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Thefreedomtocapturethedecisivemoment.

CONTENTS

EDITORIAL LEICACAMERAAG LEICAHISTORY LEICAREPORTAGE LEICAM-SYSTEM LEICAM9/M9-P LEICAM7/MP LEICAÀLACARTE LEICAM-LENSES LEICAM-ACCESSORIES LEICAMTECHNICALDATA LEICACAMERASANDSPORTOPTICS

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DearfriendsofLeica,

Unlikeanyothercamera,theLeicaMembodiesauniquelyindividualapproachtophotography.Itisandalwayshas beenanexquisiteinstrumentforenablingauniquevisualexperience,aninstrumentthatgivesphotographers f  reedomtocreate,whilealsomaximizingtheiroptionsforrealizingtheirownvisionoftheperfectpicture.The LeicaMistheidealcameraforcapturing hotographsthathavethecapacitytocapturetheinconspicuous, p unnoticedaspectsoflife. SincetheintroductionoftheLeicaMrangefinderprinciplein1954,photojournalistsandphotographicartists havenfluencedourimageoftheworldwiththeirdiscreet,fastLeicaMcameras.Rangefindercamerasareidealfor i t  akingvibrant,authenticimagesofeventsastheyhappen,andtheseadvantageshavebeenexploitedbythemany photographersoftheworld’sfirstindependentphotoagency,Magnum,foundedin1947bylegendaryphotographer HenriCartier-Bressonandothers.Thenasnow,membersofMagnumbelievedthatphotographersmusthavea perspectiveintheirimagerythattranscendsasimple,clichédrecordingofreality. SoweareparticularlydelightedthattherelationshipbetweenMagnumPhotosInternationalInc.andLeica amera C istodaystrongerthanever.Buildingonoursharedhistory,MagnumandLeicaarecollaboratingto roduceaseries p ofprojectsthatcontinueourlong-standingdedicationtoindependentdocumentaryphotography.Todaywe’revery pleasedtopresentoneofthefirstresultsofthiscollaboration,onthesepages. MagnumphotographerAlexMajolitraveledwiththenewestmemberoftheLeicaMcamerafamilytoVenice.There, hecapturedforusaremarkableportraitofayounggondolierandhiscity.Hisphotographstransformmomentsof timeintolivinghistory.Vibrant,authenticimagesoflifeasithappens,capturedwiththenewLeicaM9-P. Yours, LeicaCameraAG
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Passionatephotography.

OskarBarnack(1879–1936),inventor ofthefi rstLeicacamera. 

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.

LEICAM9,themostcompactdigitalsystem camerawithafull-framesensor.

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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INTHEBEGINNING,THEREWASLEICA
Fromanideatoalegend.

ShotinSantaMonica,California,in1955withaLeicaM3,“CaliforniaKiss”isoneofMagnumphotographer  ElliottErwitt’smostfamousimages.CopyrightElliottErwitt1955,MagnumPhotos.

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CarlKellnerfoundstheOptischeInstitutWetzlar(WetzlarOpticalInstitute). ErnstLeitzjoinsthecompanyasapartner. LeicaengineerOskarBarnackconstructsthefirstLeica. E  rnstLeitzIImakesthedecisiontoproducethe35mmcamerainseriesproduction. ThenameLeicaforLeitzCameraisregistered.

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TheLeicaIwithanon-interchangeablelensisexhibitedattheLeipzigSpringFair. ThefirstLeicawithinterchangeablethread-mountlensesappearsonthemarket. TheLeica250Reportercanbeloadedwith10moffilmfor250exposures. TheLeicaM3withbayonetmountandcombinedbright-lineviewfinderandrangefinderushersinawholenewera. TheLeicaflexisthefirstLeicaSLRtogointoproduction. Aquantumleap:theLeicaNoctilux-M50mmf/1.2ispresentedatPhotokina. IntroductionoftheLeicaM4withasimplifiedfilm-loadingmechanismandnewrewindknob. TheLeicaM5istheworld’sfirstrangefindercamerawithselectivethrough-the-lensmetering. NewglassesenabletheconstructionoftheextremelyfastLeicaNoctilux50mmf/1lens. IntroductionoftheLeicaM6withselectivemeteringandanLEDdisplayintheviewfinder. AnnouncementoftheLeicaM6TTLwithTTLflashmetering. TheLeicaM7debutswithaperturepriorityexposuremodeanddigitaldisplayoftheautomaticallydeterminedshutterspeeds. Leicapresentsthefirst,digitalrangefindercamera:theLeicaM8. TheLeicaM8.2islaunched. Leicapresentstheworld’sfastestasphericallens:theLeicaNoctilux-M50mmf/0.95ASPH. Launchoftheworld’ssmallestfull-formatdigitalsystemcamera:theLeicaM9. LaunchoftheLeicaM9-P,thesistermodeltotheLeicaM9.

Photographycannotstopthecourseoftime,butitcancapture,document,andinterpretitsfleetingmoments, preservingmemoriesofthosepoignantinstantsforeternity.Indeed,thetransformationofthetransitoryinto theeternalisoneofthemainreasonswetakepictures.AndthanksinparttothepioneeringspiritofLeica,it isnowpossibleforeveryonetorecordtheirmemoriesconvenientlyastheyhappen.Itallbeganabouta entury c ago,whenOskarBarnackchangedphotographywithastrokeofgenius–designingthefirstLeica,asmall, obust, r easy-to-use24x36mmformatcamerathatpavedthewayforphotographyasweknowittoday. In1954,thelaunchoftheLeicaM-System,withitsbrilliantcombinedviewfinderandcoupledrangefinder,opened upvastnewhorizonsinreportageandartisticphotography.Intheeyesofphotographers,aLeicaMhasalways beentheperfecttoolforcapturingthefascinationofamomentdiscreetly,silently,withouthesitation,andwith perfectimagequality.Indeed,unsurpassedimagequalitywas,is,andalwayswillbethekeyfoundingprincipleof Leica.Everyinnovationanddevelopmentsincethenhasbeenmeasuredbythisstrictcriterion.Withthelaunchof theLeicaM8in2006,anewerainthehistoryofrangefindercamerasbegan:theM-Systemwentdigital.Then,in 2009,LeicasetafurthermilestoneindigitalphotographywiththeLeicaM9.TheM9isthefirsteverrangefinder camerawithafull-frame24x36mmsensorin35mmformat,andisalsothesmallestfull-formatdigitalsystem cameratheworldhaseverseen.ItisnoexaggerationtostatethattheLeicaM9isthemostsignificantLeicasince thelandmarkLeicaM3of1954.

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LEICA REPORTAGE

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LEICAREPORTAGE
Themostromanticworkplaceintheworld.

