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Review: The New Leica M6 (might not be the camera you're looking for)

5/08/2023 Matt 0 Comments

The Leica M6 rangefinder camera has recently been reintroduced, and this video aims to provide a comprehensive analysis rather than a conventional review. It offers insights into the camera's performance, shooting experience, and factors to consider when contemplating a purchase. Additionally, a basic comparison with other popular Leica M film cameras is included.

Price and Models:

Priced at 5,300 US dollars, the new Leica M6 is positioned as a high-end option, potentially limiting its accessibility for many film photographers. This 35mm rangefinder camera serves as a distinguished addition to Leica's lineup, joining models like the M-P and M-A. While cosmetic differences and the presence of a light meter distinguish these models, the primary focus here is on the new M6.

New M6 vs Original M6:

The new M6 closely resembles its original counterpart, with subtle distinctions in materials used for the top and bottom plates, leather, and an improved viewfinder that offers enhanced flare resistance.

User Experience:

The Leica M6 delivers a gratifying shooting experience, boasting a sharp viewfinder, responsive controls, and a reliable shutter. Its weight and grip resemble those of the Leica M-A, ensuring a consistent Leica rangefinder experience. However, the use of the light meter remains a matter of personal preference, as some photographers may find it beneficial in certain situations, while others may prefer to rely on external light meters or their own judgment.

Value and Build Quality:

In terms of value for money, the new Leica M6, along with other new Leica film cameras, may not offer the most competitive proposition when compared broadly. Second-hand options might provide additional features and better value. However, Leica cameras have a reputation for retaining their value, making them a relatively secure investment. As for build quality, the M6 meets the high standards associated with Leica, although some enthusiasts might favor a metal ISO dial over the plastic one found on the new model.

The reintroduction of the Leica M6 rangefinder camera presents photographers with an opportunity to experience the refined Leica rangefinder system. While it carries a substantial price tag, the M6 delivers outstanding performance, particularly in certain genres of photography. However, prospective buyers should evaluate the camera's value, build quality, and alternative options available to ensure an informed decision that aligns with their specific requirements and financial considerations.

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