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Overview of Leica-M Lenses

The Leica M-mount was introduced in 1954 with the M3 and has been used with all of Leica's rangefinder models since then. The bayonet mount features a relatively short flange to focal plane distance, which has made it possible to design compact, high quality lenses for the system. Indeed, the M-lenses have arguably been the main reason for many photographers to buy a Leica rangefinder camera. M-optics tend to excel in terms of contrast, resolution, and tonal depth, while their solid mechanical construction and tight manufacturing tolerances ensures longevity and provides for smooth and precise focusing action.

The M-lens catalog has grown continuously over time, with more than 70 Leica lenses having been released for the company's rangefinder cameras. All of these lenses are focused manually, and all are prime lenses. That said, the two Tri-Elmars (16-18-21mm and 28-35-50mm) make it possible to cover several focal length in one lens, and on the Leica M (Type 240) and newer cameras, it is possible to use them as continuous zooms in Live View mode.

Leica Noctilux 50mm f/0.95
Silver version of Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH

New M-mount lenses

New 2017

Leica Noctilux 75mm f/1.25 ASPH

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  • Rumoured ultra-fast portrait lens;
  • Addition to the prestigious Noctilux family;
  • Similar in construction to the Noctilux 0.95/50mm (pictured);
  • Official announcement expected later in 2017
Nov 2016

Red Leica APO Summicron-M 50mm f/2 Asph

leica m 50mm 20 asph red
  • Special edition of 50mm f/2;
  • Red anodized finish;
  • Limited to 100 copies;
  • Bundled with red anodized lens cap and gray cow hide leather lens case;
  • Technical specifications identical to black and silver versions;
  • Launch Price: $9,750;
  • Street Price: check offers on Ebay;
Oct 2016

Leica Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6

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  • Miniature wide-angle prime;
  • Modern version of the 1955 L-mount Summaron 2.8cm f/5.6;
  • Historic optical design with 6 elements in 4 groups;
  • Changed the mount and added 6-bit coding;
  • Re-designed aperture ring and focusing knob;
  • Dedicated lens hood included;
  • Front filter: 34mm;
  • Dimensions (D x L): 51 x 18mm;
  • Weight: 165g;
  • Launch Price: $2,495;
  • Street Price: check availability at Amazon;

The listing below shows all the M-lenses that Leica released, as well as third-party offers. Moreover, Leica's earlier screw-mount lenses can also be used on M-cameras via appropriate adapters. Hence, there are many options for the M-shooter, and even though the high quality of the optics has its price, many lenses can be found in excellent condition on the pre-owned market at the sizable discount.