Onlythecallsoftheseagullsdisturbthesilenceasthemorningsunbeginsitsdailybattleagainsttheseason’s heavycloakofmist.TheinhabitantsofVenicecallthiscity“LaSerenissima”–afondandreverentialallusionto itsmedievalstatusastheMostSereneRepublic–andonthisMarchmorningitseemstostillbesleeping.But thisisn’ttrueforallofitsinhabitants.Balancedlikedancers,AlviseandhisfriendTobiaareintheirboat,rowingit forwardswithrhythmic,powerfulstrokes.TheyglidepastthebeachesofthelegendaryLidodiVenezia,perhaps themostglamorousbeachresortintheworldduringtheBelleÉpoque.Onceaweek,thetwofriendsmeetfora sessionofmorningsport,Venetianstyle,beforeAlvisemakeshiswaytohisworkplace,notfarfromthefamous SaintMark’sSquare. AlviseCatulloRagazzois22yearsoldandoneofaround700gondoliers,apartofVenetianlifeasessentialtothe cityastheGrandCanalitself.Atjust18yearsold,Alvisefirstenteredtheeliteandancientguild.Likeallother aspiringgondoliers,hehadtofirstpassthegruelingentranceexamattheScuolaGondolieribeforehecouldbegin hisone-yeartraining.Attheendofthetraining,amastergondoliercheckseachcandidate’ssuitabilitybefore allowingthemtotakethefinalanddecisiverowingtest.And,ofcourse,onlythebestmakeitthrough,asAlvise tellsuswithawink,butalsowithanoteofpride.Thegondoliers’licensetocarrypassengersisissuedbythecity ofVenice–asithasbeenforcenturies–andislinkedtooneindividualgondola. 
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OnthewaytohishomeintheSanPolodistrict,AlvisecrossesSaintMark’sSquare.Atthismorninghour,itis practicallydesertedandbathedinagoldenlightthatrevealsallitsbreathtakingmagic.Alittlefurther,closeby theRialtoBridge,hemeetshisoldteacher,AldoPagan,foramorningchatintheCantinadoMori.Thisclassic Venetianwineandsnackbarhasbeeninexistencesince1462,anditshistoricinteriorcreatestheperfectambiance forphilosophizingabouttheartofthegondolier.Aldo,whoalsohappenstobethegrandfatherofTobia,Alvise’s friend,workedasagondolierfor43years.Nowheispassionateaboutpassingonhisknowledgetotheyounger generation.AmonghisstudentsisGiorgiaBoscolo,thesolefemalegondolierinVenice.WithAldo,theycan discussthefinerpointsoftheirvocation–suchasLaMadonetta,themostdifficultcurveinVenice’snetworkof canals.Forgondoliers,itmeansmaneuveringthegondolathroughaninety-degreeintersectionbetweenCanale diCapesaroandtheCanaledelaMadonetta,withonlyacoupleofcentimetersofroomattheprowandstern. TheholesinthewallsoftheCasaLaMadonettabearsilenttestamenttothedifficultyofthisoperation. Asalways,thetimewithAldofliesby.AndAlvise’sworkdaystartsearly,withthefirsttouristsalreadywaitingto fulfillthedreamofatripinagondola.ButAlviseknowsthathehasoneoftheworld’smostromanticworkplaces: arealVenetiangondola.ItbearsthenameAlessandra,afterhismother.AndlikeeachoneofVenice’s425gondolas,itcarriesitsownmotto:“Donotpassjudgmentonagondolawhileyoustandonland!”Dayafterday,Alvise boardshisgondola,carryingoutacenturies-oldtradition.MagnumphotographerAlexMajoliaccompaniedhim forafewdays,togetherwithhisnewLeicaM9-P.Afterall,whatothercameracouldoffersuchinsightintothis Venetianmyth?Vibrant,authentic–anddiscreetlyinthecenteroflifeasithappens.

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LEICA M - SYSTEM
Atraditionofsuperbfunctionality.

Ashedoesatthestartofeveryworkday,Alviseputsonthestrawhatandtypicalblue-and-whitestripedcostume ofthegondolier,beforeheadingtohisgondola’smooringplace.HegoespastthePalazzoDucale–theDoge’s Palace–andthenwaitsbythePontedellaCanonica.It’sthestartofastrenuousday:rowingagondolademands notonlyskillandtechnicalprowessbut,aboveall,physicalstrength.Withalengthof10to11meters(32to36 feet)andawidthof1.4meters(4feet7inches),agondolacanweighbetween500and600kilograms(1,100 to1,320pounds).Thefactthatitcanbesteeredsopreciselyisthankstoitsasymmetricconstruction.Today’s designistheresultoftheworkofalate19th-centuryboatmakernamedDomenicoTramontin,whoperfected theshapeofthegondola.Sincethen,theleftsideofeachgondolahasbeenmadeafewcentimetershigherand longerthantheright.Thankstothisrefinement,thegondolier,whostandsontheleftandrowsontheright,can steerthroughthewaterinastraightline.Perfectlyevolvedandhighlyfunctional,thegondolaandtheLeica Mcamerahavemuchmoreincommon–bothhavealwaysbeenmadebyhand,forexample.Onlytoday,the constructionofaLeicaMutilizesthemostmodernequipmentandtechnology.
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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!

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 i mages.Timeandagain,photographersworkingwithM-Camerasin areasofsocialandpoliticaltensionaroundtheworldreportthatthey arenotperceivedasjournalists,andcancaptureimagesthatremain unattainableforusersofothercamerasystems.Also,becausethefast M-Lensesguaranteethathandheldshootingispossibleforalongtime infailinglight,withoutanyneedforatripodorflashunit.Portraits appearmorerelaxedbecausethecameradoesnothidethephoto g rapher’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.

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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!
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Unrivaled,eveninthelowestlight.

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MODERN T  ECHNOLOGYAT YOURSERVICE

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

COMPATIBILITY 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.

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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Everythingataglance. THELEICAM-CAMERAS

LEICAM9-P Availableinsilverchromeandblackpaintfinish. 

LEICAM9 Availableinsteel-graypaintandblackpaintfinish. 

LEICAMP Availableinsilverchromeandblackpaintfinish. 

LEICAM 7 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.

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.

LEICASUMMARIT  -M 35mmf/2.5

STANDARDLENSES

TELEPHOTOLENSES

MACROLENSES

LEICANOCTILUX   -M 50mmf/0.95ASPH.

LEICASUMMILUX   -M 50mmf/1.4ASPH.

LEICASUMMICRON   -M 50mmf/2

LEICASUMMARIT   -M 50mmf/2.5

LEICAAPO  UMMICRON  -S -M 75mmf/2ASPH.

LEICASUMMARIT   -M 75mmf/2.5

LEICAAPO  UMMICRON  -S -M 90mmf/2ASPH.

LEICASUMMARIT  -M 90mmf/2.5

LEICAAPO  ELYT  -T -M 135mmf/3.4

LEICAMACRO  LMAR  -E -M 90mmf/4 

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LEICA M9/M9-P

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LEICA M9/M9-P 
Madeformemorablemoments.

Today’saluckydayforAlvise.Thefirsttwocustomerswhorespondtohiselegantcallof“Gondola!Gondola!”are twoyoungItalianwomen.Forhim,themostinterestingaspectofhisprofessionisthewiderangeofpeoplethat hemeetseachday.Andwhenhiscustomersalsohappentobesoattractive,thenAlviseisguaranteedthathis colleaguesPaoloandAlessandrowillhavelotstotalkabout.Justasindividualashisguests,soisAlvise’sgondola. Itisdecoratedwithparticularlyimpressivecavai-theornamentalbrassfigureswhichholdtheguardropesin place.Theproudseahorsesrearupoverthegondola,givingitanenigmaticaurathatcallstomindVenice’s goldenage.PerhapsthesemythicalcreatureswerethereasonthatAlvise’sgondolahasbeenthestage fornofewerthanfiveproposalsofmarriage.Ormaybeit’ssimplybecauseaVenetiangondolaistheperfect locationforamemorablemoment.Alsocraftedformomentssuchasthese,inVeniceandthroughoutthewhole world:theLeicaM9anditssister,theM9-P.Theyaretheperfectcamerasfortransformingspecialmoments intophotographsthatareworthyofbecomingtreasuredmemories.
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Thehistoryof35mmphotographybeganalmost100yearsagowiththelegendaryUr-Leica.Today,itisthe LeicaM9anditssistermodel,theM9-P,thatcarrythelegendofLeicaM-Camerasintothedigitalage.Theyare thesmallestfull-format,digitalsystemcamerastheworldhaseverseen.TheCCDsensor,developedspecifically  fortheM9/M9-P,iscapableofperfectlycapturingthefull35mmformatof24×36mm.TheM9andtheM9-P, inthefamiliar,classic,andtimelessMdesign,representthequintessenceoftheirpredecessors,butfeaturethe ultimateintechnologicaladvancementsofourtime.Thismakesthemtheperfectcontemporarytoolsforallwho demandthehigheststandardsinimagequalityandtakepleasureintheconsciouscompositionoftheirimages.

1 UNCOMPROMISINGIMAGEQUALITY 2 COMPATIBILITYASAMATTEROFPRINCIPLE 3 ENDURINGPERFORMANCEANDVALUE 4 SILENCEANDDISCRETION 5 SPEEDANDFLEXIBILITY

6  OMPLETECONTROLOFALLPICTUREPARAMETERS C 7  ULL-FRAME24x36CAPTUREWITHOUTANYCOMPROMISES F 8 OPTIMIZEDSENSOR 9 INTUITIVECONTROLS 10 FULLINFORMATIONATTHEPUSHOFABUTTON 

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

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

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

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M9;full-sizeview.

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DiscretionandunobtrusivenessareparticularstrengthsoftheM-System.Inoperation,the shutteroftheM9andtheM9-Pisasquietasawhisper.Anextremelylownoiselevelwhen cockingtheshutterisensuredbyasophisticatedmotorandgearingsystem.Indiscreetmode, theshutterisonlycockedafterthephotographer’sfingerisliftedfromtheshutterreleasebut tonwhen,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.

