Leica M-E - Anthracite Grey

SKU: 799429107598   Mfg Code: 10759


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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.

  • 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
    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 Metering   Through the Lens (TTL) metering, centerweighted with variable aperture 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, AMode 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 3/5/7 frames, 0.5 / 1 / 1.5 / 2 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 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
    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)
    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), 3.7V, 1860 mAh
    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   Adobe® Lightroom®
    Optional accessories   All accessories that are made for the Leica M9

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