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CONTENTS

Editorial

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Leica Camera AG

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LEICA REPORTAGE Unknown Kyrgysztan.

Home is where the yurt is.

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LEICA M-SYSTEM

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LEICA M

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LEICA M-E

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LEICA M MONOCHROM

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LEICA M7/MP 

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LEICA À LA CARTE

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M - SYSTEM LENSES

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M - SYSTEM EXTRAS

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M - SYSTEM TECHNICAL DATA

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LEICA CAMERAS AND SPORT OPTICS

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Happy anniversary, Bishkek. Country life – far from idyllic. Feathered hunting aids. Haggling, Kyrgyz-Style. An ancient craft with a long tradition.


Dear friend of Leica,

Unlike any other camera, the Leica M embodies a uniquely individual approach to photography. It is and always has been an exquisite instrument that enables you to experience a unique view of life. A Leica M gives photo­g­raphers complete creative freedom, while also maximising their options to achieve their own vision of the perfect picture. For ­photographs that have the capacity to capture the otherwise hidden or unnoticed aspects of life. Since the introduction of the rangefinder principle in 1954, photojournalists and photographic artists have ­influenced our image of the world with their discreet, fast Leica M-Cameras. Rangefinder cameras are ideal for ­taking vibrant, authentic images of events as they happen, and many photographers have benefited from this, including those from the world’s first independent photo agency, Magnum, founded in 1947 by legendary photog­rapher Henri CartierBresson and others. Then as now, members of Magnum believed that photographers must have a perspective in their imagery that transcends a simple, clichéd recording of reality. We are therefore particularly pleased that it is once again a Magnum photographer, Jean Gaumy, who added the new Leica M, the latest milestone in the history of Leica M-Cameras, to his luggage on his most recent trip. His unusual destination fulfilled the promise of unusual pictures. Look forward to seeing an example of documentary photography that shows how individual moments can become chapters in a living story: absolute authenticity, straight from the heart of life itself. Yours, Leica Camera AG Top: Bishkek, Ala-Too Square in March 2000. Under the eyes of Lenin – preparations for the 122nd anniversary of the city’s foundation. Bottom: Bishkek, Ala-Too Square, 12 years later – preparations for the 134th birthday of the capital city around the new monument to Manas, the Kyrgyz national hero. LEICA EDITORIAL I 05


l EicaCAMERA AG Passionateaboutphotography.

1913/14 oskarBarnackconstructs theUr-Leica.

oskarBarnack(1879–1936).

1925 Leica Iwithafi xedlens ispresentedattheleipzig SpringFair.

1930

1932

thefirstleicawith interchangeable thread-mountlenses appearsonthemarket.

SketchedconstructiondiagrambyoskarBarnack.

1954

Leica II:thefirstcamera withacoupledrangefinder.

1965

Leica M3withcombined bright-lineviewfinder/ rangefinderandbayonet lensmount.

theleitzopticsbuilding,Wetzlar.

Leica S2

2006

2008

2009

Leica M8:thefirst digitalrangefinder camera.

Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH.: theworld’sfastestever asphericallens.

Leica S2: theprofessional digitalcamerasetsnew standardsinmedium-format photography.

Leica M9

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Leica Noctilux-M  50 mm f/1.2:thefirst lenswithan asphericalelement.

Leica X1

Leica S

Leica M5:thefirstrangefinder camerawithselectivemetering throughthelens.

Leica S1:thefirstdigital camerawith75-megapixel resolution.

installationofthecontrolboardontherearshelloftheleicaS2.

‘Kissingintherearviewmirror,’bymagnumphotographer ElliottErwitt,1955.

Leica M

lenselementandassembled lenstesting.

Leica X2

2012 Leica M9:thesmallest digitalsystemcamera withafull-framesensor.

Leica X1:thefirst compactcamerawithan aPS-formatsensor.

leicacamerasharessomethingwithcountlesspeoplearoundtheworld:aloveof,andapassionfor,photography. it’sthefascinationofcapturingamomentintime;shapingit,transformingitintosomethingtimeless,andexperiencingitagainandagainasauniquephotograph.thisiswhathasdrivenleicaforalmost100years.Wecreate camerasusingthehighestqualitymaterialsandassemblethemmeticulouslybyhand,sothateveryleicadelivers unwaveringreliabilityandqualityoveralifetime.Whetherit’susedprofessionally,artisticallyorsimplyoutofthe



Leicafl ex:thefirstleica singlelensreflexcamera goesintoproduction.

1996

1971

1966

Leica S: mediumformat–reduced tothemaximum.

Leica M:thenewmgeneration withaleicamax24mPsensor, liveView,andvideo.

Leica X2:thetrailblazer initsclassforimage quality.

joyofdocumentinglife,onethingconnectsallleicacameras:theyallhelpthephotographertoconcentrateon theessentials–agreatphotograph.Eachdeviceisasmallmasterpiece.leicacamerasarecompact,ageless, elegant,easytouseandyetuncompromisingintheiroptical,mechanicalandtechnicalquality.theyaretheperfect toolsforanyonewhounderstandsthefascinationofphotographyandwhoappreciatesauniquephotograph.



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LEICA CAMERA AG From an idea to a legend.

‘Felix, Gladys, and Rover’ is one of the best-known pictures by the Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt. It was captured during a fashion shoot for the New York Times Magazine in 1974. Copyright by Elliott Erwitt, 1974, Magnum Photos.

Photography cannot stop the course of time, but it can capture, document and interpret its fleeting moments, preserving memories of those poignant seconds for eternity. Indeed, the transformation of the transitory into  the eternal is one of the main reasons we take pictures. And thanks in part to the pioneering spirit of Leica, it  is now possible for everyone to record their memories conveniently as they happen. It all began around a ­century ago, when Oskar Barnack changed photography with a stroke of genius – designing the first Leica, a small, ­robust, easy-to-use 24 × 36 mm format camera that paved the way for photography as we know it today. In 1954, the launch of the Leica M-System, with its brilliant combined viewfinder and coupled rangefinder, opened up vast new horizons in reportage and artistic photography. In the eyes of photographers, a Leica M has always been the perfect tool for capturing the fascination of a moment discreetly, silently, without hesitation, and with perfect image quality. Indeed, unsurpassed image quality was, is, and always will be the key founding principle of Leica. Every

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innovation and development since then has been measured against this strict criterion. With the launch of the Leica M8 in 2006, a new era in the history of rangefinder cameras began: the M-System turned digital. Then, in 2009, Leica set a further milestone in digital photography with the Leica M9. It is the world’s first rangefinder camera with a full-size, 35 mm format sensor (24 × 36 mm). In 2012, the latest digital generation continued the evolution of the legendary M-System and its unique benefits: this generation includes the Leica M Monochrom, the world’s first 35 mm digital camera exclusively for black-and-white photography, followed by the Leica M-E, a camera that embodies the philosophy of the system in its purest form. However, only the new Leica M can truly lay a claim to the title of ‘a new milestone’ in the M-Family. Featuring Live View, video capability, and new, additional focusing methods, it is the most innovative and versatile M-Camera of all time.

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LEICA REPORTAGE

Mountain steppe on the way from Kochkor to the mountain lake Song Kul and its ‘jailoos’ (Kyrgyz for ‘summer pastures’).


LEICA REPORTAGE Unknown Kyrgyzstan.

