Leica M6 vs Leica M5

This post and video not only compare the Leica M6 to the Leica M5 but also compares 35mm and 50mm focal lengths, as well as discussing the differences between Ilford HP5 Plus 400 and Kodak Tri-X 400.


Leica M6 vs Leica M5, 35mm vs 50mm focal lengths, or HP5 Plus 400 vs. Kodak Tri-X 400… we’re not saying any of these options are better than the other because they’re not – it all comes down to personal preferences. For this post and video, we focus less on tech specs and more on shooting style and your approach to photography.

Below are images Matt Day took with his M6 35mm HP5 and Trev Lee took with his M5 50mm Tri-X 400 with their preferred camera/film setups.

See our post with a more detailed comparison of Kodak Tri-X 400 and Ilford HP5 400.

Leica M6 vs Leica M5

Matt Day – M6 35mm HP5

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Trev Lee – M5 50mm Tri-X 400



5 replies on “Leica M6 vs Leica M5”

I wish there were better images/photographers for this comparison. It’s hard to get excited about either film based on this exercise. Just being honest here. I understood it’s a walk-around, but National Geographic used to have this interview exercise: after the face to face interview, Bob Gilka would hand the prospective photographer a roll of Ektachrome film and say”You have 15 minutes, come back with images that move and/or inform me”. These images do neither.

Perfect explanation of what photographer should be. Moving or informative. Look at Instagram photographers, must of them don’t know what making a good photograph consist of. The majority of them are too into their camera and not into their projects or vision.

Here are some photos that Matt Day and Trev Lee shot with their respective cameras and film settings: survivor io Matt with an M6 35mm HP5 and Trev with an M5 50mm Tri-X 400.

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