Best Leica Books and Camera Guides

1. Leica M Digital Photography: M8/M8

by Brian Bower

Leica makes the worldâÄôs premiere luxury rangefinder camera systemâÄîand hereâÄôs the definitive guide to using the magnificent Leica M8 digital camera, as well as its brand-new complementary model, the M8.2. ItâÄôs written specifically for the many Leica photographers who want to take full advantage of a digital LeicaâÄôs potential and produce the very best pictures possible. As a rangefinder digital camera, the M8 offers unique advantages, but it also presents…»

2. Leica Lens Practice: Choosing and Using Leica Lenses

by Dennis Laney

Leica lens designs, selecting the most appropriate R or M lens, planning an outfit, handling lenses and close-up with Leica. Directory to current lenses.»

3. Leica: Witness to a Century

by Alessandro Pasi

The fascinating history of a twentieth-century iconâÄîthe first handheld cameraâÄîand the people who use it. The Leica is both a product of the twentieth century's inventive spirit and the means by which that spirit could be documented for posterity. As the first handheld camera, the Leica made possible a new kind of documentary photography, and included among its devoted fans are many of the century's greatest photographers. Its combined qualities of…»

4. Leica M Compendium: Handbook of the Leica M System

by Jonathan Eastland

The Leica M system has been with us since 1954. It rapidly became, and has remained the favorite instrument of photographers, especially photojournalists, who, like Henri Cartier-Bresson, seek to ""catch life in the act"", to record ""the decisive moment"". In this Leica M Compendium Jonathan Eastland describes the whole Leica M system from his experience as a professional photographer. He explains how to use, enjoy and get the best out of the cameras and…»

5. Leica Pocket Book: 7th Edition

by Hove Books

Latest edition of this Illustrated Pocket Book guide to Leica cameras and lenses from 1925 to the new products launched at Photokina 2002. With the latest available production figures and serial number lists. Essential companion to the Leica International Price Guide.»

6. Leica Collectors Guide: 2nd Edition

by Dennis Laney

Thoroughly revised, brought up to date, and completely reset with some 60% more pages. The layout has been redesigned to make this edition much easier to use as a work of reference. All the numerous new products introduced since the first edition are included. Two new chapters have been added, one on Leica Digital Cameras and one on Leicina Cine Cameras, and a new section on leather cases. Additional information, corrections and comments from readers all…»

7. Leica Camera Repair Handbook

by Thomas Tomosy

With great detail this book outlines all of the techniques needed to repair and restore Leica cameras, lenses and accessories including light meters, winders/motors, viewfinders, and flash units. Each model of equipment is discussed individually with step-by-step illustrated instructions. Readers will not only learn how to disassemble and repair equipment, but also how to troubleshoot and make cosmetic restorations. A glossary of technical terms and an…»

8. Leica M6 To M1: Rangefinder Practice: 3rd Edition

by Andrew Matheson, Dennis Laney

For this new, third edition, Dennis Laney has brought this popular title up-to-date with considerable additions and many new illustrations, including a new and extended color section. It covers the usage of all models of the M range from the earliest M3 of 1954 through M1, M2, M4 etc. to the M6. Many changes have been made to the M6 over the years and Leica Camera has recently produced some outstanding new lenses for use with the M range of cameras. In the…»

9. My Life with the Leica

by Walther Benser

Personalties around the Leica such as Ernst Leitz II, Oskar Barnack, Henri Dumur, Paul Wolff, Heinrich Stockler and Julius Behnke come to life again through Walther BenserâÄôs tales and recollections presented to us in a new light. The Leica lecture tours, started by Anton Baumann, soon became BenserâÄôs specialty with which he achieved world-wide recognition. He took his shows not only around Germany but also into neighboring countries even after he war had…»

10. Leica Darkroom Practice

by Rudolf Seck

The object of this book is to demonstrate to the reader how recent developments have so greatly simplified the enlarging and printing process âÄì particularly in color, which was once the preserve of only the most dedicated amateur. Modern cameras, particularly the 35mm SLR which is now so widely used, have made the taking of the original snapshot simple and reliable. The cameras themselves are capable of producing results of a quality that their owners…»

11. Leica Camera Catalogue for 1931

by Ernst Leitz

This is a replica of the original Leica English Language Catalogues as issued by E. Leitz from Wetzlar. It is applicable to all English Language markets. Each catalog has been chosen for years when models changed and they thus relate to key years in Leica history. As a group, they cover the period from the 1930s up to 1975, including the cameras, lenses and the many accessories, as well as projectors and enlargers. This catalog covers the original Leica I…»

12. Leica Instructions for the use of the Leica Camera Models M1, 2, 3 & 4: Including MP, MD, MDA, Motor Drives for M2 &4 and Exposure Meters MC, MR & MR4

by Ernst Leitz

This is a reprint of the series of Leica Instruction Books as issued by E. Leitz from Wetzlar. It is applicable to all English Language markets. This title includes models MP, MD & MDA, Motor drives for M2 & 4, as well as Leicameters MC, MR & MR4.»

13. 1975 General Catalogue of Photographic Equipment: 50th Leica Anniversary

by Ernst Leitz

This is a replica of the original Leica English Language Catalogues as issued by E. Leitz from Wetzlar. It is applicable to all English Language markets. Each catalog has been chosen for years when models changed and they thus relate to key years in Leica history. As a group, they cover the period from the 1930s up to 1975, including the cameras, lenses and the many accessories, as well as projectors and enlargers. The Anniversary Catalogue covers models…»

14. Leica R6

by Fritz Meisnitzer

Complete user's manual for this all-mechanical Leica reflex, which gives the photographer complete control over all functions. The author explains how to take advantage of this.»