JustlikeeveryotherM-Camera,theM9andtheM9-Pareintentionallyconcentratedonphotographicallyrelevantfunctions.Itsmanualfocusing–basedonthecombinedviewfinderand  rangefinderconcept–andaperturepriorityexposuremodeenablephotographerstoachieve  maximumcreativeexpressionwithoutimposinganylimitationsontheircreativefreedom.In combinationwiththeLCDmonitorontheback,thesimple,intuitivemenunavigationsystem controlledbyonlyafewbuttonsensuresrapidaccesstotheentirerangeofcamerafunctions.

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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7 FULLFRAME 24×36– WITHOUTANY COMPROMISES

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.

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9 NTUITIVE I 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.

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

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.

1 DISCREETDESIGN 2 EXTREMERESISTANCETOWEARANDDAMAGE 3 PARTICULARLYLONGSERVICELIFE 

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RESISTANCE TOWEARAND DAMAGE

TheLeicaM9-Pnowfeaturesanextremelyrobustandscratch-resistantsapphireglasscoverforitsLCD screen.Thisisoneoftheworld’shardestmaterialsandcanonlybeworkedwithspecialdiamond-cutting tools.Itisnocoincidencethatthismaterialisalsofoundintheworld’smostexclusivewatches.The sapphireglassLCDcoverisnotonlyextremelydurableandresistanttowear,itisalsovirtuallyunbreakable.Thankstoanantireflectivecoatingonbothsidesofthecover,imagereviewingonthescreenofthe  M9-Pinunfavorablelightingconditionsisnowevenbetter.Thisprovidesphotographerswithanidealtool foroptimumappraisalandassessmentofimagesaftercapture.

1 DISCREETDESIGN

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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LeicaM9andM9-PcustomerscantakeadvantageofafreedownloadofAdobe® Photoshop®Lightroom®3,theprofessionaldigitalworkflowsolution.

L  ENSWITH SIX-BITCODING (notillustrated) 

TheextremelyefficientimagesensorofboththeM9andtheM9-Pdemandsaparticularly highspatialresolutiontodeliverthefullimagequalitydeliveredbythelatestM-Lenses.Their excellentcorrectionforopticalaberrationsandhighresolutionmakesthemaperfectmatch fortheawesomedigitalcapturecapabilitiesoftheM9andM9-P.ThecurrentM-Lensesare suppliedwithasix-bitcodeonthemountthatisscannedopticallybytheM9andM9-P.On thebasisofthiscodedinformation,theM9andM9-Parebothabletocompensateforany negligible,system-inherentvignettingeffects.Inaddition,thelenstypeisrecordedintheEXIF dataoftheimagefilesand,whenusingthelatestflashunitsliketheLeicaSF58,thecamera automaticallyadjuststheflashheadtomatchthefocallengthofthelensinuse.Leicausers cancontactCustomerServicetoarrangeforretrofittingthesix-bitcodingtothemountsof mostexistingM-Lenses.

WORKFLOW INCLUSIVE

INCREASED SENSITIVITY THROUGH MICRO-LENS TECHNOLOGY

Microlensesareemployedtoensurethatmorelightreacheseachindividualpixelofthe sensorusedintheM9andM9-P.Asaconsequenceoftheextremelycompactdesignof LeicaM-Cameras,raysofincominglightattheedgesoftheimagefieldimpingeobliquelyon thesensorandwouldthereforenotbecapturedbyasensoremployingconventionalmicro lenses.Asaconsequence,theimagesensorusedintheM9andM9-Pemploysadvancedand meticulouslydesignedmicrolenseswithalowrefractiveindex.Inaddition,themicrolenses attheedgesofthesensorarelaterallydisplacedtowardstheimagecentertomatchthe characteristicsofM-Lensesprecisely.Thisoptimizedmicro-lensdesign,basedonmanyyears ofprecisionopticalengineeringexperience,capturesandconcentrateseventhemostoblique raysonthesensorandreliablydeliversfullimagebrightnessacrosstheimagefieldwithout anyfall-offattheedgesandcornersoftheimage.ThisensuresthatallexistingLeicaM-Lenses maintaintheirfullperformancewhenusedfordigitalphotography.

Adobe®Photoshop®Lightroom®3isaprofessionaldigitalsolutionforAppleMac®OSXand M  icrosoftWindows®.Thissoftwarepackageisimmediatelyavailableasafreeonlinedownload forallpurchasersofanewLeicaM9orM9-P.Adobe®Photoshop®Lightroom®3offersavast rangeoffunctionsfortheadministration,processing,andexportingofdigitalimages.Ifthe imagesfromtheM9orM9-Paresavedasrawdatainthestandardizedandfuture-proofAdobe DigitalNegativeFormat(DNG),thenthesophisticatedandpreciseprocessingoptionsof Adobe®Photoshop®Lightroom®3guaranteedirectandextremelyhigh-qualityimageprocessing withmaximumimagequality.Atthesametime,the14-bitperchannelcolorinformation capturedbytheimagesensorismaintainedthroughouttheprocessingworkflowfromimage importtoimageexport,ensuringthatthemostdelicatetonaldifferentiationsarepreservedin maximumqualityaftercompletionofthepost-processingsequence.

TONALVALUE HISTOGRAM (notillustrated)

BoththeLeicaM9andtheM9-PcandisplayapreciseRGBtonalvaluehistogramofthe capturedimageaftereachshot,andofferoptionalintegrationofthehistogramintheautomatic imageviewdisplay.Theclippingwarningdisplayshowstheover-andunderexposedzonesin eachimage,andwarnsthephotographerofpotentiallyunusableimages.Aninnovativefeature isthatthehistogramisrecalculatedeverytimeanewpartoftheimageisviewed,thus enablingaprecisequalityassessmentofsmallimageareasandeventhefinestimagedetails. 

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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.
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Successfromgenerationtogeneration.

Theguildofgondoliersisinseparablefromthesqueraiol,thespecialistboatmakerswhoaremastersoftheartof buildinggondolas.Justasagondoliermightpassonthelicenseforhisgondolatoason,thesecretsofgondolamakinghavebeenhandedonfromgenerationtogeneration.Traditionally,thebuilderofagondolaneverusesa blueprint.Instead,theyrelyonacollectionofwoodentemplates,whichthemastercraftsmanbequeathstohis son.Inaddition,thereisavastarrayofspecialtechniquesandsecretdetailstomakingaperfectgondolathat willneverbefoundwritteninamanual.Thefactthatsuccesscancontinuefromgenerationtogenerationisalso evidentinLeica’sanalogMmodels:theLeicaM7andtheLeicaMP.Theybothbuildontheachievementsoftheir predecessors,andbringclassicM-Photographytothepointofmodernperfection.
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PICTURE PARAMETERSAT AGLANCE AsystemuniquetoLeicarangefindercamerasclearlydisplaysall relevantinformationinthebrilliantviewfinderoftheLeicaM7:the  shutterspeeddeterminedbytheaperturepriorityexposuresystem, over-andunderexposurevaluesinmanualmeteringmode,aflash readysignalwhenaflashunitisattachedandreadytofire,anda   warningiconwhenthecamerabatteriesarelow.

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1 ENHANCED PRECISIONPLUS MANUALBACKUP

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

2 CREATIVE FLASHOPTIONS

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.

M7;full-sizeview;availableinsilverchromeandblackchrome.

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

4 AUTOMATIC EXPOSURE ALTERNATIVES

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

5 READYTOGO ...ORSTOW

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

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Bydefinition,photographyiswritingwithlight.ButLeicaM-Photo  g raphymeanssomethingmore–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
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TheLeicaMPisavailableintwodifferentbodyfinishes:silverchrome  andblackpaint.Afteryearsofharduse,whenabitofbrightbrass beginstoshowthroughtheblackorsilveratthecornersandedges, it’sasuresigntosavvyphotographersthatthecameraanditsowner havesharedmanymemorableexperiences.

