Free Resources for Leica Fans
Leica provides access to a rich set of technical data and information on current or recently discontinued cameras, lenses and accessories at leica-camera.com. Yet, some other useful resources, such as price lists, booklets and older system brochures, can also be found on various other sites on the internet. By clicking on the corresponding links below, you can download these free documents in pdf format. In case you are looking for a user guide for a Leica camera - new or old - you might want to check out the separate listings on Leica M manuals and Leica R manuals, respectively, in order to see whether the instruction booklet you are looking for is available as a pdf-download.
The publications by Erwin Puts listed below contain most of the information that went into his 2011 Leica Compendium. This 600-page reference book on "the company, the cameras, the lenses" provides a much-praised historical overview of the evolution of the Leica brand, discusses challenges of mechanical and optical engineering, and presents detailed descriptions and evaluations of M-system and R-system lenses. Despite a heavy price tag, all three editions sold out quickly. Nowadays, one can sometimes find a pre-owned copy on ebay (click here to check current listings), or be content with the less nicely presented, but equally resourceful pdf-information.
|Books, Booklets and Brochures|
|Leica M-System (43p. brochure)||Leica||2014||leica-camera.com|
|Leica Family Tree (1914-2014)||APOTELYT||2014||apotelyt.com|
|Leica M-lens coding list||Leica||2013||leica-camera.com|
|Leica Chronicle: evolution of Leica cameras and lenses||Erwin Puts||2012||imx.nl|
|Leica M System Catalog||Leica||2011||leica-camera.com|
|Leica Overview (historical synopsis)||Erwin Puts||2010||imx.nl|
|Leica Pocket Book (booklet with serial numbers)||Erwin Puts||2010||imx.nl|
|Leica Lens Compendium (without illustrations)||Erwin Puts||2005||furnfeather.net|
|Leica M-Lenses: Their Soul and Secrets||Erwin Puts||2002||allphotolenses.com|
|Factory Tips on the M-Series Leicas (repair guide)||National Camera||1960s||pentax-manuals.com|
|Leica Price List (Hongkong, in HKD)||Leica||2015||leica-store.hk|
|Leica Price List (United Kingdom, in GBP)||Leica||2015||leica-storemayfair.co.uk|
|Leica Tarifa de Precios (Spain, in EUR)||Leica||2014||disefoto.es|
|Leica Listino Prezzi (Italy, in EUR)||Leica||2014||leicapromo100anni.it|
|Leica Preisliste (Germany, in EUR)||Leica||2012||pixxass.de|
|Tarif Leica (France, in EUR)||Leica||2012||leica-storeparis.com|
|Leica Listino Prezzi (Italy, in EUR), including R-system prices||Leica||2008||leicapassion.com|
|Leica Historical Price List (USA, in USD)||Leica||1953||l-camera-forum.com|
For Leicas that share large parts of their technology with Panasonic cameras, such as the Digilux 3 or the D-Lux series, a number of service manuals are freely available. These repair guides are mainly intended to provide service personel with detailed information on the camera and its function, but can also be of help for the camera user, for example by providing instructions on how to retrieve the camera's shutter count. You can access these free downloads by moving across to the Lumix service manuals page.
You can find an overview of the evolution of Leica M rangefinders, as well as a compendium of M-mount lenses on separate pages on this site. Similar information is equally available for Leica reflex cameras and the corresponding R-mount lenses. If in the process of perusing those pages you come across a Leica expression or concept that seems confusing, check out the Leica glossary of terms for definitions and explanations.