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Since the introduction of the rangefinder system in 1954, Leica M film cameras have been considered by many photographers to be the perfect tool for capturing the fascination of a moment discreetly, quietly and without hesitation

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Since the introduction of the rangefinder system in 1954, Leica M film cameras have been considered by many photographers to be the perfect tool for capturing the fascination of a moment discreetly, quietly and without hesitation. And of course in uncompromising quality. Today, it is the digital Leica M-E that embodies the philosophy of the M-System in its purest form. It concentrates exclusively on essential photographic functions, yet remains simple and intuitive to use. At the same time, it is a part of the most compact full-format camera system available and enjoys access to lenses acknowledged as the best in the world.
A camera created to let the world discover the fascination of M-Photography.

Quiet, discreet, compact and concentrated on the essentials

Discretion and unobtrusiveness are particular strengths of the M-System. For instance, the Leica M-E’s shutter action is extremely quiet. At the same time, the combination of camera and lens is more compact than any other full-format camera system – a reason why M-Photographers often go unnoticed and simply blend into the scenery.

Concentration on the essentials is part of the M-System philosophy. This also applies to the Leica M-E: it consciously declines to offer everything that is technically possible, but rather limits itself to what is essential to photography. These essentials include the M-typical rapid manual focusing with the viewfinder/rangefinder and the focusing ring of the lens, but also the option of selecting automatically determined or manually set shutter speeds.

Uncompromising image quality

The Leica M-E features an 18-megapixel high-resolution CCD sensor in full 35 mm format. The sensor is perfectly attuned to its role in the very compact M-System and the superior performance of M-Lenses. The special layout of the micro lens makes it tolerant of oblique light rays impinging on its surface, and guarantees uniform exposure and extreme sharpness from corner to corner in every image. The omission of the otherwise usual low-pass filter reduces the need for digital post-processing and ensures that images possess a particularly natural visual impact.

Classical M-Design

Distinctively functional lines lend the camera an absolutely timeless character. After all, the essence of the M-System is also expressed by its design. The top and base plates are discreetly and unobtrusively finished in anthracite-grey paint. The design of its body expresses clarity, and its leather trim offers superior grip. The mechanical yet almost inaudible sound signature of its shutter release remains as a reminder that this M too is a masterpiece of unparalleled craftsmanship.

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Description

Since the introduction of the rangefinder system in 1954, Leica M film cameras have been considered by many photographers to be the perfect tool for capturing the fascination of a moment discreetly, quietly and without hesitation. And of course in uncompromising quality. Today, it is the digital Leica M-E that embodies the philosophy of the M-System in its purest form. It concentrates exclusively on essential photographic functions, yet remains simple and intuitive to use. At the same time, it is a part of the most compact full-format camera system available and enjoys access to lenses acknowledged as the best in the world.
A camera created to let the world discover the fascination of M-Photography.

Quiet, discreet, compact and concentrated on the essentials

Discretion and unobtrusiveness are particular strengths of the M-System. For instance, the Leica M-E’s shutter action is extremely quiet. At the same time, the combination of camera and lens is more compact than any other full-format camera system – a reason why M-Photographers often go unnoticed and simply blend into the scenery.

Concentration on the essentials is part of the M-System philosophy. This also applies to the Leica M-E: it consciously declines to offer everything that is technically possible, but rather limits itself to what is essential to photography. These essentials include the M-typical rapid manual focusing with the viewfinder/rangefinder and the focusing ring of the lens, but also the option of selecting automatically determined or manually set shutter speeds.

Uncompromising image quality

The Leica M-E features an 18-megapixel high-resolution CCD sensor in full 35 mm format. The sensor is perfectly attuned to its role in the very compact M-System and the superior performance of M-Lenses. The special layout of the micro lens makes it tolerant of oblique light rays impinging on its surface, and guarantees uniform exposure and extreme sharpness from corner to corner in every image. The omission of the otherwise usual low-pass filter reduces the need for digital post-processing and ensures that images possess a particularly natural visual impact.

Classical M-Design

Distinctively functional lines lend the camera an absolutely timeless character. After all, the essence of the M-System is also expressed by its design. The top and base plates are discreetly and unobtrusively finished in anthracite-grey paint. The design of its body expresses clarity, and its leather trim offers superior grip. The mechanical yet almost inaudible sound signature of its shutter release remains as a reminder that this M too is a masterpiece of unparalleled craftsmanship.

Specifications

Technical data LEICA M-E

(Last revised September 2012 / We reserve the right to make technical changes)

Product

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

Imaging functions

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 Control

Exposure Metering: Through the Lens (TTL) metering, centerweighted

with variable aperture

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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 (MMode)

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)

Others

Start up time: <1s

Power Supply: Li-ion battery (included), 3.7V, 1860 mAh

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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

Brand

Leica

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