Leica M system

In 1954, a new member of the Leica family was born. The name of this camera was the Leica M3, the first camera in the M-System. As it does today, the M stood for Messsucher, the German word for combined rangefinder and view-finder, and the number 3 denoted the number of bright-line frames. In addition to its signature rangefinder, the Leica M3 brought other significant enhancements, such as a quick-change bayonet lens mount. Both innovations – the rangefinder and the M bayonet mount – have undergone constant improvements and are still found in a more advanced form in the latest cameras of the M-System. The reasons for the success of the M-System lie in adhering steadfastly to the concept of utmost mechanical and optical precision, compact size and timeless design.

The overarching goal in the evolution of the Leica M is to fulfill the genuine photographic needs of professionals and serious enthusiasts. The result is a unique range of digital rangefinder cameras that quite intentionally do not offer all the bells and whistles made possible by modern technology, but limit themselves exclusively to what makes real sense in terms of photography.

Leica M-Lenses are among the best in the world. They are designed and assembled to meet the most stringent quality demands. They enable the creation of images endowed with an unmistakable character – not only in terms of contrast and resolution, but also with structural integrity, tonal depth, and a unique natural signature that is especially evident under adverse lighting conditions. M-Lenses have the opportunity to reveal their full potential only when mounted on M-Cameras, since only these have sensors precisely matched to their optical characteristics. Together, M-Lenses and M-Cameras are the perfect duo when it comes to ensuring maximum picture quality.

The extraordinary compactness of M-Cameras and their lenses constitute an ideal camera system for travel and reportage photography.

Camera lineup

Leica M mount lens lineup

Lenses found: 29 • Discontinued lenses are not shown
Ultra-wide angle prime lenses
Leica Super-Elmar-M 18mm F/3.8 ASPH.Pro 2009 
Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm F/3.4 ASPH. E46Pro 2011 
Leica Summilux-M 21mm F/1.4 ASPH. S.VIIIPro 2008 
Wide-angle prime lenses
Leica Elmar-M 24mm F/3.8 ASPH. E46 2008 
Leica Summaron-M 28mm F/5.6 (II) E34Pancake lens 2016 
Leica Elmarit-M 28mm F/2.8 ASPH. (VI) E39 2016 
Leica Summicron-M 28mm F/2 ASPH. (II) E46 2016 
Leica Summilux-M 28mm F/1.4 ASPH. E49 2015 
Leica Summarit-M 35mm F/2.4 ASPH. (II) E46 2014 
Leica Summicron-M 35mm F/2 ASPH. (VI) E39 2016 
Leica APO-Summicron-M 35mm F/2 ASPH. (VII) E39 2021 
Leica Summilux-M 35mm F/1.4 ASPH. (V) E46 2010 
Standard prime lenses
Leica Summarit-M 50mm F/2.4 (II) E46 2014 
Leica Summicron-M 50mm F/2 (V) E39 1994 
Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm F/2 ASPH. (VI) E39 2012 
Leica Summilux-M 50mm F/1.4 ASPH. (IV) E46 2004 
Leica Noctilux-M 50mm F/1.2 ASPH. (II) E49 2021 
Leitz Wetzlar Noctilux-M 50mm F/1.2 ASPH. E49 2021 
Leica Noctilux-M 50mm F/0.95 ASPH. E60 2008 
Short telephoto prime lenses
Leica Summarit-M 75mm F/2.4 (II) E46 2014 
Leica APO-Summicron-M 75mm F/2 ASPH. E49 2005 
Leica Noctilux-M 75mm F/1.25 ASPH. E67 2017 
Leica Summarit-M 90mm F/2.4 (II) E46 2014 
Leica Thambar-M 90mm F/2.2 (II) E49 2017 
Leica APO-Summicron-M 90mm F/2 ASPH. (V) E55 1998 
Leica Summilux-M 90mm F/1.5 ASPH. E67 2019 
Medium telephoto prime lenses
Leica APO-Telyt-M 135mm F/3.4 E49Pro 1998 
Macro lenses
Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90mm F/4 E391:6.7Pro 2003 
Wide-angle zoom lenses
Leica Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21mm F/4 ASPH. 2006 

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