Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) - SUPER-ELMAR-M 21mm f/3.4 ASPH.

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) - Black Chrome £5000 SUPER-ELMAR-M 18mm f/3.8 ASPH. £2220

The new Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) is the first and only digital camera that captures a real black and white image, still or moving.  Reduced to the essentials for true, authentic and direct black and white photography, the Leica M Monochrom offers unparalleled image performance, outstanding low light capabilities and rich details. 

Black and white photography is the essence of photography. Leica produced the first first digital monochrome camera in the 35 mm format and the new Leica M Monochrom is a step into the next generation.


The Leica M Monochrom has a 24-megapixel resolution on a monochrom CMOS sensor similar to the Leica M. As the M Monochrom has no need for color filters, it needs no interpolation for the calculation of luminance values. This results in brilliant images which have 100% more details and contrast than what is possible in color photography.

Up to ISO 25,000

The new Leica M Monochrom opens up new dimensions for available-light photography with its combination of low noise up to ISO 25,000, a bright viewfinder, a low-vibration shutter release and fast lenses.

Full Visual Control with Live View

The high-resolution 3” monitor with 921,600 pixels ensures that photographers have complete control of composition, exposure, focusing and depth of field. The Live View also offers two additional focusing methods. The up to 10x magnification in Live View Zoom mode enables full control of the sharpness of details in the image on the monitor or the closest focusing distance. In Live View Focus Peaking mode, sharply focused edges in the image are highlighted by colored lines.

Full HD Video in Black and White

The new Leica M Monochrom captures high-quality, full-HD video in black and white. With the optional Leica microphone adapter set, one can be assured of perfect sound.

2 GB Buffer Memory

With it’s high-capacity 2GB buffer memory and Leica Maestro processor, the camera captures sequences 3 times faster than its predecessor. In addition, the new processor enables extremely fast display of the captured images in review mode.

Sapphire Crystal Glass

The LC display is made of scratch-resistant and almost unbreakable sapphire crystal which has been treated with an anti-reflective protective coating that ensures that photographers can check their images in any lighting situation.


All current M accessories for the Leica M (Typ 240) can be used with the Leica M Monochrom. These accessories include finger loops, electronic view finder, ever-ready cases, flash and straps. In addition, R-lenses can be used on the Leica M Monochrom with the Leica M-Adapter-R.


Coming soon

  • Outstanding imaging performance with low noise up to ISO 25,000
  • Live-View and focus peaking 
  • Large buffer memory and Leica Maestro processor 
  • High quality full-HD video function 
  • Easy to use - reduced to the essentials
  • Body made of high-strength magnesium alloy and solid brass top and base plates finished in black chrome 
  • Sapphire crystal glass cover plate and 3” monitor
  • Access to a wide range of M lenses from 16 - 135 mm 
  • New filters solely for the Leica M Monochrom widening creative possibilities
  • Compatible with all accessories for the Leica M (Typ 240) 
  • Access to R lenses with Leica M-Adapter-R for pictures and video
  • Adobe Lightroom available as a download
  • Made in Germany

To meet the requirements of digital photography, the Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f/3.4 ASPH is a benchmark in all optical performance characteristics. The stray light optimization was implemented on a very high level, allowing for backlit shots with crystal clear contrast. The design of the metal lens hood matches the appearance of the current wide-angle lenses of the Leica M system. This lens hood is also compatible with the Leica Super Elmar-M 24 mm f/3.8 ASPH and the Leica Summilux-M 35mm/1.4. With the Leica M8 and M8.2, the Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm/3.4 ASPH has an equivalent focal length of 28 mm making it a practical standard wide-angle lens for use with the Leica M8 and M8.2.

Angle of view (diagonal, horizontal, vertical)   
For 35mm format (24x36mm) 91°, 80°, 59°
For M8/M8.2 (18x27mm) 74°, 64°, 46°
Optical design  
Number of elements / groups 8 / 7
Focal length 21 mm
Entrance pupil 15.6 mm (related to the apex of the first lens surface in light direction)
Focusing range 0.7 m (2.3 ft) to Infinity 
Distance setting  
Scale combined meter/feet-increments
Smallest object field

706 mm x 1059 mm (35mm format)

530 mm x 795 mm (for M8/M8.2)

Highest reproduction ratio




Setting / Type Preset, with clickstops (including half values), manual diaphragm
Smallest aperture  f/16
Bayonet Leica M quick-change bayonet with 6-bit bar coding for digtal Leica models
Filter (type) internal thread for screw-on filters size E 46
Lens hood outer threading with stop for mounting the metal lens hood
Dimensions and weight  
Length 43 mm (1.69 in) / 55 mm (2.17 in) (with/without lens hood attached)
Largest diameter 53 mm / 2.1 in
Weight approx. 279 g / 9.84 oz
Accessories included Metal lens hood, front cap for lens hood, rear cap, leather case, instruction manual
  • Wide angle view for architecture, street and landscape photography
  • Excellent image quality at full aperture. Distortion, vignetting and chromatic aberration have been reduced to a minimum
  • Convenient to carry because of its compact size
  • Flare resistant design allows for images under extreme backlight conditions
  • The f/3.4 lens speed in combination with the short focal length allows sharp images even in available light situations
  • Metal lens hood is included in the scope of delivery
  • Can be used not only with digital M-cameras but with all Leica analog M-cameras since 1954 
  • Made in German

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