Leica revives the M6 ​​35mm film rangefinder

Leica was responsible for creating the first commercially available 35mm camera nearly 100 years ago, in 1925. From 1984 to 2002, the German camera maker handcrafted 175,000 M6 film cameras that have served as instruments for the world’s best photographers to capture their distinct worldviews. Two decades after dropping the model, the cultural icon now returns for a new generation with some contemporary upgrades and touches.

“The Leica M6 is a milestone in the history of Leica Camera AG. Since 1984, countless iconic photos have been taken with it; it had been in the product line for over 18 years and remains a fascinating camera with extremely high utility value. Conscious analog photography as the antithesis of the flood of digital images is enjoying great success,” writes Stefan Daniel, Executive Vice President of Technology and Operations at Leica.

The new Leica M6 uses the modern version of the Leica M rangefinder with 0.72x magnification. Optical surfaces are coated to protect against stray light and top covers are changed from die-cast zinc to solid brass coated in an abrasion resistant black lacquer. The iconic red Leitz logo carries from the 1984 original and other typical character traits such as the angled rewind crank are preserved. Other highlights include a new battery warning indicator, light meter and light meter.

“Whether historic or new, the Leica M6 focuses on essential photographic functions. Handcrafted in Germany, it is an extremely reliable companion for anyone who appreciates the enduring and contemplative nature of analog photography,” Leica writes in a press release.

The Leica M6 will be available in the US via Leica Online Store and shops starting November 3 for US$5,295.

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