Leica Camera

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Company Description

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

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 menu and a more convenient control of the AF field size, among other tweaks.
24 Jun 2020
Leica SL2 Released Four Years After the Original SL Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera: What Has Changed, and What Stays the Same? thumbnail

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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