Leica – M11 – User Manual

Category: Digital Camera, Film Camera, and Vintage Camera User Guides and Manuals

Download user manual for Leica – M11 – User Manual 
Preview: Below is a preview of the manual as extracted from the PDF file


LEICA M11
Instruction manual
M11/EN/2022/1/1.0/1FOREWORD 2
FOREWORD
Dear Customer,
We wish you a great deal of fun and success taking photographs with
your new Leica M11. Please read this manual thoroughly to familiar-
ize yourself with the full scope of functions your camera has to offer.
You can find all information about the Leica M11 whenever you need
it at m11.leica-camera.com.
Your Leica Camera AG
SCOPE OF DELIVERY
Before using your camera for the first time, please check that the
accessories supplied are complete.
– Leica M11
– Camera bayonet cover
– Lithium-ion rechargeable battery Leica BP-SCL7
– Charger Leica BC-SCL7, incl. power adapter and USB cable
– “Leica FOTOS Cable”
– Carry strap
– CE flyer
– Drawstring pouch for battery, charger and cables
– Quick Start Guide
– Test certificate
– Registration card
– Rechargeable battery flyer
– Leica FOTOS Cable flyer
Subject to changes in design and model type.
FOREWORD / SCOPE OF DELIVERY 3
REPLACEMENT PARTS / ACCESSORIES
Please contact Leica Customer Care or visit the Leica Camera AG
website for information on the extensive range of Leica replacement
parts/accessories:
https:/ /leica-camera.com/en-int/photography/accessories/m
Only the accessories specified and described in this manual or by
Leica Camera AG must be used with the camera (battery, charger,
mains plug, mains cable, etc.). These accessories must only be
used with this product. Third-party accessories may result in mal-
functions or damage to the product.
Important
All mentions of “EVF” or “Electronic Viewfinder” in this manual
refer to the optional accessory Leica Visoflex 2 .
Use of the older “Leica Visoflex” model with the Leica M11 can
– as a worst case scenario – result in irreparable damage to the
camera and/or the Visoflex. Please contact Leica Customer Care
if in doubt.
Please read the chapters “Legal information”, “Safety remarks”,
and “General information” before using your camera for the first
time. Knowledge of the content will prevent inadvertent damage
to the product, possible injuries and other risks.
REPLACEMENT PARTS / ACCESSORIESLEGAL INFORMATION 4
LEGAL INFORMATION
COPYRIGHT NOTICE
Compliance with copyright laws is mandatory. The recording and
publication of pre-recorded media like tapes, CDs or other published
or broadcast material may breach copyright laws. The same applies
for all software supplied in the scope of delivery.
LEGAL INFORMATION ABOUT THIS MANUAL
COPYRIGHT
All rights reserved.
All text, images and graphics are subject to copyright and other laws
to protect intellectual property. They must not be copied, modified
or used for any purpose including trade purposes.
TECHNICAL DATA
Product changes with regards to the product or services may have
occurred after the editorial deadline. The manufacturer reserves
the right to effect structural or shape changes, color deviations and
changes to the scope of delivery or service, where these changes or
deviations are reasonably acceptable for the customer, while taking
into consideration the interests of Leica Camera AG. In that respect,
Leica Camera AG reserves the right to changes and errors. The im-
ages in this manual may depict accessory, special features or other
items that are not part of the standard scope of delivery or service.
Some pages may contain model types and services, which are not
offered in specific countries.LEGAL INFORMATION 5
BRANDS AND LOGOS
The brand names and logos used in this documented are protected
trademarks. These brands or logos must not be used without prior
approval by Leica Camera AG.
LICENSE RIGHTS
Leica Camera AG intends to provide you with innovative and informa-
tive documentation. Due to the amount of creativity that has gone
into its design, we ask for your understanding that Leica Camera AG
must protect its intellectual property, including patents, trademarks
and copyrights, and that possession of the documentation does not
infer any licensing rights of the intellectual property of Leica Camera
AG.
REGULATORY INFORMATION
You will find the manufacturing date of your camera on the stickers in
the Warranty Card and/or on the packaging.
The date format is year/month/day.
COUNTRY-SPECIFIC LICENSES
Specific regional approvals for this device can be found in the cam –
era menu.
▸ Select  Camera Information  in the main menu
▸ Select  Regulatory Information 
LICENSE INFORMATION
The device-specific license information can be found in the camera
menu.
▸ Select  Camera Information  in the main menu
▸ Select  License Information LEGAL INFORMATION 6
CE MARK
The CE mark on our products documents compliance with the funda-
mental requirements of applicable EU guidelines.
English
Declaration of Conformity (DoC)
Hereby, “Leica Camera AG” declares that this product is in compliance with the
essential requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive 2014/53/EU.
Customers can download a copy of the original DoC to our Radio Equipment prod-
ucts from our DoC server:
www.cert.leica-camera.com
Please contact Leica Camera AG, Am Leitz-Park 5, 35578 Wetzlar, Germany in
case of any further questions
Depending on product (see technical data)
Type Frequency band (center frequency) Maximum output (dBm E.I.R.P.)
WLAN 2412–2462/5180–5240 MHz/
5260–5320/5500–5700 MHz
5735–5825 MHz
20
Bluetooth ® Wireless
Technology
2402–2480 MHz 20
DISPOSAL OF ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC
EQUIPMENT
(Applies within the EU and for other European countries
with active waste separation policies.)
This device contains electric and/or electronic components which
must not be disposed of in general household waste. Instead, it
should be disposed of at a recycling collection point provided by your
local authority.
This service is free of charge. Any standard or rechargeable batteries
used in this device must be removed and disposed of separately in
accordance with local regulations.
Please contact your local authorities, waste disposal collection point
or the retailer, from whom you purchased the device for more infor-
mation on correct waste disposal.LEGAL INFORMATION 7
IMPORTANT NOTES REGARDING THE USE OF
WLAN/BLUETOOTH
®
• Appropriate measures must be taken to ensure security and pro-
tect against disruptions to the systems in place where devices or
computer systems are in use that require more stringent security
than WLAN devices.
