A Visual Profile on Leica M6 Classic LHSA 1968~1993 25th Anniversary Special Edition Kit - Part II - Camera body - MIR Image Library



From a front section view, the LEICA M6 LHSA 1968~1993 edition camera body has no visual difference from a standard production M6 in typical silver chrome finishing - EXCEPT the leather work which uses the new material first being deployed with the
LEICA M6/T in 1992. IF I can recall correctly, the same leatherette has been used on the 1993 LEICA M6 Year of the Rooster edition and others such as the Leica M6 Danish Royal Wedding Edition in 1995 etc. as well. The only difference is, the material used here has a rougher texture. Err .. probably those seasonal Ostrich and/or emu with different habitual caught at hotter northern area may be are different from southern region in Australia, hehe ..

Original Leatherette used in the LEICA M6 LHSA Special edition camera body Seasoned and well used leatherette used in a 10 years + old  LEICA M6/T body
Joke aside, unlike artificial leather which usually has uniform texture in step-repeat process, natural leatherette may exhibit entirely texture from one batch to another. This possibly partly can explained why those dressed for the M6/T and the respective editions in a same leather work may present differently in their form.

<<<--- Comparing the detail in the leatherwork on the LHSA 25th anniversary model with an aged, but smooth leatherwork on a 15 years old M6/T (2nd picture). I guess the leather will eventually be in similar state when used often or get more "seasoned", but the leather of the LHSA model (far left) is still a 'virgin'.. meaning, it has not being used at all and shows in its original state.
With more than 50 years of tradition using the same leatherette for body covering where most Leica users had been so accustom with, making another attempt with a new leather type may invite defensive opposition. This was reflected with the initial reaction encountered by Leica with the release of LEICA M6/T back in 1992. It depends on individual perception as well as preferences; honestly, I don't have an issue with the switch and in fact there is a unique protective property in genuine leather - the more you use them, it actually turns more "shinny" when seasoned. My M6/T is stepping into its 15 years now, it exhibits its strength. I don't intend to use the convenience of a media provider to influence deeply rooted negative thought of others but just sharing my experience. My advice is, Leica don't simply made changes and could had considered from many angles in making such a decision, they must have their conclusive decision in making such a drastic switch. Well, my best advice is:- DON'T get agitated nor influenced by online reviews because whatever opinion (like what I am presented here) are simply expression of an opinion of another individual. One must exercises own intelligence and analyzes the logical aspect

In relation to the front section with all the gadgets, the LEICA M6 LHSA 1968~1993 25th Anniversary Edition model is identical with any normal production M6. All camera features and handling are exactly the same; In fact, as long as you have been using a Leica M-series camera before, within minutes, you should be able to familiarize and handle the camera effortlessly.

Leica M6 Classic LHSA 1968~1993 25th Anniversary Special Edition camera body with the lens removed - front view
M6 was Leica second rangefinder camera model that offered TTL metering. The center white spot measures reflective light via the meter cell in the chamber for partial metering and offer photographer with a simple but very accurate exposure guide.
the 0.72x universl viewfinder in the M6 Classic rangefinder camera body

Just in case you need a quick reference, the range/viewfinder window provides a universal finder magnification of 0.72x. The built-in bright line frame shows in pairs; i.e. 28-90mm, 35-135mm, 50-75mm. Alternate quick switching or preview of other combination can be activated via the frames preselector lever (the lever which located nat the right hand side of the lens mount). The front section has a rounded concealed section, located just next to the red-dot lens release button is where the power supply is. The right power cell(s) for the camera to charge up the metering/exposure reading is either via 2 x silver oxide button cells (type SR44) or 1 x lithium battery (1/3 N). LEICA M6 is essentially a mechanical camera. It works with or without the power cell(s) installed. The power is only meant for power-up the metering circuit and nothing else. If the battery(ies) is depleted or removed, it can still take pictures, except that you have no metering guide and eliminate handheld meter usage or guessing exposure with experience.

