Leica S

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  • Production era - Sep 2012-Current
  • Order nos.
    • Type 006 - 10803 (Sep 2012-2015)
    • Type 006 S-E - 10812 (Sep 2014-2015) see below (rear view), 10825 (+ 70 mm lens)
    • Editions 100 - 10805 (+ 30 + 70 mm lenses); 10807 (+ 100 mm lens)
    • Type 007 - 10804 (Aug 2015-current)
  • Camera type - Leica S (Type 006, 007) Digital medium format reflex camera
  • Lens connection - Leica S bayonet
  • Lens system - Leica S Lenses
  • Picture format / Aspect ratio - 45 x 30 mm / 3 : 2
    • Image sensor / Resolution - Low noise CCD sensor with 6 μm pixel pitch, with micro-lenses and micro-lens shift / 7500 x 5000 (37.5 MP); CMOS 35 x 45 mm sensor
    • Video - Super 35 Cine 4K
    • Dynamic range - 12 f-stops
    • Color depth - 16 Bit
    • Low pass filter - None, for maximum transmission of sharpness, suppression of Moiré by external digital processing
    • IR filter - On sensor
    • Data formats - DNG (raw data, uncompressed or loss free compression), DNG + JPEG fine, DNG + JPEG basic, JPEG fine, JPEG basic. DNG /JPEG resolution DNG: 37.5 MP, JPEG: 37.5 MP, 9.3 MP, 2.3 MP
    • File size DNG - Approx. 72 /42 MB (uncompressed /compressed), JPEG - Approx. 1 - 16 MB (depending on resolution /compression used and picture content)
    • Buffer memory - 2 GB, maximum number of pictures in series (depending on memory card used) - DNG - uncompressed /compressed - maximum 28 /32, JPEG - unlimited
    • Color space - Adobe® RGB, sRGB, ECI RGB V2
    • White balance - Automatic, manual, 8 presets, color temperature metering 2000 K - 13,100 K
    • Storage medium - CF cards (max. UDMA7), SD cards up to 2 GB, SDHC cards up to 32 GB, SDXC cards, external PC
    • Menu languages - German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Russian
    • Compatibility - Windows® XP / Vista® / 7®; Mac® OS X (10.5 and higher)
  • Exposure control
    • Exposure metering - Open aperture metering through the lens (TTL)
    • Metering methods - Spot (3.5%), center weighted, multiple field metering (5 fields)
    • Metering memory lock - Pressing shutter release button to pressure point, storing for 1 picture or continuously using joystick
    • Exposure compensation . ± 3 EV (exposure values), adjustable in half steps
    • Bracketing - Choice of 3 or 5 pictures, with choice of 1/2 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV, 3 EV variation between individual pictures, change of exposure produced by aperture and /or shutter speed depending on set exposure mode
    • Metering range - (at f /2.5 and ISO 100) Spot metering: EV2, 1 - 20, center-weighted and multiple field metering: EV1, 1 - 20, warning display in viewfinder for values above/below metering range, measuring cell for available light: multiple field photo diode (continuous light measurement)
    • Sensitivities - ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, AutoISO
    • Exposure modes - Automatic program with shift function (P), aperture priority (A), time preset /shutter speed priority (T), manual setting (M), bulb /time preset (B)
  • Flash exposure control
    • Flash unit connections - Accessory shoe with center and control contacts, LEMO® or standard flash connecting socket without output control
    • Synchronization - Flash sync speed: 1/125 s, or 1/1000 s for lenses with central shutter, slower shutter speeds available, choice of start or end of exposure; flash with faster shutter speeds (1/180 s – 1/4000 s) also possible with flash units with corresponding features (HSS mode)
    • Flash measuring cell - Multiple field photo diode
    • Flash exposure metering / control - (with Leica SF-58 or system-compatible flash units, mounted on camera) Control by flash unit with TTL pre-flash metering, with automatic transmission and consideration of sensitivity and set/controlled lens aperture, all exposure modes available, automatic adaptation of flash light component to available light
    • High speed sync mode - (with Leica SF-58 or system-compatible flash units, with TTL pre-flash metering and automatic TTL HSS control) For flash photography with faster shutter speeds than the sync time by emitting several flashes in rapid succession, automatic switch to TTL HSS mode (with TTL HSS mode on the flash unit) if sync speed is not reached
    • Strobe flash mode - (multiple flashes fired during one exposure) Automatic adjustment of exposure time in P and A exposure modes and with system compatible flash units with appropriate features
    • Flash exposure compensation - Can be set on flash units with appropriate features (Leica SF-58 ± 3EV in 1 /3 EV steps)
    • Displays in flash mode - Ready status indicated by flashing or constant illumination of flash symbol in viewfinder
    • Flash reflector illumination angle - Automatic adaptation to the focal length used with Leica SF-58 or system-compatible flash units with motorized zoom reflector
  • Focusing
