Leica Adds 3 Cameras, 5 S-Series Lenses


Solms, Germany -

Leica Camera AG

unveiled this week a veritable boatload of cameras and accessories for it high-precision digital imaging brand.

Among the offerings were three cameras from the company's X, V-Lux and M-Monochrom series, five S-series lenses and an adapter that will enable S-series cameras to accept Hasselblad H lenses.

Leica's new X2 camera is billed as compact digital camera featuring an APS-C-format professional CMOS image sensor with 16.2 effective megapixel resolution.

The camera includes an Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH lens, an enhanced fast autofocus system adaptable to all shooting situations and a 2.7-inch LCD monitor.

Also included is a pop-up flash, an accessory shoe compatible with Leica SF 24D and SF 58 system flash units, all-metal body construction with high-grip leather trim, and black or silver finish.

Leica provides a copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for Apple Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows included in the X2 package.

Meanwhile, the V-Lux 40 is a digital compact camera offering a 15.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 20x DC Vario-Elmar 4.3-86mm f/3.3-6.4 ASPH lens zoom lens, an 3-inch LCD touchscreen, integrated GPS module and FullHD 1080 video recording.

The camera will capture low-noise images at sensitivities up to ISO 3,200, and includes a high-speed autofocus of 0.1 seconds and a continuous shooting rate of 10 fps at full resolution and 60 fps in high-speed mode.

Creative modes include miniature, panorama and retro.

Videos are recorded in MP4 format and can be uploaded directly to social media or mobile devices.

Leica includes a copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 for still-image processing and Adobe Premiere Elements 10 for video processing.

The Leica M Monochrom, meanwhile, is billed as the world's first digital camera exclusively for full-frame, 35mm black-and-white photography. It follows the legacy of Leica's famous rangefinder cameras.

Shipping in July, the M Monochrom will include a special 18-megapixel sensor to capture images in high quality black-and-white and is compatible with Leica M series lenses.

To allow precise control of tonal values, the Leica M Monochrom offers a raw data histogram display to exhibit original, unprocessed and unmodified raw data. Leica said this, combined with a configurable clipping display, allows precise correction or optimization of exposures.

A button adjustment converts JPEG images with characteristic toning effects from black-and-white film photography (sepia, cold or selenium toning).

The camera features a classic Leica M-cameras design with a matte-black finish, chromed top deck and soft leather trim grip.

The camera ships with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and a full-version of Silver Efex Pro 2, black-and-white image processing software.

Meanwhile, Leica introduced five S-series professional camera lenses, which will ship in October. These include the Elmarit-S 30mm f/2.8 ASPH, Summarit-S 35mm f/2.5 ASPH, Summarit-S 70mm f/2.5 ASPH, APO-Macro-Summarit-S 120mm f/2.5 tele-macro lens, and the APO-Tele-Elmar-S 180mm f/3.5 telephoto lens.

All will also be available in a CS version with a central shutter.

The central shutter available for all S lenses is said to be more compact and efficient, and has a guaranteed service life of at least 100,000 shutter cycles.

The Leica S2-System features a dual-shutter concept constructed with a metal focal plane shutter offering a top speed of 1/4000th of a second and flash sync at 1/125th.

The main switch on the S2 camera body allows users to rapidly change to central shutter use as soon as a CS lens is mounted.

The central shutter offers a top speed of 1/1000th of a second, and a working range expanded by three f-stops.

Leica said it will also offer a new adapter (available now) for Leica S cameras allowing the use of Hasselblad H-System lenses.


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