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Leica M body + Leica M lens


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The first Leica M with rangefinder was introduced in 1954 along with the M3 body, which was followed by serveral 35mm analog types, until their first digital fullframe camera came out in 2006 (M8). The sensor equipped series include several special versions without LCD display (Leica M-D), and some equipped with true monochrome sensors (without bayer-filter) called M (for Monochrome).

Sometimes people wonder why are there still so many M cameras around. The answer lies possibly in their exceptional quality, and in their market positioning: the Leica products' price tag reflects their quality, making them a real premium brand.

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In terms of compatibility, we distinguish four separate categories:

This means that you'll be able to apply the lens on the camera in question with a proper adapter, and full focus range will be available with it (often with aperture control too). If AF is supported, you'll see it in the description.
This means that due to the flange focal depth or other factor this conversion would be normally unfeasible, but with some compromises (e.g. using a speedbooster adapter) can be made possible.
This means that the flange focal depth should make mounting and using inifinty focus possible, but for some reason there are no adapter rings available or other factors make it unviable.
This means that you won't be able to mount your lens due to mechanical incompatibility or the difference in flange focal depth doesn't make inifinity focus possible. Although numerous lenses can be mounted on cameras without infinity focus, but this cannot be considered actual compatibility.

Additional information for compatible variations:

manual focus (on the lens, with its own control ring)
autofocus available (AF controlled by the camera body)
manual aperture control (on the lens, with its own control ring)
automatic aperture control (controlled by the camera body)
speedbooster (focal reducer) adapters are available
macro (variable length) adapters are available
tilt-shift (or other flexible) adapters can be used

If you'd like to read more in-depth about compatiblity, you'll need to get familiar with flange focal depth, see this article.