Itisnoteworthytomentionthateveninthisincreasinglyelectronicage,theLeicaMPisapurelymechanicalcamera thattransformstheactofcapturingcompellingimagesintosomethingindescribablyexcitingandsensual.Over 80yearsofexperienceandexpertiseinthedesignandconstructionofexclusivelymechanicalrangefindercameras  hasculminatedinthecurrentLeicaMP.Thistimelessclassicembodiestheessenceoffinemechanicalprecision.It  isaveritablemasterpiecepossessingavisceralandemotionalqualitythatcaptivatesanyphotographeratthevery firsttouch.Inthiseraofacceleratingtransition,theLeicaMPstandssupremeasacameraforalifetime. 

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

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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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1 GIVEITAGO

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-craftedac cordingtotheprecisespecificationsofeachindividualorder. 

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

2 ESTHETIC OPTIONS

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

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LEICA M-LENSES 
Perfecttoolsarecreatedbyexperience.

Theunmistakablesmellofsawdusthangsintheair.Aradioisplayingsomewhere,itsmusicmergingwiththe rhythmicstrokesofawoodplane.AlvisehasarrivedathisdestinationintheCastelloneighborhood.PieroDriis expectinghim.TheoarmakerworksintheBottegadelRemer,thetradition-richworkshopofthemastercraftsman,PaoloBrandolisio.Thisisoneofthelastspecialistworkshopsthatfollowthe700-year-oldcraftofproducing oarsandoarsupports.TodayAlviseneedsanewoar.Eachoneistailor-madeforthegondolier:theoar’slength canvaryfrom4.10to4.20metersandeachcanweighbetween4and5kg.Often,raminwoodisused,atropicalhardwoodwithafinegrainandlightcolor.Apartfromthemodernmachinesthathelptocutthewoodtothe correctlength,theoar-makingprocessisessentiallyunchangedfromtheeraofCasanova.Expertknowledgeand precisecraftsmanshipareessential–justaswiththecreationofaLeicaM-Lens.Theperfectgondolaoarandthe world’sbestlens:botharetheresultofmanyyearsofexperience.
LEICANOCTILUX-M50mmf/0.95ASPH.,ISO320,f/3.4,1/125s 

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LEICA NOCTILUX - M50mmf/0.95ASPH. 
Kingofthenight.

Allviewsoflensesfull-size(unlessotherwiseindicated). LEICANOCTILUX-M50mmf/0.95ASPH.,ISO160,f/0.95,1/250s

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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NEW: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-performancelensforthebroadspectrumofphoto graphicsituationscoveredbysuper-wide-anglephotography.
LEICASUPER-ELMAR-M21mmf/3.4ASPH.,ISO640,f/8,1/15s 

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LEICA 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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LEICA 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

LEICA 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
LEICASUMMILUX–M24mmf/1.4ASPH.

InasetwiththeLEICAUNIVERSAL WIDE-ANGLEVIEWFINDERM

LEICATRI-ELMAR-M16–18–21mmf/4ASPH. 

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.

LEICAELMAR–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. 

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STANDARD LENSES

LEICAELMARIT–M28mmf/2.8ASPH. 

LEICASUMMILUX–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

LEICASUMMARIT–M50mmf/2.5 
Classicalindesignandreducedtothebareessentials,thisexquisitelycompact normallensoffersstate-of-theartconstruction,averyusefulmaximumaperture, anditdeliversthediscerniblelevelofopticalqualityLeicausershavecometo expect.Inadditiontoexcellentoverallimagequality,itprovidesverygoodcontrast,outstandingflatnessoffield,impressivechromaticcorrection,andminimal   distortion.It’sagreatchoiceforanyone,especiallyambitiousnewcomerstothe worldofLeicaphotography.

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

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TELEPHOTO LENSES

LEICASUMMARIT–M75mmf/2.5

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

LEICAAPO–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

LEICASUMMILUX-M35mmf/1.4ASPH.,ISO160,f/10,1/180s

LEICA M 
Accessories.

Product Leica SF 24D flash Orderno.14 444 

M9/M9-P

M7

MP

Product Battery for digital M cameras

M9/M9-P

M7

MP

x

x

x

Orderno.14464 

x

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.

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

Correction lenses M Orderno.14350 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,angleoflluminationfrom24mm,from18mmwithintegratedwide-anglediffuser,zoomreflectorforupto i 105mm, orizontalandverticalreflectoradjustment,secondaryreflector,integratedbouncecardforindirect h flash,slave-remoteoption,test-flashfunction.Acousticstatussignal.Displays: allsettingsandcorrectionvalues readablefromdot-matrix isplaywithilluminationoption,flashexposureconfirmationintheviewfinderoftheM9, d 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. Orderno.14355 Orderno.14351 Orderno.14356 +0.5 -0.5 +1.0 -1.0 Orderno.14352 Orderno.14357 Orderno.14353 Orderno.14358 +1.5 -1.5 +2.0 -2.0 Orderno.14354 Orderno.14359   +3.0 -3.0   x x x x x x x x x x x x

Opticalcorrectionlensesmaybescrewedintotheeyepieceoftheviewfinderforviewingwithouteyeglasses.

Tabletop tripod / ball and socket head Orderno.14100Orderno.14110   x x x TheLeicatabletoptripodandtheballandsocketheadareespeciallyeasytohandleandofferamultitudeof applicationstopreventcamerashake.Thelegscanbeswiveledandfixedatanyposition.Canalsobeusedas shoulderstock.Whenfoldedtogether,itwillfitinanycameracase.Sturdy,metaldesign.TripodthreadA1/4, DIN4503(1/4in.).

Viewfinder Magnifier M 1.25x

Viewfinder Magnifier M 1.4x x x x

Orderno.12004Orderno.12006 Withleatherpouchandblackchromeanodizedsecuringchain.Facilitatespicturecomposition,theconsiderably largerviewfinderimagemakesrecognizingtheimagedetailssignificantlyeasier,particularlywhenusingthetelephoto lensesoftheLeicaM-Systemfrom75to135mm.Evenmoreprecisefocusingthankstoviewfindermagnification. Therubberizedeyepieceoftheviewfinderprotectseyeglassesfromscratches.LeicaViewfinderMagnifierM1.25x isrecommendedforfocallengthsof50mmormore.LeicaViewfinderMagnifier1.4xisrecommendedforfocal lengthsof75mmormore,convenientviewingofthesubjectwithbotheyesthankstof/1viewfindermagnification.

Bright-line viewfinder M Orderno.12022 Compact charger for digital Leica M (included in the scope of delivery for the Leica M9 and M9-P) Orderno.14470 Orderno.14421 Orderno.14422 compactcharger UKpowercord AUSpowercord x x x Orderno.12024 Orderno.12026 18mm,blackpaintfinish 21mm,blackpaintfinish 24mm,blackpaintfinish Orderno.12023 Orderno.12025 Orderno.12027 18mm,silverchromeanodized 21mm,silverchromeanodized 24mm,silverchromeanodized x x x x x x 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 Leica angle finder M Orderno.12531   

M9/M9-P

M7

MP

Product Leica M motor

M9/M9-P

M7

MP

x

x

x

Orderno.14408      

x

x

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

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.

Leica universal wide-angle finder M Orderno.12011    x x x Comfort carrying strap Orderno.14455    x x x Madeofblacksaddleleatherwithoptimumcarryingcomfortthankstoabroadshouldersection; slip-fastthankstomicrovelourontheinside. WiththeLeicauniversalwide-anglefinderM,userscanconvenientlyandpreciselyassessframingwhenusing lenseswithfocallengthsof16–18–21–24–28mm.ItoffersframelinescompatiblewiththeM7/MP/M9/M9-P models,thecroppedframefactorfortheM8,aswellasparallaxcompensationforfivedistancesettings;one asphericalandoneachromaticallycorrectedlensensureanextraordinarilybrilliantview.Anilluminatedbubble levelenablespreciselevelingevenunderadverselightingconditions.Thisproductisshownonpage70.

Hand grip for the M9 or M9-P Cable release Orderno.14076    x x x 50cmlongwithsetscrew. Hand grip M Orderno.14405     x x ForsafeandcomfortablehandlingofallLeicaMfilmcameras(exceptLeicaM5)withcentraltripodthread. Lens holder M Orderno.14404     x x Leicavit M Orderno.14009 Orderno.14008 blackpaintfinish silverchrome Orderno.14450  blackchrome-plated    x x x x Forfittingontothecamera’sbaseplate,createsacompactsetofphotographicequipmentwithtwolenses. Orderno.14490 steel-graypaint Orderno.14486 blackpaintfinish Orderno.14487 silver x Improvedcarryingcomfortforextendedphotoassignmentsorwhenworkingwithhigherapertureandheavierlenses.

