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1. Leica Minilux Zoom 35mm Camera
$695.00 list($799.99)
2. Leica Minilux 35mm Camera
$915.00
3. LEICA CAMERA CM Professional Compact
$289.99 list($309.99)
4. Leica Z2X Date 35mm Camera, Black
$2,575.00 list($2,369.99)
5. Leica M7 Rangefinder 35mm Camera
$249.99 list($399.99)
6. Leica Z2X 35mm Camera
$449.00 list($449.99)
7. Leica C-1 35mm Camera (Black)
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8. LEICA CAMERA CM Professional Compact
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9. Leica C11 APS Camera, Silver
list($449.99)
10. Leica C-1 35mm Camera, Silver
11. LEICA CAMERAZ2XDB: Zoom 2x Automatic
$2,695.00 list($2,369.99)
12. Leica M7 Rangefinder 35mm Camera
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13. Leica Minilux Zoom Date Back 35mm
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14. Leica C11 APS Camera, Black

1. Leica Minilux Zoom 35mm Camera
by Leica
list price: $999.99
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Asin: B00004U0D9
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Leica
Sales Rank: 7841
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Leica Minilux Zoom offers the fastest zoom lens ever put on acompact Leica--the Vario-Elmar 35-70mm zoom lens. Housed in a body of high-gradetitanium, this is one of the most versatile and deluxe compact 35mm cameras evermade. Another feature that makes the Minilux Zoom stand out is a hot shoe mountfor the Leica CF flash unit (sold separately) in addition to the built-in flash.This allows you to reduce red-eye and light up objects from a greaterdistance.

The Minilux Zoom also offers an active infrared autofocus or manualfocusing from about 28 inches to infinity. The exposure metering system iscenter-weighted for extremely accurate exposures. Other outstanding featuresinclude a self-timer with 10-second countdown indicated by a flashing red light,tripod thread, data back for date imprinting, and an exposure value memoryfunction which allows you to calculate your exposure from an object that is notin the center of your picture frame. The Minilux Zoom also has a number ofexposure and focus settings that allow for a great deal of creative control. Itcan even be set to start out on your preferred mode every time you turn on thecamera.

About Leica
Seventy-five years ago, the first Leica camerawas introduced to the public at the 1925 Leipzig Spring Fair. At the time, itwas by far the most innovative 35mm camera ever produced (as well as one of thevery first). Since then, no camera in the world has been more widely acclaimedfor continuously meeting the highest standards of excellence in both opticalprecision and design quality. Notably, many internationally acclaimedphotographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Sebastião Salgado haveused Leica cameras throughout their careers. We think you'll find that Leicacompact cameras maintain the same integrity as the M and R models used by thepros, but at more affordable prices. The lenses in all Leica 35mm cameras arestill designed by the Leica optical department in Solms, Germany. Every compactcamera is also tested for quality in Germany before being released. When youchoose Leica, you are buying into one of the great traditions in the history ofphotography. ... Read more

Features

  • Quality 35mm zoom compact camera with high-grade titanium body
  • High-speed Leica Vario-Elmar 35-70mm zoom lens (f/3.5 to f/6.5)
  • Fully automatic controls with additional manual settings
  • Hot shoe for optional add-on flash unit, plus built-in flash
  • Chosen Europe's Compact Camera of the Year 1998/99 by European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA)

Reviews (4)

4-0 out of 5 stars Expensive but well worth it...
I'm going to make it very simple. Leica when it comes to cameras is like a Land Rover when it comes to jeeps. Of course you can buy a Cherokee or a Chevy Blazer but if you want reliability, quality and durability you would go for Land Rover. Same goes for Leica... If you are looking for strong, sharp, durable piece of equipment that will not fail you and has possibilities of being expanded, Minilux Zoom is the way to go. You have to realize before purchase that this camera has a relatively short zoom by industry standard (only 2x). Lens is not as fast aperture wise as original Minilux. But the quality of optics and output is superior to many cameras and comparable only to Contax T series. This camera is not for everyone due to the price and some features that are fairly limited for regular/average user. On the other hand for a pro, serious amateur or journalist Minilux Zoom offers features (manual focusing, exposure compensation and full flash control) that they would truly appreciate. Having control over their exposure in such a small package without compromising the image quality is quite rare to get. Anyone who had to drag/carry his/her SLR (single lens reflex) cameras will understand and cherish the value of this piece. Also in order to fully benefit from this camera a basic knowledge and understanding of photography principles is very helpful. Also additional possibilities such as mounting extra flash, bulb mode and cable release makes it an all around camera as well.

2-0 out of 5 stars IT IS THE LENS!!
I have owned both the Minilux and the Minilux Zoom ; I have since resold the Minilux Zoom. The lens is simply too slow compared with the less expensive Minilux which uses a fast (bright) 40mm lens which is much closer to what the eye sees (50mm).I worked for the National Film Board of Canada,I have used many cameras but when I travel I bring only the Minilux because it takes incredible pictures even in the worst low light conditions and even without the flash; I use inside churches and museums with the flash turned off. A zoom this size is simply too slow to be useful, 3 steps forward or three steps back will produce the same result with the Minilux and you will be able to take incredible pictures in those low light conditions. Save your money, buy the Minilux. It's the lens that counts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superp
Yes, it is an excellemt one . buT gotta learn and experiience how to use it for better result eg. yr hand must be quite steady when shoot. But the result is more than I can say! If money is no object , should get one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific Quality Compact
The only realistic competition for the Leica Minilux zoom is the Contax. For a bit more money, that has an equal or better lens and is smaller. But, it also fits hands and fingers less well and has somewhat more complex mechanics (since Contax decided to add an automatic lens cover--convenient, but a likely maintenance problem). The Leica Minilux gives one the confidence of quality construction and an attractive, slightly retro, design. ... Read more