Kirghizia, Kirghiz Republic, or Kyrgyzstan? For most people from the western hemisphere, confusion begins on hearing the different names of the country. Not many know that all three names have been used over the years or that the Kyrgyz people prefer to say ‘Kyrgyzstan’ to emphasize their Turkic heritage. Many would also have difficulty trying to locate the country on a map, let alone be versed in the culture or history of the former Soviet republic. The same could be said for the prominent, multiple-award-winning Magnum photographer Jean Gaumy in 2000 when his agency asked him if he would like to work in one of the states of the former USSR as part of a cultural project. Looking through a list, his eye was caught by the name ‘Kyrgyzstan’ that, in his own words, was ‘about as unknown to me as the planet Mars’ and, for precisely this reason, awakened his curiosity and passion for adventure. So, the beginning of the new millennium found Jean Gaumy in the then still young Kyrgyz Republic, as it is officially known. Exactly ten years later, a French radio programme described Kyrgyzstan and its capital city of Bishkek as ‘probably the least known places on Earth,’ which inspired Jean Gaumy to revisit the central Asian republic. With a new Leica M in his luggage, Gaumy set out in the fall of 2012 to bring back impressions from the ‘terra incognita’ of Kyrgyzstan and its people. The outcome is a multi-faceted portrait of a country that has been in turmoil since declaring its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Ancient nomadic traditions, clan interests, and the common legacy of the Soviet era clash with the dreams and hopes of a young generation who increasingly join the migration from rural areas to the cities and begin to embrace Western culture ahead of their recent Russian heritage: it is a nation that dreams of a better future while still struggling to establish a national identity. Top: The Jayma bazaar in Osh is one of central Asia’s largest bazaars. Bottom: Two women cross the road in the provincial capital of Naryn.

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In recent years, the search for unity and national identity has been characterised at a political level by attempts to emphasise the majority of the Kyrgyz peoples’ nomadic roots. During his first visit to the country’s capital city of Bishkek, Jean Gaumy recalls that the main square was dominated by a monumental statue of Lenin, which can be seen in one of his earlier photos. In 2003, the Communist leader had to go to make room for the Erkindik statue of liberty, a winged female figure standing on a globe and holding out a flaming tunduk (the frame of the smoke hole of a Kyrgyz yurt). Nevertheless, the Lenin statue was not destroyed after its removal; it was merely relocated to the back of the Kyrgyz national museum. The statue of liberty was removed on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the nation’s independence in August 2011 and replaced by a statue of Manas, the Kyrgyz national hero who, according to legend, united the 40 Kyrgyz tribal clans and led their battle against the Uighurs. The 40 rays of the sun around a yurt viewed from above on the flag of Kyrgyzstan symbolise these 40 clans. The mountainous country of Kyrgyzstan is around half the size of Germany. It shares borders in the north and northeast with Kazakhstan, in the west and northwest with Uzbekistan, in the south and southwest with Tajikistan, and in the south and southeast with China. Bishkek, the capital city in the north, is the political and commercial centre of the nation. The ancient pilgrim city of Osh, founded over 2,000 years ago and often described as the capital city of the south, lies on the edge of the fertile Fergana valley and is famous for the cotton grown in the region. With 40 % of the country at an altitude over 3,000 metres, the topography of Kyrgyzstan is characterised by the massive mountain chains of the Tien Shan and the northern foothills of the Pamirs. At a height of 7,439 metres, Jengish Chokusu, on the border with China, is the country’s highest mountain. Even the pastures around Lake Song Kul, used for centuries as grazing land by the nomadic tribes and visited by Jean Gaumy and his team, are situated at the unbelievable altitude of 3,016 metres. Let us take you to on a journey to a country that could not be more fascinating – a country of extremes between tradition and the modern age, between the cultures of the East and West. Top: Women in prayer on Solomon’s Throne, the holy mountain close to the ancient trading centre of Osh, Kyrgyzstan’s second-largest city. Bottom: Typical Kyrgyz cattle market near Osh, in the southeastern part of the country. LEICA REPORTAGE I 15


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Preparations for the 134th anniversary of the founding in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek. The Leica Reportage continues on page 28: Happy anniversary, Bishkek.


l EicaM - SYSTEM masin‘messsucher’.

Whatyouseethroughtheviewfinderofanm-camera.theinnerbright-lineframeshowstheimageboundariesfora90mmlens, whiletheouterframeshowstheboundariesfora28mmlens.thegreyrectangleinthecentreistherangefinderfocusingarea.

leicam-camerasarealivinglegend.themstandsformesssucher,theGermantermforacombinedrangefinder andviewfinder,andforanindividualstyleofphotography.thissystem,generallydescribedinabbreviatedformas arangefinder,hasparticularmeritsthatenablephotographerstodevelopanunmistakablevisuallanguagethat transformstheiruniquelypersonal,subjectivevisualconceptsintophotographicrealities.atthesametime,the leicamhasintuitivecontrolsandissimpletouse–evenforphotographerswhohavepreviouslyonlyusedSlr cameras.Withaleicam,therearenosuperfluousfunctionsandnoovercomplicatedmenus.Photographersare giventheopportunitytoconcentrateontheessential:creatingmemorablepictures. therangefindersystem,aboveallothers,enablesphotographerstocaptureauthentic,naturalimages,takenfrom reallife.inaway,leicam-Photographersbecomepartoftheactioninframingwhatevertheywishtocapturein theviewfinder–ascene,amood,aspecialmoment.atthesametime,thephotographerstillperceiveswhat isgoingonoutsidetheviewfinderframe.thedecisivemomentthusbecomesmorepredictable,anditcanbe capturedatpreciselytherighttime.theclearviewofthesubjectremainsvisibleevenduringtheexposureand evenunderthemostdifficultlightingconditions.thebright,high-contrastviewfindercombinedwiththeworldrenownedm-Systemrangefinder,ensuresextremelyfastandprecisefocusing.theminimaldelaybetween releasingtheshutterandcapturingtheshotmakestheleicam-camerathefastest,mostresponsiveintheworld. alongwiththelegendarymPandm735mmcameras,them8andthem8.2–thefirstdigitalleicammodels –advancedthenobleheritageoftheleicam-System.theleicam9alreadysetanewmilestoneastheworld’s smallestsystemcamerawithafull-format24×36mmsensorin2009.itwasfollowedbyanevenmorediscreet version,theleicam9-P.Withthelaunchoftheleicammonochrom,theleicam-E,andthenewleicamin2012, anewgenerationofdigitalcamerasnowpavesthewayforthefutureofthem-System.



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tHEraNGEFiNdEr/ ViEWFiNdEr SYStEm

anopticalmasterpiececreatedforthebestinphotography.comparedtoSlrphotography,wherefocusingtakes placethroughthelens,andlensfocallengthandaperturesetlimitsonfocusingaccuracy,therangefinderbaseof theleicamremainspreciselythesameregardlessofthelensbeingused,andthereforeallowsextraordinarilyprecise focusingwithalllenses.thisisthefundamentalreasonwhythefocusingprecisionofthem-Systemisfarsuperiorto thatofSlrcameras,particularlywithshortfocallengthlenses.thehigh-contrastrangefinderrectangleinthecentre oftheviewfinderguaranteesfast,precise,andpin-sharpfocusing,evenunderthemostadverselightingconditions. Sincethepositionofthesixdifferentbright-lineframesisautomaticallycorrectedforparallaxatallfocusingdistances,theyshowtheimageboundariesfortheselectedfocallength.thebright-lineviewfindershowsallinformation relevanttothecaptureofaperfectimageincludingtheperipheralareaaroundthemainsubject,thusprovidingsignificantadvantageswhencreatingspontaneousphotographs.Unobtrusivelyandwithabsolutediscretion.