The camera top plate is where various gadgets which relate directly to an exposure process as well as for film transport control. As a mechanical camera, M6 has only the shutter speed dial which offers speed settings from 1/1,000, 1/500, 250, 1/250, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1 sec and a B "bulb" for user defined time exposure. It has a red maximum sync speed marked between 1/30 & 1/60 sec. to alert user of permission sync speed with electronic flash. The accessory shoe sits at almost the middle with the mentioned dual S/N encoding. There is an alternate PC sync input socket which locates just under the accessory shoe at the rear section for off camera flash photography.

Top plate, Leica M6 Classic LHSA 1968~1993 25th Anniversary Special Edition rangefinder camera  with special engravings
Camera's Top Plate
LHSA 1968-1993 red-paint engraving special engraved serial number and stadard LEIC production S/N

Internal view of the metering cell inside a LEICA M6 classic
The shutter release button is threaded at the center to accept secondary accessory such as cable release to minimize any possible camera shake at slow shutter speed usage; cable release is almost an essential tool when activating time exposure with the bulb ("B") setting. Film transport related features are the traditional film advance lever with a black, harden plastic edge, angled film rewind knob w/film rewind crank at the left section; at the far right section, a glass magnified exposure counter which will reset automatically once the film back is opened. Naturally, the center of attention for this special edition is still the red-paint LHSA emblem with the related years which engraved at the left hand section of the top plate. As compare to a standard production LEICA M6 model, the only differences are inclusion of the LHSA emblem and the additional S/N engraving at the accessory shoe. Other features are identical.

<<<--- with the film back removed, if you are dead curious how the meter works, turn the shutter speed dial to "B" - by keep depressing the shutter release button, the shutter opens, peep inside the meter cell is located at the top right hand corner (view from the BACK), the cell is pointing backward towards the shutter curtain, it reads reflective light through the lens that hits the white metering spot which is coated on the first curtain take a wind with the film advance lever first - view from the FRONT with the lens removed !). NOTE:- location of metering cell in a LEICA M6 TTL is different from this Classic models.

Leica M6 Classic LHSA 1968~1993 25th Anniversary Special Edition rear section view with special engraving of LHSA
The only added on difference at the rear section of this LHSA edition is the added special engraving of "SPECIAL EDITION OF 151 CAMERAS FOR LHSA 25TH ANNIVERSARY". The other is the extension of the leatherette which uses the new materials from conventional type used on standard production M6 models.
The  Leica M6 Classic LHSA 1968~1993 25th Anniversary Special Edition with the film back and base plate removd
Similarly, after the base plate is removed, you can see various internal features of a typical LEICA M6 rangefinder camera within. If you are new to rangefinder camera, you will need to remove the base plate first in order to perform film changing. The hinged film back with the film pressure plate attached, is opened vertically and not like a SLR design, just flip upward and will reveal the internal structures. The base portion comprises of film take up spool, film cartridge compartment and a schematic graphical illustration how to inserting film roll as well as metal piece, which is the motor coupling. The latter is used for motorized and/or other mechanical film advance devices such as rapid winder etc. to be used with the M6. High quality materials are used throughout.

Regardless how to think with the LEICA M6 LHSA 35th Anniversary Special Edition camera - whether it is a collectible camera or simply as a normal imaging tool; it is still every inch a LEICA M6. It retains the same basic configurations and the usual extremely high built quality that synonymous with the respectable German optical icon and presumably can offer the photographer with years of reliable usage. The Limited Edition LHSA came with three companion LHSA 1968~1993 edition lenses; each providing the usual legendary optical performance in an extremely high built quality that has made LEICA so famous all these years.

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Part 1 - Introduction | Part 2 - The Camera Body LHSA 1968~1993 Edition
Lenses: Part 3
Summicron-M 35/50mm 1:2 LHSA edition | Part 4 - Summicron-M 90mm 1:2 LHSA edition / other issues

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