2. Leica Minilux 35mm Camera
by Leica
list price: $799.99
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Asin: B00004U0DC
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Leica
Sales Rank: 4634
Average Customer Review: 4.36 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Leica Minilux is a topnotch 35mm compact camera that boasts anextremely attractive and durable titanium housing combined with a high-speedSummarit 40mm lens. The Minilux is a little heavier than most compact cameras,and is intended for the serious-minded amateur photographer who insists on thevery best. It offers an aperture priority mode, allowing you to manually set theaperture before shooting your picture (the camera will automatically choose theshutter speed). The Minilux also features either automatic or manual focusing.The exposure meter is center-weighted for precise metering, and the built-inflash fires automatically in low light. This camera is guaranteed to net youimpressive results and last nearly a lifetime.

About Leica:
Seventy-five years ago, the first Leica camera was introduced to the public atthe 1925 Leipzig Spring Fair. At the time, it was by far the most innovative35mm camera ever produced (as well as one of the very first). Since then, nocamera in the world has been more widely acclaimed for continuously meeting thehighest standards of excellence in both optical precision and designquality.

Notably, many internationally acclaimed photographers such as HenriCartier-Bresson and Sebastião Salgado have used Leica cameras throughouttheir careers. We think you'll find that Leica compact cameras maintain the sameintegrity as the M and R models used by the pros, but at more affordable prices.The lenses in all Leica 35mm cameras are still designed by the Leica opticaldepartment in Solms, Germany. Every compact camera is also tested for quality inGermany before being released. When you choose Leica, you are buying into one ofthe great traditions in the history of photography. ... Read more

Features

  • High-quality 35mm compact camera with handsome titanium body
  • High-speed Leica Summarit 40mm lens (f/2.4)
  • Automatic exposure or aperture priority (preselected aperture setting)
  • Manual or automatic focusing from 28 inches to infinity
  • Automatic lens protection cap

Reviews (14)

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely 5 Stars
While most of the compact cameras are made of cheap looking plastic, Leica, among a few other manufacturers, made some beautiful looking compact cameras which are better made, more precise, more capable of quality results. A well-made and well thought-out camera is already a joy to use, please ignore those who said an Olympus Mju:II or Yashica T4 are better simply because they are cheaper and produce similar but still inferior results.

If you are considering a Minilux, you may like to compare it to Contax T3, Minolta TC-1, Rollei AFM 35 or Minox GT-E. They are all excellent cameras, however, I like the way Leica lenses handle contrast and color saturation, which is more neutral or natural, this is personal preference, of course.

The lens is sharp and fast; manual focus, program or aperture priority auto exposure are available; self timer, socket for cable release, EV compensation, built-in flash and different flash modes make the Minilux versatile; the Minilux is very capable in many situations.

Please don't complain it has no zoom or cannot do macro work or change lenses, no camera can have everything without some sacrifice in other qualities.

The Minilux is the best compact camera in my opinion.

5-0 out of 5 stars can i give this camera six stars?
Other point and shoot cameras might look sleeker at first. They have more buttons you can press, and might have some special function that makes them especially desirable. (Rarely the ability to take great pictures though, it seems) The minilux follows a simple philosophy: create a camera does not look intrusive and takes the best pictures possible. Leicas have been the favorites of photographers worldwide, since Oskar Barnack decided that maybe taking pictures on 35mm film would make photography more portable and more spontaneous, thus inventing, the ur-leitz-camera, lei-ca. Documentary-style photography was born. Take a look at books with photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson or Alfred Eisenstaedt. The most important part of ANY camera is the lens. The Leica Summarit 2.4/40 lens on the minilux is excellent. It is very fast (bright) 2.4(!) so you will find yourself taking more natural looking pictures without a flash more often. (Also remember: zoom lenses can never be as bright and as sharp as this lens.) The camera has a light meter built in, so before you shoot, you can find out what might be the appropriate settings for the particular light environment. It is up to you to decide if you would like to overwrite these settings by changing the aperture. (From 2.4! to 16) Measure again, and you will know if your new aperture setting makes sense. If it is too dark, the camera will automatically turn on the back lighting on the display and charge the flash for you. Just in case you would like to take a picture right away. The camera is full of great, very positive surprises. Even the holding strap has the perfect length, so you can shoot spontaneous, yet perfectly sharp snapshots right out of the palm of your hand. The active auto-focus works great under any light conditions. If you do not want to use the auto-focus, you can always overwrite it. The camera just takes great pictures.
This camera is a perfect gift, for yourself or for somebody you care about. It might change the way you see things. It might make you appreciate every day a little more. It worked for me. Really.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent P&S Camera
This P&S Camera is truly exceptional. The camera and its titanium shell feel rock solid; the lens is top notch; and the image quality is excellent. Mind you, it will not replace your high end SLR, but if you want to travel light, and not compromise on image quality, then this is the camera for you.

