Leica M39 system

Discontinued

Leica I

35mm MF film viewfinder camera

Also known as: Model C
Announced: 1930
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/20 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica Standard

35mm MF film viewfinder camera

Also known as: Model E
Announced: 1932
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/20 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica Ic

35mm MF film viewfinder camera

Announced: 1949
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/30 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica If

35mm MF film viewfinder camera

Announced: 1952
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/25 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica Ig

35mm MF film viewfinder camera

Announced: 1957
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica II

35mm MF film rangefinder camera

Also known as: Model D
Announced: 1932
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/20 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica III

35mm MF film rangefinder camera

Also known as: Model F
Announced: 1933
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica IIIa

35mm MF film rangefinder camera

Announced: 1935
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica IIIb

35mm MF film rangefinder camera

Announced: 1938
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica IIId

35mm MF film rangefinder camera

Announced: 1939
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/30 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica IIIc

35mm MF film rangefinder camera

Announced: 1940
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica IIc

35mm MF film rangefinder camera

Announced: 1948
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/30 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica IIIf

35mm MF film rangefinder camera

Announced: 1950
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica IIf

35mm MF film rangefinder camera

Announced: 1951
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/25 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica IIIg

35mm MF film rangefinder camera

Announced: 1957
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/30 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica I

35mm MF film viewfinder camera

Also known as: Model C
Announced: 1930
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/20 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica Standard

35mm MF film viewfinder camera

Also known as: Model E
Announced: 1932
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/20 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica Ic

35mm MF film viewfinder camera

Announced: 1949
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/30 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica If

35mm MF film viewfinder camera

Announced: 1952
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/25 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica Ig

35mm MF film viewfinder camera

Announced: 1957
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica II

35mm MF film rangefinder camera

Also known as: Model D
Announced: 1932
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/20 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica III

35mm MF film rangefinder camera

Also known as: Model F
Announced: 1933
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica IIIa

35mm MF film rangefinder camera

Announced: 1935
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica IIIb

35mm MF film rangefinder camera

Announced: 1938
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica IIId

35mm MF film rangefinder camera

Announced: 1939
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/30 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica IIIc

35mm MF film rangefinder camera

Announced: 1940
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica IIc

35mm MF film rangefinder camera

Announced: 1948
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/30 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica IIIf

35mm MF film rangefinder camera

Announced: 1950
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica IIf

35mm MF film rangefinder camera

Announced: 1951
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/25 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica IIIg

35mm MF film rangefinder camera

Announced: 1957
Mount: M39
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/30 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: No

Leica is a brand name synonymous with 35mm photography and rangefinder cameras. Leica introduced many features which were then adapted by other 35mm cameras. Interchangeable lenses, the focal plane shutter and the lens-coupled, built-in rangefinder, to name a few.

The interchangeable Leica lenses were offered in a large variety of types ranging from wide-angle to telephoto, ensuring excellent results in all branches of amateur photography and most specialized professional work. Their exceptional light-gathering qualities, resolving power, remarkable depth of field and unexcelled color rendition helped to develop the Leica system of photography.

Camera lineup

M39 mount lens lineup

Lenses found: 36
Ultra-wide angle prime lenses
Leitz Wetzlar Super-Angulon 21mm F/4Pancake lensPro 1958 
Wide-angle prime lenses
Leitz Hektor 28mm F/6.3 1935 
Leitz Wetzlar Summaron 28mm F/5.6 1954 
Leitz Elmar 35mm F/3.5 1930 
Leitz Wetzlar Summaron 35mm F/3.5 1946 
Leitz Wetzlar Summaron 35mm F/2.8 1958 
Leitz Wetzlar (Canada) Summicron 35mm F/2 1958 
Leica Summicron 35mm F/2 ASPH. 1999 
Standard prime lenses
Leitz Elmar 50mm F/3.5 1930 
Leitz Elmar 50mm F/3.5 1952 
Leitz Wetzlar Elmar 50mm F/3.5 1954 
Leitz Wetzlar Elmar 50mm F/2.8 1957 
Leitz Hektor 50mm F/2.5 1930 
Leitz (Wetzlar) Summar 50mm F/2 1933 
Leitz (Wetzlar) Summitar 50mm F/2 1938 
Leitz Wetzlar Summicron 50mm F/2 1951 
Leitz Wetzlar Summicron 50mm F/2 1951 
Leica Summicron 50mm F/2 1999 
Leitz Wetzlar Xenon 50mm F/1.5 1935 
Leitz Wetzlar (Canada) Summarit 50mm F/1.5 1949 
Leica (Wetzlar) Summilux 50mm F/1.4 1959 
Leica Summilux 50mm F/1.4 1999 
Short telephoto prime lenses
Leitz Wetzlar Hektor 73mm F/1.9 1930 
Leitz Wetzlar Summarex 85mm F/1.5 1940 
Leitz Elmar 90mm F/4 1930 
Leitz Wetzlar Elmar 90mm F/4 1932 
Leitz Wetzlar Elmar 90mm F/4 1954 
Leitz Wetzlar Elmar 90mm F/4 1964 
Leitz Wetzlar Elmarit 90mm F/2.8 1958 
Leitz Wetzlar Thambar 90mm F/2.2 1934 
Leica Canada Summicron 90mm F/2 1957 
Leica (Canada) Summicron 90mm F/2 1959 
Leitz Wetzlar Elmar 105mm F/6.3 1930 
Medium telephoto prime lenses
Leitz Elmar 135mm F/4.5 1930 
Leitz Weitzlar Hektor 135mm F/4.5 1933 
Leitz Weitzlar Elmar 135mm F/4 1960 

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Alternatives

The ones that are highlighted in blue are the recommended lenses.

The ones that are crossed out are the lenses from manufacturers who do not provide adequate quality control. Usually, one doesn't want to purchase them.

Alternatives

The ones that are crossed out are the lenses from manufacturers who do not provide adequate quality control. Usually, one doesn't want to purchase them.

Alternatives

The ones that are highlighted in blue are the recommended lenses.