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Leica Revives Its M6 Film Camera

Leica was responsible for creating the first commercially available 35mm camera nearly a century ago in 1925. From 1984 to 2002, the German camera manufacturer handmade 175,000 M6 film cameras—which served as the chosen shooter for the best photographers. Two decades after discontinuing the model, the cultural icon now returns for a new generation with a few contemporary upgrades and touches.

According to Gear Patrol, film photographers loved this 35mm rangefinder for its compact size, easy controls and the stylish design of the M-body (very old school). And now that film photography is experiencing a comeback, the company feels that it’s the perfect time to reissue this classic.

If you’re wondering if they’re changing much with the new M6, the answer is “not really.” In fact, the only differences are a brighter viewfinder and a new top plate coating to prevent patina (it’s the same coating as the popular M11 digital camera).

Field Mag points out that analog oglers with a sharp eye will undoubtedly notice the iconic red dot logo reads Leitz—not Leica. When the original ’84 model of the M6 hit camera shops, the brand went by Leitz Camera, after its founder Ernst Leitz, only making the change to the more recognizanble moniker in 1986 in an effort to lean into the success of the brand’s own Leica series cameras.