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comPact

Nootherprofessionalcameraisascompactasaleicam.Becausethe cameraneedsnomirrorbox,itcanbeconstructedwithadepthofless than42mm,asinthecaseofthenewleicam.them-lensesalsobenefit fromtheshortdistancebetweenthemountandtheimageplane,which permitstheconstructionoflenseswithextremelysmalldimensionsand lowweights.theextraordinarycompactnessofm-camerasandm-lenses alsomakesthemtheidealcamerasystemfortravelandreportagephotography.mirrorslapandrelatedshakeeffectsincapturedimagesare problemsneverencounteredbym-Photographers.

diScrEEt

Unobtrusiveness,clarityofdesign,andabarelyaudibleshutteralsoplay asignificantroleincreatingtheuniquecharismaofleicamimages.time andagain,photographersworkingwithm-camerasinareasofsocialand politicaltensionaroundtheworldreportthattheyarenotperceivedas journalists,andcancaptureimagesthatremainunattainableforusersof othercamerasystems.thefastm-lensesalsomakehandheldshooting possibleforalongtimeinfailinglight,withouttheneedforatripodorflash unit.Portraitsappearmorerelaxedbecausethecameradoesnothidethe photographer’sface,andeyecontactwiththesubjectismaintained.an evenmorediscreetapproachtophotographyisnowopenedupbythelive Viewmonitorofthenewleicam.thisoffersanalternativetotheconspicuousactofraisingtheviewfindertotheeye.

FocUSEd

Everythingnewlydesignedorfurtherdevelopedintheevolutionaryprocess oftheleicam-Systemsatisfiesagenuinephotographicneed.thisprinciple wasalsoconstantlykeptinmindthroughoutthedevelopmentofthelatest m-Generation–theleicammonochrom,theleicam-E,andtheleicam. theoutcomeisthreedigitalrangefindercamerasthatquiteintentionallydo notoffereverythingmadepossiblebymoderntechnology,butlimitthemselvesexclusivelytowhatmakesrealsenseintermsofphotography.these essentialsincludethem-typicalrapidmanualfocusingwiththeviewfinder/ rangefinderandthefocusingringofthelens,butalsotheoptionofselecting automaticallydeterminedormanuallysetshutterspeeds.Eveninautomatic mode,correctionscanbemademanuallywiththeapertureringtoensure thatphotographersareconstantlyincontrolof‘theirpicture.’ aspecialroleinthenewdigitalleicam-Familyisplayedbytheleicam. Justliketheleicammonochromandtheleicam-E,thelatestmilestone inthem-Systemnaturallyoffersallmanualsettingoptions.inadditionto these,italsofeaturesliveView,full-Hdvideo,andnew,additionalfocusing methodsforthosewhodon’twanttomissoutoncontemporarycamera technologies.inthisway,itsuccessfullyexpandsthepossibilitiesofthe m-Systemwhileremainingtruetoitstraditionalvalues.

topandbottom:Preparationsforthe134thanniversaryofitsfoundingintheKyrgyzcapitalofBishkek.



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toUGH

Peoplewhotakephotographyseriouslyusuallylivetheirlivesattheedge; insearingheatorbittercold,pouringrainorswirlingdust.themisbuilt tobeconsistent,dependable,andtoughunderalmostanyimaginableconditions.thisiswhyresilienceandendurancearealwaysprimeconcernsin thedesignandconstructionofeverym-camera.italsoexplainswhythe bodyismanufacturedexclusivelyfromonlythebestmaterials:brassfor thetopandbaseplatesandhigh-impactmagnesiumalloyforthebody.the newleicamalsofeaturestheextraprotectionofamonitorcoverglassin particularlytoughandscratch-resistantcorning®Gorilla®glass.Specially designedrubbersealsofferthebodyofthenewmadditionalprotection againstdustandsplashes.thedigitalcomponentsofallleicam-cameras arecarefullyselectedforenduranceandreliabilityineverydayuse.Elaboratemanufacturingandassemblyprocessesguaranteefunctionalreliability fordecadestocome.

UNiQUE cUStomEr commitmENt

Precisionisthebe-allandend-allintheconstructionofanyleicaproduct. Noproducteverleavestheleicafactorybeforeallcriticalmanufacturing phaseshavebeenrigorouslychecked.Productsthatcanstillbeserviced andrepaireddecadesaftertheywerebuiltareextremelyrareinthesetimes ofplannedobsolescenceanddisposableproducts.ButthecustomerServicedepartmentatleicastillservicesandrepairsallm-cameras–from thefirstonebuiltin1954totheverylatestmodels! top:marketsceneinthecapital.Bottom:WeddingphotoinfrontofBishkek’sweddingpalace,whereonsomedays,upto100marriagestakeplace.



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UNriVallEd PErFormaNcE

theconstructionoftheextremelycompactleicam-lensesisfocused ononesingleaim:deliveringimagingexcellenceinfilmanddigital photography.leicaengineerscontinuouslyinvestenormouseffortand innovativeingenuityintheirquestforperfectopticalsolutions.theoutcome:lenseswithunrivalledperformance.theyoftenhavefeweroptical elementsinordertoreducethenumberofair-glasssurfacesthatlight raysmustpassthroughtoaminimum.thisdesignconcept,madepossiblebytheuseofthehighestqualityglassandprecisionmanufacturing techniques,createsthebasisforimagesendowedwithanunmistakable character–notonlyincontrastandresolution,butalsoinstructureand tonalrichness.theyhaveauniquelynaturalsignaturethat’sparticularly noticeableinimagesshotunderadverselightingconditions.thisis furtherenhancedbythesheerpleasureofasilky-smoothfocusingactionwithoutatraceofplay.thisoutstandingqualityisensuredforevery singlelensweproducebytheexperiencedhandsofourfactory’sprecisionopticalandmechanicalengineers.Yetanotherreasonwhyleica lensesareconsideredbymanyveteranphotographersandimaging expertstobethebestintheworld.

modErN tEcHNoloGYat YoUrSErVicE 

thesuperiorperformanceofleicalensesisbasedonthemostmodern technologies:asphericalelementsenabletheconstructionofhighly compactlensesthatprovidebreathtakingperformance.theuseoffloatingelements(differentiallymovableopticalgroups)ensuressuperb resolutionatclosefocusingdistances.apochromaticcorrectioninthe opticalsystemsoftelephotolensesguaranteesbrilliantreproduction withoutanycolourfringingeffects.Sophisticatedsolutionsforthesuppressionofinternalreflectionsenhancecontrastandshadowdetail.itis safetosaythateveryleicalensdeliverssuperbperformanceevenatits maximumaperture.Stoppingdownservesmainlytoincreasethedepth offield.

comPatiBilitY

leicaengineerscreatedatimelessstandardwhentheydesignedthe leicambayonetinthe1950s.thislensmountensuressystemcompatibilitytothepresentdayandthelatest,digitalgenerationofm-cameras. almostallm-lensesaresuitableforuseincombinationwiththedigital m-cameras.However,systemcompatibilityisdecidedlyforward-looking, andnotasignofstagnation.thanksto6-bitcoding,theleicammonochrom,theleicam-E,andtheleicamrecognizethecharacteristicsof theattachedlensandemploythisinformationforinternalprocessing. Uncodedleicalensescanalsobeusedonthenewdigitalm-cameras withtheiradvancedm-Bayonetmount.Similarly,thenew,6-bitcoded lensesarealsoperfectlyathomeonanyoftheearliermfilmcameras. Evengreatercompatibilityfortheleicamisprovidedbytheleicaradapter.Whenthe6-bitcodedadapterismountedonthecamera,users maychoosefrommorethan20differentr-lensesthatalsoofferbotha calibratedimageworkflowandExiflensrecognition.Withawiderange ofwide-angle,telephoto,zoom,andmacrolenses,r-lensesofferattractiveopportunitiesforleicam-Photographerstoexpandthecapabilities oftheircamera.

top:intheamusementparkinthecapitalcityofBishkek.Bottom:Kyrgyz‘art’onsaleinBishkek’smarket.



