why are leica lenses smaller than other FF ones?

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Davey1
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why are leica lenses smaller than other FF ones?
Sep 19, 2012

The new Sony FF fixed lens shows that you can make a pretty small (looks similar to M43) sized camera with a FF sensor.

Leica have been making FF lenses for years and they all look pretty small.

So, what's the problem with combining the two into a small FF camera with interchangeable lenses?

What am I missing here?

Is it that all the Leica lenses are manual primes and that's why they're smaller than Canikon lenses?

Or have Sony compromised the design significantly to get a FF sensor in a smaller body. i.e. if you wanted changeable lenses it would grow to the dimensions of a Leica M9?

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