Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) - SUPER-ELMAR-M 18mm f/3.8 ASPH. 

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) - Black Chrome £5000 SUPER-ELMAR-M 18mm f/3.8 ASPH. £2340

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.

 

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  • 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 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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