Leica M-E (Typ 220)
The essence of rangefinder photography
The M-E Digital Rangefinder Camera from Leica is a full frame, interchangeable lens camera that embodies the notion that less is more.By concentrating on essential photographic functions, the M-E produces high quality images in a fast and stealthy manner.
The camera houses a full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor but retains a compact, durable and well-designed form. The 18MP CCD sensor in full 35mm format offers high-resolution imaging and the omission of the sensor's low-pass filter creates photos with fine details and an increased visual impact.
The sensor matches well with the compact M-system and M-series lenses, giving uniform exposure across the entire sensor. The camera's compatibility with the full line of superb Leica M-series lenses provides flexibility in shooting and sharp imagery.
By declining to incorporate features such as Live View and Video functions, the M-E frees itself to perfect only those functions that create a better photographic image. Its fast and accurate manual focusing is achieved via the optical viewfinder/rangefinder and the smooth, exact focusing ring of a Leica lens. Shutter speeds from bulb mode through 1/4000th of seconds can be set manually or automatically determined by the camera.
The shutter mechanism is a closed type focal plane shutter with external cocking mechanics and provides a quiet and smooth action. A 2.5" TFT LCD screen with 230,000 pixels offers clear image playback and menu control and the camera body itself is an all-metal casing made of die-cast magnesium with an attractive anthracite-gray finish and a real leather wrap which provides a good grip as well as good looks.
A hot shoe mount is available for optional flash attachment. This is an ideal camera for those interested in a pure photographic system which produces uncompromised image quality.
Concentrated on the essentials
The Leica M-E is a modern camera that works like a classic, so mastering the essentials of this piece comes quickly and naturally. You may focus manually - using the rangefinder and focusing ring of the lens - or select automatically determined or manually set shutter speeds.
Uncompromising image quality
The 18-megapixel high-resolution CCD sensor in full 35 mm format is a perfect fit in the M-System. The micro lens layout makes it tolerant of oblique light rays impinging on the surface and guarantees uniform exposure and extreme sharpness. The omission of the low-pass filter reduces the need for digital post-processing and offers a particularly natural visual impact.
Classic M design
The essence of the M-System is reflected in the functional design which lends clarity and an absolute timeless to the camera’s character. The top and base plates are discreetly finished in anthracite-grey paint and the leather trim offers superior grip. The quiet sound signature of its shutter release shows our attention to the finest of details.
Quiet, discreet, compact
The M-System proudly claims discretion and unobtrusiveness as particular strengths, perfectly showcased by Leica M-E’s inconspicuous shutter action. Additionally, the combination of camera and lens offers a more compact system than any other full-format camera, allowing M-Photographers to almost blend into the scenery to capture life’s most precious, fleeting moments.
|Lens Mount||Leica M|
|Pixels||Actual: 18.5 Megapixel
Effective: 18 Megapixel
|Max Resolution||18MP: 5270 x 3516|
|Sensor Type / Size||CCD, 35.8 x 23.9 mm|
|File Formats||Still Images: DNG, JPEG|
|Dust Reduction System||Yes|
|Memory Card Type||SD
|Focus Mode||Manual Focus (M)|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical, LCD Display|
|Viewfinder Magnification||Approx. 0.68x|
|Diopter Adjustment||- 3 to +3 m|
|Display Screen||2.5" Rear Screen LCD (230,000)|
|ISO Sensitivity||Auto, 160-2500 (Extended Mode: 80-)|
|Shutter||240 - 1/4000 seconds|
|Metering Method||Center-weighted average metering|
|Exposure Modes||Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
|White Balance Modes||Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Kelvin, Manual, Shade, Tungsten|
|Burst Rate||Up to 2 fps at 18 MP|
|Max Sync Speed||1 / 180 sec|
|Flash Compensation||-3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)|
|Dedicated Flash System||TTL|
|External Flash Connection||Hot Shoe|
|Start-up Time||0.7 Seconds|
|Continuous Shooting||Up to 2 fps|
|Self Timer||2 sec, 12 sec|
|Software System Requirements||Windows: XP, Vista, 7
Mac: OS X 10.6 or later
|Battery||1x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.7VDC, 1860mAh|
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||5.5 x 3.1 x 1.5" / 139.0 x 80.0 x 37.0 mm|
|Weight||20.64 oz / 585 g with battery|
|Shipping Weight||4.55 lb|
|Box Dimensions (WxHxD)||7.8 x 7.4 x 8.7|
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