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l Eica M - SYSTEM Everythingataglance.

lEicam-camEraS

lEicam availableinblackpaintorsilverchrome.

lEicam-E availableinanthracite-greypaint.

lEicammonochrom availableinblackchromefinish.

lEicamP availableinsilverchromeandblackpaintfinish.

lEicam7 availableinsilverchromeandblackchrome.

HiGH-SPEEdlENSES

lEicaSUmmilUX-m 21mmf/1.4aSPH.

ZoomlENSES

lEicaSUmmilUX-m 24mmf/1.4aSPH.

lEicaSUmmicroN-m 28mmf/2aSPH.

lEicaSUmmilUX-m 35mmf/1.4aSPH.

lEicaNoctilUX-m 50mmf/0.95aSPH.

lEicaSUmmilUX-m 50mmf/1.4aSPH.

lEicaaPo-SUmmicroN-m 50mmf/2aSPH.

FaStaNdcomPactlENSES

lEicaSUPEr-Elmar-m 18mmf/3.8aSPH.



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lEicaSUPEr-Elmar-m 21mmF/3.4aSPH.

lEicaaPo-SUmmicroN-m 75mmf/2aSPH.

lEicaaPo-SUmmicroN-m 90mmf/2aSPH.

lEicatri-Elmar-m 16-18-21mmf/4aSPH.

SUmmaritlENSES

lEicaElmar-m 24mmf/3.8aSPH.

lEicaElmarit-m 28mmf/2.8aSPH.

lEicaSUmmicroN-m 35mmf/2aSPH.

lEicaSUmmicroN-m 50mmf/2

lEicamacro-Elmar-m 90mmf/4

lEicaaPo-tElYt-m 135mmf/3.4

lEicaSUmmarit-m 35mmf/2.5

lEicaSUmmarit-m 50mmf/2.5



lEicaSUmmarit-m 75mmf/2.5

lEicaSUmmarit-m 90mmf/2.5

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LEICA REPORTAGE Happy anniversary, Bishkek.

As luck would have it, Jean Gaumy arrived just in time for the festivities for 134th anniversary of the founding of the capital. This was an amazingly bright and colourful spectacle in which the traditional elements of nomadic heritage combine with those of a more modern age in scenes more reminiscent of Soviet propaganda events of the 1970s or early 1980s. Instead of the portraits of former communist revolutionaries, Manas, the Kyrgyz national hero, looks down from enormous posters – he is still portrayed in socialist realist style, but today with traditional ethnic trappings. The weddings so typical for today’s young citizens of the capital stand in clear contrast. For any selfrespecting happy couple, the dreams of a better future begin in Bishkek’s Wedding Palace. The ceremony is brief. The next couples are already standing in line. Anyone hoping to see traditional wedding costume will certainly be disappointed: much like in the Western world, the bride wears white and the groom a black suit. Bunches of roses wrapped in plastic foil are everywhere, and at the end, the bride and groom drive away in a white limousine bearing the emblem of a prominent German automobile brand. Top: People in the crowd under a monumental banner showing national hero Manas at Bishkek’s 134th anniversary festivities. Bottom: Among the favorite pastimes of the Kyrgyz people are equestrian sports, for instance horse racing, as seen here in Bishkek. LEICA REPORTAGE I 29


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The hay harvest between Bishkek and Kochkor. The Leica Reportage continues on page 42: Country life – far from idyllic.


lEica M thefutureofthem-System.

leicam,full-sizeview,availableinblackpaintorsilverchrome.

thenewleicamisthemostinnovativeandversatilem-camera–ineveryrespect.itsconsistentpreservation ofthephilosophyofthesystemiswhatmakesitaparticularlysignificantmilestone.thenewleicamreapsthe benefitsofmorethan50yearsofexperiencewiththerangefindersystem.atthesametime,itexploitsforwardlookingdigitaltechnologies:itfeaturesanewhigh-resolution,full-formatcmoSsensorthat,incombinationwith itshigh-performanceprocessorandlegendarym-lenses,deliversoutstandingimageresults–infact,itisa typicalm.ButwithliveView,videorecording,andnewfocusingmethods,itisalsothemforphotographers lookingfortheultimateinmoderndigitaltechnology.thenewmsuccessfullyexpandsthescopeofthem-System whileremainingtruetoitsfundamentalprinciples.



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leicam,full-sizeview.

1 atrUEm

  6 SimPlEaNdPrEciSEFocUSiNG

2 lEicamaX24-mPSENSor

  7 SPlaSH-ProoFcamEraBodY

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  9 ErGoNomicHaNdliNG 10 comPatiBilitYWitHlEicar-lENSES

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lEica M mformaximumimagequality.

1 atrUEm

thenewleicamunitesmorethan50yearsofexperiencedevelopingtherangefindersystem withtheinnovativepotentialofferedbythedigitalage.asthelatestmilestoneinthecurrent mfamily,itisoneofthemostcompactfull-formatsystemcamerascurrentlyavailable.For example,itsnew24×36mmcmoSsensordeliversfull35mmformatwithoutcompromise. Systemcompatibilityhasalwaysbeenacharacteristicfeatureoftheleicam-System,andthe newmisnoexception:itbenefitsfromaccesstotheentireportfolioofm-lenses,recognised astheworld’sbestlenssystem.introducedin1954,ithasbeencontinuouslyadvancedand improvedovertime.andtoday,almosteverym-lenseverbuiltiscompatibleforusewiththe digitalm.Butthat’snotall:withthenewleicar-adapter,almosteveryleicar-lenscanalso beusedwiththeleicam,expandingitsoptionsintotheworldofleicar-Photography,too. thesuccessfulstoryoftheleicam-Systemcontinues.

2 lEicamaX24-mP SENSor

theleicamfeaturesanewly-designedhigh-resolution,24-megapixelcmoSsensorinfull 35mmformat.incombinationwiththeleicamaestroimageprocessor,originallyfeatured onlyintheleicaS-System,theleicamax24-mPsensorgeneratestheoutstandingimage qualityoftheleicam.Forthefirsttimeinthehistoryofthedigitalm-System,everycomponentintheimagecreationflow,fromlenstoimagefile,areleicain-housedevelopments.as aresult,ourteamofengineershassuccessfullyperfectedtheentireimagecreationchainfor usewithm-andr-lenseswithoutcompromise,inordertoexploitthefullpotentialofthese lenses.theconsequenceofthisisimageswithsuperiorsharpnessandthefinestreproductionofdetail.thenewmdeliversextremelylow-noiseandrichlydetailedimages,evenat highersensitivitiesofuptoiSo6400.incombinationwithfastleicalenses,thislownoise performancemakesthecameraanidealtoolforavailable-lightphotography.theintegrated imagingelectronicsoftheleicamaestroprocessoralsoallowparticularlyfastresponsetimes andanalmostinstantaneousstart-uptime–andensurethatthephotographerisalways readytoshoot.