Compact,manual,non-batteryrapidwinderwhichisattachedto thecamerainplaceofthebasecover.Itcanbeusedwithall LeicaMP,M7,M6TTL,M6,M4-PandM4-2models. Camera carrying strap à la carte Orderno.14453 Orderno.14456 Orderno.14458 Orderno.14466 Orderno.14468 saddleleather,black nappaleather,racinggreen calfleather,mocha ostrichtexture,black nappaleather,bordeauxred Orderno.14454 Orderno.14457 Orderno.14465 Orderno.14467 Orderno.14469 vegetable-tannedleather,cognac calfleather,smooth,red reptiletexture,black ostrichtexture,chestnut calfleather,blue x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x Rewind crank Orderno.14437 silverchrome Orderno.14438 blackpaintfinish   x Forfastandcomfortablerewindingoncameraswithcylindricalrewindknobs.Itcanbemounted ontherewindknobwithasmallretainingscrew.

IntheclassicnarrowdesignmatchingtheindividuallyproducedM-Cameraàlacarte. 

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Product Ever-ready case M à la carte  Orderno.14857 Orderno.14858 Orderno.14859 Orderno.14860 Orderno.14861 Orderno.14862 Orderno.14863 Orderno.14864 Orderno.14865  nappaleather,racinggreen calfleather,smooth,red calfleather,mocha reptiletexture,black ostrichtexture,black ostrichtexture,chestnut nappaleather,bordeauxred calfleather,blue    

M9/M9-P

M7

MP

Product Ever-ready case M with large front

M9/M9-P

M7

MP 

x

x

Orderno.14876      

x

x

vegetable-tannedleather,cognac

E  ver-readycaseMwithlargefrontalsoholdsaLeicaM-Camerawithoneofthefollowinglenses: 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 black Orderno.14855 khaki  x x x ThemostflexiblebagforLeicaMequipmentholdstwoMbodieswithtwolensesoroneMbodywiththree T  hemostflexiblebagforLeicaMequipmentholdstwoMbodieswithtwolensesoroneMbodywiththree lenses.EvenlargelensesandamountedLeicavitMorLeicamotorMcanbecomfortablycarriedina compactpackage.ThezippercompartmentholdstheLeicaSF24Dflashaswellasfilmsandadditional accessories.Waterproofmaterial.ProducedexclusivelyforLeicaintheUnitedKingdom.

Ever-ready case M with Leicavit M Orderno.14856        x HoldsaLeicaMPwithrewindcrankandattachedLeicavitM.Acutoutinthebasemakeswindingthe cameraeasywiththeLeicavitM.Robustsaddleleather.

Ever-ready case for digital M-Cameras Orderno.14872      x HoldsanM9orM9-Pwithalensofupto60mmdiameter(70mmasmeasuredfromthebayonetmount). Thebottomfoldsouttoallowrapidreplacementofbatteriesormemorycards.Blackcalfnappaleather.

Neoprene bag M Orderno.14867 withshortfront Orderno.14868 withlargefront x x x Black,withstrap.ProtectsthecameraandhashandyVelcrofastenersaswellastwocompartmentsfor memorycards.WithshortfrontitholdsaLeicaMcamerawithalensofupto65mmdiameterand60mm length.WithlargefrontitholdsaLeicaM-Camerawithalensofupto65mmdiameterand80mmlength.

Ever-ready case M with regular front Orderno.14875       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.

Protector for M9/M9-P Orderno.14869      x Protectsthecamerahousingontoughassignmentsandimprovesergonomicswhenholdingthecamera. Withcutoutsectionforthe2.5in.display.Blacknappacalfleather. 

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LEICASUMMILUX-M35mmf/1.4ASPH.,ISO400,f/2.4,1/60s

LEICA M9/M9-P 
Technicaldata.

Product Orderno. Cameratype Lensattachment Lenssystem Pictureformat/ imagesensor Resolution Dataformats Filesize Colorspaces Whitebalance Storagemedium Menulanguages Compatibility Exposuremetering Measurementprinciple Meteringrange Measurementcellfor availablelight Sensitivityrange

LEICA M9

steel-graypaintfinishblackpaintfinish 10704

LEICA M9-P

silverchromeblackpaintfinish 10703 Imageframing Parallaxcompensation Matchingofviewfinder andactualpicture Enlargement Largebasisrangefinder Effectiverangefinder base Displays Viewfinder (loweredge)LEDsymbolforflashstatus.Four-digitseven-segmentdigitaldisplaywithdotsaboveandbelow,displaybrightnessadjustedforambientbrightness,for:warningofexposurecompensation,displayforautomaticallygeneratedshutter speedsinapertureprioritymode,indicationofuseofmeteringmemorylock,warningthatthemeteringorsettingranges areover-orunderexposedusingaperturepriorityandcountingdownexposureslongerthan2s. LEDlightbalancewithtwotriangularandonecentralcircularLEDformanualexposuresetting.ThetriangularLEDsgivethe directionofrotationoftheaperturesettingringandshutterspeedsettingdialtoadjusttheexposure.Alsoaswarningfor over-orunderexposure. Onrearpanel Shutter and release Shutter Shutterspeeds Microprocessor-controlled,exceptionallylow-noisemetalbladeshutterwithverticalmovement. Foraperturepriority(A)continuouslyadjustablefrom32sto1/4000s.Formanualsetting8sto1/4000sinhalfsteps, Bforlongexposuretimesupto240s(inconjunctionwithself-timerTfunction,i.e.1strelease=shutteropens,2ndrelease =shuttercloses), (1/180s)fastestshutterspeedforflashsynchronization. Usinglow-noiseintegralmotor,optionallyafterreleasingtheshutterreleasebutton. Approx.2pictures/s,≤8picturesinseries. Threelevels:Exposuremeteringon–Meteringmemorylock(inapertureprioritymode)–Shutterrelease.Integrated standardcablereleasethread. Delayoptionally2s(aperturepriorityandmanualexposuresetting)or12s(menusetting),indicatedbyflashingLEDon frontofcameraandcorrespondingdisplayonthemonitor. Usingthemainswitchonthecamera’stoppanel,selectableautomaticpower-offforcameraelectronicsafterabout 2/5/10minutes,reactivationbypressingtheshutterreleasebutton. 1lithiumionbattery,nominalvoltage3.7V,capacity1900mAh.Capacitydisplayinmonitor,whenshutterheldopen (forsensorcleaning)additionalacousticwarningwhencapacityislow. Inputs:100–240VAC,50/60Hz,automaticswitching,or12/24VDC;Output:4.2VDC,800mA. 2.5in.monitor(colorTFTLCD)with230,000pixels,M9-PwithsapphireglassLCDmonitorcover. Byactivatingtwobright-lineframes:for35and135mm,28and90mm,orfor50and75mm.Automaticactivationwhen lensisattached.Anypairofbright-lineframescanbeactivatedusingtheimagefieldselector. Thehorizontalandverticaldifferencebetweentheviewfinderandthelensisautomaticallycompensatedaccordingtothe relevantdistancesetting,i.e.theviewfinderbright-lineautomaticallyalignswiththesubjectdetailrecordedbythelens. Thesizeofthebright-lineframecorrespondsexactlytothesensorsizeofapprox.23.9x35.8mmatasettingdistanceof 1meter.Atinfinitysetting,dependingonthefocallength,approx.7.3%(28mm)to18%(135mm)moreisrecordedbythe sensorthanindicatedbythecorrespondingbright-lineframeandslightlylessfordistancesshorterthan1m. (foralllenses)0.68x. Splitorsuperimposedimagerangefindershownasabrightfieldinthecenteroftheviewfinderimage. 47.1mm(actualrangefinderbase69.25mmxviewfinderenlargement0.68x). 