• Leica Camera AG shall not accept liability for damages arising
from the use of the camera for purposes other than as a WLAN
device.
• It is assumed that the WLAN function will be used in countries
where this camera is sold. There may be a risk of breaching stat-
utory wireless communication regulations when using the camera
in other countries. Leica Camera AG shall not accept liability for
such breaches.
• Please note that there is a risk of unauthorized third party inter-
ception of wirelessly communicated data. We highly recommend
that you activate encryption in the wireless access point settings
to ensure data safety.
• Avoid using the camera in areas where it can be exposed to mag-
netic fields, static electricity or other interferences, e.g. near a
microwave oven. RF transmissions may otherwise not reach the
camera.
• Using the camera near devices like microwave ovens or wireless
phones that use the 2.4 GHz RF band may negatively affect the
performance of both devices.
• Do not attempt to connect to wireless networks you are not autho-
rized to use.
• The device will automatically search for wireless networks, once
the WLAN function is enabled. A list, including networks you are
not authorized to access, will be displayed (SSID: Network identi-
fier for a WLAN network). Do not attempt to connect to third party
network, as this could be construed as unauthorized access.
• We recommend disabling the WLAN function while on an aircraft.
• The use of the WLAN-RF band between 5150 MHz and 5350 MHz
is permitted only in enclosed spaces.
• Please read the important notes on specific functions of Leica
FOTOS on p. 144.
IMPORTANT NOTES REGARDING THE USE OF
“LEICA FOTOS CABLE”
• The use of the “Made for Apple” icon signifies that an accesso –
ry part was developed specifically for a connection to the Apple
product(s) named in the icon, and was certified by the developer
to comply with Apple performance standards. Apple bears no re-
sponsibility for the operation of that device or its compliance with
safety and regulatory standards.
• Please note that the use of this accessory with an Apple product
may impede RF performance.SAFETY REMARKS 8
SAFETY REMARKS
GENERAL INFORMATION
• Do not use your camera in the immediate vicinity of devices that
generate powerful magnetic, electrostatic or electromagnetic
fields (e.g. induction ovens, microwave ovens, television sets or
computer screens, video game consoles, cell phones, broadcast-
ing equipment). Their electromagnetic fields can interfere with
image recordings.
• Strong magnetic fields, e.g. from speakers or large electric motors
can damage the stored data or disrupt shooting.
• Switch off the camera, remove the battery briefly, replace it and
switch the camera back on in case of a camera malfunction due
to the effects of electromagnetic fields.
• Do not use the camera in the immediate vicinity of radio transmit-
ters or high-voltage power lines. Their electromagnetic fields may
also interfere with image recordings.
• Always store small parts e.g. the accessory shoe cover as follows:
– out of the reach of children
– in a safe location, where they will not get lost or stolen
• State-of-the-art electronic components are sensitive to static dis-
charge. You can easily pick up charges of several 10,000 volts by
simply walking on synthetic floor coverings. A static discharge can
occur when you touch the camera and especially if it is placed on
a conductive surface. A static discharge on the camera housing
poses no risk for the electronics. Despite built-in safety circuits,
you should avoid direct contact with external camera contacts like
those in the flash shoe.
• Take care not to soil or scratch the sensor for lens detection in the
bayonet. You must similarly prevent direct contact of the bayonet
with grains of sand or similar particles, as these could cause irrep-
arable damage. This component must only be cleaned with a dry
cloth (in system cameras).
• Use a cotton or linen cloth instead of a microfiber cloth from an
optician`s (synthetic) when cleaning the contacts. Make sure to
discharge any electrostatic charge by deliberately touching a
heating or water pipe (conductive, grounded material). Dirt depos-
its and oxidation on the contacts can be avoided by storing your
camera in a dry location with the lens cap and the flash shoe/
viewfinder cap (in system cameras) attached.
• Only use accessories specified for this model to prevent faults,
short circuits or electric shock.
• Do not attempt to remove parts of the housing (covers) yourself.
Repairs must be done at authorized service centers only.
• Protect the camera against contact with insect sprays and other
aggressive chemicals. Petroleum spirit, thinner and alcohol must
not be used for cleaning. Some chemicals and liquids can damage
the camera housing or the surface finish.
• Rubber and plastics are known to expel aggressive chemicals
and should therefore not be kept in contact with the camera for
extended periods of time.
• Prevent any sand or dust or water penetration into the camera,
e.g. during snowfall or rain or on the beach. Be extra careful when
changing the lens (in system cameras) and when inserting or
removing the memory card and rechargeable battery. Sand and
dust can damage the camera, the lens, the memory card and the
battery. Moisture can cause malfunctions and irreparable damage
to the camera and memory card.
LENS
• A camera lens can have the effect of a magnifying glass when
exposed to direct frontal sunlight. The camera must therefore be
protected against extended exposure to direct sunlight.SAFETY REMARKS 9
• Attaching the lens cap and keeping the camera in the shade or
ideally in its camera case, will help prevent damage to the interior
of the camera.
RECHARGEABLE BATTERY
• Improper use of the batteries or the use of unapproved battery
types may result in an explosion!
• Do not expose the rechargeable battery to sunlight, heat, humidity
or moisture for prolonged periods of time. Likewise, the batteries
must not be placed in a microwave oven or a high-pressure con-
tainer as this would pose a fire or explosion hazard!
• Do not under any circumstances charge or insert a damp or wet
battery into the camera!
• A safety valve in the battery ensures that any excess pressure
caused by improper handling is discharged safely. It is neverthe-
less important to dispose of a bloated battery immediately. It may
pose an explosion hazard!
• Keep the battery contacts clean and easily accessible. Although
lithium-ion batteries are secured against short circuits, they
should still be protected against contact with metal objects like
paper clips or jewelry. A short-circuited battery can get very hot
and cause severe burns.
• When a battery is accidentally dropped, make sure to check the
housing and the contacts immediately for any damage. A dam-
aged battery can damage the camera.
