Leica M, SL, and T Mirrorless Cameras

Leica was one of the earliest entrants in the mirrorless camera race (2006), as they simply transitioned their existing M-mount film camera to digital with the M8.

The M series are a bit different than most later mirrorless cameras in that the M-mount Leicas use an optical rangefinder (manual focusing) and don't rely upon Live View on the rear LCD or an EVF to compose. Later variations of the M (9, M-E, Monochrom, 240) are full frame, while the original M8 is APS sensor size.

In 2014 Leica introduced a second mirrorless camera type based around an APS sensor, the T, which uses a new set of autofocus lenses (though it can use Leica M-mount lenses via an adapter).

In 2015 Leica introduced yet another mirrorless camera, the SL, once again based around a full frame sensor. The T (and now TL), CL, and the SL share a lens mount, the L-mount, with CL/TL lenses being crop-sensor lenses mostly to be used with the TL and CL, and SL lenses being full frame lenses that can be used with all L cameras.

Here is the full set of mirrorless cameras Leica has produced, with complete data for each:

Available Leica L (SL, TL) Mount Lenses

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