3 lEicamaEStro imaGEProcESSor

thecombinationofnewsensorandleicamaestroprocessorsetsentirelynewstandards intermsofimage-processingspeed.itprocessestheimagedataarrivingfromthesensor andtransformsitintovisibleimagesatveryhighspeed.thismeticulouslydesignedand developedsensorensureshighspeedperformance,aswellasotherusefulbenefits.the maestroprocessorcontainsseveralindependentsegmentsthatallowit,forexample,to processanincomingimagewhileitisstillwritingthepreviousimagetothememorycard. itcanalsoperformcomplexprocessingstepsatextremelyhighspeed.atthesametime,its particularlylowpowerconsumptionhasapositiveeffectonbatterylife.thankstoitspowerfulimageprocessor,anddespitethehigh-resolutionsensor,theleicamcansimultaneously generateahigh-qualityJPEGfileinthecameraatthesametimeasthedNGrawdatafile destinedforfinalpost-productiononacomputer,ifrequired.

leicam,full-sizeview,availableinblackpaintorsilverchrome.

Uncompromisingimagequalityhasbeenthemostimportantfactorinthedevelopmentofthe leicam-Systemsincetheveryfirstmodel.Everyinnovationandimprovementovertimehas beenmeasuredbythisprinciple.itisnotsurprising,then,thatthenewleicamisthefirstdigital leicaminwhicheverycomponentinvolvedinimagecreation–fromthelenstotheimagefile– hasbeendevelopedin-houseatleica.thiswastheonlywaytoensuretheperfectco-ordination ofsensorandprocessorperformance,aswellasinteractionwiththeuniquecharacteristicsof leicalenses,resultinginoutstandingperformanceandimagesofuniquequality.



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lEica M timelessandpioneering.

leicam,full-sizeview,availableinblackpaintorsilverchrome.

thenewleicamisalsothefirstmtofeaturefull-Hdvideoandtwonewfocusingmethodsas additionalalternativestoconventionalrangefinderfocusing.itthereforeexploitstheopportunitiesofferedbymoderncameratechnologyinalogicalexpansionoftheleicam-System. inparticular,itsfull-Hdvideorecordingcapabilityopensupnewcreativehorizonsforthe m-Systemphotographerthatgofarbeyondclassicphotography.However,thenewleicam wouldnothavebeenatrue‘m’withoutthededicationofleica’sdesignengineerstoaddress themostimportantissueofimagequality–translatingthecharacteristiclookofmimagesto thenewmediumwithoutcompromise.



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4 liVEViEWaNd tHEViSoFlEX ElEctroNic V iEWFiNdEr

thenewleicamisthefirstevermtofeatureliveViewandliveViewFocusing.thismeans that,forthefirsttime,m-Systemimagescanbecomposedusingtheactualimageproducedby thelens–withcompletecontroloverdepthoffield,exposure,preciseframingandfocusing. itslarge,high-resolution3"monitorwith920,000pixelsallowspreciseassessmentofeach potentialimagewithregardtosharpness,correctexposureandcolour.thisopensupentirely newopportunitiesform-Photographersthatpreviouslylaybeyondthepossibilitiesofviewfinder-controlledphotography,inparticular,whenshootingmacroortelephotoexposures.it alsoallowsthephotographertoshootevenmorediscreetly,usingthemonitorinsteadofthe traditionalviewfinder.thenewliveViewfunctioncanbeusedtoitsfullextentwithbothm- andr-lenses.indirectly,theliveViewoptionoffersanadditionalbenefitforr-lensowners. itenablestheuseofanoptionalVisoflexEVF2electronicviewfinderwithliveView.thismeans thataleicamwithanr-adapter,r-lenses,andaviewfindercanbeusedexactlylikeanSlr, withoutusingthemonitor.

5 FUll-HdVidEo WitHlEicalENSES

leicalensesarefamousfortheirsuperiorresolution,highspeedsandattractivebokeh.and now,theuniquequalityofleicalensescanbeexploitedwiththe1080pixel,full-Hdvideo recordingfeatureoftheleicam.recordingcanbestarteddirectlywithaseparaterelease button.completecontroloverexposureandcapturesettingsenablesphotographersto complementtheirstillimageswithprofessionalvideorecordings,withthesamelookand qualitysowellknowninleicam-Photography.theleicamofferstheoptionofrecording imagesasmotionJPEGs,i.e.astrue,individualfullframes,whichbringsenormousadvantages forvideoediting.aswithstillimages,thenewleicar-adapteralsoallowsvideorecording withr-lensesmountedontheleicamwithfullfunctionality.Perfectsoundisensuredby anoptionalleicamicrophoneadapterset,comprisinganadapterandastereomicrophone. otherbrandsofmicrophonecanalsobeattachedusingtheadapter.

6 SimPlE aNdPrEciSE F ocUSiNG

theclassicrangefindersystemguaranteesfast,preciseandcrystal-clearfocusingwith superioraccuracy,whicheverlensisused,butparticularlywithwide-anglelenses.thenew leicamnowofferstwoadditionalfocusingmethods,whichcanbeactivatedquicklyand easilywiththenewfocusbutton. thenew‘liveViewZoom’enablesupto10×magnificationoftheliveViewdisplayfor completecontrolandprecisefocusingonfinedetailsorattheclosefocusingrange. anotherhighlightis‘liveViewFocusPeaking’:here,automatichighlightingofcontoursin redprovidesconvenientfocuscontrol.thiscontourdisplayenablespreciseassessment offocusingaccuracy.dependingonthesituationorthephotographer’spreferences, muserscannowchoosefromseveraloptionsforguaranteeingoutstandinglysharpimages.



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LEICA M The perfect tool to experience the fascination of photography.

    7 SPLASH-PROOF CAMERA BODY

Robust and enduring, it is not rare for a Leica to become its owner’s lifelong companion. This applies particularly in the case of the new M. Thanks to the many years of experience gained by our engineers in the construction of camera bodies, not only the M-System, but also the  R- and S-Systems are built for maximum stability and perfect sealing. Its top and base plates are machined from solid brass blanks and its full-metal body is created in one piece from high-strength magnesium alloy. The glass covering plate of its high-resolution monitor screen is manufactured from particularly tough and scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass. ­Specially designed rubber seals protect its body against splashes, moisture and dust, making the Leica M a pleasure to use in any weather conditions.

    8 LONG BATTERY LIFE

The new lithium-ion battery (1800 mAh) in the Leica M means even extremely long shooting sessions can be achieved without having to recharge or change over battery. Thanks to the  high-performance rechargeable battery, energy-saving exposure metering electronics, the imaging electronics of the Leica Maestro image processor and the new sensor, a single charge guarantees an extremely large number of exposures, which is particularly useful when shooting in remote locations.

