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LEICA M6-TTL

A Leica M is a must-have camera for each photographer who definitely feels the invisible link between a photography scene capture and the mechanical process in the camera when shutter is depressed. No electronic, no power consumption, everything is written in steel, alloy, glass.

Only top level cameras can leverage this feeling by the quality of their materials and high level of technology and engineering behind them. A Leica is one of those.


A Leica M is a must-have camera for each photographer who definitely feels the invisible link between a photography scene capture and the mechanical process in the camera when shutter is depressed. No electronic, no power consumption, everything is written in steel, alloy, glass.

Only top level cameras can leverage this feeling by the quality of their materials and high level of technology and engineering behind them. A Leica is one of those.

Leica M design has nothing modern, it was introduced with the Leica M3 in 1954. But genius of this camera design is to be still here after 46 years strong and fast design and technology evolution. Simple and clever side shape and proportions is what we love in this camera. Size and weight fit exactly the hand in a perfect manner. Such a pure styling is very famous these days, it is a trend that we can see everywhere from cars to furniture, and we like it.

M6 TTL is one of the last models from the M series launched in 1998. It is very close to the previous M6 model and just the TTL word has been added to his name. M6 was launched in 1984 and was for Leica a big improvement over the previous M4-P model as it was the first Leica Rangefinder with built in metering system on shutter curtain. This could only be achieved by new modern and very small electronic that could be incorporated to the pre-existing total metallic body without a lot of changes. Externally, the body kept its dimensions that it used to have. M6 TTL had just to get a little bit taller to accept new printed circuit films for the new TTL processing. A second cell was incorporated in the basement of the lens chamber, right opposite to the existing light measurement cell. This was surely quite a difficult task to find the place in such an "old" compact camera design.

TTL function is the only electronic major improvement. No new shutter electronic control. But this is quite natural as it would mean a totally new and electronic shutter. That is still now one of the big advantages of a Leica M compared to other cameras. But honestly, I would appreciate to get a new automatic aperture priority metering system which could by the way work on total manual mode when battery is over. (maybe this is under preparation ?)

Anyway, there is nothing better for me than shooting 24x36 pictures with a Leica and welcome to the new digital Leica M8 that will perpetuate the tradition for sure...
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