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Compactdigitalviewandrangefindersystemcamera. LeicaMbayonetwithadditionalsensorfor6-bitcoding. LeicaM-Lensesfrom16to135mm. 5270x3516pixels(18.5megapixel)CCDchip,activeareaapprox.23.9x35.8mm;5212x3472pixels(18megapixel) (correspondingtousableformatofanalogLeicaMmodels). Adjustable,DNG™:5212x3472(18megapixel),JPEG:5212x3472(18megapixel),3840x2592(10megapixel), 2592x1728(4.5megapixel),1728x1152(2megapixel),1280x846pixels(1megapixel). DNG™(rawdata),choiceofuncompressedorslightlycompressed(bynon-linearreductionofcolordepth), 2JPEGcompressionlevels. DNG:18MB(compressed)/36MB(uncompressed),JPEG:approx.2–10MB. Adobe®RGB,sRGB. Automatic,manual,7presets,colortemperatureselection. SDcardsupto2GB/SDHCcardsupto32GB. German,English,French,Spanish,Italian,Japanese,TraditionalChinese,SimplifiedChinese,Russian. Windows®7,Windows®XP,Windows®Vista®,Mac®OSX(10.6). Exposuremeteringthroughthelens(TTL),center-weightedwithworkingaperture.Center-weightedTTLmeteringforflash exposurewithsystem-compatibleSCA-3000/2standardflashunits. Measuredbylightreflectedbybrightshutterbladesonthefirstshuttercurtain. (atISO160/23°)AtroomtemperatureandnormalhumiditycorrespondstoEV0to20orf/1.0and1.2stof/32and 1/1000s.FlashinglefttriangularLEDinviewfinderindicatesvaluesbelowmeteringrange. (continuouslightmeasurement)Siliconphotodiodewithcondensinglens,positionedinthebottomcenterofthe camerabase. ISO160/19°toISO2500/35°,selectablein1/3ISOincrementsinaperturepriorityautomaticmodeAormanualexposure setting,optionalautomaticcontrolormanualselection,automaticcontrolinsnapshotmode.AdditionalISO80setting availableasapulloption. Choiceofautomaticshutterspeedcontrolwithmanualapertureselection–aperturepriorityA–withcorrespondingdigital display,ormanualsettingofshutterspeedandapertureandadjustmentusingLEDlightbalancewithindicationofcorrect exposure,orriskofoverexposure/camerashake(withsnapshotprofileonly).

Shuttercocking Seriesexposures Shutterrelease Self-timer Switchingthecamera on/off Powersupply

Exposuremode

Flash exposure control Flashunitconnection Synchronization Flashsyncspeed Flashexposuremetering Flashmeasurementcell Flashexposure compensation Displaysinflashmode Viewfinder Viewfinderprinciple Eyepiece Large,bright-lineframeviewfinderwithautomaticparallaxcompensation. Adjustedto-0.5dpt.Correctionlensesfrom-3to+3dpt.available. Viaaccessoryshoewithcenterandcontrolcontacts. Optionalsynchronizationonfirstorsecondshuttercurtain. =1/180s;longershutterspeedspossible. (withSCA-3501/3502adapterorSCA-3000standardflashunit,e.g.LeicaSF24D/LeicaSF58).ControlwithcenterweightedTTLpre-flashmetering. 2siliconphotodiodeswithcondensinglensincamerabase. ±31/3EVin1/3EVstepsadjustableontheSCA-3501/3502adapter.OnLeicaSF24D,±3EVin1/3EVstepswith computercontrol,orfrom0to–3EVin1EVsteps/onLeicaSF58adjustableinallmodes±3EVin1/3EVsteps. Flashreadiness:flashsymbolLEDinviewfinderconstant.Correctflashexposure:LEDconstantorflashesrapidlyafter exposure.Underexposure:LEDextinguishedafterexposure.

Charger Camera housing Material

All-metaldiecastmagnesiumbody,KTLdip-painted,syntheticleathercovering.Topdeckandbaseplateinbrass,black,and steel-graypaintfinish.M9inblackandsteel-graypaint,M9-Pinsilverchromeandblackpaint.M9-Pwithsapphireglass LCDmonitorcover. Allowsthebright-linepairstobemanuallydisplayedatanytime(e.g.forframingcomparisons). Stainlesssteel,A1/4(1/4in.)DIN,inbaseplate. 0to+40°C. 5-pinmini-USB2.0High-Speedsocketforfastdatatransfer. (WxDxH)approx.139x37x80mm(5 1/2x11/2x3 1/6in.). M9585g(20.6oz),M9-P600g(21.2oz). Charger100–240Vwith2mainscables(EU,USA,differentinsomeexportmarkets)and1carcharger,lithiumionbattery, USBcable,carryingstrap.

Imagefieldselector Tripodthread Operatingconditions Interface Dimensions Weight(withbattery) Includedextras

*Subjecttochangesindesign,manufacture,andscope. 

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LEICA M7/MP 
Technicaldata.

Product Orderno. Cameratype

Leica M7 

silverchromeblackchrome 10 04 5 10 03 5

Leica MP 

silverchromeblackpaintfinish 10 01 3 10 02 3

Product Viewfinder displays (at lower edge)

Leica M7

silverchromeblackchrome

Leica MP

silverchromeblackpaintfinish

Compact35mmrangefindersystemcamerawith electronicallycontrolledshutterandtwomechanically controlledshutterspeeds. LeicaMbayonetmount. LeicaM-Lensesfrom21–135mm.

Compact35mmrangefindersystemcamerawith mechancallycontrolledshutter. i LeicaMbayonetmount. LeicaM-Lensesfrom21–135mm.

Lensesattachment Lenssystem Viewfinder Viewfinderprinciple Eyepiece Imageframing

Large,brightlineframeviewfinderwithautomaticparallaxcompensation.Optimizedflareresistanceandreducedstray lightsensitivityandoptimumvisibilityofallbrightlineframes. Calibratedto–0.5dpt.Correctionlensesfrom–3to+3dpt.available. Brightlineframesactivatedinpairs:for28and90mm,35and135mm,or50and75mm.Automaticallydisplayed whenthelensismounted.Thepreviewselectorcanbeusedtodisplayeachofthepairsofframes.Alternativebright lineframeconfigurationsareavailableaspartoftheLeicaàlacarterange.* Thehorizontalandverticaldifferencebetweentheviewfinderandthelensisautomaticallycompensatedinlinewiththe currentdistancesetting,i.e.thebrightlineframeintheviewfinderautomaticallycoversthesectionofthesubjectthatwill becapturedbythelens. Attheshortestpossibledistancesettingforeachfocallength,thebrightlineframesizecorrespondstoanimagesizeof approx.23x35mm.Whensettoinfinity,dependingonthefocallengthbetween9%(28mm)and23%(135mm)moreis capturedbythefilmthanisshowninthecorrespondingbrightlineframe. 0.72x(foralllenses).Alternativeviewfindermagnificationsof0.85xand0.58xareavailableaspartoftheLeicaàla carterange.* Splitandsuperimposedimagerangefinderdisplayedasabrightfieldinthecentreoftheviewfinderimage.Effective measuringbasis49.9mm(actualmeasuringbase69.25mmxviewfindermagnification0.72x).Forthealternativeviewfindermagnificationsof0.85xand0.58xavailableaspartoftheLeicaàlacarterange,itis58.9mm(actualmeasuring base69.25mmxviewfindermagnification0.85x)and40.2mm(actualmeasuringbase69.25mmxviewfindermagnification0.58x)respectively. Flash exposure metering and control Flashunitconnection Flashsynchronization speed

LEDlightbalancewithtwotriangularLEDsandacentralcircularLED toadjusttheexposure(onLeicaM7formanualsettingonly).     Underexposureofatleastonestop.     Underexposureof1⁄2stop.    Correctexposure.    Overexposureof1⁄2stop.    Overexposureofatleastonestop. TriangularLEDsgivetherequireddirectiontorotatetheaperturedialand(onLeicaM7only)theshutterspeeddialto adjusttheexposure.TheLEDsflashtowarnthatthebrightnessreadingisaboveorbelowthemeteringrange. LEDsymbolforflashstatus,four-digit,seven-segment LEDdigitaldisplaywithpointsaboveandbelow (displaybrightnessadaptedtooutsidebrightness)for: filmspeedinformation,exposurecorrectionwarnings, automaticallysetshutterspeedinautomaticmode, indicationofuseofstoredexposuresetting,indication ofbrightnessreadingsaboveorbelowthemetering rangeinautomaticmode,andprogressofshutter speedsslowerthan2seconds. LEDsymbolforbatterystatus.

Parallaxcompensation

Correlationbetween viewfinderandfilm images Magnification Wide-baserangefinder

Usingaccessoryhotshoewithcenter contactsorstandardflashconnectorsocket.

Usingaccessoryhotshoewithcentercontactand/or standardflashconnectorsocket. 

