An entry level Leica M camera.
The expected price would have benn probably less than 4,800 Euro which is the price tag for the new LEICA M-E.
What you get is a full frame digital LEICA M camera with the specifications of the previous top model LEICA M9. Technically only the USB port and the image field selector are missing. The LEICA M-E might be interesting too for design purists as it has an own anthracite grey finish and a new leather trim with enhanced grip characteristics. Additionally it has no engravings on camera front or top deck plate.
New: The LEICA M-E
The fascination of M-Photography reduced to essentials
Leica Camera AG, Solms,presents a new model in the Leica rangefinder system at the photokina in Cologne (18 to 23 September 2012), – the Leica M-E. Together with the new Leica M and the Leica M Monochrom – the world’s first digital black and white camera in 35 mm format – the latest digital generation of the Leica M now offers three rangefinder cameras. Technically at the high level of a rangefinder technology perfected over decades, the Leica M-E stands for the essence of rangefinder photography. With its concentration on essential photographic functions for accustomed dependability in all typical M fields of use, it is the ideal entry-level model for photographers wishing to experience the fascination of M-Photography.
Featuring the proven, high-resolution, 18 MP CCD sensor in full 35 mm format, the Leica M-E offers maximum imaging quality in combination with the distinct advantages of rangefinder photography. Its most distinctive feature is a minimised, purist, design statement. The top deck and base plate are discreetly finished in unobtrusive anthracite grey. The application of a new leather trim with enhanced grip characteristics ideally complements the camera’s classical design.
The Leica M-E is available now from authorised Leica dealers.
About the Leica M-System
Since 1954, the Leica M system has stood for an unmistakable, individual kind of photography and a very conscious photographic style. Because, with a Leica M, the photographer becomes a part of the action in the process of capturing challenging and creative images. The rangefinder frames precisely the shot the photographer envisages while allowing a clear view of what is going on outside the viewfinder frame. This allows the photographer to predict the decisive moment and capture it discreetly and reliably at the right moment – in all fields, from photojournalism and ‘available light’ exposures to discreet and aesthetic fine-art images. The functions of the Leica M rangefinder camera are consistently constructed for extreme robustness and a long working life. Highest quality materials, elaborate manufacturing processes and painstaking manual assembly guarantee functional reliability for decades to come. Full backward system compatibility – almost all lenses of the Leica M range built since 1954 can still be used on the latest M camera models – is an important factor in the enduring value of the M series.
Technical Data LEICA M-E
|Unique Product Name||Leica M-E (Typ 220), anthracite grey paint|
|Camera type||Compact digital view and rangefinder system still camera|
|Lens mount||Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding|
|Lens system||Leica M lenses|
|Top Cover||Milled brass top cover with classic Leica M design|
|Material||All-metal case made of die-cast magnesium; synthetic leather covering.
Cap and base plate made of brass
|Image Sensor||KAF -18500 18 MP CCD Sensor|
|Number of effective Pixels||18 Million Pixels|
|Sensitivity range||ISO 160 – ISO 2500, Pull 80 available, Auto ISO|
|Imaging Platform||DSP based computing platform with Leica imaging algorithms|
|LCD Monitor||2,5” TFT Display with 230.000 Pixels|
|Shutter||Closed type focal plane shutter for classic image exposure, with external cocking mechanics|
|Shutter Speed||1/4000s – 240s (in Bulb), 1/180s flash synchronization|
|Burst rate||approx. 2 fps|
|Self timer||Off / 2s / 12s|
|Storage Media||SD / SDHC Memory Cards|
|Image File Format||DNG™ (RAW data uncompressed or nonlinear compressed), JPEG|
|File Size||DNG: 18 MB (compressed)/36 MB (uncompressed), JPEG: Resolution and image content dependent|
|Available JPG Resolutions||5212 x 3472 (18 MP), 3840 x 2592 (10 MP), 2592 x 1728 (4.5 MP), 1728 x 1152 (2 MP), 1280 x 846 pixels (1 MP)|
|Color Spaces||sRGB / Adobe®RGB|
|White Balance||Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade /Tungsten / Fluorescent 1 / Fluorescent 2 / Flash / Manual / Kelvin 2000-12800|
|Other functions||Saturation, Contrast, Sharpening|
|Exposure Metering||Through the Lens (TTL) metering, centerweighted with variable aperture
Center-weighted TTL metering for flash exposure with system-conformant SCA-3000/2 standard flash units
|Exposure setting||Manual shutter speed setting with direct dial, A-Mode with direct dial|
|Exposure Modes||Automatic shutter speed (A-Mode), Manual Exposure (M-Mode)|
|Exposure Compensation||-3 EV to +3 EV, 1/3 f-stops|
|Exposure Bracketing||3/5/7 frames, 0.5 / 1 / 1.5 / 2 f-stops|
|Flash exposure Control|
|Flash exposure metering||Control with center-weighted TTL pre-flash metering (with SCA-3501/3502 adapter, or SCA-3000 standard flash unit such as Leica SF 24D/Leica SF 58).|
|Hot shoe||SCA-3502 compatible hot shoe, with center contact|
|Flash Synchronization||Optional triggered at first or second shutter curtain|
|Flash Synch time||1/180s|
|Viewfinder / Focusing|
|Focusing Methods||Manual focus with optical rangefinder|
|Optical Viewfinder||Large, light bright-line rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation, optical illumination|
|Optical Viewfinder frame lines||Framelines size matches image sensor size at 1m focusing distance|
|Optical Viewfinder correction||Eyepiece adjusted to -0,5 dpt. Corrective lenses from -3 to +3 dpt. available (optional)|
|Optical Viewfinder Magnification||0,68x|
|Optical Viewfinder Displays||In the viewfinder LED symbol for flash status (at bottom). Four-digit seven-segment LED digital display, brightness adapted to ambient conditions, for: Warning in case of exposure correction; display of automatic shutter speed in automatic mode; advisory indicating use of metering memory lock.
LED exposure monitor with two triangular and one central circular LED with manual exposure setting
|Rangefinder||Split or superimposed image range finder shown as a bright field in the center of the viewfinder image|
|Rangefinder effective metering Basis||47.1 mm (mechanical metering basis 69.25 mm x viewfinder magnification 0.68 times)|
|Start up time||<1s|
|Power Supply||Li-ion battery (included), 3.7V, 1860 mAh|
|User Profiles||4 Profiles|
|Sensor cleaning||Manual cleaning function|
|Tripod Thread||“A 1/4 (1/4″”) DIN made of stainless steel in base plate”|
|Dimensions||(W x D x H) approx. 139 x 37 x 80 mm
(5,5 x 1,7 x 3,1 in.)
|Weight||585 g (20.6 oz)|
|Operating Temperature||0°C – 40°C|
|Menu languages||English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese|
|Accessories Included||Battery, Charger with power cables for EU and USA (different in some export markets), 12V charging cable, Carrying strap, Body cap|
|Software licenses Supplied||Adobe® Lightroom®|
|Optional accessories||All accessories that are made for the Leica M9 / M9-P|