    • Focus detection - Using phase detection method
    • Sensor / Metering field - Central cross sensor, defined by cross hairs on ground glass screen
    • Modes - Choice of AFs (single) = Sharpness priority, AFc (continuous) = Shutter release priority, MF (manual), Manual override of automatic setting possible at any time
    • Metering memory lock - Pressing shutter release button to pressure point, storing for 1 picture or continuously using joystick
    • Drive - In lenses
    • Displays - See Instructions p. 10
  • Viewfinder system
    • Eyepiece - High eye point viewfinder, diopter compensation from -3 to +1dpt. adjustable on viewfinder
    • Focusing screens - Interchangeable, 3 models available: Ground glass screen with micro-prism ring and split-image wedge (standard), ground glass screen with cross hairs, ground glass screen with grid division.
    • Viewfinder field - 98 %
    • Magnification - 0.87 x with 70mm lens set to infinity and 0 dpt.
  • Displays
    • Viewfinder - LCD line below viewfinder image, for displays see Instructions p. 10
    • Top panel - Colored, self-illuminating OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), for displays see p. 11 of Instructions
    • Monitor - 3 inch color TFT LCD monitor with 16 million colors and 921,600 pixels, approx. 100% image field, max. 170° angle of view, anti-reflection/ dirt protective glass Color space: sRGB, for displays see Instructions p. 12
  • Shutter and shutter release
    • Shutter - Selectable using main switch, in camera: Microprocessor controlled metal blade focal plane shutter with vertical movement, in Leica CS lenses with appropriate feature: Central shutter
    • Shutter speeds - Manual setting (in Tand M): 6 to 1 /4000s in half steps (6 to 1 /1000 s with central shutter), B for long time exposures up to maximum 125 s, flash synchronization up to 1/125 s (1 /1000 s with central shutter)
Automatic setting (in P and A): continuous from 32s to 1 /4000 s (8 to 1 /1000s with central shutter)
High speed sync flash with all faster shutter speeds than 1/ 125s possible (with Leica SF-58 and HSS compatible, SCA 3002 standard flash units)
  • Series exposures - Approx. 1.5 fps, max. 32 /28 pictures in series with DNG compressed/uncompressed, unlimited with JPEG
    • Shutter release button - Three positions: Exposure and focus metering on – Metering memory lock – Shutter release
    • Self-timer - Delay time either 2 or 12s, indicated by flashing LED on front of camera and corresponding display in monitor
    • Mirror pre-release - 1st release: pivoting mirror flips up, lens aperture closed to set value, 2nd release: Shutter is tripped
  • Turning camera on /off - With main switch on top left back of camera, optional auto switch off after approx. 2/5/10 minutes
    • Power supply - 1 lithium ion battery, rated voltage 7.4 V, capacity 2100 mAh, remaining capacity indicated in top panel display, number of pictures to CIPA standards
    • Charger - Inputs: 100-240 V AC, 50/60Hz, automatic switching, or 12 /24V DC; Output: 7.4V DC, 1250mA.
    • GPS - Selectable (not available everywhere due to country-specific legislation, i.e. automatic forced deactivation in some locations), data written to EXIF header of image files.
    • Wi-fi - Type 007
    • Spirit level - Measured by acceleration sensor, measuring range: Inclination (about transverse axis) and tilt (about longitudinal axis) each ± 90°, measuring accuracy / display sensitivity: ≤ 1° at 0-40° C, display in monitor
  • Camera body
    • Material - Cast magnesium solid metal chassis with non-slip plastic finish, magnesium top panel, fiberglass reinforced polycarbonate base.
    • Tripod thread - A 1/4 (inch) DIN and A 3/8 (inch) DIN (steel inserts) each with locking mechanism complying with DIN 4503, in metal tripod plate, central under lens axis
    • Operating conditions - 0 to +45°C /32° -113°F, 15%-80% humidity
    • Interfaces - ISO flash shoe, standard flash connecting socket, HDMI socket type C, 4-pin LEMO® socket for data output (High-speed USB 2.0 standard), 7-pin LEMO® socket for remote control accessories / remote flash firing, contact strip for multi-function hand grip S
    • Dimensions (Width x Depth x Height) - Approx. 160 x 80 x 120 mm - 6 5/16 x 3 5/32 x 4 3/4 in
    • Weight - Approx. 1260 g - 2 lb 12.4 oz (with Battery)
  • Items supplied - Charger 100-240V with integrated US mains plug, interchangeable mains plugs (Euro, GB, AUS) and car charging cable, lithium ion battery, LEMO® USB cable, LEMO® sync cable, carrying strap, camera bayonet cap, eyepiece cap, software: Leica Image Shuttle, Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® (can be downloaded after registering the camera on the Leica Camera AG home page, see Instructions p. 63)
  • Designer - Manfred Meinzer (housing 09 Sep 2008 EU)
  • Manuals & brochures
  • S Firmware Updates - (see Owner's Area for latest firmware)
Manufacturer's data as of October 2012 (S Instructions 93391 VIII /12 /FLW /B&S)

