Leica is reviving the M6, a 35mm film camera it hasn’t produced since 2002

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Leica embraced the resurgence of film and relaunched the M6 ​​rangefinder, a camera first released in 1984 but taken out of production 18 years later. Now it’s back, slightly tweaked and slightly improved, but finally rooted in the original design.

From 1984 to 2002, Leica claims to have handcrafted nearly 175,000 M6 cameras and even though production ceased 20 years ago, it says the camera still holds a special place for many film photographers. Now that feeling can perhaps be felt by a whole new generation of shooters with its return, what the company says is a rebirth of a cultural icon.

Leica M6

Considering cinema has exploded in popularity over the past few years, Leica’s timing couldn’t possibly be better.

“The Leica M6 is a milestone in the history of Leica Camera AG. Since 1984, countless iconic photos have been taken with it; it had been in the product line for over 18 years and remains a compelling camera with extremely high utility value,” says Stefan Daniel, Executive Vice President Technology and Operations at Leica.

Leica M6

Leica M6

“Conscious analog photography as the antithesis of the flood of digital images enjoys great popularity. Therefore, it was logical for us to produce the Leica M6 again as one of the most popular representatives of this type of camera.

This new 2022 M6 is described as relying on a modern version of the Leica M rangefinder with 0.72x magnification. Additionally, Leica says it has coated all of its optical surfaces, making them less susceptible to stray light.

Leica M6

The light meter of this M6 2022 now displays the correct exposure via a red dot in addition to the two arrow symbols that were originally used in the previous series of cameras and it is now also equipped with a warning indicator of battery. The Leica M6’s light meter measures light via an illuminated area on the mechanically operated fabric shutter.

Leica has also redesigned the top cover. While the previous model’s cover was die-cast zinc, this new M6 is milled from solid brass and finished with an abrasion-resistant black lacquer. Like the original from 1984, the new edition of the Leica M6 is also equipped with the red Leitz logo.

Leica M6

The 2022 Leica M6 is a mix of old and new. It still uses an angled rewind crank to wind film like the original, but combines optimizations in the rangefinder range to improve its functionality, Leica claims.

Leica M6

Leica M6

The Leica M6 will retail for $5,295 and will be available in the US from Leica Stores, Leica Boutiques and the Leica Online Shop from November 3.

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