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Leica Camera AG is a Germany company that designs, manufactures, and markets cameras, lenses, binoculars, and rifle scopes, etc. Arguably the most legendary marque in photography, Leica remains widely loved by enthusiasts.

History

Prior to WWII, Leica pioneered the 35mm photographic camera, using the standard cinema 35mm film by turning the transport 90 degrees to obtain a frame size of 36 x 24 mm rather than the 24 x 18 mm of cinema use. With it, Leica also led with the idea of producing large prints from a small negative.
In 1930, Leica introduced an interchangeable lens system based on a 39mm thread, the Leica Thread Mount (LTM), with the Leica I. Leica II added a rangefinder coupled to the focusing mechanism. Leica III and its refinements gradually added more features.
In 1954, Leica M3 introduced the bayonet-like M mount. The camera also combined the rangefinder and viewfinder. Leica also manufactured a range of single-lens reflex cameras (SLRs).

Current Products

In recent decades, Leica has become a niche brand serving a wealthy clientele. Its current lineup comprises:
  • M-series 35mm full-frame rangefinder cameras and lenses (M-mount)
  • SL-series 35mm full-frame mirrorless cameras and lenses (L-mount)
  • CL-series APS-C mirrorless cameras and lenses (L-mount)
  • S-series medium format DSLR cameras and lenses (S-mount)
  • Q-series compact cameras

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Products

Thumbnail of product Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70 f/2.8 ASPH Lens

Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70 f/2.8 ASPH Lens

Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70 f/2.8 ASPH is a full-frame large-aperture standard zoom lens for Leica's L-mount mirrorless system. The first zoom lens to keep its f/2.8 aperture throughout its zoom range, the Vario-elmarit-SL 24-70 is arguably the most v...
NEX score 77%
Thumbnail of product Leica APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH Lens

Leica APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH Lens

Leica APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH is a manual focus prime lens for M-mount rangefinder cameras. A new addition into Leica's legendary Summicron family, the APO-Summicron-M 35 offers the iconic 35mm focal length in a compact package while delivering...
Thumbnail of product Leica APO-Summicron-SL 28 f/2 ASPH Lens

Leica APO-Summicron-SL 28 f/2 ASPH Lens

Leica APO-Summicron-SL 28 f/2 ASPH is a prime lens for L-mount mirrorless cameras. It shares the same dimensions and filter size with the four APO-Summicron-SL lenses released thus far covering the focal lengths of 35, 50, 75, and 90 mm.The APO-Summicr...
Thumbnail of product Leica Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH Lens

Leica Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH Lens

Leica Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 ASPH is the third lens in the Leica Classics Range, reintroduced in early 2021. Originally produced from 1966 to 1975, it was the world's first lens to feature aspherical elements.The Noctilux-M 50 f/1.2 uses the classic D...
Thumbnail of product Leica SL2-S Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

Leica SL2-S Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

Leica SL2-S is a full-frame mirrorless camera based on the SL2 released in 2019. Tuned for videography, the SL2-S shares with the SL2 much of the same design and technical features except for a new, lower-resolution BSI sensor and enriched video record...
NEX score 83%
Thumbnail of product Leica Q2 Full-Frame Monochrom Camera

Leica Q2 Full-Frame Monochrom Camera

Leica Q2 Monochrom is a full-frame compact camera dedicated to black and white photography. Sharing much of the features with the Leica Q2, the Q2 Monochrom drops the color and low-pass filters.Like the standard Q2, the Q2 Monochrom sports a fixed Leic...
NEX score 81%

Articles

Thumbnail for article Leica M10-R Review Rundown

Leica M10-R Review Rundown

Leica's M10-R is its second high-resolution model, and first with a color image sensor. Like the M10 Monochrom, it captures photos at 40MP, and does so using a body style that's largely unchanged by time. It's only $300 more than the standard edition M...
14 Oct 2021
Thumbnail for article Leica Q2 Review Rundown

Leica Q2 Review Rundown

The Leica Q was a great compact camera when it was released in 2015. Its sequel, the Q2, adds weather protection, upping the appeal as a travel camera. The lens is the same optically stabilized 28mm f/1.7 prime used by the first Q and the more premium ...
14 Oct 2021
Thumbnail for article Leica Includes New Multishot Function in Firmware Update Version 2.0 for the SL2

Leica Includes New Multishot Function in Firmware Update Version 2.0 for the SL2

Leica has released Firmware Update Version 2.0 for its mirrorless camera, the SL2. This update includes improvements in the graphical interface of the video ...
24 Jun 2020
Thumbnail for article Leica SL2 Released Four Years After the Original SL Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera: What Has Changed, and What Stays the Same?

Leica SL2 Released Four Years After the Original SL Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera: What Has Changed, and What Stays the Same?

How does Leica SL2 compare to the original SL (Typ 601)? What have changed? How does the Panasonic S1R compare? Let's find out!
15 May 2020

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