The Leica Minilux Zoom offers the fastest zoom lens ever put on a compact Leica--the Vario-Elmar 35-70mm zoom lens. Housed in a body of high-grade titanium, this is one of the most versatile and deluxe compact 35mm cameras ever made. Another feature that makes the Minilux Zoom stand out is a hot shoe mount for 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 greater distance.
The Minilux Zoom also offers an active infrared autofocus or manual focusing from about 28 inches to infinity. The exposure metering system is center-weighted for extremely accurate exposures. Other outstanding features include a self-timer with 10-second countdown indicated by a flashing red light, tripod thread, data back for date imprinting, and an exposure value memory function which allows you to calculate your exposure from an object that is not in the center of your picture frame. The Minilux Zoom also has a number of exposure and focus settings that allow for a great deal of creative control. It can even be set to start out on your preferred mode every time you turn on the camera.
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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