Do Professionals use Leica Cameras?

Very few professionals prefer to use Leica cameras, because Leica cameras are not as good at producing professional shots as a DSLR.

Many professionals choose to use high-end Canon or Nikon DSLRs. However, there are many excellent options to choose from depending on the professional results required.

Different photographers prefer different cameras. For example, wildlife photographers require long telephoto lenses, hence they don’t prefer Leica cameras and lenses, they would probably choose a Canon or Nikon DSLR.

Some photographers prefer taking photographs by Leica. This article covers which photographers use Leica cameras? Why are the photographs taken by Leica so good? What are Leica cameras good for? Is a Leica a professional camera? And lastly, are mirrorless and DSLR cameras better than Leica cameras?

What kind of photographers use Leica cameras?

Here are some of the types of photographers that use Leica cameras and lenses for their photography:

Street Photographers

A street is a place of unpredictability. People, actions, gestures, you never know what is going to happen and when which is why you need a fast instinct and an on-spot-ready camera. The Leica cameras are small, compact and quick to use. They don’t need much time to set up and their discreet shutter release can make a photographer almost invisible. They are also easy to focus on and capture the exact action of the object.

The Leica M6 is the most popular camera among many photographers for street photography. All the cameras in the M series are excellent for taking candid photographs.

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Sports Photographers

Leica is not a fast camera, but still, the “look” and the “depth” is appealing to most sports photographers. The Leica SL2 is the common camera used for sports photography. The versatility of this camera produces images that can tell a story, and speak to the viewers without words. The SL2 can easily acquire a fast-moving object with accuracy.

SL2 has in-camera stabilization and ISO settings which allow the photographer to focus on the action on the field rather than on menus, customizations, etc.

Wedding Photographers

The Leica SL and the Leica M series are cameras appealing to wedding photographers. The clever design of the SL camera works very well in fast-moving, walking, and striding during aisle situations. The SL has the highest resolution viewfinder display for easy focussing and produces high-resolution image files too.

The Leica M10 does not extend across the face when the camera is held to the eye, unlike other SLRs which tend to cover the face. This allows the photographer to blend into the scene, and be less noticeable and less intimidating.

The silent shutter is another bonus of this camera, enabling shots to be taken without drawing too much attention to the photographers allowing compelling photographs of unposed and natural images.

Documentary Photographers

Documentary photographers use the Leica Q2 monochrome with a 28mm lens which is perfect for documentary photography. This camera is fast to focus, produces super sharp images, boasts a unique black and white 47 MP full-frame sensor and is incredibly durable.

Other than the 28mm lens, you can also use the Leica 35mm f1.4 Summilux-M ASPH. This lens has a metal exterior, smooth focus, and great image quality and it’s small, allowing you to carry this lens with you without adding to the weight.

Portrait Photographers

Leica produces a dreamy quality of bokeh, which leads to an impactful portrait. Thus portrait photographers prefer using Leica. The Leica 50mm f2 Summicron APO ASPH is a compact and versatile lens. This lens produces sharp images and beautiful bokeh. Also, with this lens, it is incredibly easy to focus and the excellent build quality ensures the sturdiness of the camera in the long run.

The 75mm f1.25 Noctilux produces a bokeh even better than the 50mm lens. This lens creates an aesthetic and is perfect for making your subjects pop. However, this lens is not used much as its pricey and the lens is hefty which does not make it comfortable to hold for long shoots.

Journalistic Photographers

Photojournalism is important and prevalent in today’s world. The Leica M10-P Reporter is the chosen camera for journalist photographers. This camera features an impressive quiet shutter, giving journalists the chance to capture their subjects without interrupting a scene. It has a 24 MP full-frame sensor, a Maestro image processor and an ISO range of 100 – 50,000 which delivers beautifully.

In photojournalism, the photographers prefer an excellent grip and comfort, which the Leica M10-P Reporter provides. With high durability, this camera attracts a lot of journalists and reporters.

Fashion Photographers

Fashion photography is all about finding your voice and embracing the unconventional. Combining beautiful clothing with the Leica SL2-S makes the journey even more interesting for fashion photographers.

The auto-white balance of this camera is ideal for any lighting scenario. The sensor size and resolution are large enough to capture full-body images with plenty of detail. The colours produced through this camera have a dynamic range that makes it difficult to mess up the liveliness of the image.

Why is Leica so good?

Leica gives the photographer a whole new experience. Using a rangefinder is so different from the traditional digital cameras that it has a positive influence on how the photographer sees the world. The Leica camera body and the lenses are expensive, but their sharp lenses, good sensor, and premium built are definitely worth the price.

Is Leica a professional camera?

There are 3 main categories of Leica cameras:

  1. Leica mirrorless cameras
  2. Leica M rangefinders
  3. Leica compact cameras

The Leica mirrorless range includes professional cameras like the Leica SL2 and Leica CL.

Are Mirrorless and DSLR cameras better than Leica?

These three types of cameras work for different photography genres. There are some genres where a mirrorless and a DSLR would be better than a Leica. Even though Leica cameras have a wide range of lenses and their rangefinders are hard to replace, for some photographers, Leica could be a very expensive investment.

For example, a Street photographer would choose to shoot his/her photos with a Leica camera instead of a DSLR or a Mirrorless camera, because of its discreet shutter release and compact size. While a Wildlife photographer would choose to shoot with a DSLR because of its excellent telephoto lens.

Mirrorless cameras have the advantage of being lighter, faster and better for videos. But, mirrorless cameras have fewer accessories and lenses than DSLRs. For DSLRs, the advantage is a wider range of lenses, better optical viewfinders and much better battery life.


In conclusion, it depends on the photographer and the type of photography he/she is shooting. Choosing which camera is better in which situation solely depends on the requirement of the scene. Some professionals, such as street photographers, sports photographers, fashion photographers, etc, prefer Leica while some do not.

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