Leica M-E - Anthracite Grey
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.
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
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
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