Headline Specifications of M-Mount Lenses
Ultra wide-angle Leica
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Voigtlander Hyper Wide Heliar 10mm f/5.6 BA334B no 2.7 x 2.3 in 11.0 oz 2016 no 1099 latest check
Voigtlander Ultra Wide Heliar 12mm f/5.6 BA222M E67 3.0 x 1.7 in 8.1 oz 2016 no 699 latest check
Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 ZM 1457-856 E72 3.1 x 3.6 in 19.4 oz 2016 no 4695 latest check
Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f/4.5 BA213M E58 2.6 x 2.2 in 8.7 oz 2016 no 749 latest check
Zeiss Hologon 15mm f/8 11003 no 2.3 x 0.2 in 3.9 oz 1972 1976 $$$ discont. check
Leica Tri-Elmar-M 16mm-18mm-21mm f/4 ASPH 11606 E67 2.1 x 2.4 in 11.8 oz 2006 no 5395 latest check
Leica Super-Elmar-M 18mm f/3.8 ASPH 11649 E77 2.4 x 2.3 in 10.9 oz 2009 no 2995 latest check
Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/4 ZM 1440-733 E58 2.6 x 2.8 in 12.3 oz 2003 no 1495 latest check
Leica Summilux-M 21mm f/1.4 ASPH 11647 S8 2.8 x 2.6 in 20.5 oz 2008 no 7495 latest check
Voigtlander Ultron 21mm f/1.8 BA218M E58 2.7 x 3.6 in 14.5 oz 2012 no 1099 latest check
Leica Elmarit-M 21mm f/2.8 11134 E49/E60 2.4 x 1.9 in 10.2 oz 1980 1997 $$ discont. check
Leica Elmarit-M 21mm f/2.8 ASPH 11135 E55 2.3 x 1.8 in 14.6 oz 1997 2010 $$ discont. check
Zeiss Biogon T* 21mm f/2.8 ZM 1365-651 E46 2.1 x 3.0 in 9.9 oz 2003 no 1495 latest check
Leica Super-Angulon 21mm f/3.4 11103 S7/E48 2.1 x 2.0 in 10.6 oz 1963 1976 $$ discont. check
Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f/3.4 ASPH 11145 E46 2.1 x 1.7 in 9.8 oz 2011 no 2995 latest check
Leitz Super-Angulon f= 2.1 cm f/4 11002 A42/E39 1.1 x 2.0 in 8.8 oz 1958 1981 $$ discont. check
Voigtlander Color Skopar P-Typ 21mm f/4 BA211P E39 2.2 x 1.0 in 4.8 oz 2003 no 449 latest check
Zeiss C Biogon T* 21mm f/4.5 ZM 1419-575 E46 2.1 x 2.2 in 7.4 oz 2010 2016 1295 discont. check
Wide-angle Leica
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Leica Summilux-M 24mm f/1.4 ASPH 11601 S7 2.4 x 2.3 in 17.6 oz 2008 no 7495 latest check
Leica Elmarit-M 24mm f/2.8 ASPH 11878 E55 2.3 x 1.8 in 10.2 oz 1998 2010 $$ discont. check
Leica Elmar-M 24mm f/3.8 ASPH 11648 E46 2.1 x 1.6 in 9.2 oz 2008 no 2495 latest check
Zeiss Biogon T* 25mm f/2.8 ZM 1365-653 E46 2.1 x 2.8 in 9.2 oz 2003 no 1295 latest check
Voigtlander Color Skopar P-Typ 25mm f/4 BA214P E39 2.2 x 1.2 in 5.1 oz 2012 no 449 latest check
Leica Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH 11668 E49 2.4 x 2.6 in 15.5 oz 2015 no 6495 latest check
Leica Summicron-M 28mm f/2 ASPH 11604 E46 2.1 x 1.6 in 9.5 oz 2000 no 4295 latest check
Leica Elmarit 28mm f/2.8 (I) 11801 S7/E48 2.1 x 1.5 in 7.9 oz 1965 1969 $$ discont. check
Leica Elmarit 28mm f/2.8 (II) 11802 S7/E48 2.0 x 1.8 in 10.6 oz 1972 1980 $$ discont. check
Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8 (III) 11804 E49 2.0 x 1.9 in 8.8 oz 1979 1993 $$ discont. check
Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8 (IV) 11809 E46 2.1 x 1.6 in 9.2 oz 1992 2006 $$ discont. check
Konica M-Hexanon 28mm f/2.8 MHEX28 E46 2.2 x 1.6 in 8.1 oz 1999 2003 $$ discont. check
Zeiss Biogon T* 28mm f/2.8 ZM 1365-657 E46 2.0 x 1.5 in 7.8 oz 2004 no 1095 latest check
Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8 ASPH 11606 E39 2.0 x 1.2 in 6.3 oz 2006 no 2495 latest check
Voigtlander Ultron 28mm f/2 BA288A E46 2.2 x 2.0 in 8.6 oz 2008 no 599 latest check
Leica Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6 11695 E34 2.0 x 0.7 in 5.8 oz 2016 no 2495 latest check
Leica Tri-Elmar-M 28mm-35mm-50mm f/4 ASPH 11625 E49/E55 2.2 x 2.7 in 12.0 oz 1998 2007 $$ discont. check
Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 BA237B E52 2.4 x 2.4 in 16.6 oz 2011 no 999 latest check
