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Diglloyd Guide to LEICA contains in-depth coverage of Leica M system cameras and lenses, with additional coverage of Leica M Monochrom, Leica Q, Leica SL.
Special emphasis is placed on Leica M lenses and certain Zeiss ZM lenses.
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Everything | Leica M 50mm Lenses | Leica M Cameras | Leica M Telephoto Lenses | Leica M Wide Angle Lenses | Leica R Lenses on Leica M | Leica SL and Q | Voigtlander M Lenses | Zeiss ZM Lenses
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Notes and examples.
Compact high performance, ultra low distortion.
Moderate speed high contrast ultra-wide.
Zero distortion ultra-wide.
Compact wide angle with brilliant contrast.
Compact wide angle.
Fast and ultra high performance moderate wide angle rangefinder lens.
A star performer sets the standard on the SL.
All around razor sharp performer.
Ultra compact high performance moderate wide angle rangefinder lens.
Pleasing and relatively inexpensive normal lens
Ultra high performance (discontinued)
Compact high performance medium telephoto.
Leica’s ultra wide angle zoom lens.
Leica’s widest prime lens.
Leica’s fastest and widest lens.
Leica’s best-performing 21mm.
Leica’s fast wide angle.
A discontinued but excellent 24mm.
Leica’s best-performing 24mm, and with a flat field.
Leica’s fast 28mm.
Leica’s widest lens utilizing built-in frame lines.
Tweaked 2016 redesign.
Tweaked 2016 redesign of Leica’s petite performer.
Leica’s smallest and lightest M lens with superlative performance.
Leica’s superlative and most natural lens for the M.
Leica’s f/2 35mm for the M.
Six models to choose from.
World’s fastest 50mm full-frame lens.
Understanding the Rendering Style of the Noctilux.
Leica’s superlative normal lens.
The world’s best 50mm lens is outstanding, but with some limits.
Ghosting and veiling and ring flare pre/post production fix.
Leica’s compact low-distortion normal lens.
Leica’s ultra high grade and ultra fast modern short telephoto.
Leica’s medium tele for Leica M.
Leica’s budget 75mm medium telephoto.
Leica’s longer tele for Leica M.
Leica’s retro telephoto.
Leica’s compact 90mm for the M.
Diminutive telephoto and macro lens.
Leica M mount in slim body with SL-type sensor.
Specific issues affecting usability.
Overall design and behavior.
Relative sharpness and performance across cameras.
Relative sharpness and performance vs APS-C cameras.
With Live View and EVF, non-M-mount lenses become feasible.
Ultimate resolution in black and white.
24-megapixel CMOS monochrome sensor.
Field shooting the Leica MM, and comparisons.
High resolution digital rangefinder
Modern digital features lacking with the M9.
Focal lengths, color, weight and travel considerations. [relevant, but dated/old material]
24-megapixel interchangeable lenses, high-res EVF. Leica SL moves to L-mount in June 2019.
All-arounder zoom with dubious optical compromises. Leica SL moves to L-mount in June 2019.
24-megapixel fixed lens compact full-frame. Leica Q moves to L-mount in June 2019.
General discussion of R lenses on M.
Compact lens for portraiture or similar.
Superb all-around macro and general-purpose lens.
World’s best mid-range telephoto lens.
Fast high performance wide angle.
Fasted 35mm lens for Leica M, great ergonomics.
A slightly slower, but smaller and lighter alternative to the Noctilux, at 1/10 the price.
Technical specifications from the manufacturer.
How good is Leica quality control?
Off-center color casts, off-center sharpness.
ARCHIVAL MATERIAL. Terrific backup bodies or even primary body for M-mount lenses.
ARCHIVAL MATERIAL. Eliminating the camera body barrier— any kind of lens with Live View EVF and LCD, and especially Leica M-mount.
HISTORICAL, please see Guide to Mirrorless.