Leica set to re-release iconic Leica M6 film camera

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Leica has announced the reissue of its iconic M6 camera, some 38 years after it was first released in 1984.

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Long considered the pinnacle of Leica’s film rangefinder cameras, the original M6 was in production for 18 years, with Leica manufacturing nearly 175,000 M6s in multiple variations before being discontinued in 2002. Today, examples of Used are still very collectible, which testifies to the reliability of cameras.

Now, some 20 years after production ended, Leica has confirmed that the M6 ​​is set to return, with a few upgrades made for good measure.

Image: Leica/Supplied
Image: Leica/Supplied

Stefan Daniel, executive vice president of technology and operations, says the reintroduction is a response to the rise of film photography.

“Conscious analog photography as the antithesis of the flood of digital images enjoys great popularity,” he says.

“It was therefore logical for us to produce the Leica M6 again as one of the most popular representatives of this type of camera.

Image: Leica/Supplied
Image: Leica/Supplied

The M6 ​​2022 benefits from Leica’s MP film camera technology, although the company is quick to point out that it stays true to the original M6 design. The M6 ​​inherits the MP-Style 0.72x anti-glare viewfinder from the MP, while all of its optical surfaces are now coated and therefore less susceptible to stray light.

According to Leica, the M6 ​​2022’s light meter now indicates the correct exposure via a red dot, in addition to the two arrow symbols originally used. In addition, it will now be equipped with a battery warning indicator.

The top cover has also been redesigned – while the original’s cover was die-cast zinc, it is now milled from solid brass and ‘upgraded’ with an abrasion resistant black lacquer. The Leica M6’s light meter measures light via an illuminated area on its mechanically operated fabric shutter.

Image: Leica/Supplied
Image: Leica/Supplied

Other changes include a retro red dot logo that reads “Leitz” instead of “Leica” and packaging and paperwork designed to be similar to what came with the original M6. In addition, Leica also includes a leather carrying strap.

The Leica M6 Black Paint will be available from Leica stores in Sydney, Melbourne and Chadstone, online at leica-store.com.au and from authorized Leica dealers in limited quantities from November 3, 2022.

The recommended retail price is $8,390, with Leica noting that “supply will be extremely limited for many months.”

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