=1/50s;slowershutterspeedscanbeused(withmanualsettingonlyonLeicaM7). AutomaticsettinginAUTOmode;fastershutterspeeds (1/250s,1/500s,1/1,000s)availablewithmanual settingiftheconnectedflashunithasthe“HighSpeed Synchronization”functionandanSCA-3502adapteris used. –

Exposure metering Exposuremeteringthroughthelens(TTL),selectivelywithworkingaperture. Meteringprinciple Measureslightreflectedbyameteringspotinthecenterofthefirstshuttercurtain.Themeteringspothasadiameter of12mmandthuscorrespondstoapprox.13%ofthefullfilmformatorapprox.2/3oftheshortsideoftherespective brightlineframeintheviewfinder. (atISO100/21°)From0.03to125,000cd/m²atroomtemperature,normalhumidityandf/1.0.ForISO100/21°this correspondstoEV2to20orf/1and4s(BsettingonLeicaMP)tof/32and1/1000s.Aflashingleft-handtriangular LEDintheviewfinderindicatesthatthebrightnessreflectedisbelowthemeteringrange. Siliconphotodiodewithcondensingatthetopleftbehindthebayonet. Choiceofautomaticcontrolofshutterspeed–with correspondingdigitaldisplay–withmanualaperture selection(automaticmode)ormanualshutterspeed andaperturesettingwithadjustmentusingLEDlight balance. ChoiceofautomaticsettingfromISO25/15°toISO 5000/38°forDX-codedfilmsormanualsettingfrom ISO6/9°toISO6400/39°.Settinganadditional exposurecompensation(±2EV)allowsspeedsofISO 1.5/3°toISO25000/45°tobeused. ManualshutterspeedandaperturesettingandadjustmentusingLEDlightbalance. Synchronizationtime Exposuremetering/ meteringcharacteristics Meteringcell FilmspeedrangeforTTL flashexposuremetering Flashexposure compensation

Optionallywith1stor2ndshuttercurtain(withappropriateflashunitandSCA-3502adapter). (WithSCA-3501/3502adapterorSCA-3000standard flashunit,e.g.LeicaSF20/SF24D) TTLcontrolwithcenter-weightedintegralmetering. Siliconphotodiodewithcondensinglensatthelower rightbehindbayonet. ISO12/12°to3200/36°. ±31⁄3EVin1⁄3EVincrementsonSCA-3501/3502 adapter. OnLeicaSF20/SF24D,±3EVin1/3EVincrementsor from0to–3EVin1EVincrementswithcomputercontrol.

With1stshuttercurtain. Separatecomputercontrolofflashunitorguidenumber calculationandmanualsettingofrequiredaperture. – – –

Meteringrange

Meteringcell Exposurecontrol

Filmspeedrange

ManualsettingfromISO6/9toISO6400/39°.

Displaysinflashmode

Ready:constantilluminationofflashsymbolLEDin viewfinder.Confirmation:continuedilluminationor briefrapidflashingofLEDafterexposure.UnderexposureindicatedbyLEDtemporarilygoingout.

* orthepossiblecombinations,thebrightlineframes(pairs)displayedineachcase,andfurtherdetailsoftheequipmentoptionsintheLeicaàlacarterange,please F refertoourwebsite:www.leica-a-la-carte.com. 

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Technicaldata.

LEICA M - LENSES
Technicaldata.

Product Shutter and shutter release Shutter

Leica M7

silverchromeblackchrome

Leica MP

silverchromeblackpaintfinish
Leica M - Lenses No. of lens elements elements/ groups Angle of view diagonal in° Filter size DimenØinmm sions ØxLfrom bayonet flange inmm Weight black/ chrome ing Closest focus distance fromfilm plane, incm 50 70 70 70 70 70 70 70 70 70 80 100 70 70 80 70 90 100 100 150 77/50* Smallest Largest image field repro inmm duction scale Number of aperture blades

Rubberizedclothfocalplaneshutterwithhorizontalmovement;extremelyquiet. Electronicallycontrolledwithtwomechanicallycontrolledshutterspeeds,1/60sand1/125s. Mechanicallycontrolled. 1sto1/1000sinwholeincrements.
LeicaTri  lmar  16 18  1mmf/4ASPH. -E -M – –2 LeicaSuper- lmar  18mmf/3.8ASPH. E -M LeicaSummilux  21mmf/1.4ASPH. -M LeicaSuper- lmar  21mmf/3.4ASPH. E -M LeicaSummilux  24mmf/1.4ASPH. -M

Shutterspeeds

Inautomaticmode(AUTO),continuousfrom32sto 1/1000s.Withmanualsetting4sto1/1000sinwhole increments.

10/7 8/7 10/8 8/7 10/8 8/6 9/6 8/6 9/5 7/5 6/4 8/5 8/5 6/4 6/4 7/5 6/4 5/5 5/7 5/4 4/4

107/100/ E67(Adap- 58x72 92 ter14473) 100 92 91 84 84 75 75 63 63 63 47 47 47 47 32 32 27 27 18 27 E77(Adap- 61x58 ter14484) SerieVIII E46 SerieVII 46 46 39 46 39 39 60 46 39 39 49 46 55 46 49 39 69.5x77 43x55 61x76 53x57 53x40.8 52x46 53x46.2 53x34.5 51x34 73x75

335 310 580 279 500 260 270 180 320 255/340 220 700

725x1087 1:30 827x1241 1:34.6

9 9 11 9 11 9 10 10 9 8 9 11 9 9 9 9 11 11 11 10

Bforverylongexposuresofanyduration(1/50s)forflashsynchronization. Shutterrelease Film transport Loading Advance Rewind Framecounter Camera body Material Enclosedallmetalbodywithhingedrearpanel.Brasstopandbaseplate. Silverandblackchromefinish. Silverchromefinishandblackpaintfinish. Manualfilmloadingafteropeningbaseplateandrearpanel. Manuallywithquick-windleverorLeicavitMormotorizedusingLeicaMotorM,LeicaWinderM,LeicaWinderM4-Por LeicaWinderM4-2(fromserialno.10350). Manuallywithextendingrewindbutton(onLeicaMP,rewindcrankavailableaspartofLeicaàlacarterangeandattachable rewindcrankavailableasanaccessory)orrewindcrank(LeicaM7)afterturningRleveronfrontofcamera. Ontopofcamera.Automaticresetafterremovingbaseplate. Threestage:Powerup–Exposurevaluestorage (inautomaticmode)–Release. Twostage:Powerup(activateexposuremeter)–Release.

685x1027 1:29 706x1059 1:29.4 615x922 615x922 533x800 533x800 419x627 419x627 490x735 406x608 271x407 271x407 338x508 169x254 238x357 220x330 213x320 220x330 1:26 1:26 1:22 1:22 1:17.5 1:17.5 1:20.4 1:17 1:11.3 1:11.3 1:14 1:7 1:10 1:9,1 1:8.9 1:9

LeicaElmar  24mmf/3.8ASPH. -M LeicaSummicron  28mmf/2ASPH. -M LeicaElmarit  28mmf/2.8ASPH. -M LeicaSummilux  35mmf/1.4ASPH. -M LeicaSummicron  35mmf/2ASPH. -M LeicaSummarit  35mmf/2.5 -M LeicaNoctilux  50mmf/0.95ASPH. -M LeicaSummilux  50mmf/1.4ASPH. -M LeicaSummicron  50mmf/2 -M LeicaSummarit  50mmf/2.5 -M

53.5x52.5 335/465 53x43.5 52x33 58x67 55x61 64x78 55x67 240 230 430 345 500 360

AllvariationsareavailableforbothcamerasaspartoftheLeicaàlacarterange. Tripodthread Powersupply A1/4(1/4in.)DINinbaseplate. 6Vfrom2lithiumcells,typeDL1/3N.Battery monitoringbyflashingofLEDsindigitaldisplayorlight balanceorbyilluminationofbcdisplayorallLEDs goingout. (Onlyrequiredforexposuremeteringanddisplay)3V from2silveroxidebuttoncells,typePX76/SR44or from1lithiumcell,typeDL1/3N.Batterymonitoringby illuminationofbatterywarningdisplaywithlightbalance LEDs(1stlevel),lightbalanceLEDsgoingout(2ndlevel) orallLEDsgoingout. Approx.138x77x34mm(5 1/2x3x11/2in.). Approx.585g(20.6oz).

