Leica M - Black Paint (Typ 240) + LEICA SUPER-ELMAR-M 18mm f/3.8 ASPH. black anodized

Leica M (Type 240) £4400 LEICA SUPER-ELMAR-M 18mm f/3.8 ASPH. black anodized £2340

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The new Leica M is the most innovative and versatile M-Camera that the modern M-System has ever created. It unites decades of experience in rangefinder technology with groundbreaking digital technologies: It features a completely newly developed high-resolution full-format CMOS sensor that, in combination with its high-performance processor and the legendary M-Lenses, delivers outstanding imaging results. With Live View, video, and new additional focusing methods, it is also the M for photographers who do not wish to miss out on any of what modern digital technology has to offer.

Leica Max 24 MP Sensor for maximum imaging quality

The Leica M features a completely newly designed high-resolution, 24 megapixel CMOS sensor in full 35 mm format. The combination of the camera’s image processor and this Leica Max 24 MP sensor guarantees outstanding imaging quality. Its intelligent design and flat pixel architecture enables each individual pixel to gather a particularly large amount of light. This results in images characterized by superior sharpness and maximum spatial resolution. The new M delivers extremely low-noise and richly detailed images, even at higher sensitivities of up to ISO 6400. And now, thanks to the 1080 pixel, full-HD video capability of the Leica M, the impressive imaging quality is available for moving pictures, too. The new CMOS sensor is designed and constructed for the use of both Leica M and R lenses on the Leica M. Because, with the new Leica R-Adapter M, almost all Leica-R legacy lenses can be used on the Leica M expanding the options of the Leica M into the world of Leica R photography. 

Fast Leica Maestro image processor

In conjunction with the new sensor, the Leica Maestro processor lets the Leica M set entirely new standards in terms of image-processing speed. It processes the image data arriving from the sensor and transforms them into visible images at extremely high speeds and can also perform even the most complex processing steps very fast. Thanks to the energy-efficient imaging electronics of the processor and sensor, a single charge of the Leica M’s new 1800 mAh lithium-ion battery can last an extremely long time. 

Universal capabilities with Live View and the electronic viewfinder

The new Leica M is the first ever M to feature Live View and Live View Focusing. This means that now, for the first time, images can be composed using the actual image produced by the lens – with complete control of depth of field, exposure, precise framing and focusing. Its large, high-resolution 3" monitor allows precise assessment of the subject seen through the lens. This opens up entirely new opportunities for M-Photographers that previously lay far beyond the limitations of rangefinder photography, like macro and telephoto exposures, or using the monitor as a viewfinder. Live View can be used with both M and R lenses. Indirectly, it also enables owners of R lenses to use the optional Visoflex EVF2 electronic viewfinder. The Leica M can be used with an R-Adapter, R-Lenses and a viewfinder exactly like an SLR, without using the monitor.

Splash-proof camera body

Thanks to the many years of experience gathered by our engineers in the construction of camera bodies, the new Leica M is built without compromise for maximum stability and perfect sealing. Its top and base plates are machined from solid brass, and its full-metal body is manufactured in one piece from high-strength magnesium alloy. Specially designed rubber seals protect the camera body against dust and water spray. The glass covering plate of its high-resolution monitor screen is manufactured from particularly tough and scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® glass. All this makes the Leica M particularly resilient and helps guarantee it a long and reliable working life.

Camera type:   Compact digital view- and rangefinder system still and video camera
Lens mount:   Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding
Lens system:   Leica M lenses, Leica R lenses with optional Leica R-Adapter M
Top Cover:   Milled brass top cover with integrated thumb rest
Material:   All-metal case made of die-cast magnesium; synthetic leather covering. Cap and base plate made of brass

 

Image Sensor:   LEICA MAX 24 MP CMOS Sensor
Number of effective Pixels:   24 Million Pixels
Sensitivity range:   ISO 200 – ISO 6400, Pull 100 available, Auto ISO
Imaging Platform:   Integrated imaging circuit with Leica Maestro® Image processor
Electronic Viewfinder:   Optional available, can be used for Live View and Play functionality
LCD Monitor:   3” TFT Display with 920.000 Pixels, scratch resistant cover glass (Corning®Gorilla®Glass)
Shutter:   Dual type focal plane shutter for classic image exposure and Live view
Shutter Speed:   1/4000s – 60s (in Bulb), 1/180s flash synchronization
Burst rate:   3fps
Self timer:   2s / 12s

Storage Media:

  SD / SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards
Image File Format:   DNG™ (RAW data uncompressed or lossless compressed), JPEG
File Size:   DNG approx. 20 Mbyte – approx. 30 Mbyte (compressed)/ 48.2 MByte (uncompressed), JPEG: Resolution and image content dependent
Available JPG Resolutions:   5952px*3976px (24 MP), 4256px*2832px (12 MP)/ 2976px*1984px (6MP) / 1600px*1080px (1,7MP)
Color Spaces:   sRGB / Adobe®RGB
White Balance:   Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shadow / Tungsten / Fluorescent warm /Fluorescent cool / Flash / Manual (Greycard) / Kelvin 2000-13100

Other functions:

 

