlensesforLeicausersstartingtobuild theirfirstLeicaM-System.Special,high-refractionglasstypeswithanomalous partialdispersionguaranteealevelofcolorcorrectionotherwiseunattainablewith standardglassformulations.

Classicalindesignandreducedtothebareessentials,thisexquisitelycompact normallensoffersstate-of-theartconstruction,averyusefulmaximumaperture, anditdeliversthediscerniblelevelofopticalqualityLeicausershavecometo expect.Inadditiontoexcellentoverallimagequality,itprovidesverygoodcontrast,outstandingflatnessoffield,impressivechromaticcorrection,andminimal distortion.It’sagreatchoiceforanyone,especiallyambitiousnewcomerstothe worldofLeicaphotography.

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TELEPHOTO LENSES

LEICASUMMARIT–M75mmf/2.5

Thisextremelycompactportraitlensbasedonclassicalsphericaldesignsisan idealentry-levellensforintroducingphotographerstothecreativeflexibilityof thisfocallengthclass.Specialglasstypeswithhighrefractiveindicesoffersuperb imagingperformancewithhighcontrastacrosstheentireimagefield.Extremely tighttolerancesinthemachiningofitsmechanicalcomponentsensurethe highestpossiblereliabilityinpracticaluse.Thisunobtrusive,everydaycompanion weighsinatonly345grams.

L EICAAPO–SUMMICRON–M90mmf/2ASPH.

Thisexquisitelenssetsnewstandardsforitsclassintermsofimagequality. Thefirstlensevertocombineapochromaticcorrectionandoneasphericallens surface,itsbrillianceandhighresolutionguaranteesuperlativeimagesthroughout theaperturerange.Theperfectlensforportraiture,reportage,orstudiophotography,itscompactsizeandlargemaximumaperturemakethislensidealfor hand-heldphotography.

LEICASUMMARIT–M90mmf/2.5

Extraordinarilycompactconsideringitscombinationoflongfocallengthandwide maximumaperture,itembodiesthetraditionofclassicalsphericaldesignand addsstate-of-the-arttechnologyandsuperbperformance.Itscompactconstructionkeepsviewfinderobstructiontoabareminimum,whilethechoiceofglass typesemployedguaranteesoutstandingcolorfidelity.Silky-smoothfocusing actionisanothercharacteristicfeatureofthissuperbtelephotoportraitlens.

LEICAAPO–TELYT–M135mmf/3.4

ThelongestfocallengthintheM-System,thisuncompromisingtelephotolens deliverssuperlativeLeicaAPOquality.Resolutionandcontrastarevirtuallyperfect ateveryaperture,sodistinctivelandscapeimageswithopticalcompressionof foregroundandbackgroundperspectivesaswellasfull-formatcandidportraits canbecapturedunobtrusivelyfromdiscreetdistances.Note:Theuseofthislens ontheLeicaM9orM9-Pisrecommendedonlywhencertaincriteriaaremet,for exampleitmustbestoppeddownbyatleasttwostops. Top:LEICANOCTILUX–M50mmf/0.95ASPH.,ISO320,f/8,1/180s;bottomLEICAELMAR–M24mmf/3.4ASPH.,ISO160,f/5.7,1/45s



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Lensesshownreducedinsize.


LEICA M-ACCESSORIES

LEICA SUMMILUX-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH., ISO 160, f/10, 1/180 s


L EICA M Accessories.

Product

M9/M9-P

M7

MP

x

x

x

Leica SF 24D flash Orderno.14 444

Product

M9/M9-P

M7

MP

Battery for digital M cameras 

Orderno.14464



x

Lithium-ionbattery,especiallydevelopedforthedigitalM-Camera.Thepermanentmonitoringofrelevantbattery data(e.g.temperature,remainingcapacity)guaranteessafeandcomfortableoperation.Nominalvoltage3.7V, capacity1900mAh.

Guide number: max.24(ISO100/21°).Flash modes: M-TTLflashmeteringwiththeM9andM9-P,TTLflash meteringwithM7,automaticormanualmodewithMP.Features: flashexposurevariableby±3stops,angleofilluminationfrom35mm,from24mmwithwide-anglediffuser,orfrom85mmwithtele-diffuser.Displays: allsettings andcorrectionvaluesreadablefromLCdisplaywithilluminationoption,flashexposureconfirmationintheviewfinderoftheM9/M9-PandM7,andontheflashunit.Power supply: twolithiumbatteries,at3Veach,type123A, permitrapidflashsequences.Dimensions (W × H × D):66×109×40mm(2 2/3x4 1/3x11/2in.).Weight: approx.180g(6oz)(withoutbatteries).Completewithtwodiffusers(wide-angleandtelephoto)andvelour pouch.

