Leica S (Typ 006)
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The next generation in the successful line, the Leica S offers increased imaging quality and sensor sensitivity, predictive autofocus, higher speed and improved handling. Numerous enhanced functions contribute to the camera's further acceleration and greater security of the professional photographic workflow.
OUTSTANDING IMAGE QUALITY
The outstanding imaging quality of the Leica S is not attributable to any single system component. Every single component is optimized to perfection, but its true powers are shown by their interaction. Decisive proof of this can be seen in the 37.5 megapixel CCD image sensor, specially developed for Leica, with micro lens shift and an infrared filter, which - together with the extremely high performance of the Maestro processor - ensures that creative ideas always lead to outstanding images.
A fast processor alone is not enough to ensure high data throughput. You also need fast and large buffer memory. Boosting the Leica S's buffer to 2 GB means accelerated image processing across the board; however, its essential purpose is supporting long image sequences in continuous shooting mode. The Leica S can store up to 32 DNG files with lossless compression, or 28 uncompressed DNG files, at a full consecutive shooting speed of 1.5 fps, before the buffer is filled. In JPEG mode, the length of the consecutive shooting sequence is only limited by the capacity of the memory card.
The new Leica S was developed in cooperation with professional photographers to meet their requirements. Besides image quality, reliability, and ease of use, the focus was on photographic versatility. A dust and spray water protected camera body, the dual shutter system consisting of a focal plane and central shutter, and an extended ISO range for perfect adaptation to existing light, form the basis of the large range of photographic applications that the new Leica S masters: from advertising photography, through fashion, photo journalism, to nature and travel photography.
The Leica S combines the dimensions of a 35mm SLR with the imaging quality of the medium format. Thanks to its ergonomic handgrip with improved anti-slip characteristic, the Leica S rests perfectly in your hands. Its center of gravity is positioned so as to prevent fatigue while you are working, as the camera is lighter than professional 35mm DSLRs at just 1260g (2.8 lbs.) (including battery) despite having an extremely robust magnesium body. In comparison with traditional medium-format system cameras, where a digital element had to be combined with an existing analog camera, the Leica S has the enormous advantage that all its components are perfectly placed. The result: perfect ergonomics.
When you hold a Leica S in your hands, you find the controls exactly where you expect them to be. Its layout and design, similar to that of a classic 35mm SLR, ensuring intuitive handling in every respect, for instance by combining familiar elements like the shutter speed dial with state-of-art controls. Everything about the Leica S is dedicated to providing photographers with all the options they need for a spontaneous style of work.
CONCENTRATION AND MINIMIZATION
Although a digital system camera offers numerous functions and settings, everyday professional photography demands one thing in particular – the ability to concentrate on the picture you want. With this in mind, Leica developed an incomparably intuitive operating concept for the S that relies on an absolute minimum of control elements. The central controls on the Leica S are the shutter speed dial, the click wheel and the 5-way button, which can be reached comfortably with your right thumb. These controls allow the photographer to adjust the exposure setting and navigate the menus. In a nutshell: anyone holding a Leica S in their hands for the first time can rely completely on their intuition when getting to know its extensive range of functions. In fact, it sets entirely new standards in user-friendliness.