• The battery must be removed from the camera or charger and
must be replaced immediately in case of a strange smell, discol-
oration, deformation, overheating or leakage. Continued use of
the battery may result in overheating, which can cause fire and/
or explosion!
• Never throw batteries into a fire as they may explode.
• Keep the battery away from sources of heat in case of leakage or
if you smell burning. Leaked fluid can catch fire!
• The use of other chargers not approved by Leica Camera AG can
cause damage to the batteries – and in extreme cases – cause
serious or life-threatening injuries.
• Make sure that the power socket is freely accessible at all times.
• Do not attempt to open the battery or the charger. Repairs must
only be carried out by authorized service centers.
• Keep batteries out of the reach of children. Batteries can cause
suffocation when swallowed.
FIRST AID
• Battery fluid may cause blindness if it comes into contact
with the eyes. Rinse the eyes thoroughly with clean water
immediately. Avoid rubbing. Seek medical attention imme-
diately.
• Leaked battery fluid poses an injury hazard when it comes
in contact with clothing or skin. Rinse the affected areas
thoroughly with clean water.
CHARGER
• Using the charger in the vicinity of broadcasting receivers may in-
terfere with reception. Ensure a distance of at least 1 m between
the charger and the receiver.
• When the charger is in use, it may emit a buzzing sound – that is
normal and not a malfunction.
• Disconnect the charger from the mains when it is not in use, as it
consumes electricity (a very small amount), even if no battery is
inserted.
• Always keep the charger contacts clean, and never short-circuit
them.SAFETY REMARKS 10
MEMORY CARD
• Never remove the memory card during a data save or card reading
process. The camera must not be switched off or be subjected to
impact or vibrations while working.
• Do not open the cover/remove the memory card or the battery
from the camera while the status LED is lit, which indicates mem-
ory access. Data on the card may otherwise be destroyed and
camera malfunctions may occur.
• Do not drop or bend memory cards as this will cause damage and
result in the loss of stored data.
• Do not touch the connections on the reverse of the memory card
and keep them clean and dry.
• Keep memory cards out of the reach of children. Swallowing a
memory card may cause suffocation.
SENSOR
• Cosmic radiation (e.g. during flights) may cause pixel defects.
CARRY STRAP
• Carry straps are usually made of very robust material. You should
therefore keep it out of the reach of children. A carry strap is not a
toy and poses a strangulation risk.
• Use the carry strap only for its intended purpose on a camera
or on binoculars. Any other use poses the risk of injury and may
possibly result in damage to the carry strap and is therefore not
permitted.
• Carry straps should also not be used for cameras/binoculars
during sports activities that pose a risk of entanglement (e.g.
when mountain climbing and similar outdoor activities).
TRIPOD
• When using a tripod, make sure it is standing securely and turn the
camera only by turning the tripod, not the actual camera. Ensure
that the tripod screw is hand-tightened only. Avoid transporting
the camera while the tripod is attached. You might injure yourself
or others and the camera could get damaged.
FLASH
• The use of incompatible flash units with your Leica M11 may result
in irreparable damage to the camera and/or the flash unit.GENERAL INFORMATION 11GENERAL INFORMATION 12
GENERAL INFORMATION
Please read the section about “Care/Storage” for more information
about what to do in case of problems.
CAMERA/LENS
(For system cameras)
• Make a note of the serial numbers of your camera (engraved in the
base of the camera housing) and lenses, as this information will be
extremely important in case of loss.
• Make sure to always have a lens or the camera bayonet cover
attached to prevent dust or other foreign bodies penetrating the
camera.
• That is why you should always replace lenses quickly and in a dust-
free environment.
• Never store the camera bayonet cover or the lens back cover in a
pants pocket, as they will attract lint and dust, which could then be
accidentally introduced into the camera.
LCD PANEL
• Condensation may form on the LCD panel if the camera is exposed
to great temperature fluctuations. Wipe the screen carefully with a
soft, dry cloth.
• The screen image will initially be slightly darker than normal if the
camera is very cold when it is switched on. The normal level of
brightness will be reached as soon as the LCD panel warms up.
RECHARGEABLE BATTERY
• The rechargeable battery must only be charged within a specific
temperature range. See chapter “Technical Data” (p. 174) for
details about operating conditions.
• Lithium-ion batteries can be charged at any time, regardless of
their current charge level. A partially charged battery will charge
to full capacity faster than a fully discharged one.
• The rechargeable batteries come only partly charged ex works
and should therefore be charged fully before their first use.
• A new battery only reaches its full capacity after it has been fully
charged and – by using it in the camera – depleted 2 to 3 times.
This depletion process should be repeated roughly every 25
cycles.
• Battery and charger heat up during the charging process. That is
normal and not a malfunction.
• Rapid flashing of the two LEDs (> 2 Hz) when charging commences
indicates a charging error (e.g. maximum charging time exceed-
ed, voltages or temperatures outside permitted ranges or a short
circuit). Disconnect the charger from the mains and remove the
battery. Ensure that the above temperature conditions are met
and then restart the charging process. Please contact your dealer,
the Leica representative in your region or Leica Camera AG if the
problem persists.
• Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries generate power by way of
internal chemical reactions. These reactions are influenced by
ambient temperature and humidity. Do not expose the battery to
extreme temperatures (high or low) for extended periods of time
(e.g. in a parked car in the summer or winter) to ensure a maxi-
mum service life.
• The replaceable battery supplies power to a backup battery,
which is permanently installed in the camera. This backup battery
retains the date and time for some weeks. Once the backup
battery is depleted, it must be replenished by inserting a charged
main battery. The time and date will have to be set again after a
full depletion of both batteries.GENERAL INFORMATION 13
• As the battery capacity deteriorates or if using an older battery,
warning messages may appear and some functions may be re-
stricted or blocked entirely.
• Always remove the battery if the camera will not be used for an
extended period of time. Make sure to switch the camera off via
the main switch before removing the battery. Leaving the battery
in the camera will result in a deep discharge after a few weeks.
Voltage levels will decrease significantly, as the camera uses a low
idle current to maintain settings.
