Technical Data
Leica M6
Designation Leica M6
Camera type Analogue rangefinder system camera (35 mm)
Type No. 2248
Order No. Black: 10 557
Material Closed full metal housing, Top cover and bottom cover: brass, black finish
Lens mount Leica M bayonet
Operating conditions 0°C to +40°C
Interfaces ISO accessory shoe
Tripod thread A 1⁄4 DIN 4503 (1⁄4”) with stainless steel in the base
Dimensions 138 x 40 x 77 mm
Weight 575 g (without battery)
Viewfinder Large, bright-line rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation
Parallax compensation The horizontal and vertical difference between viewfinder and lens is compensated automatically in line with the relevant focus setting. Congruence of viewfinder and actual image.
The size of the bright-line frame matches the distance:
– at 2 m: the exact sensor size of approx. 23.9 x 35.8 mm
– at infinity: (depending on focal length) approx. 7.3% (28 mm) to 18% (135 mm)
– less than 2 m: less than film size
Viewfinder magnification x0.72 (all lenses)
Wide- base rangefinder Split and superimposed image rangefinder shown as a bright field in the center of the viewfinder image.
Shutter type Focal plane shutter with rubber liner, mechanically controlled
Shutter speeds Mech. shutter: 1 s - 1⁄1000 s
Flash Synch: up to 1⁄50 s
Shutter release Two-stage: Power up (activation of exposure meter) – Release. Integrated standard cable release thread.
Film winding  
Loading Manual with quick wind lever or LEICAVIT M, motorized with LEICA MOTOR-M, LEICA WINDER-M, LEICA WINDER
Rewinding Manual with telescopic rewind knob
Frame counter On top of camera. Automatic reset after removal of bottom cover.
Working range 70 cm to ∞
Focus mode Manual
Exposure metering TTL (exposure metering through the lens), with working aperture
Metering cell Silicon photo diode with convex lens to the top left behind the camera bayonet.
Film speed range Manual setting from ISO 6/9° to ISO 6400/39°.
Metering principle The light reflected by a metering spot in the center of the 1st shutter curtain is metered.
The metering spot has a diameter of 12mm and therefore corresponds to approx. 13% of the full negative format or around 2/3 of the short side of the corresponding
frame in the viewfinder.
Exposure control mode Manual shutter speed and aperture setting, adjustment using LED light balance.
Flash unit connection Via accessory shoe
Synchronisation On the 1st shutter curtain
Flash sync speed 1/50s; slower shutter speeds possible.
Flash exposure control Via computer control of flash unit or via guide number calculation and manual setting for the required aperture.
Power Supply 2 Silver oxide button cells (PX76/SR44) or 1 Lithium battery (DL1/3N)