Leica Revives Its M6 Camera Due to Film Photography’s Grand Resurgence

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Film photography has made an ineliminable comeback, and Leica is well-aware of that. While the standard-setting manufacturer’s widely-acclaimed M6 film camera has been out of production since 2002, the Red Dot has decided to revive it 20 years later with some notable upgrades.

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The 35mm rangefinder couldn’t have been revived at a better time, seeing as the resurfaced admiration for film photography has come at a rapid pace. While the updated camera has missed out on some of the space’s advancements through the last two decades, it will not be changing as much as you’d think — after all, there was only so much room for improvement with this fan favorite. However, the new model is equipped with a lighter viewfinder and top plate milled from solid brass, then bolstered with an abrasion-resistant lacquer. This coating is similar to the one that appears on the M11 and will prevent unwanted patina.

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That said, an element that remains the same is the latest M6’s red Leitz logo. While many of us know the manufacturer as Leica by default, the Wetzlar-bred camera maker changed its name from Leitz to Leica in 1986, four years removed from the original M6 model. Additionally, it features the modernized M rangefinder body, offers 0.72x magnification, and is operated by the nostalgia-inducing crank mechanism as the original iteration.

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The Leica M6 will be available starting November 3 for $5,295.