Leica M - Silver Chrome (Typ 240 )+ LEICA SUPER-ELMAR-M 21mm f/3.4 ASPH.

Leica M (Type 240) £4400 LEICA SUPER-ELMAR-M 21mm f/3.4 ASPH. £2520

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
  • Wide angle view for architecture, street and landscape photography
  • Excellent image quality at full aperture. Distortion, vignetting and chromatic aberration have been reduced to a minimum
  • Convenient to carry because of its compact size
  • Flare resistant design allows for images under extreme backlight conditions
  • The f/3.4 lens speed in combination with the short focal length allows sharp images even in available light situations
  • Metal lens hood is included in the scope of delivery
  • Can be used not only with digital M-cameras but with all Leica analog M-cameras since 1954 
  • Made in German

To meet the requirements of digital photography, the Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f/3.4 ASPH is a benchmark in all optical performance characteristics. The stray light optimization was implemented on a very high level, allowing for backlit shots with crystal clear contrast. The design of the metal lens hood matches the appearance of the current wide-angle lenses of the Leica M system. This lens hood is also compatible with the Leica Super Elmar-M 24 mm f/3.8 ASPH and the Leica Summilux-M 35mm/1.4. With the Leica M8 and M8.2, the Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm/3.4 ASPH has an equivalent focal length of 28 mm making it a practical standard wide-angle lens for use with the Leica M8 and M8.2.

Angle of view (diagonal, horizontal, vertical)   
For 35mm format (24x36mm) 91°, 80°, 59°
For M8/M8.2 (18x27mm) 74°, 64°, 46°
Optical design  
Number of elements / groups 8 / 7
Focal length 21 mm
Entrance pupil 15.6 mm (related to the apex of the first lens surface in light direction)
Focusing range 0.7 m (2.3 ft) to Infinity 
Distance setting  
Scale combined meter/feet-increments
Smallest object field

706 mm x 1059 mm (35mm format)

530 mm x 795 mm (for M8/M8.2)

Highest reproduction ratio

1:29.4

Aperture

 

Setting / Type Preset, with clickstops (including half values), manual diaphragm
Smallest aperture  f/16
Bayonet Leica M quick-change bayonet with 6-bit bar coding for digtal Leica models
Filter (type) internal thread for screw-on filters size E 46
Lens hood outer threading with stop for mounting the metal lens hood
Dimensions and weight  
Length 43 mm (1.69 in) / 55 mm (2.17 in) (with/without lens hood attached)
Largest diameter 53 mm / 2.1 in
Weight approx. 279 g / 9.84 oz
Accessories included Metal lens hood, front cap for lens hood, rear cap, leather case, instruction manual



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