• Dispose of damaged batteries in accordance with the relevant
regulations at an approved collection point for proper recycling.
• The date of manufacture can be found on the battery. The date
format is week/year.
MEMORY CARD
• The range of available SD/SDHC/SDXC cards on the market is too
extensive for Leica Camera AG to test for compatibility and qual-
ity. Generally, any type of memory card may be used without any
damage to the camera or memory card. As some “no name” cards
may not fully comply with the SD/SDHC/SDXC standards, Leica
Camera AG cannot provide any guarantee of function.
• We recommend formatting memory cards from time to time, as
fragmented residual data from deleted files may block some of the
storage capacity.
• Generally, it is not necessary to format (initialize) memory cards
that have been previously used. Formatting will, however, be
necessary if you insert an unformatted memory card or a card
that was formatted in another device (e.g. a computer) for the first
time.
• We recommend backing up your data on a PC, because electro-
magnetic fields, static electricity and any damage to the memory
card or camera defects may result in irretrievable damage or loss
of your data.
• SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards come with a write protection
slider to prevent accidental overwriting. This slider is located on
the non-beveled side of the card. All data on the card is protected
when the slider is set to its lower position, marked LOCK.
• All data stored on the memory card will be lost during formatting.
Formatting will not be prevented by the deletion protection set for
individual pictures.
SENSOR
• Any dust or dirt particles stuck to the glass cover of the sensor
may result in noticeable dark stains or specks on the pictures (in
system cameras). Alternatively, send your camera to the Leica
Customer Care department for sensor cleaning (see p. 176). This
service is not part of the warranty offering and will therefore incur
charges.
DATA
• All data, including personal information, may be changed or de-
leted due to incorrect or accidental operation, static discharge,
accidents, malfunctions, repairs and other measures.
• Please note that Leica Camera AG does NOT accept liability for
direct or consequential damage due to the manipulation or de-
struction of data and personal information.GENERAL INFORMATION 14
FIRMWARE UPDATE
Leica is continuously working on the further development and
optimization of Leica M11. As digital cameras have many functions
that are controlled electronically, improvements and enhancements
to the functions can be installed on the camera retroactively. Leica
releases so-called firmware updates at irregular intervals. Cameras
are always supplied ex works with the latest firmware installed or
you can download the latest version from our website yourself and
transfer it to your camera.
You will receive a newsletter informing you of the availability of a
new firmware update if you register your camera on the Leica Cam –
era homepage.
Visit the download section or the “Customer Area” for information
about how to register or how to get firmware updates for your Leica
M11. Additionally, you can find information about changes or addi –
tions to the manual at: club.leica-camera.comWARRANTY 15
WARRANTY
In addition to your statutory warranty rights regarding your dealer,
you will receive an additional Leica Camera AG product warranty
valid from the date of purchase at an authorized Leica retailer. Pre-
viously, the product warranty was included with the product in the
packaging. From now on, the product warranty will only be available
online as a new service. You will be able to review the warranty
conditions for your product at any time, without having to search
for the document. Please note that this new policy applies only for
products that are no longer delivered with a hardcopy product war-
ranty included in the packaging. Any products still delivered with the
warranty document in the packaging remain governed exclusively by
that document. For more information regarding the warranty scope,
services and limitations, please visit: warranty.leica-camera.comTABLE OF CONTENTS 16
LENS DETECTION …………………………………………………………………………………..38
USING A LEICA M LENS WITH 6-BIT ENCODING ……………………………………………… 38
USING A LEICA M LENS WITHOUT 6-BIT ENCODING ……………………………………….. 38
USING A LEICA R LENS ………………………………………………………………………………… 39
DISABLING LENS DETECTION ……………………………………………………………………….. 39
DIOPTER COMPENSATION ………………………………………………………………..40
CAMERA OPERATION …………………………………………………………… 42
CONTROL ELEMENTS ……………………………………………………………………….42
MAIN SWITCH ………………………………………………………………………………………..42
SHUTTER BUTTON ………………………………………………………………………………….43
SHUTTER SPEED SETTING DIAL ………………………………………………………………44
ISO DIAL ………………………………………………………………………………………………..44
THUMBWHEEL ……………………………………………………………………………………….45
DIRECTIONAL PAD/CENTER BUTTON………………………………………………………45
PLAY BUTTON/MENU BUTTON ……………………………………………………………….46
LCD PANEL …………………………………………………………………………………………….46
FUNCTION BUTTONS ……………………………………………………………………………..47
LCD PANEL (TOUCH SCREEN) …………………………………………………………………48