    9 ERGONOMIC HANDLING

Intuitive handling, direct manual setting options, and rapid access to all the important photo­ graphic functions were essential ingredients of the digital M-System philosophy right from the beginning. The new and attractive features of the Leica M have changed nothing in this respect. In addition to manual focusing and direct aperture and shutter speed setting options, the combination of an ergonomically-positioned control wheel on the top plate and intuitive menu navigation are at the heart of the Leica M operating concept. The newly-designed and user-friendly menu interface displayed on the large rear monitor guarantees a clear overview of all camera settings at all times. And this guarantees that M-Camera owners can always concentrate on what’s essential – their pictures. True to the principles of the M-Philosophy, the video and Live View features, and the new focus functions, each have their own controls. The new focus button on the front of the camera allows selection of Live View Zoom and Live View Focus Peaking, as well as fast and easy exposure corrections in combination with the control wheel. ISO sensitivity settings are also controlled by a dedicated button. The Set button provides direct access to white balance, image file compression, resolution, exposure compensation, bracketing, and user profiles. In user profiles, any camera and exposure settings can be saved under a user-selected name and rapidly retrieved whenever required. For added convenience, these profiles can be saved to an SD card. The new Leica M now also features an ergonomically formed thumb rest at the top-right end of the top plate, for improved handling. This ensures ideal grip and stability in even the most demanding shooting situations. In addition to this, the new, generously dimensioned 3" monitor guarantees maximum ease of use.

10 COMPATIBILITY WITH  LEICA R-LENSES

The new Leica R-Adapter allows almost all Leica R-Lenses to be mounted on the new Leica M. The extensive range of R-Lenses, from various wide-angles, telephoto, and macro lenses to a selection of zooms, offers almost limitless new opportunities for expanding the capabilities of the Leica M-System. Additional support for the use of R-Lenses is provided by the optional Visoflex EVF2 electronic accessory viewfinder. Top: With the Kylich family on the long trip from Bishkek to Kochkor. Bottom: Bokonbayevo on the southern shores of the mountain lake Issyk Kul.

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l Eica M technicaldetails.

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NEWSENSor

inconjunctionwiththehigh-performanceleicamaestroprocessor,theleicamax24-mP high-resolution,full-format(35mm)sensorensuresthemaximumimagequalityandspeed oftheleicam.thenewsensorisaninnovative,high-techproductdevelopedbyleica incollaborationwithcmoSiSespeciallyforthenewleicamandforusewithm-and r-lenses.thisdevelopmenthassuccessfullytransferredthecharacteristicadvantagesof ccdsensorstoacmoSsensor,andpreservesthenatural,brilliantcolourrenditionand impressivedetailresolutionassociatedwithccdsensors.Butthatisbynomeansthe onlyimpressivefeatureofthisenergy-savingsensor.itsparticularlyflatpixelarchitecture enablesthepositioningofthelight-sensitiveareaofeachpixelmuchfurtherforward.this meansthateachindividualpixelcancapturelightfromalldirectionsandlargeanglesof incidence.anadditionalmicro-lensarraygathersevenmorelight.thankstotheintelligent sensordesign,morespaceisalsoavailableforeachindividualpixel.theendresultof thiscomplexsensordevelopmentisimpressivedynamicrangeandexcellentcontrast rendition,whichensurenoise-freeandbrilliantimageresults.

EaSiErFocUSiNG

Fastandsimplefocusingisalsoofferedbythenew‘liveViewFocusPeaking’function.it automaticallyhighlightsallcontoursinthefocusedimageinred.thislinedisplayindicates whenasubjectissharplyfocusedorwhetherafocusingadjustmentshouldbeapplied. inadditiontoliveViewZoomandclassicfocusingwiththerangefinder,thisgivesusersa third,alternativeoptionforprecisefocusing.

lENSESWitH SiX-BitcodiNG

theextremelyhigh-performanceimagesensorofthenewleicamdemandsaparticularly highspatialresolutionthatis,aboveall,offeredbythelatestm-lenses.theexcellent correctionofopticalaberrationsandthehighresolutionmakethemallthemoresuitable fordigitaluse.currentm-lensesaresuppliedwithsix-bitcodingonthebayonetmount, whichisscannedopticallybytheleicamassoonasthelensismounted.ifrequired, theleicamcancompensateforextremelylowsystem-inherentvignettingeffectsonthe basisofthiscodedinformation.inaddition,thelenstypeisrecordedintheExifdataof theimagefilesand,whenusingmodernflashunitsliketheleicaSF58,thereflectoris automaticallyadjustedtomatchthefocallengthofthelensattached.onrequest,leica’s customercaredepartmentcanretrofitsix-bitcodingtothemountsofexistingm-lenses.

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WithsomecmoSsensors,raysofincominglightatlargeanglesofincidencecanfailtoreachthephotodiode ofthecorrespondingpixelandreachonlytheadjacentpixel.ortheyareshadowedorreflectedonthewayto thepixelwiththeeffectthattheoverallamountoflightreceivedbythepixelsislessthantheamountarriving throughthemicrolenses.

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inthecaseoftheleicamax24mPsensor,andincontrasttostandardcmoSsensors,evenlightrayswithlarge anglesofincidence,e.g.fromwide-anglelensesorlargeapertures,arecapturedpreciselybythephotodiodesof thesensor.thisisenabledbythespecialmicrolensdesignandthesmallerdistancebetweenthecolourfilterand photodiode,whichallowsmorelighttoenterthesystem,andensuresthatitfallsmoredirectlyontherespective photodiodes.

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theleicamax24mPsensorwithintelligent sensordesignforbrilliantimageresults



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LEICA REPORTAGE Country life – far from idyllic.

Many city-dwelling Kyrgyz keep a small piece of land in the surrounding rural areas for growing crops or raising cattle as an additional source of income or subsistence farming. As means of transport – with the exception of pack animals – are rather rare in Kyrgyzstan, it was hardly surprising that a Kyrgyz family in Bishkek approached Jean Gaumy and his team to ask for a lift out into the country. This turned out to be an excellent opportunity to find out more about rural life in Kyrgyzstan first hand. With all their baggage, the whole family along with some of their friends set out with Gaumy on the way to their countryside home several miles out of the capital. Not a traditional yurt, but a modest wooden cabin. Life in the country in Kyrgyzstan is simple. Most of the work is done by hand, and everyone lends a hand when it’s time to bring in the hay or harvest potatoes. At mealtimes, young and old gather around a long table to enjoy local dishes such as ‘qurut’ – a kind of cheese usually made from drained sour sheep’s milk. ‘Qurut’ is a typical snack in central Asia that the Kyrgyz like to serve rolled into small balls. Top: The region around Bokonbayevo, on the southern shores of the mountain lake Issyk Kul. Bottom: A break from the hard work and a typical Kyrgyz snack of homemade ‘qurut’ cheese.

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LEICA M-E

Hunting meet at the 100th anniversary festivities in Bokonbayevo. The Leica Reportage continues on page 52: Feathered hunting aids.


lEica M-E thequintessenceofrangefinderphotography.

leicam-E,full-sizeview,inanthracite-greypaint.