1-0 out of 5 stars Reliability
Initially there was a problem with the on/off switch which caused the shutter release to operate inconsistently. After repair by Leica the camera operates superbly. Lens is super sharp.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Real McCoy
I own a Leica M6 rangefinder, a Nikon F-100 SLR, a Minox GT, "B" & "C" and the Leica Minilux. Overwhelmingly, I choose the Minilux to shoot with on a daily basis. I have taken this compact titanium camera all over the world and believe me, the picture resoloution is as close to the M6 as you can get. The convenience of the Minilux and the ease of operating the camera allows for optimal creative freedom! Concentrating on your composition instead of f-stops and shutter speeds is a joy. The extremely fast lens allows you to shoot in the most demanding low-light situations. No matter the setting, you can be sure that the exposure will be handeled instantly and perfectly as soon as the shutter button is pressed...and the photo will be crisp and sharp with vibrant detail. The Minilux is beauty, grace and perfection all rolled into one very cool looking compact camera. But hey, it's a Leica and that alone speaks volumes for the quality and design of this little marvel!!! The Minilux is a big camera in a little body that will be prized for it's convenience, excellence, and ruggedness for a lifetime of photography. Obviously, I love my Minilux and I love it more every time I have another roll of film developed. Shoot with a Minilux and be amazed at how your everyday "snap-shots" become frameable treasured memories...BT ... Read more


3. LEICA CAMERA CM Professional Compact 35mm Camera
by Leica Camera

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Asin: B00014M3XW
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Leica Camera
Sales Rank: 1039
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Brilliant real-image viewfinder with detailed LED display make composition and controlling photographic parameters easy!
  • 40mm f/2.4 LEICA SUMMARIT lens (6 elements in 4 groups) with multi-layer coating
  • Passive phase-detecting autofocus
  • Exposure override from -2 EV to +2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
  • Autofocus and manual focus

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars The ultimate in 35mm point & shoot cameras!
Of course it is the ultimate, it is well made by Leica, in Germany. I found the camera to be solid and easy to use. Read the extensivly detailed manual (in three languages, including english) to discover the many features and flexibility of this work of art and design. My cloud and indoor pictures have turned out exceptionally sharp with an (almost) idiot-proof metering and auto/manual focusing system. Since I wear glasses, the adjustable diopter in the viewfinder has helped me a great deal. The on body flash is powerful, and an excellent computer integrated accessory flash is available (Leica SF 24 D). The camera's large LCD data screen makes reading your adjustments easy. I have taken a lot of pictures in my lifetime of 68 years, with a lot of different makes and types of cameras and films. All camera systems are the result of a lot of compromises, and this one is something to dream for. Even with the advent of of the digital cameras, This film camera is exceptional! It was worth every cent I paid for it and the flash. ... Read more


4. Leica Z2X Date 35mm Camera, Black
by Leica
list price: $309.99
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Asin: B00004U0CY
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Leica
Sales Rank: 8883
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Leica Z2X with date back is a high-quality 35mm zoom compact camerathat allows you to get the shot you need in almost any situation. The date backallows you to imprint the date and/or time right on the image for yourconvenience. The Z2X (Z stands for "zoom" and 2X stands for"double focal length range") boasts a fully automatic exposure control and focussystem that ensures well-balanced exposures with maximum ease. It also has amanual override for more creative shooting. The flash activates automatically inlow light or can be turned off altogether.

The outstanding Leica Vario-Elmar35-70mm zoom lens uses optical glass of the highest quality. Special coatings onthe lens surface, combined with the best glass, are designed to capture truecolor as well as super-sharp, high-contrast images. The zoom has three settings- -35mm, 50mm, and 70mm--which covers most of the usual photographic scenes suchas landscapes, parties, and portraits. A self-timer is included with a frontflashing light countdown of approximately 10 seconds.

AboutLeica
Seventy-five years ago, the first Leica camera was introduced tothe public at the 1925 Leipzig Spring Fair. At the time, it was by far the mostinnovative 35mm camera ever produced (as well as one of the very first). Sincethen, no camera in the world has been more widely acclaimed for continuouslymeeting the highest standards of excellence in both optical precision and designquality. Notably, many internationally acclaimed photographers such as HenriCartier-Bresson and Sebastião Salgado have used Leica cameras throughouttheir careers. We think you'll find that Leica compact cameras maintain the sameintegrity as the M and R models used by the pros, but at more affordable prices.The lenses in all Leica 35mm cameras are still designed by the Leica opticaldepartment in Solms, Germany. Every compact camera is also tested for quality inGermany before being released. When you choose Leica, you are buying into one ofthe great traditions in the history of photography. ... Read more

Features

  • Stylish and fully automatic 35mm compact camera with date imprinting
  • High-quality Leica Vario-Elmar 35-70mm zoom lens (f/4.0 to f/7.6)
  • Passive autofocus system with automatically activated flash
  • Automatic exposure with center-weighted metering and manual shutter speeds of up to 99 seconds
  • Bright real-image viewfinder allows for easy composition

Reviews (5)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great lens; somewhat cheezy body
While it isn't exactly the cheapest point and shoot out there, the slightly higher additional price is most definitely justified by the fine optics. And it's much cheaper than a faster, fixed focal-length Leica, Rollei, or Contax. Bought mine in Germany about three years ago for a ridiculously low price, and it goes with me everywhere, especially on the job and following the kids around for candid portraits outdoors. It certainly comes close to my professional SLR equipment in terms of picture sharpness and color rendition. As with most modern cameras, stay off the auto program mode and you'll quickly learn the utility of the exposure override, fill flash, manual, and flash-off modes. Almost any other point and shoot with the same or greater zoom range is junk compared to the Leica's Vario-Elmar lens. My only gripes are the somewhat cheap-feeling plastic body (like almost every other P&S) and the slow F7.6 at the 70mm focal length (still fast compared to others, however). If simplicity is one of your priorities, this is a wonderful camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's like a German car...ugly looks but flawless function
I was a skeptic...could this camera be worth twice the MSRP of its point-and-shoot competitors? Well, my Grandma was correct: buy the best and you'll always be happy with it. I have been using my Z2x for about two months, and I am very pleased. The picture quality is superb: realistic color and extra-sharp images. The camera is very light and compact, fitting nicely into an inside jacket pocket. Typical Germanic hieroglyphs abound in the "mode" LCD screen, but once you learn the symbols' meaning they make sense. (Drivers of German-made automobiles understand the bit about the hieroglyphs already.)
I do have a few complaints, however. The lag-time between the red-eye reduction flash and photo flash is quite long. The camera is very noisy when zooming and shuttering, and the "mode" button is awkward to master. Except for the smart circle of chrome around the lens, the outer case of the camera looks cheap for the price. The Z2x does not have the "rock solid" feel of more expensive Leicas. But, alas, one buys a camera for picture quality, and the Leica Z2x delivers beautifully.