Correction lenses M

Leica SF 58 flash Orderno.14 488



x

x

x

Guide number: max.58(ISO100/21°).Flash modes: M-TTLflashmeteringwiththeM9andM9-P,TTLflash meteringwithM7,automaticormanualmodewithMP,strobemode.Features: flashexposurevariableby±3 stops,angleofilluminationfrom24mm,from18mmwithintegratedwide-anglediffuser,zoomreflectorforupto 105mm,horizontalandverticalreflectoradjustment,secondaryreflector,integratedbouncecardforindirect flash,slave-remoteoption,test-flashfunction.Acousticstatussignal.Displays: allsettingsandcorrectionvalues readablefromdot-matrixdisplaywithilluminationoption,flashexposureconfirmationintheviewfinderoftheM9, M9-P,andM7,andontheflashunit.Power supply: optional,four×AAalkalinebatteries(1.5V),lithiumbatteries (1.5V),NiCadrechargeable(1.2V),NiMHrechargeable(1.2V),externalpowerpack.Dimensions (W × H × D): 71×148×99mm(2 4/5x5 3/5x3 1/10in.).Weight:approx.355g(12oz)(withoutbatteries).Withleatherbelt pouchandstand. Accessories:diffuserforparticularlysoftflashillumination,Orderno.14489.

Viewfinder Magnifier M 1.25x

Orderno.14350

+0.5

Orderno.14352

+1.5

Orderno.14354

+3.0

x

x

x

Orderno.14355

-0.5

Orderno.14357

-1.5

Orderno.14359

-3.0

x

x

x

Orderno.14351

+1.0

Orderno.14353

+2.0





x

x

x

Orderno.14356

-1.0

Orderno.14358

-2.0





x

x

x



x

x x

Opticalcorrectionlensesmaybescrewedintotheeyepieceoftheviewfinderforviewingwithouteyeglasses.

Tabletop tripod / ball and socket head Orderno.14100Orderno.14110



TheLeicatabletoptripodandtheballandsocketheadareespeciallyeasytohandleandofferamultitudeof applicationstopreventcamerashake.Thelegscanbeswiveledandfixedatanyposition.Canalsobeusedas shoulderstock.Whenfoldedtogether,itwillfitinanycameracase.Sturdy,metaldesign.TripodthreadA1/4, DIN4503(1/4in.).

Viewfinder Magnifier M 1.4x

Orderno.12004Orderno.12006

x

x

x

Withleatherpouchandblackchromeanodizedsecuringchain.Facilitatespicturecomposition,theconsiderably largerviewfinderimagemakesrecognizingtheimagedetailssignificantlyeasier,particularlywhenusingthetelephoto lensesoftheLeicaM-Systemfrom75to135mm.Evenmoreprecisefocusingthankstoviewfindermagnification. Therubberizedeyepieceoftheviewfinderprotectseyeglassesfromscratches.LeicaViewfinderMagnifierM1.25x isrecommendedforfocallengthsof50mmormore.LeicaViewfinderMagnifier1.4xisrecommendedforfocal lengthsof75mmormore,convenientviewingofthesubjectwithbotheyesthankstof/1viewfindermagnification. Bright-line viewfinder M

Compact charger for digital Leica M (included in the scope of delivery for the Leica M9 and M9-P) Orderno.14470

compactcharger

x

Orderno.14421

UKpowercord

x

Orderno.14422

AUSpowercord

x

Orderno.12022

18mm,blackpaintfinish

Orderno.12023

18mm,silverchromeanodized

x

x

x

Orderno.12024 Orderno.12026

21mm,blackpaintfinish

Orderno.12025

21mm,silverchromeanodized

x

x

x

24mm,blackpaintfinish

Orderno.12027

24mm,silverchromeanodized

x

x

x

Milledfromsolidbrass,inacasemadeofhigh-qualitynappaleather.Verybrightpicturewithbright-lineframefor exactdeterminationoftheframe.AdditionalmarkingsforthepicturesizeoftheM8andM8.2.Blackpaintfinishor silverchromeanodized.

Withquick-chargerfunctionforchargingthebattery.Ittakesupminimalspaceinthecameracase.TheLED flashesyellowafterabouttwohourswhen80%ofthechargingcapacityhasbeenreached.Thisissufficient forapprox.400pictures.EUandUSApowercordsaswellascarchargingcablefor12–24Vareincluded.UKand AUSpowercords(100–240V)aresuppliedasseparateaccessories.



