Leica “Das Wesentliche”
NEW LEICA M
This is the camera that was rumored to be the Leica M10. Instead, Leica decided to end the numerical designation and just go to the letter “M”.
The main features are a new CMOS sensor of 24 megapixel resolution. This allows Live View and additional focusing methods like a 10 times magnification for critical focusing and focus peaking. In addition, the camera had has 1080p full HD video capability.
Leica also introduced a new R adapter. With this almost all Leica R lenses ever built can be mounted. The camera menu offers profiles for more than 20 R lenses completely with an individual calibrated workflow and EXIF lens recognition.
The New Leica M can also be used as a studio camera. The multifunctional handgrip-M has a dedicated SCA hot shoe, a socket for a remote power supply and a DIN/ISO X-sync socket for studio flash systems. An optional remote power unit (DC Adapter) is also available.
The Leica M can also be connected directly to a computer workstation via the handgrip’s integrated USB socket. This allows full remote control of the camera with the ‘Leica Image Shuttle’ software package and the transfer of image files directly to the computer by USB cable.
A high resolution, electronic viewfinder will also be available. It has a resolution of 1.4 megapixels and a 90° swivel action for capturing images from unusual angles. It allows to use the LEICA M like a DSLR.
All in all this new camera appears to be very much like the LEICA M10 WITH ELCTRONIC “VISOFLEX” I wrote about previously. Go to http://gmpphoto.blogspot.com/2012/07/leica-elctronic-visoflex.html to read the article.
NEW LEICA M-E
This is the long awaited less expensive Leica M model. It is assumed that the camera will sell for less than $5,000. It is essentially the same as the Leica M9 with very much the same technical specifications. The only difference being that the camera has no preview selector for the different viewfinder frames and no USB port.
NEW LEICA S
Here too any numerical designations have been dropped. While essentially identical to the former Leica S2, new features include
- Higher ISO range from ISO 100 to ISO 1600.
- Better noise reduction
- Faster autofocus
In addition to the new camera body, three lenses have been added to the S-System portfolio, significantly expanding the capabilities of the system: the Leica Super-Elmar-S 24 mm f/3.5 ASPH. super-wide, the Leica Vario-Elmar-S 30-90 mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. and the Leica TS-APO-Elmar-S 120 mm f/5.6 ASPH. tilt/shift lens.
Here is a list of all the new products introduced:
LEICA M: The perfection of digital rangefinder technology
LEICA M-E: The fascination of M-Photography reduced to essentials
NEW RANGE OF ACCESSORIES FOR THE LEICA M EXPANDS SYSTEM CAPABILITIES
LEICA S: The synthesis of optimum imaging quality, perfect handling and outstanding speed
LEICA SUPER-ELMAR-S 24 MM F/3.5 ASPH.: New super-wide lens with outstanding optical properties
LEICA ELPRO-S 180: Accessory close-up lens extends the working range of the LEICA APO-ELMAR-S 180 mm f/3.5
LEICA VARIO-ELMAR-S 30-90 MM F/3.5-5.6 ASPH.: The first zoom lens for the S-System with exceptional imaging quality and low weight
LEICA TS-APO-ELMAR-S 120 MM F/5.6 ASPH. TILT/SHIFT LENS: Enables control of perspectives while maintaining the highest possible imaging quality and optimum handling
LEICA X2 À LA CARTE: The ultimate bespoke style statement
LEICA X2 “EDITION PAUL SMITH” SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION: Modern digital technology ‘Made in Germany’ meets extravagant styling from the world of fashion in new Leica “Edition Paul Smith” digital camera
LEICA X2 DIGISCOPING-ADAPTER
LEICA V-LUX 4: Compact Camera for travel, wildlife and sport photography
LEICA D-LUX 6: Complete Creative Freedom Meets Timeless Design
LIMITED SPECIAL EDITION LEICA ULTRAVID 8X20 AND 10X25 EDITION WITH EMBOSSED OSTRICH LEATHER TRIM
LEICA PHOTO-ADAPTER FOR MOUNTING SYSTEM CAMERAS ON LEICA PREMIUM SPOTTING SCOPES
More details in the coming days. Stay tuned…