Why Leica M?

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Manual lens manufacturers quite often release Leica M-mount lenses for Leica rangefinder mirrorless full-frame cameras. The Leica M system is not the most popular or widespread. Why are more and more lenses exclusively for the Leica M mount constantly thrown onto the market? Especially it concerns Chinese manufacturers.

I guess the answer lies in the following factors:

  1. the Leica M mount immediately gives a certain prestige to a particular brand, linking the brand name with the famous Leica brand. For example, a very young brand used it T.T.Artisans, releasing especially fast 'Premium'lenses under the Leica M. This also allows you to set higher prices for some lenses under the Leica M.
  2. lenses with Leica M mount can be mounted on all popular modern full-frame mirrorless systemssuch as Sony E, Nikon Z, Canon RF, Leica / Sigma / Panasonic L, and all popular cropped mirrorless systemssuch as FujiFilm X, Canon EF-M, Micro 4/3 (+ APS-C Nikon Z, Sony E). Some lens manufacturers offer adapters from Leica M to other systems right away. I have seen the opinion that lenses under the Leica M are popular because they allow you not to change the lens when changing the system. For example, having some interesting Zhongyi 50mm F / 0.95 M for the Leica M mount and using it on a Sony E system, when changing from a Sony E system to something else, you only need to change the adapter. The Leica M mount in the world of modern manual optics is an analogue of the previously very popular and universal mount 'M42'.

Materials on the topic:

  1. Full frame mirrorless systems... Discussion, choice, recommendations.
  2. Cropped mirrorless systems... Discussion, choice, recommendations.
  3. Cropped mirrorless systems that have stopped or are no longer developing
  4. Digital SLR systems that have stopped or are no longer developing
  5. JVI or EVI (an important article that answers the question 'DSLR or mirrorless')
  6. About mirrorless batteries
  7. Simple and clear medium format
  8. High-speed solutions from Chinese brands
  9. All fastest autofocus zoom lenses
  10. All fastest AF prime lenses
  11. Mirrored full frame on mirrorless medium format
  12. Autofocus Speed ​​Boosters
  13. One lens to rule the world
  14. The impact of smartphones on the photography market
  15. What's next (smartphone supremacy)?
  16. All announcements and novelties of lenses and cameras

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Comments: 27, on the topic: Why under the Leica M?

  • Victor

    Here, apparently, there is also a factor of saving on patent royalties. The M-mount has long been in the public domain.

  • B. R. P.

    Why not do it right away on the M42 (M39)?)

    • Joe

      M42x1 and M39x1 are attached to the camera by means of a threaded connection. Such lenses tend to spontaneously twist when actively using the lens controls (focusing rings, for example). Changing a lens with a threaded connection is inconvenient and time-consuming (you need to make several turns of the lens relative to the camera) compared to a bayonet mount.

      • B. R. P.

        Twisting-twisting can be done together with the adapter.

  • Novel

    First of all, grandmothers. Especially among those who saved up for Lake (because from childhood about wet fantasies remember her contours), but there was no longer enough money for lenses. Ponty is an expensive business.

    • Joe

      Do you have any statistics on the poverty of the owners of Leica cameras, or is it just your assumptions about the lack of money for lenses?

      • Novel

        I have statistics of people who want to buy a Leica, because this is Leica.

  • Eugen

    These are mirrorless / rangefinder lenses. M42 - for DSLRs.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      well, it's clear, I drew an analogy

      • Eugen

        B.R.P wanted to answer, but for some reason it turned out to be a separate post.

  • 1

    Think 100% to make one lens for all modern mirrorless systems. The working distance of the rangefinder is much less than that of DSLRs, therefore it is cheaper and easier to make good optics on it, and the versatility in modern reality, when it is already clear to everyone that DSLRs are yesterday, is practically the same as if it were on the M42.

  • Stas

    Please excuse me. The German company Leica is pronounced Leica. This is fundamentally important, there is no Lake company)

    • B. R. P.

      Grammar Nazi Detected. There is nothing of fundamental importance here. Let's call Nikon Nikon.

      • Victor

        By the way, it’s correct to call Nikon “Nikon”, well, practically, of course, not “Nikon”)))

        And Leica is actually produced correctly as “Laika”, yes, like this))) Not “Laika”))

        • Stas

          It's Laika! I am a German living in Germany and I assure you of the correct pronunciation. And Nikon is really Nikon.

          • Aleksey68

            That's right - my friends from the Fatherland corrected me more than once - Laika (and not Lake) and Zeiss (and not Zeiss)

            • Stas

              It's like that!

          • Victor

            Friends from Fatherland are certainly good, but not too reliable (some of my friends also call Nikon Nikon, which of course cannot serve as a guide :) )

            However, we live in the age of the Internet where you can easily listen to the correct transcription of various words in various languages)) True, the question turned out to be so burning that even a person (a native German, by the way) released a special video where he shows how to pronounce German photos correctly brands)) https://youtu.be/iW_iBmUC_Xc?t=275 (from 4:35). So, it is very easy to confuse the pronunciation of “a” and “i”, since the second letter only begins with a sound “y”, and then the lingering “a” sounds, however, the letter “i” should significantly soften the “L”, which in the video personally I don't watch at all

            Yes, and comments like “As a native German speaker I can confirm that Max' pronunciation of German names is flawless. This video can be used as a reference” make believe more videos)))

            • Stas

              Of course, mangling names cannot serve as a guideline for correct use. Therefore, you can always refer to the original source, for example, to Nikon, which is read as Nikon, with an emphasis on the last vowel. That sounds more Japanese, doesn't it? And this is exactly how the founders of the company insist on using their name. The same with Leica, in German there is a diphthong “ei”, which is always read as “ay”, and softens its consonant L (el). It is unlikely that the Seutian engineers would have liked it if the Mexicans called their brainchild Jupiter lens Hupiter.

              • Aleksey68

                Yeah, a Japanese at an electronics exhibition in Tokyo corrected me - not Matsushita, but MatsUsita, well, Kenon was originally KwanOn in general.

              • Stas

                Yes!

          • B. R. P.

            You didn't surprise or enlighten anyone. If Arkady decides to write articles in German, there will be Lyika for you. In the meantime, the texts are in Russian, the well-established (in Russian) turns of speech and names are used.

            • Stas

              If we are careful, we will see that Arkady writes articles naming companies as they are Leica, Nikon, etc. Because there are no Leika or Nikon firms, and even more so Lake. Only Leica, Nikon.

              • B. R. P.

                You are meticulous. You seem to be loved for this)

              • Stas

                Perfectionism is cured, but I don't want to)

              • Viktre

                “In the meantime, the texts are in Russian, the well-established (in Russian) turns of speech and names are used”

                Yeah, for example, it is unlikely that any educated Russian-speaking person would think of calling the city of Leipzig - "Leipzish", because the first is a completely established, official name. And it is not so important how it is pronounced and with what features the native Germans pronounce it.

                As well as with "Leica"

    • Human

      There is a watering can, but there is no company

      Vorobyov has huge heavy binoculars over his shoulder, Galperin has a “watering can”. N. Nikolaev, "Karaug", 1931

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