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Product

M9/M9-P

M7

MP

Leica angle finder M Orderno.12531

Product

M9/M9-P

M7

MP



x

x

x

x

x



x

x

Leica M motor 





x

x

x

Orderno.14408











Extremelysmallandhandy,battery-poweredmotordriveforLeicaMfilmcameras.Connecting to cameras: Themotorismountedonthecamerainplaceofthecamera’sbaseplateusingamechanicalconnection.Picture frequency:Optionally1.5orupto3picturespersecond. Motor/transmission:SpeciallydevelopedDCmotor withextraordinarilylow-noisefriction-wheeldrive,additionalnoisereductionatpicturefrequencyof 1.5picturespersecond.Capacity (inaccordancewithLeica’stestconditions):atleast10036-exposure filmsat20°C.Tripod thread:A1/4(1/4in.),centeredbelowthelensaxis.Dimensions (W × H × D): 138(5 1/2in.)×78(3in.)(withhandgrip)/18.5(2/3in.)(tobottomedgeofcamera)x56(2 2/5in.)mm. Weight:approx.225g(7 1/2oz)(withoutbatteries).Notsuitableforusewithlenseswithviewfinderattachment.

T heanglefinderMshowsasegmentofthecentralpartoftheviewfinderframeofabout8.7mminsize.It’sfully rotatablemountfacilitatestheassessmentofcorrectframinginsituationssuchasclose-upphotographycloseto theground.Thisproductisshownonpage68.

Leica universal wide-angle finder M Orderno.12011







x

x

x

WiththeLeicauniversalwide-anglefinderM,userscanconvenientlyandpreciselyassessframingwhenusing lenseswithfocallengthsof16–18–21–24–28mm.ItoffersframelinescompatiblewiththeM7/MP/M9/M9-P models,thecroppedframefactorfortheM8,aswellasparallaxcompensationforfivedistancesettings;one asphericalandoneachromaticallycorrectedlensensureanextraordinarilybrilliantview.Anilluminatedbubble levelenablespreciselevelingevenunderadverselightingconditions.Thisproductisshownonpage70.

Comfort carrying strap Orderno.14455







Madeofblacksaddleleatherwithoptimumcarryingcomfortthankstoabroadshouldersection; slip-fastthankstomicrovelourontheinside.

Hand grip for the M9 or M9-P Orderno.14490

Cable release Orderno.14076







x

x

x

steel-graypaint

Orderno.14486 blackpaintfinish

Orderno.14487 silver

x

Improvedcarryingcomfortforextendedphotoassignmentsorwhenworkingwithhigherapertureandheavierlenses.

50cmlongwithsetscrew. Hand grip M Orderno.14405







ForsafeandcomfortablehandlingofallLeicaMfilmcameras(exceptLeicaM5)withcentraltripodthread. Lens holder M Orderno.14404









x

x

Forfittingontothecamera’sbaseplate,createsacompactsetofphotographicequipmentwithtwolenses.

Leicavit M Orderno.14009

blackpaintfinish

Orderno.14450

blackchrome-plated



x

x

Orderno.14008

silverchrome







x

x

blackpaintfinish





x

Compact,manual,non-batteryrapidwinderwhichisattachedto thecamerainplaceofthebasecover.Itcanbeusedwithall LeicaMP,M7,M6TTL,M6,M4-PandM4-2models. Camera carrying strap à la carte Orderno.14453

saddleleather,black

Orderno.14454

vegetable-tannedleather,cognac

x

x

x

Orderno.14456

nappaleather,racinggreen

Orderno.14457

calfleather,smooth,red

x

x

x

Orderno.14458

calfleather,mocha

Orderno.14465

reptiletexture,black

x

x

x

Orderno.14466

ostrichtexture,black

Orderno.14467

ostrichtexture,chestnut

x

x

x

Orderno.14468

nappaleather,bordeauxred

Orderno.14469

calfleather,blue

x

x

x

Rewind crank Orderno.14437

silverchrome

Orderno.14438

Forfastandcomfortablerewindingoncameraswithcylindricalrewindknobs.Itcanbemounted ontherewindknobwithasmallretainingscrew.

IntheclassicnarrowdesignmatchingtheindividuallyproducedM-Cameraàlacarte.



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Product

M9/M9-P

M7

MP



x

x

Ever-ready case M à la carte 

Orderno.14857

vegetable-tannedleather,cognac

Orderno.14858

nappaleather,racinggreen calfleather,smooth,red

Orderno.14860

calfleather,mocha

Orderno.14861

reptiletexture,black

Orderno.14862

ostrichtexture,black

Orderno.14863

ostrichtexture,chestnut

Orderno.14864

nappaleather,bordeauxred

Orderno.14865

calfleather,blue









black

Orderno.14855

khaki



x

x

x

















Theever-readycaseMwithregularfrontholdsaLeicaMcamerawithoneofthefollowinglenses: 2.8/21mmwithoutlenshood(LH),2.8/24mmwithoutLH,2/28mmwithoutLH,1.4/35mmwithout LH,2/35mmalsowithLH,1.4/50mm,2/50mm,4/90mmretracted.Blackcalfnappaleather.