Leica Summilux 35mm f/1.4 (I) 11869 E41/A46.5 2.1 x 1.5 in 8.6 oz 1961 1966 $$ discont. check
Leica Summilux 35mm f/1.4 (II) 11870 S7/E41 1.9 x 1.1 in 8.6 oz 1967 1995 $$ discont. check
Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 Aspherical 11873 E46 2.1 x 1.7 in 10.6 oz 1991 1994 $$ discont. check
Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH (11874) 11874 E46 2.1 x 1.4 in 8.8 oz 1994 2010 $$ discont. check
Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.4 BA243B E43 2.2 x 1.1 in 7.1 oz 2003 no 649 latest check
Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH (11663) 11663 E46 2.2 x 1.8 in 11.3 oz 2010 no 4995 latest check
Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 ZM 2112-846 E49 2.5 x 2.6 in 13.4 oz 2014 no 2395 latest check
Voigtlander Ultron 35mm f/1.7 BA327B E46 2.1 x 2.0 in 8.4 oz 2016 no 999 latest check
Leica Summicron f= 3.5 cm 1:2 (I) 11307 E39 2.0 x 1.1 in 5.3 oz 1958 1963 $$ discont. check
Leica Summicron 35mm f/2 (II) 11309 S7/E39 2.0 x 1.3 in 6.0 oz 1969 1971 $$ discont. check
Leica Summicron 35mm f/2 (III) 11308 S7/E39 2.0 x 1.3 in 6.0 oz 1971 1979 $$ discont. check
Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 (IV) 11310 E39 2.0 x 1.0 in 5.6 oz 1979 1999 $$ discont. check
Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH 11879 E39 2.1 x 1.4 in 9.0 oz 1997 no 2995 latest check
Zeiss Biogon T* 35mm f/2 ZM 1365-659 E43 2.0 x 2.7 in 8.5 oz 2003 no 1095 latest check
Leica Summarit-M 35mm f/2.4 ASPH 11671 E39 2.0 x 1.3 in 6.9 oz 2014 no 1995 latest check
Voigtlander Color Skopar Pancake 35mm f/2.5 BA245C E39 2.2 x 0.9 in 4.7 oz 2003 no 499 latest check
Leica Summarit-M 35mm f/2.5 11643 E39 2.0 x 1.3 in 7.8 oz 2007 2014 1995 discont. check
Leica Summaron f= 3.5 cm f/2.8 11106 A36 2.0 x 1.1 in 7.4 oz 1958 1963 $$ discont. check
Zeiss C Biogon T* 35mm f/2.8 ZM 1486-393 E43 2.0 x 2.2 in 7.1 oz 2010 no 895 latest check
Leica Summaron f= 3.5 cm f/3.5 11105 A36/E39 1.9 x 1.1 in 6.9 oz 1949 1960 $$ discont. check
Standard Leica
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Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 BA2461 E43 2.2 x 1.2 in 6.2 oz 2003 no 499 latest check
Voigtlander Heliar 40mm f/2.8 BA428B E37 2.0 x 0.8 in 4.7 oz 2014 no 399 latest check
Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/1 11821 E58/E60 2.7 x 2.4 in 20.5 oz 1976 2008 $$$$ discont. check
Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH 11602 E60 2.9 x 3.0 in 24.7 oz 2008 no 10995 latest check
Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1 BA247A E58 2.8 x 2.2 in 15.1 oz 2003 no 899 latest check
Leica Noctilux 50mm f/1.2 11820 S8 2.4 x 2.4 in 16.6 oz 1966 1975 $$$$ discont. check
Leica Summilux f= 5 cm f/1.4 (I) 11014 E43/A45 2.1 x 2.0 in 11.3 oz 1959 1961 $$ discont. check
Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 (II) 11113 E43 1.9 x 2.2 in 9.7 oz 1961 1991 $$ discont. check
Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 (III) 11868 E46 1.9 x 2.2 in 9.7 oz 1992 2005 $$ discont. check
Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH 11891 E46 2.1 x 2.1 in 11.8 oz 2006 no 3995 latest check
Leica Summarit f= 5 cm f/1.5 SOOIA A43/E41 1.9 x 1.7 in 11.3 oz 1949 1960 $$ discont. check
Zeiss C Sonnar T* 50mm f/1.5 ZM 1407-218 E46 2.2 x 2.5 in 8.8 oz 2003 no 1295 latest check
Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.5 BA248B E49 2.1 x 1.8 in 7.8 oz 2013 no 799 latest check
Leica Summicron f= 5 cm 1:2 (I) SOOIC E39/A42 1.9 x 1.9 in 7.8 oz 1951 1969 $$ discont. check
Leica Summicron f= 5 cm 1:2 (II) 11817 E39 2.0 x 2.0 in 8.5 oz 1968 1979 $$ discont. check
Leica Elcan 50mm f/2 276 E39 2.0 x 1.2 in 8.1 oz 1972 1974 $$$ discont. check
Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 11819 E39 2.1 x 1.7 in 8.5 oz 1979 no 2195 latest check
