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Leica Minilux 35mm Camera

by Leica

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  • High-quality 35mm compact camera with 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
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 1.5 x 2.7 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00004U0DC
  • Item model number: 18036
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,364 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at September 4, 1999

Product Description

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

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.

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The active auto-focus works great under any light conditions.
Witold Riedel
If you don't understand how to move the depth of field zone around like this, you have NOT mastered the minilux.
No zoom lens--just a high quality, super fast f2.4 40mm Summarit lens.
Eugene Wei

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Witold Riedel on November 4, 2000
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.Read more ›
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By M-BLITZ on December 5, 2001
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.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Wei on August 22, 2001
I own a Nikon SLR as my primary camera. After having traveled with it around the world, I realized I wanted a smaller point and shoot for those times when I wanted to travel light or when it wasn't practical or convenient to lug around my big Nikon with its heavy lenses. But I also didn't want to sacrifice picture quality--my primary focus was lens and photo quality and not gimmicks, zoom range, camera body design, or consumer convenience features like APS.
The Leica fits the bill. The look and feel of the camera is old school, with a heavy, titanium, tank-like body. While I really don't care what my cameras look like, I find the classic look of the camera to be a refreshing change from the high tech polished metal look of most point and shoots on the market. No zoom lens--just a high quality, super fast f2.4 40mm Summarit lens. No frills, but all the essential, basic features are there: aperture priority, auto or manual focus, flash, red eye, timer. My first several batches of shots have turned out fabulous.
Yes, you will have to move your feet to frame shots correctly and you'll miss out on some shots that only a zoom lens can get you, but the shots you do get will be top notch. This is not the camera for you if you like to stand in one place, use your zoom lens to frame shots, and count on all the automatic settings to pick everything for you. The camera allows you to set it for autofocus and autoexposure, but photographers who like to go manual will have a lot more fun with it.
I ding the product one star for a few minor reasons. It is indeed heavy and somewhat bulky, so it won't fit in just any pocket.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 2001
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I was inspired to purchase a point and shoot camera when I watched interviews with Sports Illustrated swimsuit photographers. Most of these guys use medium format cameras, but one of the photographers came right out and said that he uses point and shoot cameras because it gives him a lot of flexibility and "the picture quality is just as good." The other inpiration was a well known portrait photographer I have worked with who specializes in black and white. She uses a Leica M6 and her pictures definitely have that gorgeous "Leica look." My objective was to be able to capture Leica quality pictures in black and white. I have not been disappointed! I compared my pictures with hers and the Minilux delivers everything I had hoped for.
I opted for the basic Minilux over the zoom version because I wasn't willing to compromise image quality. Besides, it's not much of a zoom range. If you want to zoom, you just get closer to the object you are photographing. It's built like a tank. Yes it goes through lithium batteries fairly quickly probably because of the motor that drives the lens in and out - but who cares. I spend a lot more on film and development than on batteries. Some people complain that the small viewfinder is a joke, but I have not had any issues w/ it. I mainly just use all the auto features and the pictures have been awesome. Some people complain that they have to click six times to turn off the auto flash - this is not a problem! The only time the minilux has failed me is when I try to manually override... it fails me because I don't know what I am doing.
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