Film Modes, Saturation, Contrast, Sharpening

Movie Recording:   Single frame video compression (Motion JPG), Quicktime format (mov)
Movie resolution:   1080p, 720p, 640*480 (VGA)
Movie sampling rate:   25 fps, 24 fps, 30 fps (VGA only)
Microphone:   Mono, stereo microphone adapter optional available
Audio recording:   Auto level adjustment, manual level adjustment (available while recording), concert preset
Exposure Metering:   In classic viewfinder mode: Through the Lens (TTL) metering, center weighted with variable aperture. In Live View and advanced viewfinder mode: Through the Lens (TTL) metering, center weighted, spot or multifield measuring. 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)
Compensation:   -3 EV to +3 EV, 1/3 f-stops
Exposure Bracketing:   3/5 frames, 0.5 / 1 / 2 / 3 f-stops
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 SF24D/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
Focusing Methods:   Manual focus with optical rangefinder, Live View, 100% Live View Zoom, Live View focus peaking
Optical Viewfinder:   Large, light bright-line rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation, LED illuminated frame lines.
Optical Viewfinder frame lines:   Framelines size matches image sensor size at 2m focusing distance
Optical Viewfinder correction:   Eyepiece adjusted to -0,5 dpt. Corrective lenses from -3 to +3 dpt. available (optional)
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), 7.4V, 1800 mAh
Horizon:   Yes
User Profiles:   4 Profiles, exportable
Sensor cleaning:   Dust detection, manual cleaning function
Tripod Thread:   A 1/4 (1/4") DIN made of stainless steel in base plate
Dimensions:   approx. 139 x 42 x 80 mm (5.5 x 1.7 x 3.1 in.)
Weight:   680 g (23.9 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, Accessory port cover, Body cap
Software licenses   Adobe® Lightroom®
New optional accessories:   Electronic Viewfinder (EVF-2), Multifunctional Handgrip M, Handgrip M, SCA Adapter Set for Multi-functional Handgrip M, Power Adapter for Multi-functional Handgrip M, Finger loop for Multi-functional Handgrip M, Size S / M / L, Leica Microphone Adapter Set, Leica M-Adapter R, Ever-Ready Case M, Li-ion Battery BP-SCL2, Battery charger BC-SCL2
  • Outstanding image quality thanks to newly developed LEICA MAX CMOS Sensor
  • Extended applications with Live View and electronic viewfinder
  • Simple, high-precision focusing thanks to Live View focus and focus peaking
  • Digital fullframe for Leica R lenses, with the Leica R-Adapter M
  • "Leica Look" videos with Full HD video capture (1080p)
  • Enhanced sensitivity range up to ISO 6400
  • 3" display with 920,000 pixels, Corning® Gorilla® glass screen protector
  • Fast image processing by the Leica Maestro image processor
  • Splash protected body
  • Extremely long battery life
  • Multi-pattern and spot exposure metering
  • Revised ergonomics and controls

The LEICA SUPER-ELMAR-M 18 mm f/3.8 ASPH. will help you capture the expansiveness of space like few other tools. Nominally larger than a standard lens, it boasts an extreme angle of view of up to 100 degrees and reaches far into the field of super wide angle lenses, at the same time guaranteeing the outstanding lens qualities that are typical for LEICA. The LEICA SUPER-ELMAR-M 18 mm f/3.8 ASPH. broadens the horizon not only in architecture and landscape photography but in many other areas as well.

Excellent performance and compact design

The LEICA SUPER-ELMAR-M 18 mm f/3.8 ASPH. successfully merges ambitious wide angle photography with the very best of optical quality and compact design. This is achieved thanks to a patented, space-saving, yet extremely effective lens hood. The lens corresponds to a universal 24 mm wide angle lens when mounted on a LEICA M8 model and a super wide angle lens with an impressive angle of view when mounted on an analogue Leica M model. Its retrofocus-like architecture features eight lens elements of which one boasts two aspherical surfaces, ensuring outstanding optical performance across the image plane and at all f-stops. With the lens set to maximum aperture and mounted on a traditional Leica M or digital LEICA M8 model, vignetting – an effect which is inherently more prevalent with super wide angle lenses – amounts to a nominal 2.3 stops or 1.7 stops on an M8. Stopping down to f/5.6 reduces the vignetting to a value of 1.3 or 1 respectively. Maximum distortion, in turn, measures only 1.8 percent and is virtually undetectable to the human eye. 

The LEICA ELMAR-M 18mm f/3.8 ASPH. not only offers optimum image performance, it has compact dimensions - for its focal length - and provides all Leica M users with an economical introduction to super wide-angle photography.

Angle of view (diagonal, horizontal, vertical)  
For 35 mm 100°, 90°, 67° 
For LEICA M8 models (18 x 27 mm) 84°, 74°, 53°
Optical design  
Number of lenses/groups 8 / 7
Focal length 18.3 mm
Position of entrance pupil 19.8 mm (related to the first lens surface in light direction)
Distance setting  
Focusing range 0.7 m to infinity
Scales Combined meter/feet graduation
Smallest object field

827 mm x 1241 mm (35 mm)

620 x 931 mm (LEICA M8 models)

Largest reproduction ratio 1:34.6
Aperture  
Setting/Function With click-stops, half values available, manual diaphragm
Lowest value 16 / Number of blades: 9
Bayonet Leica M quick-change bayonet with 6 bit lens identification bar code for digital M models
Filter mount/Lens hood  Male thread, non-rotating and with stop for filter holder or lens hood.
Accessory filter holder for E77 filters available / Separate, screw-on type, included in delivery
Dimension and weight  
Length 58 mm (2.28 in)
Largest diameter 61 mm (2.4 in)
Weight approx. 310 g (10.93 oz



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