5-0 out of 5 stars This can be our little secret.
I have had mine for 3 years now. I bought the one that is black outside and looks like a...(cheap) point and shoot. It'll fool ya. The optics are exceptional. I have found myself leaving the camera with diaper bag at the office and just toting this little camera along. I have published many photographs from this camera. It is very capable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent point and shoot camera!
I was simply amazed with the results! I used a Kodak Gold 200 film (which is average) , and the pictures were very crisp, clear, and full of color!

The best part I like about the camera is that it has very few buttons to tinker with. There's a zoom control, a mode button, and finally a button for taking pics. I also like the fact that it has an in-built flash, unlike the Olympus I owned previously.

This simplistic looking camera has numerous modes for different lighting conditions, etc. a lot more than most other point-and-shoot cameras. It takes some time getting used to the symbols used for the various modes, but after shooting a couple of rolls, I was comfortable with them. This should not be a reason to overlook this camera.

Overall, a great camera, albeit a little pricey for a point 'n shoot.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not Quite User Friendly
Outdoor shots come out crisp and clear. I have several photos from a trip to England that look like postcards! I have only two complaints otherwise this is a great camera for someone who does not want to fuss with settings and just "point and shoot."

Main complaint is the "mode" window. You need to memorize or carry the explanation card for all the symbols in the mode window. You can't deciper the codes to figure out what any of these symbols mean and it can make a significant difference in the resulting photograph. RECOMMENDATION: Make the symbols user friendly so that we know what they mean or print the symbols and definitions on the back of the camera.

Other problem is the film-loading procedure is not the best. If the film is not wrapped properly and catches just right, the camera does not operate. I had thought it might be the battery and went through the trouble of replacing a($) battery only to find there was nothing wrong with the battery. RECOMMENDATION: Needs to be changed to an "auto load" just like the "auto rewind." ... Read more


5. Leica M7 Rangefinder 35mm Camera w/ .72x Viewfinder, Silver (Model 10504)
by Leica
list price: $2,369.99
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Asin: B00006HGZL
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Leica
Sales Rank: 2262
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Leica's M7 35mm compact rangefinder camera has been historically renowned for its build quality and outstanding performance, as field-tested by the most demanding photojournalists and avant-garde artists. The lens is built with the Leica M design and has a focal length of 21 to 135mm. All manual operations continue to be present, but this newest update now sports electronic control and operation with an on/off switch that starts it all.

You can now make automatic exposures with the stepless electronic shutter speed control with metered value storage. The cloth focal plane shutter has turned electronic, controlling exposure time silently and accurately. An unusual but undoubtedly useful feature is the viewfinder with LED display, a total of 33 different readings are visible to keep you on top of all the information.

With an additional flash unit installed, the second shutter curtain can trigger the flash. The two film-speed settings, manual and automatic, eliminate bad exposures that come from setting the wrong film speeds. Film loading, advance, and rewind remain manual for greater control. ... Read more

Features

  • 35mm compact rangefinder camera
  • Electronic controls with on/off switch
  • Focal length of 21 to 135mm
  • Stepless automatic shutter control
  • .72x magnification viewfinder integrated with LED

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Leica's Rangefinder Camera for the 21st Century
The Leica M7 is truly one camera that is long overdue. Without a doubt, it is the finest - and most expensive - rangefinder camera currently in production. Much of what the Leica M7 offers is not revolutionary, but rather, a natural, evolutionary progression spanning nearly five decades since the introduction of the M3, Leica's first bayonet-mounted rangefinder camera. The shutter remains essentially the same as the one found on the M6, but it is far more accurate than its immediate predecessor; it is still a silk curtain shutter, but one that is now electronically controlled, guaranteeing accurate exposures every time. Surprisingly, it is now also quieter than the shutter for the Leica M6. Those familiar with Leicas, especially the M4 and M6, will find the M7 easy to use. However, you may have to carry additional batteries since this camera won't work without them, with the notable exception of two shutter speeds. Otherwise, I regret that this fine camera is truly too expensive for most photographers. ... Read more


6. Leica Z2X 35mm Camera
by Leica
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B00004U0CR
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Leica
Sales Rank: 9909
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Stylish and fully automatic 35mm compact camera
  • High-quality Leica Vario-Elmar 35-70mm zoom lens (f/4.0 to f/7.6)
  • Passive autofocus system with automatic flash
  • Automatic exposure with center-weighted metering and manual shutter speeds of up to 99 seconds
  • Bright real-image viewfinder allows for easy composition

Reviews (7)

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Bought this camera in April 1999 having read several good reviews. Have to say I'm disappointed; the lens is undoubtedly sharp (though on normal size prints, the advantage is negligible) but the exposure/focus/flash system rarely gets it right. Exterior daylight shots, about one in four is OK. Inside or night, far less. Have tried different ISO rolls, different processors, variations on the manual settings as well as leaving it on fully auto, but no improvement. What is annoying is comparing with the shots taken under same conditions by friends with P+S Pentax etc. (Olympus seems expecially good). They paid half the price and get twice the result! Will not be buying another Leica compact again - have the impression I paid for the name and possibly the lens, but lost out on the rest.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Point and shoot.
I love this camera. The lens is top notch ! Crisp and clear pictures are almost garenteed with this camera.

