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Leitz Ur-Leica versus Nikon Z6 II

Roughly a century of technological development separate the Ur-Leica and the Nikon Z6 II. The former was finished in March 1914, while the latter was presented to the public in October 2020. The Ur-Leica was the first camera to use 24x36mm film, whereas the Z6 II is build around a 24.3MP Full Frame digital imaging sensor.

Body comparison: Ur-Leica vs Nikon Z6 II

An illustration of the physical dimensions and weight of the Leitz Ur-Leica and the Nikon Z6 II is provided in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Compare Leitz Ur-Leica vs Nikon Z6 II
Compare Ur-Leica versus Z6 II top
Compare Ur-Leica and Z6 II rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Nikon Z6 II is considerably larger (57 percent) than the Leitz Ur-Leica. Moreover, the Z6 II is substantially heavier (64 percent) than the Ur-Leica. In addition, while the Ur-Leica has an integrated lens (the retractable Mikro-Summar 42mm f/4.5), the Z6 II requires an additional lens, which will add further to its weight.

Ur-Leica
Ur-Leica with viewfinder attached[bitflare.de]

Evidently, the Z6 II is the more powerful imaging tool, providing an image quality and picture-processing capability that Oskar Barnack, the creator of the Ur-Leica, probably could not have envisioned. However, there are two aspects (apart from size and weight) where the Ur-Leica has an edge over the Z6 II. The first one is power supply. The Ur-Leica is a fully mechanical camera, so that there is no risk of running out of juice during a shooting session...

The second advantage of the Ur-Leica is, well, its resale value. The camera is a museum piece, resting safely at Leica’s headquarters in Wetzlar/Germany. Collectors would probably be willing to pay several million US dollars if it were put up for sale. In contrast, the Nikon Z6 II, while surely being the better, more modern camera, just lacks the scarcity and historical importance that foster "auction madness" and drive vintage camera prices into six or seven-figure territory.

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