Camera type: Digital medium-format single lens reflex camera for use with Leica S-Lenses. Image sensor Type: Low Noise CCD-Sensor with microlenses and microlens shift Size: 30 × 45 mm (Leica Pro Format) Aspect ratio: 2:3 Resolution: 37.5 megapixels Pixel pitch: 6 µm Dynamic range: 12 stops Color depth: 16 bits per pixel Color spaces: sRGB, Adobe RGB, ECI RGB 2.0. White balance: Presets: Daylight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, HMI, fluorescent warm, fluorescent cool, flash, grey card (determined from image) / automatic / color temperature (Kelvin) Low-pass filter / IR filter: No / on sensor Moiré suppression: In external image processing software (e.g. with the Adobe® Lightroom® software provided with the camera) Sensitivity range: ISO 100 to ISO 1600 (manually or automatically controlled) Lens mount: Leica S-Bayonet for Leica S-Lenses Focal length: Dependent on Leica S-Lens attached, conversion factor to 35 mm film equivalent 0.8× Focusing Type: Predictive AF with center cross-sensor defined by cross-hairs on the Accessories_Focusing Screen, focusing drive integrated in lenses AF modes: Selectable modes AF s (single) = focus priority, AF c (continuous) = release priority, MF (manual), manual override of AF settings possible at all times AF memory: Second resistance point hold on shutter release, lock for single exposure or constant by setting with 5-way control Manual focus: With lens focusing ring Exposure metering: Exposure metering through the lens (TTL) Metering modes: Multi-segment metering (5 fields), center-weighted integral metering, selective (spot) metering (3.5% of image frame)
Second resistance point hold on shutter release, lock for single exposure or constant by setting with 5-way control
Metering range: (at f/2.5 and ISO 100) Spot metering: EV 2.7 - 20, center-weighted and multi-segment metering: EV 1.2 - 20, warning signal in viewfinder when out of metering range, multi-field photodiode metering cell for available light (continuous light metering) Exposure control: Program AE (with shift function) (P), shutter priority AE (T), aperture priority AE (A), manual metering (M) Exposure compensation: ± 3 EV in half-EV increments Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 exposures (automatic/manual) / ½, 1, 2, 3 stops, depending on mode setting, variation of exposures with aperture or shutter speed ISO sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO1600, automatic control Shutter: Selectable with main switch Type: In-camera: Microprocessor-controlled, metal-blade, vertical focal-plane shutter Shutter speeds: Manual setting (T and M modes): 6s to 1/4000 s in half-speed increments, time exposure (B mode): up to max. 125 s, flash sync speed 1/125 s, automatic (A and P modes): continuous from 32 s to 1/4000 s CS shutter option: Optional central shutter in Leica S-Lenses (CS versions) CS shutter speeds: Manual setting (T and M modes): 6s to 1/1000 s in half-speed increments, flash sync at all speeds, automatic (A and P modes): continuous from 8 s to 1/1000 s Linear flash mode: Faster sync speeds than 1/125 s possible with Leica SF 58 flash unit and HSS-capable SCA 3002 flashes Continuous shooting: ~ 1.5 fps Release button: 3-step; activation of metering and AF functions, AE/AF lock, shutter release Self-timer: Selectable delay, 2 s or 12 s, activation signaled by flashing LED on front of camera and display on monitor Mirror pre-release: 1st release: Mirror flips up, locks in up position, aperture closes to selected value, 2nd release: Shutter releases, exposure, mirror returns Viewfinder Type: Pentaprism viewfinder with high-eyepoint eyepiece, LCD bar below viewfinder image, illuminated and with displays/warnings Magnification: 0.87× (with 70 mm lens at infinity) Viewfinder coverage: ~ 98% Dioptre compensation: –3 to +1 diopters Focusing screen: Interchangeable, ground glass screen with microprism ring and split image (standard), full ground glass screen with cross-hairs (optional accessory), full ground glass screen with engraved grid (optional accessory) Displays Type: Full-color, self-illuminating, top-deck panel (OLED), (OLED), monitor screen Monitor screen: 3-inch TFT-LCD monitor screen with 921,600 pixels, 16 million colors, sRGB color space, image field ~ 100%, maximum oblique viewing angle 170° Protective cover: Anti-reflex/dirt-repellent protective glass cover in scratch-resistant Corning®Gorilla®Glass Flash Connection: Hot shoe with central contact and dedicated control contacts, LEMO® or standard flash connection sockets without control of flash power, standard flash sync socket TTL (multi-segment, selective, center-weighted) Compatibility: Full compatibility with Leica SF 58 and flash units with SCA3002 Accessories_Adapters 1/125 s (body FPS) / 1/1000 s (lens CS), sync at all slower speeds, choice of first or