I carry mine in my pcoketbook for all those times I used to wish I had a cmera with me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Leica Z2X - Light and fast.
I own a Leica R7 SLR, but at times am reluctant to take it abroad because it would very expensive to replace if it were stolen. I bought this Leica P&S so that I could carry it in my jacket pocket or on my belt when travelling and get adequate results. It has been a good choice. It is far superior to most point and shoot compacts in that the lens is sharper. It is not an SLR however and enlargements or slides clearly show some limitations. But for most general applications, it is a fine camera.

4-0 out of 5 stars Cheapest way to become a Leica owner!
If you've always wanted to own a Leica but didn't want to spent thousands of dollars to do it, this camera is your chance. It's actually made in Singapore instead of Germany, if I remember right, but what the hell, you still get the Leica name and logo on your camera.

The camera is a little bulky compared to most of the other offerings out there, but it's okay. It has most of the features of a typical point and shoot, but the main thing here is the sharpness of the lens. The short zoom lens is very sharp and takes excellent photos.

Since we're on the subject of point and shoot cameras I wanted to make a little plug here for a great little APS point and shoot camera that isn't carried... This is the little Fuji Tiara APS. It's super tiny (the dimensions are less than a credit card) and although it is a fixed-focal length lens, it's very sharp. It's also wide-angle as the focal length of the lens would be equivalent to 29.2 degrees in 35mm format.

I've been using mine for over a year and have been very happy with it. I've had several of the photos I took with it blown up to 8 x 12 and hung on my office wall, and I've gotten lots of compliments on how sharp the photos are, especially given the smaller size of the APS negative.

There are two Tiara models, one in titanium for about...and the other with a plastic body for about... I have the plastic one and it easily fits in your shirt pocket. At 4.6 ounces you hardly know it is there. The camera got a great review in Popular Photography magazine a year ago from the reviewer. Can't recall the guy's name, but he's a famous camera expert and writer/reviewer and he basically loved it and he's not easily impressed usually.

One of the other nice features is that the Tiara supports mid-roll film change, which not all APS cameras offer. With this you remove the APS cassette, put in another one with a higher or lower ASA rating, for example, and when you're through, you put in the original roll of film and it spools back to where it left off originally.

This is another great little camera in case you don't want to spend the money for the Leica.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money, if not quite a Leica
This is a great little everyday pocket camera. The quality of the pictures is great, and the camera has a nice no-nonsense feel to it. The plastic shell makes it feel as cheap as it is - and makes it obvious to anyone (including the user) that this is NOT a Leica as we know them.

The buttons and functions are a little weird, and getting the flash setting right for a quick shot can be awkward, but the zoom works very well. For some strange reason the film loads upside down, which is a pain in the neck when you're ordering reprints - but that's a minor nuisance that does not detract from the value of a great little camera at a great price. ... Read more


7. Leica C-1 35mm Camera (Black)
by Leica
list price: $449.99
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Asin: B000059TB5
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Leica
Sales Rank: 11789
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Amazon.com Product Description

The first thing you notice about the Leica C1 with 38-105mm aspherical zoom lens is its refreshingly sleek styling. It's a compact camera that truly looks like a Leica; its curved edges and black aluminum body are quite reminiscent of the classic Leica M series cameras. Of course, being a compact, it is slightly smaller than an M series camera in both width and length, and much lighter. If you're already a Leica fan, you're almost guaranteed to fall in love with the well-styled, easy-to-use Leica C1.

This fully automatic camera offers a remarkable variety of mode selections beyond flash-on/flash-off. For example, there is a setting for bright light situations (such as a snowy field or the beach) where it is necessary to compensate for the normal exposure calculation the light meter would make. It also offers an ample automatic shutter speed range, from 1/500 to 30 seconds, with timed manual exposures of up to 99 seconds.

We shot a test roll with outstanding results in a wide array of lighting situations--from low light indoors using the flash, to late afternoon sun at the lake, to neon hotel signs at night (see sample photos by clicking "More Photos" above). The sophisticated zoom lens worked fast and allowed us to compose our shots quickly. The focal length of the lens can be adjusted to five different settings: 38mm, 60mm, 75mm, 90mm, and 105mm.

Most of the exposures on our test roll of slides were right on the money with the C1. The exposure meter averages light from the entire picture frame but gives higher consideration to the light inside the autofocus frame. There is also a feature that allows you to lock the focus and exposure settings on a subject, even if that subject is not in the center of the photo.

The flash will automatically go off in low-light situations unless you change to a mode that turns it off. We forgot to change this for a couple of our shots and this was the only time the exposure didn't work out the way we wanted it to, but of course you could chalk that up to user error. The C1 felt so much like an M6 (our usual camera) in our hands that we actually found ourselves wishing it weighed more (to make it easier to hold the camera steady)--but again, this was something that should improve with greater familiarity. One thing that might improve ease of use would be a shutter-release button that stood up slightly above the surface of the camera to make it easier to find the button when looking through the viewfinder. But this is a minor complaint. Overall, we would recommend this camera very highly, with no reservations.