MENU CONTROL ……………………………………………………………………………….49
CONTROL ELEMENTS ……………………………………………………………………………..49
MENU SECTIONS ……………………………………………………………………………………49
SWITCHING MENU SECTIONS ………………………………………………………………………. 50
STATUS SCREEN ……………………………………………………………………………………. 51
MAIN MENU …………………………………………………………………………………………..53
MENU NAVIGATION ………………………………………………………………………………..54
SUBMENU ……………………………………………………………………………………………..56
KEYBOARD/NUMBER PAD ……………………………………………………………………………. 56
MENU BAR………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 57
SCALE MENU ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 57
DATE/TIME MENU……………………………………………………………………………………….. 58
COMBI MENU ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 58
USER-DEFINED OPERATION ……………………………………………………………..59
FAVORITES MENU …………………………………………………………………………………..59
TABLE OF CONTENTS
FOREWORD ……………………………………………………………………………..2
SCOPE OF DELIVERY ……………………………………………………………….2
REPLACEMENT PARTS / ACCESSORIES …………………………………..3
LEGAL INFORMATION………………………………………………………………4
SAFETY REMARKS …………………………………………………………………..8
GENERAL INFORMATION ……………………………………………………….12
WARRANTY ………………………………………………………………………….. 15
TABLE OF CONTENTS …………………………………………………………… 16
PART DESIGNATIONS …………………………………………………………… 20
DISPLAYS …………………………………………………………………………….. 24
VIEWFINDER …………………………………………………………………………………….24
LCD PANEL ……………………………………………………………………………………….25
CHARGE STATUS INDICATOR ON THE LCD PANEL …………………………….27
PREPARATION ……………………………………………………………………… 28
ATTACHING THE CARRY STRAP …………………………………………………………28
PREPARING THE CHARGER ……………………………………………………………….28
CHARGING THE BATTERY ………………………………………………………………….29
CHARGING VIA USB ……………………………………………………………………………….30
INSERTING/REMOVING THE BATTERY ………………………………………………30
INSERTING/REMOVING THE MEMORY CARD …………………………………… 31
LENS …………………………………………………………………………………………………33
COMPATIBLE LENSES ……………………………………………………………………………..33
LENSES WITH LIMITED COMPATIBILITY …………………………………………………..34
INCOMPATIBLE LENSES ………………………………………………………………………….34
CHANGING THE LENS …………………………………………………………………………….35TABLE OF CONTENTS 17
MANAGING THE FAVORITES MENU ……………………………………………………………….. 59
DIRECT ACCESS TO MENU FUNCTIONS …………………………………………………..60
CHANGING AN ASSIGNMENT ……………………………………………………………………….. 60
ACCESSING THE ASSIGNED MENU FUNCTION……………………………………………….. 60
THUMBWHEEL ASSIGNMENT …………………………………………………………………. 61
USER PROFILES …………………………………………………………………………………….. 61
CAMERA BASIC SETTINGS ……………………………………………………. 64
MENU LANGUAGE …………………………………………………………………………….64
DATE/TIME ……………………………………………………………………………………….64
RECEIVING THE SETTINGS FROM A MOBILE DEVICE ……………………………….64
MANUAL SETTINGS ………………………………………………………………………………..64
POWER SAVE MODE (STANDBY MODE) ……………………………………………..65
CAMERA STANDBY …………………………………………………………………………………65
DISPLAY STANDBY …………………………………………………………………………………65
STATUS LED ………………………………………………………………………………………66
BOTTOM LED …………………………………………………………………………………….66
LCD PANEL/VIEWFINDER SETTINGS ………………………………………………..67
BRIGHTNESS ………………………………………………………………………………………….67
RANGEFINDER ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 67
LCD PANEL …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 67
LEICA VISOFLEX 2 (EVF)* ……………………………………………………………………….68
LCD PANEL/EVF USE …………………………………………………………………………………… 68
EYE SENSOR SENSITIVITY ……………………………………………………………………………. 69
BRIGHTNESS ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 69
PHOTO SETTINGS ………………………………………………………………… 70
FILE FORMAT …………………………………………………………………………………….70
RESOLUTION …………………………………………………………………………………….71
DNG RESOLUTION ………………………………………………………………………………….71
JPG RESOLUTION ……………………………………………………………………………………71
THE IMPACT OF DNG RESOLUTION ……………………………………………………………….. 72
IMPACT OF THE DIGITAL ZOOM …………………………………………………………………….. 72
DIGITAL ZOOM ………………………………………………………………………………….72
FILM STYLE ………………………………………………………………………………………74
IMAGE PROPERTIES ………………………………………………………………………………..74
COLOR PROFILE ……………………………………………………………………………………..75
MONOCHROME PROFILE ………………………………………………………………………..75
CUSTOMIZING PHOTO PROFILES…………………………………………………………….75
AUTOMATIC OPTIMIZATION ………………………………………………………………76
NOISE REDUCTION …………………………………………………………………………………76
NOISE REDUCTION FUNCTION FOR LONG-TERM EXPOSURE …………………………… 76
NOISE REDUCTION IN JPG SHOTS …………………………………………………………………. 77
DATA MANAGEMENT …………………………………………………………………………78
STORAGE OPTIONS ………………………………………………………………………………..78
FILE BACKUP ………………………………………………………………………………………….79
FORMATTING STORAGE LOCATIONS ……………………………………………………….79
DATA STRUCTURE …………………………………………………………………………………..80
EDIT FILE NAMES ……………………………………………………………………………………81
CREATING A NEW FOLDER ……………………………………………………………………..82
ADDING COPYRIGHT INFORMATION ……………………………………………………….82
RECORDING THE SHOOTING LOCATION WITH GPS ………………………………….82
DATA TRANSFER …………………………………………………………………………………….83
PRACTICAL DEFAULT SETTINGS …………………………………………… 84
AUXILIARY DISPLAYS ………………………………………………………………………..84
INFO PROFILES ………………………………………………………………………………………84
CHANGING THE INFO PROFILES……………………………………………………………………. 85
CUSTOMIZING THE INFO PROFILES ………………………………………………………………. 86
SHOW AVAILABLE ………………………………………………………………………………….86
INFO BARS …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 86