second curtain sync; FPS flash sync at faster shutter speeds (1/180 s-1/4000 s) possible with suitably equipped flash units (HSS mode) Flash exposure correction: ± 3 EV in ½ EV increments Second curtain sync: Yes Flash metering cell: Multi-field photodiode Strobe flash mode: Automatic adjustment of shutter speed in exposure modes P and A Displays in flash mode: Flash-ready signaled by flashing/constant flash symbol in viewfinder Flash reflector angle: Automatic adaptation to focal length of lens attached with Leica SF58 flash unit or system-compatible flash units with motorized zoom reflector Exposure modes: Single frame, continuous, self-timer 2 s (with mirror pre-release), self-timer 12 s (with mirror pre-release) Image file formats: DNG 5000 × 7500 pixels, 37.5 MP, ~ 72 MB per image, lossless compressed DNG (7500 × 5000 pixels, ~ 42 MB per image), JPEG (7500 × 5000 pixels, in three resolutions, 37.5, 9.3, 2.3 megapixels, ~ 1-16 MB per image, depending on resolution and image content) Maximum frame rate: 1.5 fps. Buffer memory: DNG max. 28 images, DNG compressed max. 32 images, JPEG no limit Simultaneous recording in DNG and JPG possible: Yes, arbitrary combinations of DNG and JPEG, various formats on different memory cards (e.g. DNG on CF card, JPEG on SD card) Storage options: SD card (SD cards to 2 GB max., SDHC card to 32 GB max., SDXC card), Compact Flash card (UDMA7), external transfer to PC hard disk Review formats: Single frame with exposure parameters, single frame, 4 thumbnails, 9 thumbnails, loupe function Zoom magnifier in review mode: 4-step loupe function, pixel-level magnification, 100% view by longer pressure on clickwheel Delete protection: Delete protect for individual images Menu categories: Camera, Image, Setup, Play Menu languages: 9 languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese Firmware update: User upload option GPS: Selectable (may not be available in all countries due to local legislation) - forced deactivation possible, positioning data recorded in the Exif data of image files Date/time: User setting option, automatic date-, time- and time zone-synchronization with activated GPS module Levelling: Acceleration-sensor controlled determination, range: Pitch (lateral axis) and tilt (longitudinal axis) ± 90°, accuracy / display sensitivity <1° at 0-40°C (32 -104°F) ambient temperature, displayed on monitor Interfaces: ISO hot shoe, High-speed USB 2.0 (LEMO socket with strain relief, cable included in package). HDMI Type C socket, remote release, X-flash sync, SCA3002, 7-pin LEMO flash connection socket, interface for Leica multifunctional handgrip-S Other: OS compatibility Systems: Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7® Apple Macintosh upwards from MAC OSX® 10.5 Software package: Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® and Leica Image Shuttle 2, downloadable from the Leica Owners Area after product registration Power supply On/off: Main switch on top deck, selectable automatic sleep mode after ~ 2, 5, or 10 minutes Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, nominal voltage 7.4 V, capacity 2100 mAh Battery-independent power supply: With Leica AC-Adapter S (optional accessory) Battery level display: In top deck OLED panel Power-saving options (sleep function): 4 steps, 2 min, 5 min, 10 min, off Power supply and battery charger: Rapid charger S (with integrated US mains plug, interchangeable EU, UK, and AUS plugs, and car adapter) Inputs: 100–240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, automatic adaptation, or 12/24 V DC; output: 7.4 V DC, 1250 mA Body construction: Full-metal chassis in die cast aluminum with high-grip plastic coating, magnesium alloy top deck, base plate in glass-fiber reinforced polycarbonate Operating conditions: 0 to +45°C (32 to 113°F), 15–80% relative humidity Dimensions (W × H × D): 160 × 80 × 120 mm (6.29 x 4.72 x 3.15 in) 1260 g / 2.78 lbs (body only, with battery) Dust proof/splash proof: Yes / yes Tripod thread: 1/4-inch and 3/8-inch bushes, with locator holes for anti-twist locking pins Package content: S-Body, rapid charger S (with integrated US mains plug, interchangeable EU, UK, and AUS plugs, and car adapter), rechargeable lithium -ion battery, LEMO® USB cable, LEMO® flash sync cable, carrying strap, bayonet cap, eyepiece cap Optional Flash: Leica SF58, Leica SF58 Diffuser Other: Leica multifunctional handgrip S, Leica hand strap S, professional charger S, Leica AC adapter S, Leica case S, Leica HDMI cable, Leica grid focusing screen S, Leica microprism focusing screen S, Leica standard focusing screen S, Leica remote release cable S, Leica S-Adapter H/V/M645/P67 Service Packages: Leica Protection Plan Body (included in price) Leica Protection Plan Lens (optional) Leica Protection Plan Vario Lens (optional) Leica Protection Plan CS Lens (optional)