About Leica Seventy-five years ago, the first Leica camera was introduced to the public at the 1925 Leipzig Spring Fair. At the time, it was by far the most innovative 35mm camera ever produced (as well as one of the very first). Since then, no camera in the world has been more widely acclaimed for continuously meeting the highest standards of excellence in both optical precision and design quality. Notably, many internationally acclaimed photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Sebastião Salgado have used Leica cameras throughout their careers. We think you'll find that Leica compact cameras maintain the same integrity as the M and R models used by the pros, but at more affordable prices. The lenses in all Leica 35mm cameras are still designed by the Leica optical department in Solms, Germany. Every compact camera is also tested for quality in Germany before being released. When you choose Leica, you are buying into one of the great traditions in the history of photography. --Walt Opie ... Read more

Features

  • Elegant, lightweight, and sturdy compact 35mm camera
  • High-quality Leica Vario-Elmar 38-105mm aspherical zoom lens (f4-f10.5)
  • Fully automatic focus and exposure control with manual override
  • Built-in flash
  • Can be set to imprint date or time; includes self-timer

8. LEICA CAMERA CM Professional Compact 35mm Camera

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Asin: B0008JF0AI
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Leica Camera
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Features

  • Brilliant real-image viewfinder with detailed LED display make composition and controlling photographic parameters easy!
  • 40mm f/2.4 LEICA SUMMARIT lens (6 elements in 4 groups) with multi-layer coating
  • Passive phase-detecting autofocus
  • Exposure override from -2 EV to +2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
  • Autofocus and manual focus

9. Leica C11 APS Camera, Silver
by Leica
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00004Z4ZI
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Leica
Sales Rank: 7913
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The sleek C11 is Leica's first venture into the APS format. It features a 3x zoom and midroll change, which allows you to choose between three picture formats (classic, group, or panoramic) and to change partially exposed films. The C11 is quite compact and extremely simple to operate. The 3x aspherical zoom glass lens permits optimum framing, has drop-in automatic loading with optical double-exposure protection, automatic film speed setting, and active autofocus.

It also has a pop-up multiprogram flash with red-eye-reduction, fill-flash, and night-portrait modes. The Leica C11 has an elegant, timeless design with an ergonomic, durable metal casing. ... Read more

Features

  • Sleek, ergonomic compact APS camera
  • Choose between 3 picture formats
  • 3x zoom lens with various focal lengths
  • Drop-in automatic film loading
  • Multiprogram flash

Reviews (4)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good camera for a buck...
I try to stay away from APS in general. It was a gift from me for my mom since she wanted small easy camera with an average zoom. It's a simple design with suprisingly good picture quality. Automatic flash does the great job in mixed lighting environment. Pictures are sharp and crisp. Color saturation is outstanding. Even if APS film is limited and negative size is smaller than regular 35mm film I was really amazed by the quality. My mom who is not the most technical person had no problems operating the controls or loading the camera. It was a piece of cake for her in no time. Also very nice weatherproof box that came with the camera protected the piece in the rain. Leica did a really nice job and even if the camera is little bigger than elphs and nikon nuvis it is worth every penny.

I very rearly shoot with point and shoots I prefer medium format cameras as well as 35mm SLRs but about now Im thinking about getting one of those Leicas as my pocket snap shot/ location scout piece.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun. And looks stylish.
When I saw this camera for the first time I was probably the victim of irrational thought processes, seduced by the stylish minimalism and the Leica Logo of course.

However, after almost a year of use I have been really impressed by how easy it is to take good quality snaps. I always use good quality 400 and 800 film to avoid the use of flash and regularly load up with Kodak B&W 400 Advantix for excellent Black and white shots.

I have taken school sports day photos, holiday snaps, B&W panoramic landscapes on misty mornings in Cornwall and party snaps / candids and all types of photos between. The Leica performs without fuss, is easy to use, has incredible battery life and looks stunning. The case is virtually waterproof (heavy shower resistant anyway) and tough. The Fuji mechanism and lens is smooth and has never failed. Superb.

(I also use Minolta SLRs , Ricoh GR1s and Yashica T5 compacts and the Leica C11 stands up well in this company.)

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice looks....OK pics
I am not sure if it's the camera or ASP film but the pics the camera took were on par with a cheap 35mm camera. I tried ASP film from both Fuji and Kodak 100,200,400. Before this camera I had an Olympus Stylus Zoom. Now that was an excellent P&S camera. This is my first Leica, they are suppose to be good, but I don't know. The camera looks great, a little bulky but unfortunately I cannot recommend it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Leica's first APS camera is excellent for what it is
I bought this camera the first week it came out because I thought it looked fantastic, and, well, I really like Leica cameras. This is my first APS camera and I really like it. It takes very nice pictures, although not on the same quality level as my Leica Minilux 35mm P&S, and it is very easy to use. Best of all, the auto focus system is very fast and accurate. If you want a stylish APS camera this one is worth considering. The quality is high, the finish is outstanding, and the feel is that of a very well made device. Although it is not as small as the Elph (Canon) it is a very portable camera that is fun to shoot. Too bad APS film choices are so limited :-( If you want super-high-quality images, however, I'd recommend a 35mm camera as the small APS negative size (24mm) will never match the 35mm in quality. For standard 4X7 images though, it is nice and the APS design is sooo easy to use (and store). ... Read more


10. Leica C-1 35mm Camera, Silver
by Leica
list price: $449.99
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Asin: B00004U0CP
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Leica
Sales Rank: 7403
Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The first thing you notice about the new Leica C1 (released January2000) with 38-105mm aspherical zoom lens is its refreshingly sleek styling. Itis a compact camera that truly looks like a Leica; its curved edges and a silveraluminum body are quite reminiscent of the classic Leica M series cameras. Ofcourse, being a compact, it is slightly smaller than an M series camera in bothwidth and length, and much lighter. If you are already a Leica fan, you'realmost guaranteed to fall in love with the well-styled, easy-to-use LeicaC1.