Konica M-Hexanon 50mm f/2 MHEX50 E40.5 2.1 x 1.7 in 9.0 oz 1999 2003 $$ discont. check
Leica APO-Summicron-M ASPH 50mm f/2 11141 E39 2.1 x 1.9 in 10.6 oz 2012 no 7795 latest check
Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/2 ZM 1365-661 E43 2.0 x 2.7 in 8.1 oz 2012 no 895 latest check
Leica Summarit-M 50mm f/2.4 11680 E39 2.0 x 1.3 in 6.7 oz 2014 no 1795 latest check
Leica Summarit-M 50mm f/2.5 11644 E39 2.0 x 1.3 in 8.1 oz 2007 2014 1795 discont. check
Leica Elmar f= 5 cm f/2.8 ELMOO E39/A42 2.0 x 0.8 in 7.8 oz 1957 1962 $$ discont. check
Leica Elmar-M 50mm f/2.8 11831 E39 2.0 x 0.9 in 6.0 oz 1994 2007 $$ discont. check
Leica Elmar f= 5 cm f/3.5 ELMAR A36/E39 2.1 x 1.7 in 4.4 oz 1954 1961 $$ discont. check
Tele-photo Leica
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Leica Summilux-M 75mm f/1.4 11814 E60 2.7 x 3.1 in 19.8 oz 1980 2007 $$ discont. check
Voigtlander Heliar 75mm f/1.8 BA275O E52 2.3 x 2.9 in 15.1 oz 2010 no 699 latest check
Leica Apo-Summicron-M 75mm f/2 ASPH 11637 E49 2.3 x 2.6 in 15.2 oz 2005 no 3795 latest check
Leica Summarit-M 75mm f/2.4 11682 E46 2.2 x 2.4 in 11.5 oz 2014 no 1895 latest check
Leica Summarit-M 75mm f/2.5 11645 E46 2.2 x 2.4 in 12.2 oz 2007 2014 1895 discont. check
Zeiss Tele-Tessar T* 85mm f/4 ZM 1486-395 E43 2.1 x 3.7 in 10.9 oz 2010 no 995 latest check
Leica Summicron f= 9 cm 1:2 (I) SOOZI E48/A63.7 2.6 x 4.3 in 23.3 oz 1957 1962 $$ discont. check
Leica Summicron f= 9 cm 1:2 (II) SEEOF E49 2.6 x 4.4 in 24.2 oz 1963 1976 $$ discont. check
Leica Summicron-M 90mm f/2 (III) 11136 E49/E55 2.6 x 3.1 in 16.8 oz 1982 1998 $$ discont. check
Leica Apo-Summicron-M 90mm f/2 ASPH 11884 E55 2.5 x 3.1 in 23.3 oz 1998 no $$ latest check
Leica Summarit-M 90mm f/2.4 11684 E46 2.2 x 2.6 in 12.2 oz 2014 no 2195 latest check
Leica Summarit-M 90mm f/2.5 11646 E46 2.2 x 2.6 in 12.7 oz 2007 2014 2195 discont. check
Leica Elmarit f= 9 cm f/2.8 ELRIT E39/A42 2.1 x 3.7 in 11.6 oz 1959 1974 $$ discont. check
Leica Tele-Elmarit 90mm f/2.8 11129 E39/A42 2.0 x 2.4 in 12.5 oz 1964 1974 $$ discont. check
Leica Tele-Elmarit-M 90mm f/2.8 11800 E39 2.1 x 2.6 in 7.9 oz 1974 1990 $$ discont. check
Leica Elmarit-M 90mm f/2.8 11807 E46 2.2 x 3.0 in 14.5 oz 1990 2007 $$ discont. check
Konica M-Hexanon 90mm f/2.8 MHEX90 E46 2.2 x 2.7 in 11.6 oz 1999 2003 $$ discont. check
Leica Elmar 90mm f/4 (I) ILNOO E39 2.0 x 2.0 in 10.1 oz 1954 1968 $$ discont. check
Leica Elmar 90mm f/4 (III) ELANG E39 1.7 x 3.2 in 10.6 oz 1964 1965 $$ discont. check
Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90mm f/4 11633 E39 2.0 x 1.6 in 8.1 oz 2004 no 3295 latest check
Leica Elmarit-M 135mm f/2.8 (I) 11827 S7/A63.7 2.6 x 4.7 in 25.8 oz 1963 1964 $$$ discont. check
Leica Elmarit-M 135mm f/2.8 (II) 11829 E55/A63.7 2.6 x 4.6 in 25.8 oz 1964 1973 $$$ discont. check
Leica Elmarit-M 135mm f/2.8 (III) 11829 E55 2.6 x 4.5 in 27.5 oz 1976 1996 $$$ discont. check
Leica APO-Telyt-M 135mm f/3.4 11889 E49 2.3 x 4.1 in 16.0 oz 1998 no 3399 latest check
Leica Elmar 135mm f/4 11850 E39 2.1 x 4.8 in 15.5 oz 1960 1965 $$$ discont. check
Leica Tele-Elmar 135mm f/4 11851 E39/E46 2.3 x 4.4 in 18.0 oz 1965 1998 $$$ discont. check
Leica Hektor 13.5 cm f/4.5 HEFAR A36/E39 2.0 x 5.0 in 15.5 oz 1933 1959 $$ discont. check

Further Reading

Erwin Puts wrote extensively about the history and the making of M-lenses and published his findings in the Leica Lens Compendium or more recently, the Leica Lens Chronicle. Online versions of these books and some other reference material are available as free downloads on the Leica pdf resources page. Further, if you need to protect the precious front elements of your Leica M-lenses, you might want to have a look at the information on Leica UVa filters, or Series filters that is available on this site.