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lenses for Leica M mount

  • NB. I don't sell cameras or lenses, prices here are just to help you plan your system and although accurate at writing may change.


  • Leica M mount lenses are designed for Leica 35mm range finder cameras which have a short lens mount to film/sensor distance.
  • As they are designed for a range finder system, the maximum telephoto is 135mm.
  • These lenses will only fit Leica M cameras such as the new Leica M9 digital or mirrorless camera systems such as the Micro Four Thirds system (via an adapter but with 2x crop factor)
  • There are 2 Leica rangefinder mounts:
    • Leica Screw or Thread Mount (LSM or LTM or M39)
      • flange-to-film (flange-back) distance is 28.8mm
      • 39mm diameter throat
      • same as many Nikon and Canon RF S mount range finder lenses of the 1950's to early 70's
      • same as Voigtlander L mount 
    • Leica M bayonet 
      • flange-to-film (flange-back) distance is 27.95mm
      • 44mm diameter throat
      • you can thus adapt LSM lenses to a Leica M mount body but you can't adapt a Leica M lens to a LSM body
      • same as Cosina Voitlander VM mount for Bessa cameras
      • same as Zeiss ZM mount for Zeiss-Ikon cameras
      • same as Konica Hexar RF mount
  • Do not confuse these with Leica R lenses which are designed for 35mm SLR cameras and are not compatible.
  • Cosina make a Voitlander range in VM mount (bayonet mount same as Leica M bayonet) for Bessa 35mm film rangefinders and are listed here as they too can be used on Micro Four Thirds - don't confuse these with SLII series which are for 35mm SLR cameras and are available in either  Nikon Ai-S or Pentax KA mounts - both of these can be fitted to either Four Thirds or Micro Four Thirds as well.
  • There is an adapter to allow L mount lenses to work on Leica M mount cameras

Leica M manual focus lenses:

  • Leica 16-18-21mm f/4.0 M-Tri-Elmar with Universal Finder ~$US5995
  • Leica 18mm f/3.8 Super-elmar ~$US2895
  • Leica 21mm f/2.8 Elmarit Asph ~$US4295
  • Leica 24mm f/1.4 Summilux Asph ~$US5995
  • Leica 24mm f/2.8 Elmarit Asph ~$US3795
  • Leica 28mm f/2.0 Summicron Asph ~$US3995
  • Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit Asph ~$US1795
  • Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux ~$US4195
  • Leica 35mm f/2.0 Summicron Asph ~$US2795
  • Leica 35mm f/2.5 Summarit ~$US1595
  • Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux (new version) ~$US10000
  • Leica 50mm f/1.0 Noctilux (old version) ~$US7500
  • Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux ~$US3900
  • Leica 50mm f/2.0 Summicron ~$US1995
  • Leica 50mm f/2.5 Summarit ~$US1195
  • Leica 50mm f/2.8 Elmarit ~$US995
  • Leica 75mm f/1.4 Summilux ~$US5000
  • Leica 75mm f/2.0 Summicron Asph APO  ~$US3300
  • Leica 75mm f/2.5 Summarit ~$US1595
  • Leica 90mm f/2.0 Summicron Asph APO ~$US4900
  • Leica 90mm f/2.5 Summarit ~$US1595
  • Leica 90mm f/2.8 Summarit ~$US1995
  • Leica 90mm f/4.0 Macro Elmar ~ $US1995
  • Leica 135mm f/3.4 APO-Telyt ~$US3195

Cosina Voigtlander VM and L mount lenses:

  • Ultra-wide-Heliar 12mm f/5.6 Asph L
  • Ultra-wide-Heliar 15mm f/4.5 Asph L or VM (II)
  • Voigtlander Nokton 21mm F1.4 lens
  • Color-Skopar 21mm f/4  L or VM (P)
  • Color-Skopar 25mm f/4 VM (P)
  • Ultron 28mm f/2 VM
  • Color-Skopar 35mm f/2.5 VM (PII)
  • Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 VM
  • Nokton 35mm f/1.2 Asph VM
  • Nokton Classic 40mm f/1.4 VM
  • Nokton 50mm f/1.1 VM
  • Voigtlander HELIAR CLASSIC 75mm f1.8:
    • ~$740 new
    • 52mm filter, 423g, 57.9mm diam x 73.8mm long
    • 6 elements in 3 groups
    • 10 straight blades
    • close focus to 0.9m
    • clamp on lens hood
      • nice “organic” bokeh much better than the 50mm f/1.1's bokeh
      • slight barrel distortion
      • smooth and silky focus
      • some lateral CA and spherochromatism
      • sharp and contrasty in the centre wide open
  • Color-Heliar 75mm f/2.5 L
  • APO-Lanthar 90mm f/3.5 L
photo/leicamlenses.txt · Last modified: 2020/01/21 08:09 by gary1

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