This fully-automatic camera offers a remarkable variety of mode selectionsbeyond flash-on/flash-off. For example, there is a setting for bright lightsituations (such as a snowy field or the beach) where it is necessary tocompensate for the normal exposure calculation the light meter would make. Italso offers an ample automatic shutter speed range from 1/500 to 30 seconds withtimed manual exposures of up to 99 seconds.

We shot a test roll withoutstanding results in a wide array of lighting situations--from low lightindoors using the flash, to late afternoon sun at the lake, to neon hotel signsat night (see sample photos by clicking "More Photos" above). The sophisticatedzoom lens worked fast and allowed us to compose our shots quickly. The focallength of the lens can be adjusted to five different settings: 38mm, 60mm, 75mm,90mm, and 105mm.

Most of the exposures on our test roll of slides were righton the money with the C1. The exposure meter averages light from the entirepicture frame but gives higher consideration to the light inside the autofocusframe. There is also a feature that allows you to lock the focus and exposuresettings on a subject, even if that subject is not in the center of thephoto.

The flash will automatically go off in low-light situations unless youchange to a mode that turns it off. We forgot to change this for a couple of ourshots and this was the only time the exposure didn't work out the way we wantedit to, but of course you could chalk that up to user error. The C1 felt so muchlike an M6 (our usual camera) in our hands that we actually found ourselveswishing it weighed more (to make it easier to hold the camera steady)--butagain, this was something that should improve with greater familiarity. Onething that might improve ease of use would be a shutter-release button thatstood up slightly above the surface of the camera to make it easier to find thebutton when looking through the viewfinder. But this is a minor complaint.Overall, we would recommend this camera very highly, with noreservations.

About Leica
Seventy-five years ago, the first Leica camerawas introduced to the public at the 1925 Leipzig Spring Fair. At the time, itwas by far the most innovative 35mm camera ever produced (as well as one of thevery first). Since then, no camera in the world has been more widely acclaimedfor continuously meeting the highest standards of excellence in both opticalprecision and design quality. Notably, many internationally-acclaimedphotographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Sebastião Salgado haveused Leica cameras throughout their careers. We think you'll find that Leicacompact cameras maintain the same integrity as the M and R models used by thepros, but at more affordable prices. The lenses in all Leica 35mm cameras arestill designed by the Leica optical department in Solms, Germany. Every compactcamera is also tested for quality in Germany before being released. When youchoose Leica, you are buying into one of the great traditions in the history ofphotography. --Walt Opie ... Read more

Features

  • Elegant, lightweight, and sturdy compact 35mm camera
  • High-quality Leica Vario-Elmar 38-105mm aspherical zoom lens (f/4.0 to f/10.5)
  • Fully automatic focus and exposure control with manual override
  • Built-in flash
  • Can be set to imprint date or time; includes self-timer

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Its a great buy
Lets face it this is a P&S camera. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles but whatever it does, it does best. I have taken some excellent pictures with this camera. I have 2 SLR cameras and 6 lens. This camera does have some shortcomings but I like the quality.

Here are some shortcomings
When you zoom in it requires flash
Its slippery cuz it has a very smooth surface. I highly recommend the case if you are buying this camera
It does not store the settings. So everytime I disable the flash for the next pic I got to do it again

advantages
Takes SLR quality picture
Compact
Different from other camera

I bought this at an online auction which had 3 month warranty. There was some noise and I send the camera back and got a new one in a week. The customer service was excellent. This is almost a year back. I clicked anywhere from 20 to 30 roll of film on this camera. Its worth the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Its a great camera
From it aluminum body to it vario-elmar lense. I've taken several pictures and they all came out absolutely incredible, the details and contrast are picture perfect. The camera is a little big to fit in a pocket, but it is very solid feeling, and user friendly, zoom works flawlessly.

2-0 out of 5 stars A Leica that's not a Leica
As someone who's always wanted to own a Leica camera, buying a C1 proved to be a bitter disappointment. That first moment of running the lens in and out and hearing what sounded like gravel in the lens barrel wasn't a good start. I immediately sent the camera back and got another one, same thing. A further disappointment was actually using the camera. With a lens speed about as fast as a glacier,(f10.5 @105mm), using the camera in the middle of the day, albeit overcast, with 100 ISO film trying to take a landscape, the camera was screaming for the flash. I sent the camera back and bought a Canon Z135, great camera, half the price and twice the features, (with a much faster lens). Buy anything, but this over rated "Leica wanta be"

3-0 out of 5 stars OK, But Not Great
The Leica C1 is a good looking camera that fits well in the hand. But when compared to other, less expensive point and shoot cameras, there is really nothing to justify the extra cost.

The automatic exposure works well with print film but is not accurate enough to handle slides. The lens is sharp, but certainly not better than other mid-range P&S cameras.

There is no diopter adjustment, no manual overrides other than flash and a fixed +2EV setting. The "step" zoom takes some getting used to but turns out to be faster to use than a standard zoom. The camera is not weather resistent, the manual makes it clear that this is strictly a "dry always" camera.