Withtheintroductionoftherangefindersystemin1954,leicamfilmcamerasbecame,formanyphotographers, theperfecttoolsforcapturingthefascinationofamoment-discreetly,silentlyandwithouthesitation.Naturally, inuncompromisingquality.thefirstdigitalm-camerasbegananewchapterinthissuccessstory.today,itisthe leicam-Ethatcontinuesthestory,togetherwiththeleicamandtheleicammonochrom.However,itisthe leicam-Einparticularthatembodiesthem-Systemphilosophyinitspurestform:thecameraconcentrates exclusivelyonessentialphotographicfunctions,ensuringsimpleandintuitiveoperation.atthesametime,itisa partofthemostcompactfull-formatcamerasystemavailableandenjoysaccesstolensesacknowledgedasthe bestintheworld.acameradesignedtoallowtheworldtodiscoverthefascinationofm-Photography.



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leicam-E,full-sizeview.

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lEica M-E thefascinationoftherangefinder.

leicam-E,full-sizeview,inanthracite-greypaint.

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leicacameraswerethefirsteversuccessful35mmcameras.anhomagetothistradition, thedigitalleicam-Efeaturesasensorwiththecapabilityofpreciselyreproducingthefull 35mmframeformatof24×36mm.thankstothecompactconstructionoftherangefinder system,itisthesmallestfull-formatsystemcameraofalltime.theleicam-Bayonetalsohas animpressive,longhistory.Firstconstructedin1954,itstillensuresfullsystemcompatibility today,whichmeansthatalmostallm-lenseseverbuiltcanbeusedwiththedigitalleicam-E. and,aswithallotherm-cameras,theleicam-Econcentratespurelyonphotographicfunctions.manualfocusingbasedonthecombinedviewfinderandrangefinderprincipleandan automaticaperturepriorityexposuremodeensurefullphotographiccreativefreedom.

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the‘m’inthenameoftheleicam-Ealsostandsforaratherspecialkindofphotography. Because,incontrasttoSlrphotography,wherefocusingtakesplacethroughthelens,the rangefinder(messsucherinGerman)baselineoftheleicamremainsthesame,regardless ofthelensinuse.thisisthereasonwhyitsfocusingprecisionisimmenselysuperiortothat ofSlrcamerasforshortfocallengths.thehigh-contrastrangefinderrectangleinthecentre oftheviewfinderguaranteesfast,preciseandcrystal-clearfocusing,evenunderparticularly adverselightingconditions.mirrorslapandrelatedshakeeffectsincapturedimagesare problemsneverencounteredbym-Photographers.

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theleicam-Efeaturesan18-megapixelhigh-resolutionccdsensorinfull35mmformat.a characteristicpropertyofccdsensorsistheirparticularlyhighsensitivitytolight.thesensor isperfectlyattunedtoitsroleintheverycompactm-Systemandthesuperiorperformance ofm-lenses.thespeciallayoutofthemicrolensmakesittolerantofobliquelightrays impingingonitssurface,andguaranteesuniformexposureandmaximumsharpnessfrom cornertocornerineveryimage.theoptimisedsignaltonoiseratioofthesensorreducesthe needfordigitalpost-processingandensuresthatimagespossessaparticularlynaturalvisual impact.

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itisobviousatfirstglancethattheleicam-Eisamemberoftheleicam-Systemfamily.distinctivelyfunctionalstylinglendsthecameraanabsolutelytimelesscharacter.the quintessenceofthem-Systemisalsoexpressedbyitsdesign.thetopandbaseplatesare discreetlyandunobtrusivelyfinishedinanthracite-greypaint.thedesignofitsbodyisintenselyfocusedandexpressesclarity,anditsleathertrimofferssuperiorgrip.thefamiliar,almost inaudiblemechanicalsignaturesound,greatlyappreciatedbymanyloversofleicacameras, remainsasareminderthatthism,too,isamasterpieceofunparalleledcraftsmanship.

5 SilENt,diScrEEt, comPact

discretionandunobtrusivenessareparticularstrengthsofthem-System.Forinstance,the shutteractionoftheleicam-Eisextremelyquiet.asophisticated,almostnoiselessmotor/ gear-trainsystemtensionstheshutter–indiscreetmodeonlyafterthecameraisreturned toitshidingplace,forinstanceunderajacket,andthephotographer’sfingeristakenfrom thereleasebutton.atthesametime,thecombinationofcameraandlensismorecompact thananyotherfull-formatcamerasystem:areasonwhym-Photographersoftengounnoticed andsimplybecomeapartofthescene.

6 coNcENtratioN oNESSENtialS

Everythingdevelopedintheevolutionaryprocessoftheleicam-Systemsatisfiesagenuine photographicneed.thisalsoappliestotheleicam-E:adigitalrangefindercamerathat consciouslydeclinestooffereverythingthatistechnicallypossible,butratherlimitsitselfto whatisessentialtophotography.theseessentialsincludethetypicalrapidmanualfocusing withtheviewfinder/rangefinderandthefocusingringofthelens,butalsotheoptionof selectingautomaticallydeterminedormanuallysetshutterspeeds.



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LEICA M-E Technical details.

MICRO-LENS LAYOUT

WORKFLOW SOFTWARE IS INCLUDED

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1 Pixel diagram 2 Centered micro lens in the middle of the sensor 3 Laterally displaced micro lens at the edge of the sensor

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INCREASED  SENSITIVITY THROUGH  MICRO-LENS  TECHNOLOGY

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The extremely high-performance image sensor of the Leica M-E demands a particularly high spatial resolution that is, above all, offered by the latest M-Lenses. The excellent correction of optical aberrations and the high resolution make them all the more suitable for digital use. The current M-Lenses are supplied with 6-bit coding on the bayonet mount that is scanned optically by the Leica M as soon as the lens is mounted. If required, the Leica M-E can compensate for the extremely low system-inherent vignetting effects on the basis of this coded information. In addition, the lens type is recorded in the Exif data of the image files and, when using modern flash units like the Leica SF 58, the reflector is automatically adjusted to match the focal length of the lens attached. Typically Leica: on request, Customer Care can retrofit 6-bit coding to the mounts of existing M-Lenses.

Micro lenses are employed to ensure that more light reaches each individual pixel of the sensor. As a consequence of the extremely compact design of Leica M-E cameras, rays of light at the edges of the image impinge obliquely on the sensor and would be only inadequately captured by conventional micro lenses. Therefore, the image sensor of the M-E employs even more advanced and meticulously designed micro lenses with a low refractive index. The micro lenses at the sensor edges are laterally displaced towards the image center to precisely match the characteristics of M-Lenses. This optimized micro-lens design, based on many years of experience, captures and concentrates even oblique rays of light on the sensor and thus reliably prevents image brightness fall-off at the edges of the image. This ensures that all existing Leica M-Lenses also maintain their full performance when used for digital photography.

Leica M-E customers can download the digital workflow solution Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4 free of charge.

WORKFLOW  INCLUSIVE

Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4 is a professional workflow solution for Apple Mac® OS X, Microsoft Windows® Vista, and Microsoft® Windows 7*. The software is available as a free online download for all Leica M-E customers. It offers a wide range of functions for the management, processing, and exporting of digital images. The latest release now enables the creation of simple print layouts, slide shows, and photo books. In addition, many of its functions, including its processing speed, have been improved. If the images from the M-E are saved as raw data in the standardized and future-proof Adobe® Digital Negative Format (DNG), Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4, with its sophisticated and precise processing options, guarantees direct and extremely high-quality image processing with maximized image quality. *As Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4 no longer supports Windows® XP, XP users may download version 3.6 online.