LeicaAPO-Summicron  75mmf/2ASPH. -M LeicaSummarit  75mmf/2.5 -M LeicaAPO  ummicron  90mmf/2ASPH. -S -M LeicaSummarit  90mmf/2.5 -M LeicaAPO  elyt  135mmf/3.4 -T -M LeicaMacro-Elmar  90mmf/4 -M *withMacro-AdapterM **collapsed

Dimensions(WxHxD) Weight(withoutbatteries) Itemssupplied

Approx.138x79.5x34mm(5 1/2x3 1/6x11/2in.). Approx.610g(21.5oz).

58.5x104.7 450 52x59/ 41** 240

Carryingstrapwithnon-slippad,cameracoverwithMbayonet,flashcontactshoeconnectorandbatteries.

161x241/ 1:6.7/1:3* 10 72x108* 

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EICA L CAMERAS AND SPORT OPTICS

LEICASUMMILUX-M35mmf/1.4ASPH.,ISO400,f/1.4,1/30s

LEICA CAMERAS 
Thefascinationwithperfectpictures.

LEICAS2
WiththeLeicaS2,Leicahasestablishedareferencestandardinprofessional digitalphotography.TheLeicaS-Systembreaksdownthetraditionalbarriers between35mmandmediumformatphotography.Forthefirsttimeever,the  S2providesthehandlingandsizeofa35mmcameraandalevelofperformance andimagequalitythatsetsnewstandardsinmediumformatphotography–to deliversupremeimagequalityandmaximumcreativepotential.

LEICAX1
ThedesignofthiselegantandcompactmemberoftheLeicacamerafamilyis clearlyreminiscentoftheclassicMcameras,butitsbeautyismorethanskindeep. ItisequippedwithaCMOSsensorequalinsizetothatofmanyDSLRcameras,and isfittedwithoneoftheverybestLeicalenses,enablingittostandonitsown evenwiththebigboysintermsofimagequality.Asanoptionalalternativetoits impressivearrayofmanualfunctions,itprovidesautomaticfeatures,suchas autofocus,makingitaconvenientcompanionforanydiscerningcamerauser.

LEICAD-LUX5
TheLeicaD-Lux5istheidealcameratofireyourinspirationwhenyouencounter unusualsubjects.Compact,withintuitivehandlingandfeaturingafastLeicaSummicronzoomlenswithfocallengthsfrom24to90mm(35mmequivalent),itisthe perfectcameraforawiderangeofsituations:fromarchitecturaltoavailablelight photography.Manualsettingsandawiderangeofaccessoriesprovideevengreater creativefreedomforcapturinginspirationsinbreathtakingquality.

LEICAV-LUX2
TheLeicaV-Lux2istheperfectcompanionforglobetrotterswhowanttodiscover moreoftheworld.Itoffersextremelyhighperformanceinacompactform.Its super-zoomlenswithfocallengthsfrom25to600mmensuressuperiorversatility andavoidstheneedfortime-consuminglenschangesandsignificantlyreduces equipmentweightandvolume.Thankstoitsfull-HDmoviecapabilityandan incrediblyhighcontinuousshootingrateof11fps,youwon’tevermisseventhe tiniestdetails.Exactlytherightcameraforexplorers.

LeicaCameraisanamethatstandsforthebestinGermanprecisionengineeringandcraftsmanship–andfora veryspecialpictorialculture.Considertheeyes,thesenseorgansthatmakethemostsignificantcontributionto  ourperceptionandunderstandingoftheworldaroundus.Leicahasbeenacclaimedasaspecialistonthesubject ofperceptionformanyyears,andhasdesignedandmanufacturedmanyinnovativeinstrumentscapableof creatingdistinctivevisualexperiences.Thisappliesequallytoboththelegendarycamerasandtheirlenses.One all-embracingaspectstandsoutaboveall–theunmistakableLeicaqualityoftheiropticalperformanceforboth filmanddigitalphotography.Allareexpandablesystems–intuitiveinuseandelegantindesign–thatretain enduringvaluewhileguaranteeingsuperiorimagingresultsandboundlesscreativefreedom.

LEICAV-LUX30
Compact,versatile,andpowerful–thenew,LeicaV-Lux30istheidealcamerafor peopleonthemove.Itsoutstandingsuper-wide-anglezoomlens,withanenormous rangeoffocallengthscovering24to384mm,makestheV-Lux30anextremely versatilesolutionforalmosteveryphotographicsituation.Itsnewimagesensorlets userscapturestillimagesandfull-HDvideosintrulyexcellentquality.Innovative extraslikeitsGPSand3Dimagecapturemodesofferevengreaterconvenience.The LeicaV-Lux30–theworldisjustwaitingtobediscovered. 

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LEICA SPORT OPTICS 
Thefascinationwiththeworldofnature. BINOCULARS
Leicahasbeenthenamerepresentingunparalleledexcellenceandqualityinthe constructionofbinocularsforover100years.Withthedifferentclasses,Ultravid, Duovid,andTrinovidcompact,LeicaSportOpticsoffershigh-precisionbinoculars foreverypurpose–allofthemprovidingsuperblydetailedviewing,exceptional low-lightcharacteristics,extremecolorfidelity,andhighcontrast.Leicadevelop mentssetnewstandardsinthenever-endingquestforincomparablevisual excellence.Keyinnovationsincludesuchlandmarkdevelopmentsasfluorideglass  lensesforperfectcolorfidelityandoptimumcontrast,andwater-anddirt-repellent  surfacecoatingslikeLeicaAquaDura™. Viewof10×42ULTRAVIDHD

RANGEFINDERS
Intheearly1980s,Leicabecamethefirstopticalsystemsspecialisttosuccess fullyintegratealaserrangefinderintoapairofhigh-performancebinoculars. Thenasnow,thepioneersoftheGeovidlinearestillunrivaledinperformance. Thecurrentsuccessorwitharangeofupto1,300m(morethan1,400yards)is constructedwithfluorideglassesforperfectviewingqualityaswellasawater-  anddirt-repellentAquaDura™coatingonallexternalsurfaces.Inadditionto Geovidbinocularmodels,therangeoflaserrangefindersisfurthercomplemented  bythemonocularRangemasterCRFmodels. Viewof8×56GEOVIDHD

SPOTTINGSCOPES
LeicaclearlyleadsthisfieldwiththeAPOTelevidseriesofhigh-performance spottingscopes.Boththeimpressivelybrightandbrilliant82modelsandthe65 modelsdeliverimpressiveperformanceduetotheirsophisticatedapochromatic opticsandtheuseofthelatestfluorideglassformulations–forperfectviewing  performancewithmaximumcolorfidelity,evenatextremedistances.Bothspot tingscopesareavailableinversionsforstraightorangledviewing. ViewoftheAPOTELEVID82

DIGISCOPING
Leicaistheonlyopticalsystemsmanufacturerinthepremiumsegmenttooffer acompletesolutionthatprovidesaperfectcombinationofviewingandimage capturefromonesinglesource.VariousLeicadigitalcompactcamerascanbe simplyandquicklyattachedtoAPOTelevidSpottingScopeswithadigitaladapter. Thiscombinationtransformsthescopingunitintoasupertelephotodigitalcamera systemwithafocallengthofover3,000mm.ThenewLeicatripodswiththeDH1 headspeciallyoptimizedfordigiscopingareidealaccessoriestoperfectthe digiscopingexperience.

AllproductsmanufacturedbyLeicaarecharacterizedbyanuncompromisingdedicationtoqualityandoutstanding opticalperformance.This,ofcourse,alsoappliestotheLeicaSportOpticsdivision,wherenewstandardsareset timeandtimeagain–withacommitmenttobringingtheworldofnatureclosertohuntingenthusiastsandlovers ofthegreatoutdoorswithunrivaledauthenticity.LeicaSportOpticsdesignsandmanufacturessuperiorqualitybinoculars,spottingscopes,andrangefindersthatguaranteethateveryspecialmomentbecomesatrulymemorable  visualexperience.Eachoneofthemembodiessomethingspecialanduniqueinitsownway–justliketheworldof nature.

LEICAX1withDIGISCOPINGADAPTER LEICAAPOTELEVID82withLEICA25–50xWWASPH.EYEPIECE LEICATRIPODHEADDH1withLEICATRIPODTRICA1 

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