In summary, the C1 looks nice, works well, but offers nothing new or improved over other, cheaper, point-and-shoot models.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not what you would expect from Leica...
Working in the photo industry both as a vivid photographer and a salesperson I've use Leica equipment many times. The sturdiness, quality and reliability were always a reason for me to purchase Leica product. Not this time. Slamming you brand name on the average camera to drive the price up is not a right thing to do... It's cheaply made and takes average quality pictures... From the outside it look and feels great but inside you can see right away that Leica engineers were trying to save on finishing costs. Lens is not what you expect and my old Ricoh takes better images... If you are planning to purchase this item do you self a favor and buy their Minilux Zoom model or if price is a factor buy Olympus LTZoom 105. In my opinion Leica just tries to fill the market with their name not with the quality products... It's a nice looking camera not worth your buck. ... Read more


11. LEICA CAMERAZ2XDB: Zoom 2x Automatic 35mm Camera with Data Back
by Leica Camera

Asin: B00006J06V
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Leica Camera
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Features

  • LEICA VARIO-ELMAR f/1 - 4-7.6/35-70 mm(7 elements in 6 components) offers 2x Zoom range for wide-angle, normal and telephoto pictures
  • Programmable AutoExposure modes using center-weighted integral metering with automatic flash activation in the universal program operating modes
  • Built-in automatic electronic-flash with Red-Eye reduction mode
  • Autofocus from 60 cm (2' 11-5/8 to infinity)
  • Bright, clear real-image viewfinder

12. Leica M7 Rangefinder 35mm Camera w/ .58x Viewfinder, Black (Model 10501)
by Leica
list price: $2,369.99
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Asin: B00006FRO9
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Leica
Sales Rank: 8842
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Amazon.com Product Description

Leica's M7 35mm compact rangefinder camera has been historically renowned for its build quality and outstanding performance, as field-tested by the most demanding photojournalists and avant-garde artists. The lens is built with the Leica M design and has a focal length of 21 to 135mm. All manual operations continue to be present, but this newest update now sports electronic control and operation with an on/off switch that starts it all.

You can now make automatic exposures with the stepless electronic shutter speed control with metered value storage. The cloth focal plane shutter has turned electronic, controlling exposure time silently and accurately. An unusual but undoubtedly useful feature is the viewfinder with LED display, a total of 33 different readings are visible to keep you on top of all the information.

With an additional flash unit installed, the second shutter curtain can trigger the flash. The two film-speed settings, manual and automatic, eliminate bad exposures that come from setting the wrong film speeds. Film loading, advance, and rewind remain manual for greater control. ... Read more

Features

  • 35mm compact rangefinder camera
  • Electronic controls with on/off switch
  • Focal length of 21 to 135mm
  • Stepless automatic shutter control
  • .58x magnification viewfinder integrated with LED

13. Leica Minilux Zoom Date Back 35mm Camera
by Leica
list price: $929.99
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Asin: B00004U0DA
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Leica
Sales Rank: 13550
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars An amazing machine.
after much thought, I chose this camera above other more complicated SLRs so that my husband would feel comfortable using it. As an amature photographer, this is my first "point and shoot" camera and I couldn't be happier. You can have the confidence of the best optics available with this camera- I would use it in an art class in a second. The options are extensive and actually allow for a lot of control. I am thinking of getting the seperate flash unit to eliminate red-eye, though (it has the red-eye reducer but those rarely work in all situations). Buy with confidence and enjoy fine photos for the rest of your life! Such a good idea if you're used to good cameras and have children, who generally don't wait for their parents' focusing efforts with old-time SLRs (and their failing eyesight). Also, it's practically an heirloom. You'll get a kick out of envious photo-finish store staff peoples' comments as an added bonus. ... Read more


14. Leica C11 APS Camera, Black
by Leica
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00004Z4ZK
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Leica
Sales Rank: 8007
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The sleek C11 is Leica's first venture into the APS format. It features a 3x zoom and midroll change, which allows you to choose between three picture formats (classic, group, or panoramic) and to change partially exposed films. The C11 is quite compact and extremely simple to operate. The 3x aspherical zoom glass lens permits optimum framing, has drop-in automatic loading with optical double-exposure protection, automatic film speed setting, and active autofocus.

It also has a pop-up multiprogram flash with red-eye-reduction, fill-flash, and night-portrait modes. The Leica C11 has an elegant, timeless design with an ergonomic, durable metal casing. ... Read more

Features

  • Sleek, ergonomic compact APS camera
  • Choose between 3 picture formats
  • 3x zoom lens with various focal lengths
  • Drop-in automatic film loading
  • Multiprogram flash

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Why buy the Leica c11?
This is a GREAT camera!The author is a serious advanced amateur, having two Hasselblads, a 4x5 rail camera, Canon EOS 3, Leica M3, 25+ lenses, etc. Did I mention a Nikon Coolpix 800? So, where does the C11 fit in? NOTHING is as small and light. This camera is about the size of a deck or cards! The lens is great for the 4x6 prints (if I want 16x20, there are better choices). But it is great for snapshots! Why is it better than the Coolpix? Better lens resolution AND the batteries aren't always dead!
The flash works well to about ten feet. You can just pick this up, turn it on, and take a nice photo in about three seconds. I have lots of cameras that can take good photos, but it takes half and hour to get ready.This camera is easy to hold (I really like the round bulge on the side, very gripable). All the unique APS features are present (panorama mode, date, mid-roll change, etc.).I bought this for my mother-in-law and had to get one for myself! You rarely go wrong with a Leica product; the C11 is another winner! ... Read more


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