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Leica M-E Anthracite Body (Discontinued model)


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Product Overview

Pure rangefinder photography and technical excellence - for all those who wish to experience the fascination of the M in its purest form.


Type: Compact digital rangefinder system camera
Lens Mount:

Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding

Lens System:






Leica M lenses from 16 to 135mm.

Image format / image sensor

5270 x 3516 pixels (18.5 megapixels)

CCD chip, active area approx. 23.9 x 35.8 mm

5212 x 3472 pixels (18 megapixels) (corresponds to the effective image format of Leica M film cameras).

Optional resolution, DNG: 5212 x 3472 (18 MP), JPEG: 5212 x 3472 (18MP), 3840 x 2592 (10MP), 2592 x 1728 (4.5MP), 1728 x 1152 (2MP), 1280 x 846 pixels (1 MP)

Image File Formats: DNG (RAW data) optionally uncompressed or slightly compressed (by non-linear reduction of colour depth), 2 JPEG compression levels.
File sizes: DNG: 18MB (compressed) 36 (uncompressed) JPEG approx. 2 to 10 MB, (depending on image content).
Colour spaces: Adobe RGB, sRGB.
White Balance: Automatic, manual, 7 presets, direct colour temperature selection.
Storage Media: SD cards up to 2GB / SDHC cards up to 32GB
Exposure Modes: Optional automatic determination of shutter speeds with preselected apertures - aperture priority automatic mode A - with coressponding digital display, or manual selection of shutter speed and aperture and balance by means of an LED light balance with correct exposure display, or over exposure / camera shake trend prevention (snapshot mode only).
Flash Connection: Hot shoe with centre and control contacts.
Synchronisation: Optional, on first or second curtain.
Flash Synchronisation Speed: 1/180 s; longer shutter speeds may be used.
Flash Metering: (With SCA-3501/3502 adapter or SCA-3000-standard flash unit, e.g. LEICA SF-24D / LEICA SF-58) Flash exposure control with centre-weighted TTL pre-flash metering.
Flash Metering Cell: 2 silicon photodiodes with condenser lens in camera base.
Flash Exposure Correction: +/- 1/3 EV in 1/3 EV increments, adjustable on SCA-3501/3502 adapter. Settings in computer mode for LEICA SF 24D, +/- EV in 1/3 EV increments, or from 0 to -3 EV in 1 EV increments / adjustable in all modes for LEICA SF 58, +/- EV in 1/3 EV increments.
Displays in Flash Mode: Flash ready: constant illumination of flash symbol LED in the viewfinder, flash confirmation; Constant illumination or rapid flashing of the LED after exposure, underexposure dedicated by temporarily extinguished LED.
Effective Rangefinder Base: 47.1m (actual base length 69.25 mm x viewfinder magnification 0.68x)
Viewfinder Displays:

(Lower edge) LED symbol for flash status. Four-digit, seven-segment digital LED display with dots above and below, display brightness adjusted for ambient light, for exposure correction warnings, display of automatically determined shutter speed in aperture priority automatic mode, exposure value lock indicator, out of metering range warning in aperture priority automatic mode and countdown display for shutter speeds longer than 2 s.

LED light balance with two triangular and one round, central LED in manual exposure mode. The triangular LEDs show the required directions for turning the aperture ring or the shutter speed dial to correct the exposure setting. They also warn of light levels that are above or below the metering range.

Displays on the back: 2.5' monitor (colour TFT-LCD) with 230,000 pixels
Shutter: Microprocessor-controlled particularly low-noise, metal-leaf, vertical focal-plane shutter.
Shutter Speeds: (In aperture priority automatic mode (A) continuous from 32 s to 1/4000 s. in manual mode, 8 s to 1/4000 s in half increments, B for arbitrary long exposure times (in conjunction with delayed release T function, i.e. 1st release = shutter opens, 2nd release = shutter closes, (1/180 s) fastest shutter speed for flash synchronisation.
Viewfinder Principle:

Large size, bright, combined bright-line viewfinder / rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation.


Adjusted to -0.5 dioptres Correction lenses for -3 to +3 dptr. available.

Image field framing: By projection by two bright-line frame with each lens attached: for 35 and 135 mm, or for 28 and 90 mm, or for 50 and 75 mm. Automatically displayed when lens mount locks. Any of the pairs of bright-line frames can be displayed by moving the frame selection lever.
Parallax Compensation: The horizontal and vertical differences between the viewfinder and the lens are automatically compensated in accordance with the focusing distance set, i.e. the bright-line frame of the viewfinder automatically moves to cover the image field covered by the respective lens.
Correspondence between the viewfinder and the actual image: At a focusing distance of 1 metre, the bright-line framesize corresponds precisely to that of a sensor of 23.9 x 35.8 mm. Focused at infinity, and depending the focal length, approx. 7.3% (28 mm) to 18% (135 mm) more of the sensor is covered than the bright-line frame actually shows, the opposite is the case for focusing distances less than 1 metre, i.e. somewhat less.
Viewfinder magnification (for all lenses): 0.68x Long-base rangefinder: Bright rectangular spot (RF spot) with coincident and superimposed rangefinder in the centre of the viewfinder.
Shutter cocking: With integrated motor, with the low-noise footprint, optionally only after release of shutter release button.
Continuous shooting: Approx. 2 frames/s, > 8 frames in sequence.
Shutter release: Three steps: activation of metering - store metering values (in aperture priority automatic mode) - shutter release. Standard internal threading for remote release.
Delayed release: Countdown 2 s (in aperture priority automatic mode and manual exposure mode) or 12 s, menu setting option, countdown is indicated by a flashing LED on the front of the camera and a corresponding display on the monitor screen.
Camera power on / power off: Main switch located at the top deck, optional sleep mode for camera electronics after 2 / 5 / 10 minutes, reactivation by slight pressure to the shutter release button.
Power supply: 1 rechargeable lithium-ion battery, nominal voltage 3.7 V, capacity 1900 mAh. Charge level displayed on monitor screen, when shutter locked in open position (for sensor cleaning), additional acoustic warning signal for insufficient charge.
Battery charger:

Inputs: 100-240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, automatic adaptation, or 12/24 V DC.

Output: 4.2 V DC, 800 mA.

Camera Body: All-metal die cast magnesium body, KTL dip painted, the top and base plates are discreetly and unobtrusively finished in anthracite-grey paint.
Tripod thread: A 1/4 (1/4") DIN, stainless steel integrated in base plate.
Operating conditions: 0 to 40 degrees C

Approx. L 139 x D 37 x H 80 mm

Weight: 585 g (including battery)

Trade-ins are welcome!