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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.

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

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.

New Lenses for Leica M

Nov 2017

Leica Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25

leica m 75mm 125
  • Tele-photo Prime for Full Frame
  • Manual focus operation
  • Aperture range: f/1.25 - 16
  • Aperture blades: 11, rounded
  • Construction: 9 elements in 6 groups
  • Filter size: E67
  • Dimensions: 74 x 91 mm (3.0 x 3.7")
  • Weight: 1,055 g (37.2 oz)
  • Launch Price: $12,795
  • Street Price: check offers at Amazon
Jan 2017

Leica Thambar-M 90mm

leica m 90mm 22
  • Tele-photo Prime for Full Frame
  • Manual focus operation
  • Aperture range: f/2.2 - 25
  • Aperture blades: 20, rounded
  • Construction: 4 elements in 3 groups
  • Filter size: E49
  • Dimensions: 90 x 57 mm (3.7 x 2.3")
  • Weight: 500 g (17.6 oz)
  • Launch Price: $6,495
  • Street Price: check offers 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 a sizable discount.

Headline Specifications of M-Mount Lenses
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Voigtlander Hyper Wide Heliar 10mm f/5.6BA334B n 2.7 x 2.3 in 11.0 oz 2016no1,099 i iVoigtlander Hyper Wide Heliar 10mm f/5.6
Voigtlander Ultra Wide Heliar 12mm f/5.6BA222M E67 3.0 x 1.7 in 8.1 oz 2016no699 i iVoigtlander Ultra Wide Heliar 12mm f/5.6
Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 ZM1457-856 E72 3.1 x 3.6 in 19.4 oz 2016no4,695 i iZeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 ZM
Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f/4.5BA213M E58 2.6 x 2.2 in 8.7 oz 2016no749 i iVoigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f/4.5
Zeiss Hologon 15mm f/811003 n 2.3 x 0.2 in 3.9 oz 19721976$$$- iZeiss Hologon 15mm f/8
Leica Tri-Elmar-M 16mm-18mm-21mm f/4 ASPH11606 E67 2.1 x 2.4 in 11.8 oz 2006no5,395 i iLeica Tri-Elmar-M 16mm-18mm-21mm f/4 ASPH
Leica Super-Elmar-M 18mm f/3.8 ASPH11649 E77 2.4 x 2.3 in 10.9 oz 2009no2,995 i iLeica Super-Elmar-M 18mm f/3.8 ASPH
Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/4 ZM1440-733 E58 2.6 x 2.8 in 12.3 oz 2003no1,495 i iZeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/4 ZM
Leica Summilux-M 21mm f/1.4 ASPH11647 S8 2.8 x 2.6 in 20.5 oz 2008no7,495 i iLeica Summilux-M 21mm f/1.4 ASPH
Voigtlander Ultron 21mm f/1.8BA218M E58 2.7 x 3.6 in 14.5 oz 2012no1,099 i iVoigtlander Ultron 21mm f/1.8
Leica Elmarit-M 21mm f/2.811134 E49/E60 2.4 x 1.9 in 10.2 oz 19801997$$- iLeica Elmarit-M 21mm f/2.8
Leica Elmarit-M 21mm f/2.8 ASPH11135 E55 2.3 x 1.8 in 14.6 oz 19972010$$- iLeica Elmarit-M 21mm f/2.8 ASPH
Zeiss Biogon T* 21mm f/2.8 ZM1365-651 E46 2.1 x 3.0 in 9.9 oz 2003no1,495 i iZeiss Biogon T* 21mm f/2.8 ZM
Leica Super-Angulon 21mm f/3.411103 S7/E48 2.1 x 2.0 in 10.6 oz 19631976$$- iLeica Super-Angulon 21mm f/3.4
Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f/3.4 ASPH11145 E46 2.1 x 1.7 in 9.8 oz 2011no2,995 i iLeica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f/3.4 ASPH
Leitz Super-Angulon f= 2.1 cm f/4 11002 A42/E39 1.1 x 2.0 in 8.8 oz 19581981$$- iLeitz Super-Angulon f= 2.1 cm f/4
Voigtlander Color Skopar P-Typ 21mm f/4BA211P E39 2.2 x 1.0 in 4.8 oz 2003no449 i iVoigtlander Color Skopar P-Typ 21mm f/4
Zeiss C Biogon T* 21mm f/4.5 ZM1419-575 E46 2.1 x 2.2 in 7.4 oz 201020161,295- iZeiss C Biogon T* 21mm f/4.5 ZM
Leica Summilux-M 24mm f/1.4 ASPH11601 S7 2.4 x 2.3 in 17.6 oz 2008no7,495 i iLeica Summilux-M 24mm f/1.4 ASPH
Leica Elmarit-M 24mm f/2.8 ASPH11878 E55 2.3 x 1.8 in 10.2 oz 19982010$$- iLeica Elmarit-M 24mm f/2.8 ASPH
Leica Elmar-M 24mm f/3.8 ASPH11648 E46 2.1 x 1.6 in 9.2 oz 2008no2,495 i iLeica Elmar-M 24mm f/3.8 ASPH
Zeiss Biogon T* 25mm f/2.8 ZM1365-653 E46 2.1 x 2.8 in 9.2 oz 2003no1,295 i iZeiss Biogon T* 25mm f/2.8 ZM
Voigtlander Color Skopar P-Typ 25mm f/4BA214P E39 2.2 x 1.2 in 5.1 oz 2012no449 i iVoigtlander Color Skopar P-Typ 25mm f/4
Leica Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH11668 E49 2.4 x 2.6 in 15.5 oz 2015no6,495 i iLeica Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH
Leica Summicron-M 28mm f/2 ASPH11604 E46 2.1 x 1.6 in 9.5 oz 2000no4,295 i iLeica Summicron-M 28mm f/2 ASPH
Leica Elmarit 28mm f/2.8 (I)11801 S7/E48 2.1 x 1.5 in 7.9 oz 19651969$$- iLeica Elmarit 28mm f/2.8 (I)
Leica Elmarit 28mm f/2.8 (II)11802 S7/E48 2.0 x 1.8 in 10.6 oz 19721980$$- iLeica Elmarit 28mm f/2.8 (II)
Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8 (III)11804 E49 2.0 x 1.9 in 8.8 oz 19791993$$- iLeica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8 (III)
Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8 (IV)11809 E46 2.1 x 1.6 in 9.2 oz 19922006$$- iLeica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8 (IV)
Konica M-Hexanon 28mm f/2.8MHEX28 E46 2.2 x 1.6 in 8.1 oz 19992003$$- iKonica M-Hexanon 28mm f/2.8
Zeiss Biogon T* 28mm f/2.8 ZM1365-657 E46 2.0 x 1.5 in 7.8 oz 2004no1,095 i iZeiss Biogon T* 28mm f/2.8 ZM
Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8 ASPH 11606 E39 2.0 x 1.2 in 6.3 oz 2006no2,495 i iLeica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8 ASPH
Voigtlander Ultron 28mm f/2BA288A E46 2.2 x 2.0 in 8.6 oz 2008no599 i iVoigtlander Ultron 28mm f/2
Leica Summaron-M 28mm f/5.611695 E34 2.0 x 0.7 in 5.8 oz 2016no2,495 i iLeica Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6
Leica Tri-Elmar-M 28mm-35mm-50mm f/4 ASPH11625 E49/E55 2.2 x 2.7 in 12.0 oz 19982007$$- iLeica Tri-Elmar-M 28mm-35mm-50mm f/4 ASPH
Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2BA237B E52 2.4 x 2.4 in 16.6 oz 2011no999 i iVoigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2
Leica Summilux 35mm f/1.4 (I)11869 E41/A46.5 2.1 x 1.5 in 8.6 oz 19611966$$- iLeica Summilux 35mm f/1.4 (I)
Leica Summilux 35mm f/1.4 (II)11870 S7/E41 1.9 x 1.1 in 8.6 oz 19671995$$- iLeica Summilux 35mm f/1.4 (II)
Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 Aspherical11873 E46 2.1 x 1.7 in 10.6 oz 19911994$$- iLeica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 Aspherical
Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH (11874)11874 E46 2.1 x 1.4 in 8.8 oz 19942010$$- iLeica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH (11874)
Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.4BA243B E43 2.2 x 1.1 in 7.1 oz 2003no649 i iVoigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.4
Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH (11663)11663 E46 2.2 x 1.8 in 11.3 oz 2010no4,995 i iLeica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH (11663)
Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 ZM2112-846 E49 2.5 x 2.6 in 13.4 oz 2014no2,395 i iZeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 ZM
Voigtlander Ultron 35mm f/1.7BA327B E46 2.1 x 2.0 in 8.4 oz 2016no999 i iVoigtlander Ultron 35mm f/1.7
Leica Summicron f= 3.5 cm 1:2 (I)11307 E39 2.0 x 1.1 in 5.3 oz 19581963$$- iLeica Summicron f= 3.5 cm 1:2 (I)
Leica Summicron 35mm f/2 (II)11309 S7/E39 2.0 x 1.3 in 6.0 oz 19691971$$- iLeica Summicron 35mm f/2 (II)
Leica Summicron 35mm f/2 (III)11308 S7/E39 2.0 x 1.3 in 6.0 oz 19711979$$- iLeica Summicron 35mm f/2 (III)
Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 (IV)11310 E39 2.0 x 1.0 in 5.6 oz 19791999$$- iLeica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 (IV)
Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH11879 E39 2.1 x 1.4 in 9.0 oz 1997no2,995 i iLeica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH
Zeiss Biogon T* 35mm f/2 ZM1365-659 E43 2.0 x 2.7 in 8.5 oz 2003no1,095 i iZeiss Biogon T* 35mm f/2 ZM
Leica Summarit-M 35mm f/2.4 ASPH11671 E39 2.0 x 1.3 in 6.9 oz 2014no1,995 i iLeica Summarit-M 35mm f/2.4 ASPH
Voigtlander Color Skopar Pancake 35mm f/2.5BA245C E39 2.2 x 0.9 in 4.7 oz 2003no499 i iVoigtlander Color Skopar Pancake 35mm f/2.5
Leica Summarit-M 35mm f/2.511643 E39 2.0 x 1.3 in 7.8 oz 200720141,995- iLeica Summarit-M 35mm f/2.5
Leica Summaron f= 3.5 cm f/2.811106 A36 2.0 x 1.1 in 7.4 oz 19581963$$- iLeica Summaron f= 3.5 cm f/2.8
Zeiss C Biogon T* 35mm f/2.8 ZM1486-393 E43 2.0 x 2.2 in 7.1 oz 2010no895 i iZeiss C Biogon T* 35mm f/2.8 ZM
Leica Summaron f= 3.5 cm f/3.5 11105 A36/E39 1.9 x 1.1 in 6.9 oz 19491960$$- iLeica Summaron f= 3.5 cm f/3.5
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Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4BA2461 E43 2.2 x 1.2 in 6.2 oz 2003no499 i iVoigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4
Voigtlander Heliar 40mm f/2.8BA428B E37 2.0 x 0.8 in 4.7 oz 2014no399 i iVoigtlander Heliar 40mm f/2.8
Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH11602 E60 2.9 x 3.0 in 24.7 oz 2008no10,995 i iLeica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH
Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/111821 E58/E60 2.7 x 2.4 in 20.5 oz 19762008$$$$- iLeica Noctilux-M 50mm f/1
Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1BA247A E58 2.8 x 2.2 in 15.1 oz 2003no899 i iVoigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1
Leica Noctilux 50mm f/1.211820 S8 2.4 x 2.4 in 16.6 oz 19661975$$$$- iLeica Noctilux 50mm f/1.2
Leica Summilux f= 5 cm f/1.4 (I)11014 E43/A45 2.1 x 2.0 in 11.3 oz 19591961$$- iLeica Summilux f= 5 cm f/1.4 (I)
Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 (II)11113 E43 1.9 x 2.2 in 9.7 oz 19611991$$- iLeica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 (II)
Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 (III)11868 E46 1.9 x 2.2 in 9.7 oz 19922005$$- iLeica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 (III)
Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH11891 E46 2.1 x 2.1 in 11.8 oz 2006no3,995 i iLeica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH
Leica Summarit f= 5 cm f/1.5SOOIA A43/E41 1.9 x 1.7 in 11.3 oz 19491960$$- iLeica Summarit f= 5 cm f/1.5
Zeiss C Sonnar T* 50mm f/1.5 ZM1407-218 E46 2.2 x 2.5 in 8.8 oz 2003no1,295 i iZeiss C Sonnar T* 50mm f/1.5 ZM
Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.5BA248B E49 2.1 x 1.8 in 7.8 oz 2013no799 i iVoigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.5
Leica Summicron f= 5 cm 1:2 (I)SOOIC E39/A42 1.9 x 1.9 in 7.8 oz 19511969$$- iLeica Summicron f= 5 cm 1:2 (I)
Leica Summicron f= 5 cm 1:2 (II)11817 E39 2.0 x 2.0 in 8.5 oz 19681979$$- iLeica Summicron f= 5 cm 1:2 (II)
Leica Elcan 50mm f/2276 E39 2.0 x 1.2 in 8.1 oz 19721974$$$- iLeica Elcan 50mm f/2
Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/211819 E39 2.1 x 1.7 in 8.5 oz 1979no2,195 i iLeica Summicron-M 50mm f/2
Konica M-Hexanon 50mm f/2MHEX50 E40.5 2.1 x 1.7 in 9.0 oz 19992003$$- iKonica M-Hexanon 50mm f/2
Leica APO-Summicron-M ASPH 50mm f/211141 E39 2.1 x 1.9 in 10.6 oz 2012no7,795 i iLeica APO-Summicron-M ASPH 50mm f/2
Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/2 ZM1365-661 E43 2.0 x 2.7 in 8.1 oz 2012no895 i iZeiss Planar T* 50mm f/2 ZM
Leica Summarit-M 50mm f/2.411680 E39 2.0 x 1.3 in 6.7 oz 2014no1,795 i iLeica Summarit-M 50mm f/2.4
Leica Summarit-M 50mm f/2.511644 E39 2.0 x 1.3 in 8.1 oz 200720141,795- iLeica Summarit-M 50mm f/2.5
Leica Elmar f= 5 cm f/2.8ELMOO E39/A42 2.0 x 0.8 in 7.8 oz 19571962$$- iLeica Elmar f= 5 cm f/2.8
Leica Elmar-M 50mm f/2.811831 E39 2.0 x 0.9 in 6.0 oz 19942007$$- iLeica Elmar-M 50mm f/2.8
Leica Elmar f= 5 cm f/3.5ELMAR A36/E39 2.1 x 1.7 in 4.4 oz 19541961$$- iLeica Elmar f= 5 cm f/3.5
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Leica Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.2511767 E67 3.6 x 2.9 in 37.2 oz 2017no12,795 i iLeica Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25
Leica Summilux-M 75mm f/1.411814 E60 2.7 x 3.1 in 19.8 oz 19802007$$- iLeica Summilux-M 75mm f/1.4
