TTL Manual Light Metering . Portable and Precise . Leica M6
When one has reached the peak and gained a lot of appreciation, he/she may experience unexpected failure one day that give him/her chance for self-examination and make another breakthrough. Leica M5 produced in 1971 received many criticisms on its camera appearance and size. Leica therefore had a large fall at its selling performance. Leica made great efforts to examine the problem and launched M6 in 1984. M6’s portable size and precise focus, together with its through-the-lens manual light metering, regained appreciation in photography industry. M6 even had a long production period of 20 years, making it the longest among Leica M series cameras.
As same as before, M6 is a mechanical rangefinder camera without electronic operation, and it still works properly nowadays. Its through-the-lens manual light metering, which is more precise than external light metering, is the only thing that uses electronic operation. Once you half press the shutter, the light metering is ready. Then two luminous arrows of opposite direction appear to indicate over exposure and under exposure respectively. With these indications, photographers can adjust the amount of light easily.
The viewfinder of M6 includes three groups six types of frame lines and they are changed automatically according to different lenses. There is a button beside the lens to preview all frame lines even without changing to corresponding lenses. Moreover, the viewfinder is especially bright that photographers can clearly capture image and confirm the image area no matter under strong sunlight or dark environment. It also makes coupling rangefinder focusing more precise and fast. Besides, the mechanical shutter is extremely quiet, so it does not disturb photographers and people being captured to enjoy relaxing photo shooting.
|Focus||Manual coupling rangefinder focusing|
|Magnification factor of viewfinder||0.58X, 0.72X, 0.85X|
|Frame lines||0.58X (28-90, 35, 50-75), 0.72X (28-90, 35-135, 50-75),
0.85X (35-135, 50-75, 90)
|Shutter speed||1s - 1/1000s, 1/50s (flash sync)|
|Available lens||Leica M-mount|
|Special feature||Through-the-lens manual light metering
especially bright viewfinder
portable and precise
M6 TTL - 1st through-the-lens flash
(light metering and flash work synchronously)