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Leica M6

The camera purchase | Leica M6 using the example

A Leica M6 is up to 37 years old today. And mostly unused in drawers in the last few decades. In the worst case, the battery was forgotten in the battery compartment, and the battery acid sometimes leaked.

Today, many of the classic Leica M6s are still in an exceptionally beautiful external condition for up to 4 decades after they were purchased.


With many cameras, the shutter speeds are no longer correct, the timing does not run smoothly, often incompletely, the shutter is resinified. This can be clearly seen from the reference second and the long shutter speeds, and the short times through measurement. But no problem - this is common and expected according to age and can be remedied through maintenance and camera repair.


Basically, a Leica M6 is a popular camera on the used market. The increasing price development in recent years shows the interest in these classic Leica cameras. If you would like to offer a Leica M6, we look forward to your offer.

This applies in particular to the early serial numbers up to 1988, which were produced in Wetzlar (later in Solms) and the numerous special series ("Special Edition "). No Leica camera has been produced in so many special editions and special models as dealer editions and anniversary models as the Leica M6.

Leica M6 purchase price - calculator

For a used Leica M6, we pay at least the amount calculated below when you purchase depending on type, design and condition & nbsp; However, the values displayed leave properties such as age, serial numbers, special items or collector's condition, accessories, etc. and can therefore only be considered as a first price guide .

The Leica M6 is available in different versions in chrome and black and with different viewfinder magnifications (0.58 - 0.72 (standard) - 0.85 ).

What do you have to look out for when buying (or selling) a Leica M6 camera?

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× Sucher

Ist der Sucher sauber, das Messfeld kontrastreich, Sucherbegrenzungslinien deutlich dargestellt?

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× Batteriefach

Ist das Batteriefach sauber und frei von Oxidation?

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× Belederung und Chrom

Sind Chrom und Belederung vollständig und in guten Zustand?

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× Technischer und optischer Eindruck

Je schöner, desto besser. Am besten mit Originalverpackung.

× Sucher

Ist der Sucher sauber, das Messfeld kontrastreich, Sucherbegrenzungslinien deutlich dargestellt?

× Batteriefach

Ist das Batteriefach sauber und frei von Oxidation?

× Belederung und Chrom

Sind Chrom und Belederung vollständig und in guten Zustand?

× Technischer und optischer Eindruck

Je schöner, desto besser. Am besten mit Originalverpackung.

The battery compartment must be clean. Batteries in a Leica M6 that have been forgotten and leaked over the decades and whose battery acid has contaminated or even oxidized the contacts are only noticeable in a few decades. Most of the time the traces are only superficial, in the worst case the oxidation of the battery contacts will continue into the camera housing.


Overall, the camera should be in a visually attractive, well-kept, clean condition. An impeccable collector's condition has a clear price increase. The viewfinder must be clean and free from clouding. Smoker households are generally "unfavorable". A slight veil usually also settles in the viewfinder and obscures the view.
The viewfinder boundary lines must be visible and the measuring field must be high-contrast. As a rule, however, anomalies are rarely to be expected here.
The leather upholstery of the camera on most Leica M6s does not show any negative anomalies, such as in a much older Leica M3 with partly brittle leathering and partial flaking.

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× Reflektorpunkt und Belichtungsmessung

Ist der Reflektorpunkt sauber? Sind Verschlusstuch und -zeiten (Zeitenablauf) einwandfrei?

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× Fokussierung

Wird die Entfernungseinstellung am Objektiv korrekt im Sucher dargestellt (Messfeld/Schnittbild)?

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× Kontrolle der Belichtungsmessung und -anzeige

Sind die gemessenen Werte stimmig und werden im Sucher entsprechend angezeigt?

× Reflektorpunkt und Belichtungsmessung

Ist der Reflektorpunkt sauber? Sind Verschlusstuch und -zeiten (Zeitenablauf) einwandfrei?

× Fokussierung

Wird die Entfernungseinstellung am Objektiv korrekt im Sucher dargestellt (Messfeld/Schnittbild)?

× Kontrolle der Belichtungsmessung und -anzeige

Sind die gemessenen Werte stimmig und werden im Sucher entsprechend angezeigt?

The exposure measurement on the Leica M6 takes place indirectly via the white reflector point on the (first) shutter curtain. The sealing cloths and reflector point must be clean, the reflector point must be evenly white.

The shutter speeds (timing) are gummy on many Leica M6s from earlier years, the lubrication is no longer pliable and so is the locking process of the both shutter curtains delayed and the exposure times inaccurate. Since the Leica M6 is a mechanical camera (apart from the exposure metering and display), a Leica M6 can be repaired. A CLA (Clean, Lubricate, Adjust & nbsp; - & nbsp; translated means something like: cleaning, lubricating, adjusting) the camera can be brought back into a technically perfect condition. With a Leica M6 that is now almost 40 years old, this is a fact that is to be expected according to age.
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× Verschlusstuch

Kontrolle der Verschlusstücher (1. und 2. Vorhang). Ablauf der Zeitenabläufe (Verschlusszeiten)

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× Sauberkeit

Ist die Kamera insgesamt in schönem und sauberen Zustand?

× Verschlusstuch

Kontrolle der Verschlusstücher (1. und 2. Vorhang). Ablauf der Zeitenabläufe (Verschlusszeiten)

× Sauberkeit

Ist die Kamera insgesamt in schönem und sauberen Zustand?

Most Leica M6s are in a very well-cared for and clean condition. The protective film applied at the factory can often still be found on the base plate. The original packaging is also often still present. All of these circumstances have the effect of increasing the price of a camera.

The technical anomalies such as a defective, resinous lock can be repaired.

Anyone who wants to sell a Leica M6 today can make attractive ones Get prices when you buy. For buyers, on the other hand, the current price development is rather unfavorable, for a Leica M6 currently almost twice the amount has to be paid as it was 2-3 years ago. Hardly any used camera has experienced a similarly steep price development in such a short period of time. One could speak of a real "hype" at the moment, at times Leica M6 cameras were sold out almost everywhere, even for large Leica specialist dealers such as Meister Camera with branches in Hamburg, Berlin and Munich, "Sold out" was worth a note on their homepage.

And so we are happy about every Leica M6 that we can currently buy (and also sell).


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