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Orderno.14856

Orderno.14867

x











x

x















x

withshortfront

Orderno.14868

withlargefront

x

x

x

Black,withstrap.ProtectsthecameraandhashandyVelcrofastenersaswellastwocompartmentsfor memorycards.WithshortfrontitholdsaLeicaMcamerawithalensofupto65mmdiameterand60mm length.WithlargefrontitholdsaLeicaM-Camerawithalensofupto65mmdiameterand80mmlength.

Ever-ready case M with regular front 



Neoprene bag M

HoldsanM9orM9-Pwithalensofupto60mmdiameter(70mmasmeasuredfromthebayonetmount). Thebottomfoldsouttoallowrapidreplacementofbatteriesormemorycards.Blackcalfnappaleather.

Orderno.14875

Orderno.14876

HoldsaLeicaMPwithrewindcrankandattachedLeicavitM.Acutoutinthebasemakeswindingthe cameraeasywiththeLeicavitM.Robustsaddleleather.

Ever-ready case for digital M-Cameras 

MP

Ever-ready case M with Leicavit M

ThemostflexiblebagforLeicaMequipmentholdstwoMbodieswithtwolensesoroneMbodywiththree ThemostflexiblebagforLeicaMequipmentholdstwoMbodieswithtwolensesoroneMbodywiththree lenses.EvenlargelensesandamountedLeicavitMorLeicamotorMcanbecomfortablycarriedina compactpackage.ThezippercompartmentholdstheLeicaSF24Dflashaswellasfilmsandadditional accessories.Waterproofmaterial.ProducedexclusivelyforLeicaintheUnitedKingdom.

Orderno.14872

M7

 ver-readycaseMwithlargefrontalsoholdsaLeicaM-Camerawithoneofthefollowinglenses: E 3.8/18mm,2.8/21mmwithLH,2.8/24mmwithLH,3.8/24mmwithLH,2/28mmwithLH, 1.4/35mmwithLH,2/35mmwithLH,2.5/35mmwithLH,1.4/50mm,2/50mm,2.5/50mm withLH,2/75mm,2.5/75mmwithLH,2/90mm,2.5/90mmwithLH,4/90mmalsoextended. Blackcalfnappaleather.

Combi bag “Billingham” Orderno.14854

M9/M9-P

Ever-ready case M with large front



Orderno.14859

Product



x

x

Protector for M9/M9-P Orderno.14869











x

Protectsthecamerahousingontoughassignmentsandimprovesergonomicswhenholdingthecamera. Withcutoutsectionforthe2.5in.display.Blacknappacalfleather.



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LEICA M TECHNICAL DATA

LEICA SUMMILUX - M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH., ISO 400, f/2.4, 1/60 s


LEICA M9/M9-P Technical data.

Product

LEICA M9

Order no.

10 705 10 704 10 716 10 703

Camera type

Compact digital view and rangefinder system camera.

Lens attachment

Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding.

Lens system

Leica M-Lenses from 16 to 135 mm.

Picture format/ image sensor

5270 x 3516 pixels (18.5 megapixel) CCD chip, active area approx. 23.9 x 35.8 mm; 5212 x 3472 pixels (18 megapixel) (corresponding to usable format of analog Leica M models).

Resolution

Adjustable, DNG™: 5212 x 3472 (18 megapixel), JPEG: 5212 x 3472 (18 megapixel), 3840 x 2592 (10 megapixel),  2592 x 1728 (4.5 megapixel), 1728 x 1152 (2 megapixel), 1280 x 846 pixels (1 megapixel).

Data formats

DNG™ (raw data), choice of uncompressed or slightly compressed (by non-linear reduction of color depth),  2 JPEG compression levels.

File size

DNG: 18 MB (compressed)/36 MB (uncompressed), JPEG: approx. 2–10 MB.

Color spaces

Adobe® RGB, sRGB.

White balance

Automatic, manual, 7 presets, color temperature selection.

Storage medium

SD cards up to 2 GB/SDHC cards up to 32 GB.

Menu languages

German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian.

Compatibility

Windows® 7, Windows® XP, Windows® Vista®, Mac® OS X (10.6).

On rear panel

Exposure metering

Exposure metering through the lens (TTL), center-weighted with working aperture. Center-weighted TTL metering for flash exposure with system-compatible SCA-3000/2 standard flash units.

Shutter and release Shutter

Microprocessor-controlled, exceptionally low-noise metal blade shutter with vertical movement.

Measurement principle

Measured by light reflected by bright shutter blades on the first shutter curtain.

