The M-System stands for unique photography, for creative freedom and the decisive moment of capturing. M-Lenses play an essential role in this. Each M lens has its very own character, as do the many people who work on it and those who use it. The science of lens design, an intrinsic knowledge of the properties of different types of glass, and a deeply rooted passion for redefining the limits of what is physically possible flow into the DNA of every M-Lens.
The first step in the life of every lens is making the right choice of glasses. The degree of purity as well as reflection, refraction and transmission properties influence the image quality right from the start. Only the best optical glass is used in the manufacture of Leica lenses. For the current lens portfolio, Leica needs around 100 different glasses for the production of around 360 different lens elements. Many of these glasses were developed and patented in our own glass laboratory, founded in 1948.
Exceptional imaging performance
Building the perfect lens requires rewriting the laws of physics. Laws that also apply to Leica. Nevertheless, Leica engineers constantly strive to push the limits of what is technically possible. The result is almost flawless lenses without annoying vignetting, but with high color saturation and precise color separation.
Leica M-Lenses are developed for digital and film photography with the aim of meeting the highest quality standards. They are available in focal lengths from 16mm to 135mm and speeds of f/0.95. Their excellent sharpness, crisp contrasts and neutral color rendition are just as reliable as their unique compatibility: every Leica M-Lens can be used on every Leica M-Camera – since 1954!
Understanding Leica Lenses
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