5 ways shooting with a Leica M is unlike anything else

Leica M10-R
(Image credit: Leica)

The Leica M is an anachronism. It's a digital version of a camera design that was starting to look dated even when the first 35mm SLRs appeared on the market. So why is it still going, why do people still pay such incredible prices to buy one, and what can it possibly offer to a modern digital audience?

We've thought about this a lot. And in the wake of our Leica M-10 Monochrom review, and ahead of our Leica M10-R review, this is what we think.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com