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Leica Compact Digital Camera Knowledge BaseLeica Compact Digital Camera Knowledge Base
The Leica name is nothing short of legendary. Leica's history is closely interwoven with the history of the camera itself. Leica switched to digital. Not wanting to start from square one, Leica entered into an agreement with a Japanese company, called Matsushita. They market their digital cameras with the Panasonic trade name.  Leica and Panasonic produce the Lumix brand name with the lenses also bearing the Leica trademark, including a new technology called "image stabilizer.

Leica 35mm Digital Rangefinder  Camera Knowledge Base Leica 35mm Interchangeable Lens Camera System 

Leica has focused on development in more than 50 years of evolution of the M series system, and not just change for change's sake resulting in M's not being burdened by over-complication. Leica Ms have no gadgets, .No superfluous electronic smoke and mirrors (pun intended). Nothing to confuse the act of shooting images. Only the evolved extraordinary optical performance, plus total mechanical dependability. With freedom to acquire a decisive instant. Leica M cameras have become renowned the world over: the M means Messsucher, which is a German word for rangefinder Panasonic produces Leica lenses and compact cameras under license from Leica. updated article

Leica 35mm M Lenses  

L eica's precision lenses are all hand, at the main Leica factory in Solms Germany. These lenses represent the culmination of numerous years of optical and precision mechanical encounters and are manufactured employing exacting technologies, the highest of utilizing materials and strong commitment combined with the craftsmanship of knowledgeable personnel. No one else can dispense true Leica excellence to your photographs.updated article

Leica Filters
Leica filters for the Leica M system are made of optically pure glass, parallel plane ground and precisely annealed, so the full performance of the Leica M lenses is retained even with a filter attached. The range is purposely limited to the filters most commonly needed in photographic practice: The UVa filter primarily performs the role of protecting the front element of the lens, and can be left permanently attached. The circular polarization filter eliminates disturbing reflections on non-metallic surfaces, and helps to increase contrast as well as provide richer color reproduction.