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S System Accessories

  • 2012 Leica S accessories in red .* indicates items supplied with Leica S purchase
    • External flash
      • 14488 - SF-58 Flash unit
      • 14489 - Diffuser
      • 16031 - LEMO® flash sync cable.*
    • Power supply
      • 14429 - Replacement battery S
      • 14491 - HDMI Cable S / 14492 (JP TW)
      • 16009 - Quick charger S /mains & charger cables.* - 14429 Replacement battery S
      • 16011 - Professional Charger S
      • 16014 - LEMO® USB cable.*
      • 16022 - AC Adapter S
      • 16029 - Remote Shutter Release Cable S
      • 16039 - Battery S BP-Pro 1
      • 16040 - USB 3.0 cable 007
      • 16041 - AC adaptor 007
      • 16042 - Audio adaptor 007
    • Focusing screens
      • 16000 - Uniform ground glass screen S.*
      • 16001 - Ground glass screen with micro-prism ring and split-image wedge
      • 16002 - Uniform ground glass screen with grid division
    • Cases, straps, grips and caps
      • 16004 - Wrist strap S (shown)
      • 16006 - Carrying strap S
      • 16010 - ABS System Case S
      • 16015 - Eyepiece cap S.*
      • 16021 - Camera bayonet cap S.*
      • 16028 - Multi-function Handgrip S (shown)
      • 16037 - Camera strap S.*
    • Lens adapters
      • 16024 - S-Adapter V - Hasselblad V system lenses (introduced August 2011)
      • 16025 - S-Adapter P67 - Pentax 67 system lenses (introduced August 2011)
      • 16026 - S-Adapter M645 - Mamiya 645 system lenses (introduced August 2011)
      • 16030 - S-Adapter H - Hasselblad H system lenses (introduced May 2012)
      • 16038 - S-Adapter C - Contax 645 SLR system lenses (introduced June 2013)
Manufacturer's data as of October 2012 (S Instructions 93391 VIII /12 /FLW /B&S)

After-market accessories

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Leica S Serial Numbers

Serial numbers compiled from known S cameras
~ stolen cameras, please report if found on sale
SN Start SN End Product Year Total
-4416929 4417326~ Leica S (006) 2013 316+ ~4417011
-4686885 4687111- Leica S (006) 2014 unknown
-unknown 4689909- Leica S (006-100) 2014 unknown
-4789965 Leica S-E 2014 unknown
TOTAL ASSIGNED SERIAL NUMBERS 2013-2015 unknown