Leica, the origin of 135-format mechanical rangefinder cameras, has made a new legend to introduce Leica M Monochrom, the world’s first digital black and white rangefinder camera, integrating traditional black and white with digital technology at May, 2012. Leica then continued to enhance black and white digital technology by introducing Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) in 2015.
Leica M5 received many criticisms on its camera appearance and size, leading to a large fall at Leica's 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.
Leica M9 has attracted many photographers’ attention. They appreciate its excellent sensor, which captures beautiful photos with high quality. Its small body and easy operation leads it to be a wonderful outdoor partner among photography lovers. With the good reaction, Leica released Leica M9-P for professional photographers in 2011.
What the legendary Leica shows its old ones are never replaced across the passing of time, or some even are not surpassed by new comers. The handmade Leica M3, Leica’s first M camera with bayonet lens mount, is what can be absolutely served as a certification. M3 produced in 1954 is considered the world’s best 35mm rangefinder camera.