GRID ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 86
CLIPPING ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 87
FOCUS PEAKING …………………………………………………………………………………………. 87
LEVEL GAUGE …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 88
HISTOGRAM ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 89TABLE OF CONTENTS 18
PHOTOGRAPHY ……………………………………………………………………. 90
DRIVE MODE …………………………………………………………………………………….90
IMAGE TYPES ……………………………………………………………………………………91
USING THE RANGEFINDER ……………………………………………………………………..91
IMAGE FIELD (BRIGHT-LINE FRAME) ……………………………………………………………… 91
LIVE VIEW MODE ……………………………………………………………………………………93
AUXILIARY DISPLAYS IN LIVE VIEW MODE ……………………………………………………… 93
FOCUSING ………………………………………………………………………………………..95
VIA RANGEFINDER …………………………………………………………………………………95
SUPERIMPOSED IMAGE METHOD (DOUBLE IMAGE) ……………………………………….. 95
SPLIT IMAGE METHOD …………………………………………………………………………………. 95
IN LIVE VIEW MODE ……………………………………………………………………………….96
FOCUS PEAKING …………………………………………………………………………………………. 96
ENLARGEMENT …………………………………………………………………………………………… 97
ISO SENSITIVITY ……………………………………………………………………………….98
FIXED ISO VALUES ………………………………………………………………………………….99
AUTOMATIC SETTING ……………………………………………………………………………..99
LIMITING SETTING RANGES ……………………………………………………………………….. 100
WHITE BALANCE …………………………………………………………………………….101
AUTOMATIC CONTROL/FIXED SETTINGS ………………………………………………101
MANUAL SETTING VIA METERING …………………………………………………………102
DIRECT SETTING OF THE COLOR TEMPERATURE……………………………………103
EXPOSURE ………………………………………………………………………………………103
SHUTTER TYPE ……………………………………………………………………………………..104
EXPOSURE MODES ……………………………………………………………………………….106
APERTURE PRIORITY – A ……………………………………………………………………………… 106
MANUAL EXPOSURE SETTING – M ………………………………………………………………. 107
AUXILIARY EXPOSURE DISPLAYS ………………………………………………………………… 108
LONG-TERM EXPOSURE (B) ………………………………………………………………………… 109
SELECTABLE SHUTTER SPEEDS ……………………………………………………………………111
NOISE REDUCTION ……………………………………………………………………………………..112
EXPOSURE CONTROL…………………………………………………………………………… 113
EXPOSURE PREVIEW……………………………………………………………………………………113
EXPOSURE LOCK ………………………………………………………………………………………..114
EXPOSURE COMPENSATION ………………………………………………………………………..114
SHOOTING MODES …………………………………………………………………………. 115
CONTINUOUS SHOOTING MODE ………………………………………………………….. 115
INTERVAL SHOOTING …………………………………………………………………………… 116
EXPOSURE BRACKETING ……………………………………………………………………… 118
SELF-TIMER …………………………………………………………………………………………. 119
FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY ……………………………………………………………………120
COMPATIBLE FLASH UNITS …………………………………………………………………..120
FLASH EXPOSURE METERING (TTL METERING) ……………………………………..121
SETTINGS ON THE FLASH UNIT …………………………………………………………….122
HSS (HIGH SPEED SYNC.) …………………………………………………………………………… 122
FLASH CONTROL ………………………………………………………………………………….123
SYNC POINT ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 123
FLASH RANGE ………………………………………………………………………………………124
FLASH EXPOSURE COMPENSATION ……………………………………………………..124
REVIEW MODE ……………………………………………………………………. 128
CONTROL ELEMENTS IN REVIEW MODE …………………………………………128
INITIATE/EXIT REVIEW MODE …………………………………………………………130
SELECTING/SCROLLING THROUGH IMAGES …………………………………..130
STORAGE LOCATIONS ……………………………………………………………………..131
INFO DISPLAYS IN REVIEW MODE …………………………………………………..131
CROPPED SECTION ZOOM ………………………………………………………………132
DISPLAYING MULTIPLE SHOTS AT ONCE …………………………………………134
MARK PHOTOS AS FAVORITE ………………………………………………………….135
DELETING IMAGES ………………………………………………………………………….137
PREVIEW OF LATEST IMAGE ……………………………………………………………139
OTHER FUNCTIONS ……………………………………………………………. 140
RESETTING THE CAMERA TO FACTORY SETTINGS …………………………..140
FIRMWARE UPDATES ………………………………………………………………………140TABLE OF CONTENTS 19
LEICA FOTOS ……………………………………………………………………… 144
FIRST-TIME CONNECTION TO A MOBILE DEVICE ……………………………..144
CONNECTION WIZARD ………………………………………………………………………….144
USING THE MENU TO ……………………………………………………………………………146
CONNECTING WITH PAIRED DEVICES ……………………………………………..147
DISABLING WI-FI …………………………………………………………………………….147
DISABLING WLAN AUTOMATICALLY ………………………………………………………147
DISABLING WLAN MANUALLY ………………………………………………………………147
FIND THE MAC ADDRESS ………………………………………………………………..148
SELECTING A WI-FI BAND ……………………………………………………………….148
EXECUTING A FIRMWARE UPDATE ………………………………………………….148
CARE/STORAGE …………………………………………………………………. 150
SENSOR ………………………………………………………………………………………….152
SENSOR CLEANING ………………………………………………………………………………152
FAQ ……………………………………………………………………………………. 154
MENU OVERVIEW ………………………………………………………………. 160
INDEX ………………………………………………………………………………… 164
TECHNICAL DATA ……………………………………………………………….. 170
LEICA CUSTOMER CARE……………………………………………………… 176
LEICA ACADEMY ………………………………………………………………… 177
Definition of the various categories of information found in
this manual
Note
Additional information
Important
Failure to comply with instructions may result in damage to the
camera, the accessories or the recordings
Attention
Non-compliance may result in personal injuryPART DESIGNATIONS 20
* Leica M lenses with viewfinder attachment cover the brightness sensor. Please read the sections
“Displays (viewfinder)” and “Leica M lenses” for more information about how to work with these
and other lenses.