Shutter speeds

Metering range

(at ISO 160/23°) At room temperature and normal humidity corresponds to EV 0 to 20 or f/1.0 and 1.2 s to f/32 and 1/1000 s. Flashing left triangular LED in viewfinder indicates values below metering range.

For aperture priority (A) continuously adjustable from 32 s to 1/4000 s. For manual setting 8 s to 1/4000 s in half steps,  B for long exposure times up to 240 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.

Shutter cocking

Using low-noise integral motor, optionally after releasing the shutter release button.

Measurement cell for available light

(continuous light measurement) Silicon photodiode with condensing lens, positioned in the bottom center of the camera base.

Series exposures

Approx. 2 pictures/s, ≤ 8 pictures in series.

Sensitivity range

ISO 160/19° to ISO 2500/35°, selectable in 1/3 ISO increments in aperture priority automatic mode A or manual exposure setting, optional automatic control or manual selection, automatic control in snapshot mode. Additional ISO 80 setting available as a pull option.

Shutter release

Three levels: Exposure metering on – Metering memory lock (in aperture priority mode) – Shutter release. Integrated standard cable release thread.

Self-timer

Exposure mode

Choice of automatic shutter speed control with manual aperture selection – aperture priority A – with corresponding digital display, or manual setting of shutter speed and aperture and adjustment using LED light balance with indication of correct exposure, or risk of overexposure/camera shake (with snapshot profile only).

Delay optionally 2 s (aperture priority and manual exposure setting) or 12 s (menu setting), indicated by flashing LED on front of camera and corresponding display on the monitor.

Switching the camera on/off

Using the main switch on the camera’s top panel, selectable automatic power-off for camera electronics after about 2/5/10 minutes, reactivation by pressing the shutter release button.

Power supply

1 lithium ion battery, nominal voltage 3.7 V, capacity 1900 mAh. Capacity display in monitor, when shutter held open  (for sensor cleaning) additional acoustic warning when capacity is low.

Charger

Inputs: 100–240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, automatic switching, or 12/24 V DC; Output: 4.2 V DC, 800 mA.

steel-gray paint finish black paint finish

LEICA M9-P

silver chrome black paint finish

Flash exposure control Flash unit connection

Via accessory shoe with center and control contacts.

Synchronization

Optional synchronization on first or second shutter curtain.

Flash sync speed

= 1/180 s; longer shutter speeds possible.

Image framing

By activating two bright-line frames: for 35 and 135 mm, 28 and 90 mm, or for 50 and 75 mm. Automatic activation when lens is attached. Any pair of bright-line frames can be activated using the image field selector.

Parallax compensation

The horizontal and vertical difference between the viewfinder and the lens is automatically compensated according to the relevant distance setting, i.e. the viewfinder bright-line automatically aligns with the subject detail recorded by the lens.

Matching of viewfinder and actual picture

The size of the bright-line frame corresponds exactly to the sensor size of approx. 23.9 x 35.8 mm at a setting distance of 1 meter. At infinity setting, depending on the focal length, approx. 7.3% (28 mm) to 18% (135 mm) more is recorded by the sensor than indicated by the corresponding bright-line frame and slightly less for distances shorter than 1 m.

Enlargement

(for all lenses) 0.68x.

Large basis rangefinder

Split or superimposed image rangefinder shown as a bright field in the center of the viewfinder image.

Effective rangefinder base

47.1 mm (actual rangefinder base 69.25 mm x viewfinder enlargement 0.68x).

Displays Viewfinder

(lower edge) LED symbol for flash status. Four-digit seven-segment digital display with dots above and below, display brightness adjusted for ambient brightness, for: warning of exposure compensation, display for automatically generated shutter speeds in aperture priority mode, indication of use of metering memory lock, warning that the metering or setting ranges are over- or underexposed using aperture priority and counting down exposures longer than 2s. LED light balance with two triangular and one central circular LED for manual exposure setting. The triangular LEDs give the direction of rotation of the aperture setting ring and shutter speed setting dial to adjust the exposure. Also as warning for over- or underexposure. 2.5 in. monitor (color TFT LCD) with 230,000 pixels, M9-P with sapphire glass LCD monitor cover.

Camera housing Material

All-metal die cast magnesium body, KTL dip-painted, synthetic leather covering. Top deck and baseplate in brass, black, and steel-gray paint finish. M9 in black and steel-gray paint, M9-P in silver chrome and black paint. M9-P with sapphire glass LCD monitor cover.

2 silicon photodiodes with condensing lens in camera base.

Image field selector

Allows the bright-line pairs to be manually displayed at any time (e.g. for framing comparisons).

