Leica M-D (Typ 262)
A step back to the future
The Leica M-D has everything a camera needs: manual settings for ISO values, apertures and shutter speeds. The essentials for uncompromising simplicity.
Less technology, more creative freedom
Focused on photography
The Leica M-D offers the ultimate in digital rangefinder photography. No LCD screen leads to more freedom for creative photography.
The Leica M-D has no LCD monitor screen and no menu system. Apart from the essential parameters for photography – shutter speed, aperture, distance and ISO values – it offers no further setting options. The consequence is photography in its purest form. Every photographer knows instinctively how to use the Leica M-D. No distractions – not even after each exposure. In a way, the Leica M-D is an homage to the experience of capturing pictures on film. It brings back the joy of anticipation of waiting to see how our pictures turned out.
Less technology, more creative freedom
By deliberately omitting technical features such as Live View or video capture, the Leica M-D takes photography back to its purest level – allowing photographers to concentrate solely on the subject before them. Without the temptation to view the captured image immediately after exposure or share it with the person or subjects featured in the picture. The Leica M-D directs attention entirely on the composition. It consistently shifts the focus to the creative aspects of each subject – less technology for more creativity.
As is the case with all M-Cameras, the Leica M-D delivers exceptional picture quality. Its Leica Maestro image processor and 24 MP still CMOS sensor represent the state of the art of digital rangefinder photography, yet it remains consistently true to its purist origins – by capturing exposures exclusively in DNG format. This guarantees that all options are available for digital image processing.
Purism also characterises its design: by the omission of the Leica red dot logo, LCD monitor screen and menu controls, and a body finished completely in black, the Leica M-D is the epitome of understatement. From the baseplate and matching leather carrying strap provided with the camera, to the top plate in brass with the stepped edge design reminiscent of the Leica M9. The Leica M-D is the pure ideal among rangefinder cameras. With an ISO setting dial placed in precisely the same location as a film speed indicator, the Leica M-D pays homage to its film-based predecessors, carrying the philosophy of its analogue ancestry forward into the digital age.
The Leica M-D features an almost silent shutter that enables exceptionally discreet photography. This is due to a shutter cocking system that is considerably quieter in single exposure mode than that of the M (Typ 240) and enables a shutter release frequency of up to two frames per second. In continuous mode, the M-D has the same sequential shooting speed as its sister model and shoots up to three frames per second.
||Compact digital view and range finder system camera|
||Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding|
||Leica M lenses from 16 to 135 mm|
|Picture format/ image sensor
||CMOS type, active area approx. 23.9 x 35.8 mm (corresponds to usable format of analog Leica M models)|
||5976 x 3992 pixels (24 MP)|
||DNGTM (raw data), compressed loss-free, JPEG|
||Depends on subject|
||SD cards up to 2 GB, SDHC cards up to 32 GB, SDXC cards|
||Ambient light: Through the lens (TTL), with working aperture, flash light: TTL metering with system-compatible, SCA-3000/2-standard flash units|
|Metering principle/ method
||By metering the light reflected by light blades of the 1st shutter curtain onto a measuring cell: strong center-weighted; for metering on the sensor: spot, center-weighted, multi-field metering.|
||Metering the light reflected by light blades of the 1st shutter curtain onto a measuring cell: heavily center-weighted|
||ISO 200 bis ISO 6400, can be set manually in 1/3 ISO steps|
||Choice of automatic shutter speed control with manual aperture preselection – aperture priority A, or manual shutter speed and aperture setting|
|Flash exposure control
|Flash unit attachment
||Via accessory shoe with central and control contacts|
||To the 1st shutter curtain|
|Flash sync speed
||= 1/180 s; slower shutter speeds can be used if sync time is not met: automatic switching to TTL linear flash mode with HSS-compatible Leica system flash units|
|Flash exposure metering||With system-compatible flash units, control with center-weighted TTL pre-flash metering|
|Flash exposure compensation||Flash units with the appropriate specifications: in all modes ±3 EV in 1/3 EV steps|
|Displays in flash mode||Readiness: by means of constant lighting of the flash symbol LED in the viewfinder, success control: by further lighting or temporary fast flashing of the LED after the picture has been taken, underexposure display: by the LED going out temporarily|
|Viewfinder principle||Large, bright, combined bright-line viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation|
|Eyepiece||Calibrated to - 0.5 dpt., corrective lenses from -3 to +3 diopter available|
|Image field indication||By activating two bright-line frames each: for 35 and 135 mm, or for 28 and 90 mm, or for 50 and 75 mm; automatic switching when lens is attached; frame color: white|
|Parallax compensation||The horizontal and vertical difference between the viewfinder and lens is automatically balanced by moving the bright- line frame in line with the relevant distance setting|
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