Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) - ELMAR-M 24mm f/3.8 ASPH., black 

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) - Black Chrome £5000 ELMAR-M 24mm f/3.8 ASPH., black £1960

The new Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) is the first and only digital camera that captures a real black and white image, still or moving.  Reduced to the essentials for true, authentic and direct black and white photography, the Leica M Monochrom offers unparalleled image performance, outstanding low light capabilities and rich details. 

Black and white photography is the essence of photography. Leica produced the first first digital monochrome camera in the 35 mm format and the new Leica M Monochrom is a step into the next generation.

Sensor

The Leica M Monochrom has a 24-megapixel resolution on a monochrom CMOS sensor similar to the Leica M. As the M Monochrom has no need for color filters, it needs no interpolation for the calculation of luminance values. This results in brilliant images which have 100% more details and contrast than what is possible in color photography.

Up to ISO 25,000

The new Leica M Monochrom opens up new dimensions for available-light photography with its combination of low noise up to ISO 25,000, a bright viewfinder, a low-vibration shutter release and fast lenses.

Full Visual Control with Live View

The high-resolution 3” monitor with 921,600 pixels ensures that photographers have complete control of composition, exposure, focusing and depth of field. The Live View also offers two additional focusing methods. The up to 10x magnification in Live View Zoom mode enables full control of the sharpness of details in the image on the monitor or the closest focusing distance. In Live View Focus Peaking mode, sharply focused edges in the image are highlighted by colored lines.

Full HD Video in Black and White

The new Leica M Monochrom captures high-quality, full-HD video in black and white. With the optional Leica microphone adapter set, one can be assured of perfect sound.

2 GB Buffer Memory

With it’s high-capacity 2GB buffer memory and Leica Maestro processor, the camera captures sequences 3 times faster than its predecessor. In addition, the new processor enables extremely fast display of the captured images in review mode.

Sapphire Crystal Glass

The LC display is made of scratch-resistant and almost unbreakable sapphire crystal which has been treated with an anti-reflective protective coating that ensures that photographers can check their images in any lighting situation.

Accessories 

All current M accessories for the Leica M (Typ 240) can be used with the Leica M Monochrom. These accessories include finger loops, electronic view finder, ever-ready cases, flash and straps. In addition, R-lenses can be used on the Leica M Monochrom with the Leica M-Adapter-R.

 

Coming soon

  • Outstanding imaging performance with low noise up to ISO 25,000
  • Live-View and focus peaking 
  • Large buffer memory and Leica Maestro processor 
  • High quality full-HD video function 
  • Easy to use - reduced to the essentials
  • Body made of high-strength magnesium alloy and solid brass top and base plates finished in black chrome 
  • Sapphire crystal glass cover plate and 3” monitor
  • Access to a wide range of M lenses from 16 - 135 mm 
  • New filters solely for the Leica M Monochrom widening creative possibilities
  • Compatible with all accessories for the Leica M (Typ 240) 
  • Access to R lenses with Leica M-Adapter-R for pictures and video
  • Adobe Lightroom available as a download
  • Made in Germany

The LEICA ELMAR-M 24mm f/3.8 ASPH is an extremely compact lens, especially for such a wide angle, which also offers outstanding imaging performance. Even wide-open, it delivers uniformly excellent reproduction quality over the entire image field, only deteriorating slightly towards the edges in the close-up range. This performance can only be improved slightly by stopping down, which means that you can take photographs wide open without concerns, unless your compositional ideas call for a greater depth of field that can only be achieved with smaller apertures.

The vignetting characteristic of every optical system is naturally more pronounced on a super wide angle lens than on normal and long focal length lenses. With the diaphragm completely open, it is a maximum - i.e. in the corners of the image - of around 1.9 stops for the 35mm format, or around 1.1 stops on Leica M8 models with their slightly smaller format. Stopping down to 5.6 visibly reduces this light falloff at the image edges - to 1.4 and 0.8 stops respectively. Stopping down further does not bring about any notable reduction since essentially only the natural vignetting remains.

The lens' maximum distortion is around 1% and therefore hardly perceptible.The retrofocus-like construction is made up of a total of eight lens elements and the use of an aspherical surface and glass types with anomalous colour dispersion (partial dispersion) make a crucial contribution towards restricting aberrations to an absolute minimum.

Angle of view (diagonal, horizontal, vertical) 84° / 74° / 53°
Optical design  
Number of lenses/groups 8 / 6
Focal length 24.5 mm
Position of entrance pupil 18.7 mm (related to the first lens surface in light direction)
Focusing range 0.7 m to infinity
Distance setting  
Scales Combined meter/feet graduation
Smallest object field 615 x 922 mm
Largest reproduction ratio 1:25.6
Aperture  
Setting/Function With click-stops, half values available, manual diaphragm
Lowest value 16
Bayonet Leica M quick-change bayonet with 6 bit lens identification bar code for digital M models
Filter mount/Lens hood Non-rotating, female thread for filters E46, male thread for lens hood, screw-on type lens hood (included in delivery)
Dimension and weight  
Length 40.6 / 56.6 mm (without / with lens hood)
Largest diameter approx. 53 mm
Weight 260 g



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