Flash exposure  compensation

±3 1/3 EV in 1/3 EV steps adjustable on the SCA-3501/3502 adapter. On Leica SF 24 D, ±3 EV in 1/3 EV steps with computer control, or from 0 to –3 EV in 1 EV steps/on Leica SF 58 adjustable in all modes ±3 EV in 1/3 EV steps.

Tripod thread

Stainless steel, A 1/4 (1/4 in.) DIN, in baseplate.

Operating conditions

0 to +40°C.

Displays in flash mode

Flash readiness: flash symbol LED in viewfinder constant. Correct flash exposure: LED constant or flashes rapidly after exposure. Underexposure: LED extinguished after exposure.

Interface

5-pin mini-USB 2.0 High-Speed socket for fast data transfer.

Dimensions

(W x D x H) approx. 139 x 37 x 80 mm (5 1/2 x 11/2 x 3 1/6 in.).

Weight (with battery)

M9 585 g (20.6 oz), M9-P 600 g (21.2 oz).

Included extras

Charger 100–240 V with 2 mains cables (EU, USA, different in some export markets) and 1 car charger, lithium ion battery, USB cable, carrying strap.

Flash exposure metering

(with SCA-3501/3502 adapter or SCA-3000 standard flash unit, e.g. Leica SF 24 D/Leica SF 58). Control with centerweighted TTL pre-flash metering.

Flash measurement cell

Viewfinder Viewfinder principle

Large, bright-line frame viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation.

Eyepiece

Adjusted to -0.5 dpt. Correction lenses from -3 to +3 dpt. available.

*Subject to changes in design, manufacture, and scope.

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LEICA M7/MP Technical data.

Product

Leica M7

silver chrome black chrome

Leica MP

silver chrome black paint finish

Product

Order no.

10 504 10 503

10 301 10 302

Camera type

Compact 35 mm rangefinder system camera with electronically controlled shutter and two mechanically controlled shutter speeds.

Compact 35 mm rangefinder system camera with mechan­ically controlled shutter.

Viewfinder displays (at lower edge)

Lenses attachment

Leica M bayonet mount.

Leica M bayonet mount.

Lens system

Leica M-Lenses from 21–135 mm.

Leica M-Lenses from 21–135 mm.

Large, bright line frame viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation. Optimized flare resistance and reduced stray light sensitivity and optimum visibility of all bright line frames.

Eyepiece

Calibrated to –0.5 dpt. Correction lenses from –3 to +3 dpt. available.

Image framing

Bright line frames activated in pairs: for 28 and 90 mm, 35 and 135 mm, or 50 and 75 mm. Automatically displayed when the lens is mounted. The preview selector can be used to display each of the pairs of frames. Alternative bright line frame configurations are available as part of the Leica à la carte range.*

Parallax compensation

The horizontal and vertical difference between the viewfinder and the lens is automatically compensated in line with the current distance setting, i.e. the bright line frame in the viewfinder automatically covers the section of the subject that will be captured by the lens.

Correlation between  viewfinder and film images

At the shortest possible distance setting for each focal length, the bright line frame size corresponds to an image size of approx. 23 x 35 mm. When set to infinity, depending on the focal length between 9% (28 mm) and 23% (135 mm) more is captured by the film than is shown in the corresponding bright line frame.

Magnification

0.72x (for all lenses). Alternative viewfinder magnifications of 0.85x and 0.58x are available as part of the Leica à la carte range.*

Wide-base rangefinder

Split and superimposed image rangefinder displayed as a bright field in the centre of the viewfinder image. Effective measuring basis 49.9 mm (actual measuring base 69.25 mm x viewfinder magnification 0.72x). For the alternative view­ finder magnifications of 0.85x and 0.58x available as part of the Leica à la carte range, it is 58.9 mm (actual measuring base 69.25 mm x viewfinder magnification 0.85x) and 40.2 mm (actual measuring base 69.25 mm x viewfinder magnifi­ cation 0.58x) respectively.

silver chrome black paint finish

LED symbol for flash status, four-digit, seven-segment LED digital display with points above and below (display brightness adapted to outside brightness) for: film speed information, exposure correction warnings, automatically set shutter speed in automatic mode, indication of use of stored exposure setting, indication of brightness readings above or below the metering range in automatic mode, and progress of shutter speeds slower than 2 seconds.

LED symbol for battery status.

Using accessory hot shoe with center  contacts or standard flash connector socket.

Using accessory hotshoe with center contact and/or standard flash connector socket.

Flash exposure metering and control Flash unit connection Flash synchronization speed

= 1/50 s; slower shutter speeds can be used (with manual setting only on Leica M7). Automatic setting in AUTO mode ; faster shutter speeds (1/250 s, 1/500 s, 1/1,000 s) available with manual setting if the connected flash unit has the “High Speed Synchronization” function and an SCA-3502 adapter is used.

