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    New: The LEICA M-E
    The fascination of M-Photography reduced to essentials

    Leica Camera AG, Solms,presents a new model in the Leica rangefinder system at the photokina in Cologne (18 to 23 September 2012), – the Leica M-E. Together with the new Leica M and the Leica M Monochrom – the world’s first digital black and white camera in 35 mm format – the latest digital generation of the Leica M now offers three rangefinder cameras. Technically at the high level of a rangefinder technology perfected over decades, the Leica M-E stands for the essence of rangefinder photography. With its concentration on essential photographic functions for accustomed dependability in all typical M fields of use, it is the ideal entry-level model for photographers wishing to experience the fascination of M-Photography.

    Featuring the proven, high-resolution, 18 MP CCD sensor in full 35 mm format, the Leica M-E offers maximum imaging quality in combination with the distinct advantages of rangefinder photography. Its most distinctive feature is a minimised, purist, design statement. The top deck and base plate are discreetly finished in unobtrusive anthracite grey. The application of a new leather trim with enhanced grip characteristics ideally complements the camera’s classical design.

    The Leica M-E is available now from authorised Leica dealers.

    About the Leica M-System
    Since 1954, the Leica M system has stood for an unmistakable, individual kind of photography and a very conscious photographic style. Because, with a Leica M, the photographer becomes a part of the action in the process of capturing challenging and creative images. The rangefinder frames precisely the shot the photographer envisages while allowing a clear view of what is going on outside the viewfinder frame. This allows the photographer to predict the decisive moment and capture it discreetly and reliably at the right moment – in all fields, from photojournalism and ‘available light’ exposures to discreet and aesthetic fine-art images. The functions of the Leica M rangefinder camera are consistently constructed for extreme robustness and a long working life. Highest quality materials, elaborate manufacturing processes and painstaking manual assembly guarantee functional reliability for decades to come. Full backward system compatibility – almost all lenses of the Leica M range built since 1954 can still be used on the latest M camera models – is an important factor in the enduring value of the M series.

    Contact person for your editorial offices:
    Sandra Looke / Direct line -404 / Direct fax -455 / sandra.looke@leica-camera.com

    Technical data LEICA M-E
    (Last revised September 2012 / We reserve the right to make technical changes)

    Unique Product
    Name: Leica M-E (Typ 220), anthracite grey paint

    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
    Imaging functions
    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 Control
    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, 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: 3/5/7 frames, 0.5 / 1 / 1.5 / 2 f-stops
    Flash exposure Control
    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
    Viewfinder / Focusing
    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)
    Optical Viewfinder
    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
    Supplied: Adobe® Lightroom®
    Optional accessories: All accessories that are made for the Leica M9 / M9-P
    This article was originally published in forum thread: LEICA M-E - The Essentials started by Vance View original post

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