13a
PART DESIGNATIONS
20
19
18
15
21
16
25
29
23 24 22
28
30
17
27
26
1
2
3
4a
4
5
6
5 11
12
13
14
10
9
3a
7
8PART DESIGNATIONS 21
LEICA M1 1
1 Main switch
2 Shutter button
3 Shutter speed setting dial with stop positions
a Alignment point for shutter speed setting dial
4 ISO dial
a Index for ISO dial
5 Strap lugs
6 Function button
7 Accessory shoe
8 Rangefinder window
9 Brightness sensor
*
10 Self-timer LED
11 Viewfinder window
12 Lens release button
13 Leica M bayonet
a
6-bit encoding
(sensor for lens detection)
14 Image field selector
15 Viewfinder eyepiece
16 Brightness sensor for LCD panel
17 Thumbwheel
18
PLAY button
19
FN button
20
MENU button
21 LCD panel
22 Status LED
23 Directional pad
24 Center button
25 Tripod thread A ¼, DIN 4503 (¼”)
26 LED
27 Battery release lever
28 Battery compartment
29 Memory card slot
30 USB-C socketPART DESIGNATIONS 22
LENS*
34
31
32
33 33a
34a
34b
34c
32a
35
31 Lens hood
32 Aperture setting ring with scale
a Index for aperture values
33 Focus ring
a Focus tab
34 Fixed ring
a Alignment point for focus setting
b Depth of field scale
c Alignment button for lens replacement
35 6-bit encoding
* Not included in the delivery package. Representative image. Technical designs
may vary depending on included features.PART DESIGNATIONS 23DISPLAYS ▸ VIEWFINDER 24
DISPLAYS
VIEWFINDER
1
2
3
1 Bright-line frame (e.g. 50 mm + 75 mm)
2 Metering field for focusing

3 Digital display
a. :
– Displays the automatically calculated shutter speed in
aperture priority mode A or the countdown of longer
shutter speeds in 1 s increments
– Warning that the metering or setting ranges are overshot
or undershot using aperture priority mode A
– Exposure compensation value (appears for a short time
during setting and for about 0.5 s when activating expo-
sure metering by tapping the shutter button)
– Notification for (temporarily) full cache
b. • (top):
– Indicates (when lit) that the metering memory lock is
active
c. • (bottom):
– Indicates (flashing) that exposure compensation is in use
d. :
– for manual exposure setting:
Concurrently as light balance for exposure compensa-
tion. The triangular LEDs give the direction of rotation of
the aperture setting ring and shutter speed setting dial
to adjust the exposure.
– Warning before the measuring range is undercut
e. Flash symbol:
– Flash ready to use
– Details of flash exposure before and after exposureDISPLAYS ▸ LCD PANEL 25
LCD PANEL
STATUS SCREEN
01
07
06
08
12
18
13
19
14
20
15
21
16
04
17
22
09
10
11
03
05
WHEN TAKING A PICTURE
(in Live View mode)
All displays/values refer to the actual settings.
23 09 07 06 10 08
20 19 14 13 03 05 17
IN REVIEW MODE
All displays/values refer to the displayed image.
19 14
24
26
08 10
07
09 27
06
05
ACTIVATED  Capture Assistants 
22:45 PM 22.02.2012
999-9000
8234/9999 12MP
2.8 F 1/8000 12500 ISO EV
INFO
32
33
31
29
30
04
02
25
28
15DISPLAYS ▸ LCD PANEL 26
01 Storage location used
02 Remaining storage capacity
03 Flash sync point
04 Wi-Fi status
05 Battery capacity
06 Light balance
07 Exposure compensation scale
08 Exposure mode
09 Shutter speed
10 ISO Sensitivity
11 Exposure compensation value
12 Live View
13 Shooting mode ( Drive Mode )
14 Exposure metering method
15 White balance mode
16 User profile
17 Lens information
18 File format
19 DNG Resolution
20 JPG resolution
21 Format storage
22 Main menu
23 Remaining number of recordings
24 Histogram
25 Storage location
26 File name
27 File number of the image shown
28 Geotagging
29 Grid lines
30 Clipping
31 Level gauge
32 Focus peaking
(identification of in sharp edges in the object)
33
Display of cropped section size and position
(only visible for enlarged sections)DISPLAYS ▸ CHARGE STATUS INDICATOR ON THE LCD PANEL 27
CHARGE STATUS INDICATOR ON THE LCD PANEL
The battery charge status is displayed in the status screen and in the
header line at the top right.
Display Charge status
approx. 75–100%
approx. 50–75%
approx. 25–50%
approx. 0–25%
approx. 0%
The battery needs charging or replacingPREPARATION ▸ ATTACHING THE CARRY STRAP 28
PREPARATION
ATTACHING THE CARRY STRAP
Attention
• Once you have attached the carry strap, please make sure that the
clips are mounted correctly to prevent the camera from falling.
PREPARING THE CHARGER
▸ Connect the power adapter ( ) to the mains via the plug ( )
matching regional standards
▸ Connect the power adapter and charger ( ) via USB cable ( )
• Only the appropriate cable supplied must be used.
Notes
• The charger will automatically adapt to local mains voltage.
• Ensure to use only power adapters with sufficient output. Other –
wise the charging process will not commence.
PREPARATION ▸ ATTACHING THE CARRY STRAP / PREPARING THE CHARGERPREPARATION ▸ CHARGING THE BATTERY 29
CHARGING THE BATTERY
The camera is powered by a lithium-ion battery.
INSERTING THE BATTERY IN THE CHARGER
▸ Slide the battery into the charger with the grooves facing down,
until the contacts meet
▸ Press down on the battery until you can hear and feel it clicking
into place
▸ Ensure that the battery is fully inserted into the charger
REMOVING THE BATTERY FROM THE CHARGER
▸ Pull the rechargeable battery up and out
CHARGE STATUS INDICATORS ON THE CHARGER
The status LED indicates a correct charging process.
Display Charge status Charge time*
CHARGE flashes green
battery is charging
80% lights up orange
80% approx. 2 h
CHARGE continuous
green light
100% approx. 3½ h
Disconnect the charger from mains electricity when the charging
process is complete. There is no risk of overcharging.
* for a completely discharged batteryPREPARATION ▸ INSERTING/REMOVING THE BATTERY 30
CHARGING VIA USB
The rechargeable battery in the camera can be automatically
charged when the camera is connected to a computer or another
suitable power source via USB cable.
Factory setting:  On 
▸ Select  Camera Settings  in the main menu
▸ Select  USB Charging 
▸ Select  On / Off 
Notes
• Charging will only occur if the camera is in Standby mode or
switched off. The charging process will be interrupted as soon as
the camera is switched on. The charging will start automatically.
• The charging process will be interrupted when the picture is
taken.
• The bottom LED will flash during charging.
INSERTING/REMOVING THE BATTERY
▸ Ensure that the camera is switched OFF (see p. 42)
INSERTION

▸ Insert the battery into the slot with the groove pointing towards
the LCD panel and gently push until you hear and feel it clicking
into placePREPARATION ▸ INSERTING/REMOVING THE MEMORY CARD 31
REMOVAL
▸ Turn the battery release lever
• Battery is pushing out slightly.
▸ Press down on the battery lightly
• The battery unlocks and pushes out fully.