Synchronization time

Optionally with 1st or 2nd shutter curtain (with appro­ priate flash unit and SCA-3502 adapter).

With 1st shutter curtain.

Exposure metering Exposure metering through the lens (TTL), selectively with working aperture.

Leica MP

silver chrome black chrome

LED light balance with two triangular LEDs and a central circular LED to adjust the exposure (on Leica M7 for manual setting only). Underexposure of at least one stop. Underexposure of 1 ⁄ 2 stop. Correct exposure. Overexposure of 1 ⁄ 2 stop. Overexposure of at least one stop. Triangular LEDs give the required direction to rotate the aperture dial and (on Leica M7 only) the shutter speed dial to adjust the exposure. The LEDs flash to warn that the brightness reading is above or below the metering range.

Viewfinder Viewfinder principle

Leica M7

Metering principle

Measures light reflected by a metering spot in the center of the first shutter curtain. The metering spot has a diameter of 12 mm and thus corresponds to approx. 13% of the full film format or approx. 2/3 of the short side of the respective bright line frame in the viewfinder.

Exposure metering/  metering characteristics

(With SCA-3501/3502 adapter or SCA-3000 standard flash unit, e.g. Leica SF 20/SF 24D)  TTL control with center-weighted integral metering.

Separate computer control of flash unit or guide number calculation and manual setting of required aperture.

Metering range

(at ISO 100/21°) From 0.03 to 125,000 cd/m² at room temperature, normal humidity and f/1.0. For ISO 100/21° this corresponds to EV 2 to 20 or f/1 and 4 s (B setting on Leica MP) to f/32 and 1/1000 s. A flashing left-hand triangular LED in the viewfinder indicates that the brightness reflected is below the metering range.

Metering cell

Silicon photodiode with condensing lens at the lower right behind bayonet.

Metering cell

Silicon photodiode with condensing at the top left behind the bayonet.

Film speed range for TTL flash exposure metering

ISO 12/12° to 3200/36°.

Exposure control

Choice of automatic control of shutter speed – with corresponding digital display – with manual aperture selection (automatic mode) or manual shutter speed and aperture setting with adjustment using LED light balance.

Manual shutter speed and aperture setting and adjustment using LED light balance.

Flash exposure  compensation

±3 1⁄3 EV in 1 ⁄ 3 EV increments on SCA-3501/3502 adapter.

Choice of automatic setting from ISO 25/15° to ISO 5000/38° for DX-coded films or manual setting from ISO 6/9° to ISO 6400/39°. Setting an additional exposure compensation (± 2 EV) allows speeds of ISO 1.5/3° to ISO 25000/45° to be used.

Manual setting from ISO 6/9 to ISO 6400/39°.

Film speed range

On Leica SF 20/SF 24D, ± 3 EV in 1/3 EV increments or  from 0 to –3 EV in 1 EV increments with computer control. Displays in flash mode

Ready: constant illumination of flash symbol LED in viewfinder. Confirmation: continued illumination or brief rapid flashing of LED after exposure. Underexposure indicated by LED temporarily going out.

*For the possible combinations, the bright line frames (pairs) displayed in each case, and further details of the equipment options in the Leica à la carte range, please refer to our website: www.leica-a-la-carte.com.

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LEICA M7/MP

LEICA M - LENSES

Technical data.

Technical data.

Product

Leica M7

silver chrome black chrome

Leica MP

silver chrome black paint finish

Shutter and shutter release Shutter

Shutter speeds

Leica M - Lenses

No. of lens elements  elements/ groups

Angle of view  diagonal in °

Leica Tri - Elmar - M 16 –18 – 21 mm f/4 ASPH.

10/7

Leica Super- Elmar - M 18 mm f/3.8 ASPH.

Weight  black/ chrome  in g

Closest focus distance  from film plane,  in cm

Smallest Largest image field  reproin mm duction scale 

Number of aperture blades

107/100/ E 67 (Adap- 58 x 72 92 ter 14473)

335

50

725 x 1087 1:30

9

8/7

100

E 77 (Adap- 61 x 58 ter 14484)

310

70

827 x 1241

9

Leica Summilux - M 21 mm f/1.4 ASPH.

10/8

92

Serie VIII

69.5 x 77

580

70

685 x 1027 1:29

11

Leica Super- Elmar - M 21 mm f/3.4 ASPH.

8/7

91

E 46

43 x 55

279

70

706 x 1059 1:29.4

9

Leica Summilux - M 24 mm f/1.4 ASPH.

10/8

84

Serie VII

61 x 76

500

70

615 x 922

1:26

11

Rubberized cloth focal plane shutter with horizontal movement; extremely quiet. Electronically controlled with two mechanically con­ trolled shutter speeds, 1/60 s and 1/125 s.

