No, you haven’t entered a time machine. Leica has re-released its iconic M6 digicam, 38 years after it was first launched again in 1984. Whereas it retains the identical general look and performance of the unique M6, this up to date model does convey just a few upgraded options.
All through its 18-year manufacturing run, Leica made almost 175,000 M6 cameras in a number of variations. Used fashions nonetheless fetch excessive asking costs and it continues to be one of the sought-after cameras on the planet of movie pictures, partially as a result of the historical past of the Leica model and identify, partially as a result of the cameras are confirmed workhorses.
This up to date M6 options some know-how from Leica’s MP movie digicam, however stays true to the M6 design. It options the anti-glare MP-Fashion 0.72x viewfinder from the MP and includes a strong brass building with an LED mild meter, heart dot and battery warning mild. It makes use of the identical rear ISO dial and options ‘trendy electronics,’ though Leica doesn’t elaborate on what precisely has modified electronically from the unique M6 fashions.
|The unique 1984 model (left) and the brand new 2022 model (proper)|
‘Dimensions of the brand new Leica M6 stay true to the unique however the black anodized end and leatherette cladding at the moment are the identical sturdy black paint and textured cladding because the M11,’ says Leica in its announcement. ‘Additionally gone are the plastic aspect strap guards, leading to a extra trendy silhouette.’
Different modifications embrace a throwback purple dot emblem that reads ‘Leitz’ as a substitute of ‘Leica’ and packaging and paperwork designed to be just like that used when the unique M6 was launched. There’s additionally a leather-based carrying strap embossed with Leica lettering.
The up to date M6 is out there to pre-order for $5,295. It should initially be out there in black and every unit is handmade in Germany. Leica notes ‘provide can be extraordinarily restricted for a lot of months.’