▸ Removing the battery
Important
• Data is still being written to the memory card as long as the bot-
tom LED remains lit.
• Removing the battery while the camera is switched on may result
in the loss of custom settings or damage to the memory card.
INSERTING/REMOVING THE MEMORY CARD
The camera will save exposures to an SD (Secure Digital), SDHC
(High Capacity) or SDXC (eXtended Capacity) memory card.
Notes
• SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards are available from various sup-
pliers in a range of sizes and with differing read/write speeds.
Memory cards with high storage capacities and high read/write
speeds offer quick storage and rendering.
• The memory card may not be supported (capacity) or will have
to be formated in the camera before first use (see p. 79). The
camera will in that case display a relevant message. Please see
the section “Technical Data” for information about supported
cards.
• Check the memory card for correct alignment if you are having
difficulties inserting it into the camera.
• See p. 10 and p. 13 for additional information.PREPARATION ▸ INSERTING/REMOVING THE MEMORY CARD 32
The memory card slot is located inside the battery compartment and
is covered by the battery.
▸ Ensure that the camera is switched OFF (see p. 42)
▸ Remove the battery and replace it later (see p. 30)
INSERTION
▸ Push the memory card into the slot until you hear and feel it click-
ing into place
• The beveled corner of the card must be at the top left.
REMOVAL
▸ Push down on the card until you hear a click
• The card pushes out slightly.
▸ Remove the memory cardPREPARATION ▸ LENS 33
LENS
COMPATIBLE LENSES
LEICA M LENSES
Most Leica M lenses can be used with any lens equipment (with or
without 6-bit encoding in the bayonet). Your camera will also deliver
great pictures with Leica M lenses without encoding. We recom-
mend entering the lens model type manually to ensure the best
possible image quality (see p. 38).
Please read the following sections for details on the very few excep-
tions and limitations.
Notes
• Our Leica Customer Care department can retrofit many Leica M
lenses with 6-bit encoding.
• Leica M lenses come with a control curve that mechanically trans-
fers the set distance to the camera to allow manual focusing via
the rangefinder of the Leica M camera. Please note the following
when using the rangefinder with wide-aperture lenses (≥ 1.4):
– The focusing mechanism of every camera and every lens is
adjusted individually at the Leica Camera AG factory in Wet-
zlar with the greatest possible precision. Extremely narrow
tolerances are adhered to in this process, which allow precise
focusing of every camera/lens combination in photographic
practice.
– If wide-aperture lenses (≥ 1.4) are used with an open aperture,
the then sometimes resulting very low depth of field and inac –
curacies in focusing with the rangefinder may lead to setting
errors resulting from the (added) overall tolerance of the cam-
era and lens. It can therefore not be ruled out that a specific
camera/lens combination may result in systematic deviations.
– We recommend having the lens and camera checked by Leica
Customer Care if you notice a general deviation of the focal
position in a specific direction over time. Our technicians will
ensure that both products are calibrated within the permissible
overall tolerance. However, a 100% match of the focal position
cannot be achieved for all pairings of cameras and lenses.
LEICA R-LENSES (WITH ADAPTER)
The optional accessory Leica R-Adapter M allows the use of Leica R
lenses as well as Leica M lenses. Please visit the Leica Camera AG
website for more information on this accessory.
https:/ /leica-camera.com/en-int/photography/accessories/mPREPARATION ▸ LENS 34
LENSES WITH LIMITED COMPATIBILITY
COMPATIBLE, BUT MAY POSE RISK OF DAMAGE TO THE
CAMERA AND/OR LENS
– Lenses with retractable tube must only be used with the tube
extended, i.e. never attempt to retract the tube while the lens
is attached to the camera. This does not apply for the current
Makro-Elmar-M 90 f/4 model, as its tube will not retract into the
camera itself and can therefore be used without restriction.
– When using Heavy lenses attached to a tripod-mounted camera,
e.g. Noctilux 50 f/0.95 or Leica R lenses with an adapter: make
sure that the tilt of the tripod head cannot move inadvertently
when the camera is not held. A sudden tilt and impact could result
in damage to the lower edge of the camera bayonet. That is why
you should always use the tripod mount on relevantly equipped
lenses.
COMPATIBLE, BUT EXACT FOCUSING MAY BE LIMITED
Despite the high precision of the rangefinder on the camera, exact
focusing with 135 mm lenses with an open aperture cannot be guar-
anteed due to the very low depth of field. We therefore recommend
stopping down by at least 2 steps. Live View mode, on the other
hand, plus the various setting aids provided, allow unrestricted use
of this lens.
INCOMPATIBLE LENSES
– Hologon 15 f/8
– Summicron 50 f/2 with close-up function
– Elmar 90 f/4 with retractable tube (manufactured 1954-1968)
– Some examples of the Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 (non-aspherical,
manufactured 1961-1995, Made in Canada) cannot be attached to
the camera or cannot focus to infinity. Leica Customer Care can
modify these lenses for use with the camera.PREPARATION ▸ LENS 35
CHANGING THE LENS
LEICA M LENSES
ATTACHING
▸ Ensure that the camera is switched OFF (see p. 42)
▸ Hold the lens by the fixed ring
▸ Position the alignment button on the lens opposite the release
button on the camera housing
▸ Attach the lens in this position
▸ Turn the lens clockwise until you hear and feel it click into place
DETACHING
▸ Ensure that the camera is switched OFF
▸ Hold the lens by the fixed ring
▸ Press and hold the release button on the camera housing
▸ Turn the lens counter-clockwise until the alignment button is op-
posite the release button
▸ Remove the lens
Important
• Make sure to always have a lens or the camera bayonet cover
attached to prevent dust or other foreign bodies penetrating the
camera.
• That is why you should always replace lenses quickly and in a
dust-free environment.PREPARATION ▸ LENS 36
OTHER LENSES
(e.g. Leica R lenses)
Other lenses can be attached via an adapter for M bayonets (e.g.
Leica R-Adapter M).
ATTACHING THE ADAPTER
▸ En

Leave a Comment