Leica M6

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Leica M6
Leica M6 with optional grip
Leica M6 with optional grip
Maker Leica Camera
Type Rangefinder
Film format 35mm
Film size 36mm x 24mm
Lens mount Leica M-mount
Lens Interchangeable lens
Flash Hot Shoe, PC Sync
Flash synchronization 1/50s
Film advance Manual
Film rewind Manual
Shutter Mechanically timed horizontal running cloth shutter
Shutter speed range 1s - 1/1000s with Bulb and 1/50s flash sync
Exposure modes Manual (M), and Bulb (B)
Metering modes Center-weighted (13% of full film format)
Focus modes Split and superposed-image rangefinder
Viewfinder Brightline frame viewfinder with automatic parallax-compensation
Magnification 0.58x, 0.72x, 0.85x
ASA/ISO range ISO 6-6400
Film speed detection Manual setting
Battery 3v from 2x PX76/SR44 silver oxide cell or 1x DL 1/3N lithium cell
Dimensions 138 × 77 × 38 mm (5.4 × 3.0 × 1.5 in)
Weight 585 g (20.6 oz)
Released 1984 (1984)
Optional motor drives Leica Motor-M, Winder-M, Winder 4-P and Winder 4-2
Made in Germany

The Leica M6 is a rangefinder camera manufactured by Leica from 1984 to 1998.

The M6 combines the silhouette of the Leica M3 and Leica M4 with a modern, off-the-shutter light meter with no moving parts and LED arrows in the viewfinder. Informally referred to as the M6 "Classic" to distinguish it from the "M6 TTL" models, and to indicate its "Classic" M3 dimensions. The top and bottom plates were made from lighter, cheaper magnesium alloy rather than the heavier machined brass of the M3 and M4. The M6 and M6 TTL are mechanical cameras; all functions save the light meter work without batteries, unlike the succeeding M7, which needs electrical power to operate properly.

Leica M6 variants[edit]

  • M6J - 1994. A collector's edition of 1,640 cameras to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Leica M System. Notable for its introduction of the 0.85 magnification finder, the first high-magnification finder since 1966, and the basis for the 0.85 cameras to follow starting in 1998.
  • M6 0.85 - 1998. The 0.85 magnification viewfinder was offered on regular production cameras for easier and more accurate focusing with long focal length or wide aperture lenses, such as the 50 mm f/1.0 Noctilux and 75 mm f/1.4 Summilux. The 28 mm framelines are dropped in this model. Only 3,130 of these cameras were made (all black chrome), so they are among the less common regular production of the M6.
  • M6 TTL - 1998 - 2002. The M6 TTL replaced the M6, which ceased manufacture. Originally available in 0.72 and 0.85 viewfinder versions; in 2000 a 0.58 version of M6 TTL was added to the line. The lower magnification viewfinder makes it easier to see the 28mm framelines, especially when wearing glasses. The shutter dial of the M6 TTL is reversed from previous models, turning in the same direction as the light meter arrows in the viewfinder; this feature has continued in the M7, M8, and M9, but not the MP, which returned to the older, smaller diameter, opposite direction shutter speed dial. One of the key differences from the M6 "Classic" is TTL flash capability with dedicated flash units, such as the SF-20. The added electronics increased the height of the top plate by 2 mm.

Specifications[edit]

  • Viewfinder: 0.58×, 0.72× and 0.85×
  • Framelines: 0.58× (28-90, 35, 50-75), 0.72× (28-90, 35-135, 50-75), 0.85× (35-135, 50-75, 90)
  • Shutter speeds: 1 sec., 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, [detent at 1/50 for flash synch], 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, B [M6 TTL adds "off" position to shutter dial]
  • Film speed: 6–6400 ISO
  • Power supply [for exposure meter operation only]: 2 silver oxide button cells (type SR44) or 1 lithium battery (1/3 N)

Leica M6 special editions[edit]

The Leica M6 has more special editions than any other M cameras as of 2013. The following list includes some, but not all Leica M6 Special Editions:

Early Leica M6 with black dot
Early Leica M6 with black dot
  • Leica M6 Cutaway
  • Leica M6 150 Jahre Photographie - 1989 - 75 Jahre Leica Photographie: 1250 cameras
  • Leica M6 Colombo '92 (1492 - 1992: 500° Scoperta dell'America - Italia): 200 cameras
  • Leica M6 Royal-Foto Austria (1968 - 1993): 101 cameras
  • Leica M6J 40 Jahre Leica M (1954 - 1994): 1640 cameras
  • Leica M6 Dragon (gold plated): 300 cameras
  • Leica M6 Historica (1975 - 1995): 150 cameras
  • Leica M6 Royal Wedding: 200 cameras
  • Leica M6 Thai Jubilee (50th year of the reign of His Majesty King Bhumiphol Adulyadej): 700 cameras
  • Leica M6 Anton Bruckner (1824 - 1896): 200 cameras
  • Leica M6 Brunei: 200 platinum plated cameras (125 platinum plated with diamonds) and 350 gold plated cameras
  • Leica M6 Partners: 500 cameras
  • Leica M6 Leica Demo Ausrüstung Benelux '96: 70 cameras
  • Leica M6 Ein Stück Leica: 996 cameras
  • Leica M6 Jaguar XK (1948 - 1998): 50 cameras
  • Leica M6 Millennium: only 2000 cameras (300 with 0.85× viewfinder and green leatherette)
  • Leica M6 Dragon (viewfinder 0.85x, black painted): 500 cameras
  • Leica M6 ICS: 200 cameras
  • Leica M6 LHSA (Leica Historical Society of America): 101 cameras
  • Leica M6 Øresundsbron: 150 cameras
  • Leica M6 Henri Cartier-Bresson (with Vuitton case): only 1 camera
  • Leica M6 William Klein: only 1 camera (1993)
  • Leica M6 50 Jahre fotoMAGAZIN: only 1 camera (1999)
  • Leica M6 Swiss Demo (Test the best): 40 cameras
  • Leica M6 Zurich Photographic Center: 100 cameras
  • Leica M6 Royal Photographic Society: 100 cameras (1994)
  • Leica M6 Platinum Optics: 150 cameras
  • Leica M6 Schmidt Centenary: 151 cameras
  • Leica M6 Canada: 270 cameras
  • Leica M6 Year of Rooster: 300 cameras
  • Leica M6 999: 999 cameras
  • Leica M6 Titanium: circa 6000 and 1000 in TTL-version

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