Mechanically controlled.

In automatic mode (AUTO), continuous from 32 s to 1/1000 s. With manual setting 4 s to 1/1000 s in whole increments.

1 s to 1/1000 s in whole increments.

B for very long exposures of any duration (1/50 s) for flash synchronization. Shutter release

Three stage: Power up – Exposure value storage  (in automatic mode) – Release.

Two stage: Power up (activate exposure meter) – Release.

Film transport

Filter size  DimenØ in mm sions  Ø x L from bayonet flange  in mm

1:34.6

Loading

Manual film loading after opening baseplate and rear panel.

Leica Elmar - M 24 mm f/3.8 ASPH.

8/6

84

46

53 x 57

260

70

615 x 922

1:26

9

Advance

Manually with quick-wind lever or Leicavit M or motorized using Leica Motor M, Leica Winder M, Leica Winder M4-P or Leica Winder M4-2 (from serial no. 10 350).

Leica summicron - M 28 mm f/2 ASPH.

9/6

75

46

53 x 40.8

270

70

533 x 800

1:22

10

Rewind

Manually with extending rewind button (on Leica MP, rewind crank available as part of Leica à la carte range and attachable rewind crank available as an accessory) or rewind crank (Leica M7) after turning R lever on front of camera.

Leica Elmarit - M 28 mm f/2.8 ASPH.

8/6

75

39

52 x 46

180

70

533 x 800

1:22

10

Leica Summilux - M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH.

9/5

63

46

53 x 46.2

320

70

419 x 627

1:17.5

9

On top of camera. Automatic reset after removing baseplate.

Leica Summicron - M 35 mm f/2 ASPH.

7/5

63

39

53 x 34.5

255/340

70

419 x 627

1:17.5

8

Frame counter Camera body

Leica Summarit - M 35 mm f/2.5

6/4

63

39

51 x 34

220

80

490 x 735

1:20.4

9

Enclosed all metal body with hinged rear panel. Brass top and baseplate.

Leica Noctilux - M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH.

8/5

47

60

73 x 75

700

100

406 x 608

1:17

11

Silver and black chrome finish.

Leica Summilux - M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH.

8/5

47

46

53.5 x 52.5 335/465

70

271 x 407

1:11.3

9

All variations are available for both cameras as part of the Leica à la carte range.

Leica Summicron - M 50 mm f/2

6/4

47

39

53 x 43.5

240

70

271 x 407

1:11.3

9

Tripod thread

A 1/4 (1/4 in.) DIN in baseplate.

Leica Summarit - M 50 mm f/2.5

6/4

47

39

52 x 33

230

80

338 x 508

1:14

9

Power supply

6 V from 2 lithium cells, type DL 1/3 N. Battery monitoring by flashing of LEDs in digital display or light balance or by illumination of bc display or all LEDs going out.

Leica APO-Summicron - M 75 mm f/2 ASPH.

7/5

32

49

58 x 67

430

70

169 x 254

1:7

9

Leica Summarit - M 75 mm f/2.5

6/4

32

46

55 x 61

345

90

238 x 357

1:10

11

Leica APO - Summicron - M 90 mm f/2 ASPH.

5/5

27

55

64 x 78

500

100

220 x 330

1:9,1

11

Leica Summarit - M 90 mm f/2.5

5/7

27

46

55 x 67

360

100

213 x 320

1:8.9

11

Leica APO - Telyt - M 135 mm f/3.4

5/4

18

49

58.5 x 104.7 450

150

220 x 330

1:9

10

Leica Macro-Elmar - M 90 mm f/4

4/4

27

39

52 x 59/ 41**

77/50*

161 x 241/ 72 x 108*

1:6.7/1:3* 10

Material

Silver chrome finish and black paint finish.

(Only required for exposure metering and display) 3 V from 2 silver oxide button cells, type PX 76/SR 44 or from 1 lithium cell, type DL 1/3 N. Battery monitoring by illumination of battery warning display with light balance LEDs (1st level), light balance LEDs going out (2nd level) or all LEDs going out.

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 138 x 79.5 x 34 mm (5 1/2 x 3 1/6 x 11/2 in.).

Approx. 138 x 77 x 34 mm (5 1/2 x 3 x 11/2 in.).

Weight (without batteries)

Approx. 610 g (21.5 oz).

Approx. 585 g (20.6 oz).

Items supplied

Carrying strap with non-slip pad, camera cover with M bayonet, flash contact shoe connector and batteries.

240

* with Macro-Adapter M ** collapsed

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LEICA CAMERAS AND SPORT OPTICS

LEICA SUMMILUX-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH., ISO 400, f/1.4, 1/30 s


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