Voigtlander Heliar 75mm f/1.8BA275O E52 2.3 x 2.9 in 15.1 oz 2010no699 i iVoigtlander Heliar 75mm f/1.8
Leica Apo-Summicron-M 75mm f/2 ASPH11637 E49 2.3 x 2.6 in 15.2 oz 2005no3,795 i iLeica Apo-Summicron-M 75mm f/2 ASPH
Leica Summarit-M 75mm f/2.411682 E46 2.2 x 2.4 in 11.5 oz 2014no1,895 i iLeica Summarit-M 75mm f/2.4
Leica Summarit-M 75mm f/2.511645 E46 2.2 x 2.4 in 12.2 oz 200720141,895- iLeica Summarit-M 75mm f/2.5
Zeiss Tele-Tessar T* 85mm f/4 ZM1486-395 E43 2.1 x 3.7 in 10.9 oz 2010no995 i iZeiss Tele-Tessar T* 85mm f/4 ZM
Leica Summicron f= 9 cm 1:2 (I)SOOZI E48/A63.7 2.6 x 4.3 in 23.3 oz 19571962$$- iLeica Summicron f= 9 cm 1:2 (I)
Leica Summicron f= 9 cm 1:2 (II)SEEOF E49 2.6 x 4.4 in 24.2 oz 19631976$$- iLeica Summicron f= 9 cm 1:2 (II)
Leica Summicron-M 90mm f/2 (III)11136 E49/E55 2.6 x 3.1 in 16.8 oz 19821998$$- iLeica Summicron-M 90mm f/2 (III)
Leica Apo-Summicron-M 90mm f/2 ASPH11884 E55 2.5 x 3.1 in 23.3 oz 1998no$$ i iLeica Apo-Summicron-M 90mm f/2 ASPH
Leica Thambar-M 90mm11697 E49 2.2 x 3.5 in 17.6 oz 2017no6,495 i iLeica Thambar-M 90mm
Leica Summarit-M 90mm f/2.411684 E46 2.2 x 2.6 in 12.2 oz 2014no2,195 i iLeica Summarit-M 90mm f/2.4
Leica Summarit-M 90mm f/2.511646 E46 2.2 x 2.6 in 12.7 oz 200720142,195- iLeica Summarit-M 90mm f/2.5
Leica Elmarit f= 9 cm f/2.8ELRIT E39/A42 2.1 x 3.7 in 11.6 oz 19591974$$- iLeica Elmarit f= 9 cm f/2.8
Leica Tele-Elmarit 90mm f/2.811129 E39/A42 2.0 x 2.4 in 12.5 oz 19641974$$- iLeica Tele-Elmarit 90mm f/2.8
Leica Tele-Elmarit-M 90mm f/2.811800 E39 2.1 x 2.6 in 7.9 oz 19741990$$- iLeica Tele-Elmarit-M 90mm f/2.8
Leica Elmarit-M 90mm f/2.811807 E46 2.2 x 3.0 in 14.5 oz 19902007$$- iLeica Elmarit-M 90mm f/2.8
Konica M-Hexanon 90mm f/2.8MHEX90 E46 2.2 x 2.7 in 11.6 oz 19992003$$- iKonica M-Hexanon 90mm f/2.8
Leica Elmar 90mm f/4 (I)ILNOO E39 2.0 x 2.0 in 10.1 oz 19541968$$- iLeica Elmar 90mm f/4 (I)
Leica Elmar 90mm f/4 (III)ELANG E39 1.7 x 3.2 in 10.6 oz 19641965$$- iLeica Elmar 90mm f/4 (III)
Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90mm f/411633 E39 2.0 x 1.6 in 8.1 oz 2004no3,295 i iLeica Macro-Elmar-M 90mm f/4
Leica Elmarit-M 135mm f/2.8 (I)11827 S7/A63.7 2.6 x 4.7 in 25.8 oz 19631964$$$- iLeica Elmarit-M 135mm f/2.8 (I)
Leica Elmarit-M 135mm f/2.8 (II)11829 E55/A63.7 2.6 x 4.6 in 25.8 oz 19641973$$$- iLeica Elmarit-M 135mm f/2.8 (II)
Leica Elmarit-M 135mm f/2.8 (III)11829 E55 2.6 x 4.5 in 27.5 oz 19761996$$$- iLeica Elmarit-M 135mm f/2.8 (III)
Leica APO-Telyt-M 135mm f/3.411889 E49 2.3 x 4.1 in 16.0 oz 1998no3,399 i iLeica APO-Telyt-M 135mm f/3.4
Leica Elmar 135mm f/411850 E39 2.1 x 4.8 in 15.5 oz 19601965$$$- iLeica Elmar 135mm f/4
Leica Tele-Elmar 135mm f/411851 E39/E46 2.3 x 4.4 in 18.0 oz 19651998$$$- iLeica Tele-Elmar 135mm f/4
Leica Hektor 13.5 cm f/4.5 HEFAR A36/E39 2.0 x 5.0 in 15.5 oz 19331959$$- iLeica Hektor 13.5 cm f/4.5
 

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.

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