TONAL VALUE HISTOGRAM (not illustrated)

The Leica M-E can display a precise RGB tonal value histogram of the captured image after each shot, and offer optional integration of the histogram in the automatic image view display. The clipping warning display shows the over- and under-exposed zones, and warns the photographer of potentially unusable images. The histogram is recalculated every time a new part of the image is viewed, thus enabling a precise quality assessment of small areas and even the finest image details.

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LEICA REPORTAGE Feathered hunting aids.

The region around the Kyrgyz town of Bokonbayevo, on the southern shores of the mountain lake Issyk Kul, is considered to be the centre of the ancient art of falconry, or hunting with birds of prey. During their visit to the town on the 100th anniversary of its founding, Jean Gaumy and his team found themselves in the midst of an event dedicated to this form of hunting, which was once widespread in central Asia and considered to be a fine art. Falconers from every corner of Kyrgyzstan have travelled here with their birds. Many of the men wear traditional dress and the typical Kyrgyz ‘kalpak’, a felt hat. They proudly display their eagles, hawks, and buzzards on leather-gloved fists. Two days before the actual contest, Gaumy enjoyed a rare opportunity to watch the falconers preparing and training their birds for the contest. In one training method, a rider drags a dead rabbit on a rope behind his horse. At precisely the right moment, the raptor is thrown onto the prey by the falconer and must seize it in its talons as quickly as possible. At least that is the idea. A participant at the hunting meet with his eagle.

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LEICA M Monochrom

Every Sunday, At-Bashy is the scene of a big cattle market. The Leica Reportage continues on page 64: Haggling, Kyrgyz-Style.


lEica M MOnOChROM thefascinationofmonochromephotographyentersthedigitalage.

leicammonochrom,full-sizeview,blackchromefinish.

theleicammonochromperpetuatesthetraditionofitslegendaryfilmpredecessorsthatmadehistorywiththeir numerousgroundbreakinginnovations:itistheworld’sfirst35mmdigitalcameraexclusivelyforblack-and-white photography.itdoesmorethantransformanalogueblack-and-whitephotographyintodigital:itsetsanewbenchmarkinstate-of-the-artphotographictechnology.thankstoitsfull-formatsensorandtheabsenceofcolourfilters, itachievesuniqueimageresultswithoutstandingclarityandunmatcheddynamics.thatmakesittheperfectcamera forcontemporaryfine-artphotography,andallwhoshareafascinationforblackandwhite.



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leicammonochrom,full-sizeview.

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lEica M MOnOChROM Sharpnessredefined.

1 UNcomPromiSiNG imaGEQUalitY

themmonochromfeaturesanewfull-frame,35mmformatsensordevelopedespeciallyfor black-and-whitephotography.incontrasttoconventionalsensors,ithasnoneedforcolour filtersforindividualpixels,andthereforerequiresnointerpolationforthecalculationoflumi- nancevalues.thismeansthatrawdataandevenJPEGimagefilesfromthemmonochrom canbeuseddirectlyandwithoutanyfurtherprocessing.thisenablesphotographerstocaptureimageswithgreaterbrilliance,superiorsharpnessandcontrastresolutionthatcanequal thequalityofmediumformat.duetotheirlowcompressionrate,JPEGfilesfromthecamera alsosatisfyprofessionaldemands.

2 comPatiBilitY aSamattEroF PriNciPlE

themmonochromoffersaccesstothecompleterangeofleicam-lenses,longsincerecognisedasbeingthebestintheworld.thefirstm-camerawasbuiltin1954,andthesystemhas beencontinuouslydevelopedandimprovedeversince.thehigh-resolution,full-formatimage sensorfullyexploitstheperformanceofthelensesfromcornertocornerineveryimage.

3 ENdUriNG PErFormaNcE aNdValUE

itisnotrareforaleicatobecomeitsowner’slifelongcompanion.thisappliesparticularlyto thedigitalleicammonochrom:itstopandbaseplatesaremachinedfromsolidbrass.itsfullmetalhousingismanufacturedinonepiecefromhigh-strengthmagnesiumalloy,andoffers perfectprotectionforitspreciousinnermechanisms.thedigitalcomponentsandshutter assemblyofthemmonochromaresimilarlyconstructedwithalifetimeofenduranceinmind. inshort:anmmonochromisalong-terminvestment.

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discretionandunobtrusivenessareparticularstrengthsofthem-System.theshutterofthe mmonochromisalsoextremelyquiet.theverylownoiselevelwhencockingtheshutteris ensuredbyasophisticatedmotorgearingsystem.indiscreetmode,theshutterisonlycocked afterthephotographer’sfingeristakenfromtheshutterreleasebutton,when,forinstance,the cameraisconcealedunderajacket.thenagain,whenlongerexposuretimesrequiringasteady camerastanceareessential,evenslightpressureontheshutterreleasebuttonin‘soft’release modeissufficient.atthesametime,thecombinationofcameraandlensissignificantlymore compactthananyotherfull-framecamerasystem:thiscontributestothefactthatm-Photographersfrequentlygounnoticedandoftensimplymeltintothebackground.

5 SPEEdaNd FlEXiBilitY

theleicammonochromadaptsflexiblytoitsintendeduse.itssensitivityrangeextendsfrom iSo320toiSo10000.atthesametime,verylowimagenoiseandfinestresolutionofdetailsin shadowsandhighlightsareachievedthroughoutthesensitivityrange,evenatthehighestsettings:themmonochromdeliversrazor-sharpimageswiththefinestgrain,evenatiSo10000. Verylowimagenoisecharacteristics,abrightviewfinder/rangefinder,low-vibrationshutter releaseandfastlensesmakethemmonochromtheperfectcameraforavailable-lightphotography.

6 comPlEtE coNtroloF allimaGE ParamEtErS

theleicammonochromaidsphotographerswithautomaticfunctionswheneverrequired, butitneverdictateshowtoshoot.dependingonthelightingsituation,theautomaticiSo shiftfunctionincreasesthesensitivityofthecameraassoonasadefinedshutterspeedisexceeded.atthesametime,italsolimitstheshifttoamaximumvaluesetbythephotographer. thismeansthatcorrectexposurewithoutcamerashakeandthelowestpossiblesensitivity isalwaysavailabletoguaranteethebestpossibleimagequalityinallsituations.inaddition, themmonochromalsooffersautomaticexposurebracketingwithauser-selectablenumber ofshotsandincrementalexposurevalues.thisfunctionensuresthatevenhigh-contrastsubjectsarecapturedperfectly.

leicammonochrom,full-sizeview,blackchromefinish.

atfirstglance,theleicammonochromisalmostindistinguishablefromotherm-cameras. itstopplate,leathertrimandcarryingstrapinperfectmattblackmaintainadiscreetly lowprofile.thecameratypeisengravedunobtrusivelyonitsaccessoryshoe.and,justlike everyotherm-camera,thedesignoftheleicammonochromconcentratespurelyonthe essentialphotographicfunctions.itsmanualfocusing,basedonthecombinedviewfinder andrangefinderconceptandaperturepriorityexposuremode,isanaidtophotographers ratherthanimposingundesiredlimitationsontheircreativefreedom.incombinationwith thelcdmonitoronthebackofthebody,thesimpleandintuitivemenunavigation,managed byonlyafewcontrolelements,ensuresrapidaccesstoallthecamerafunctions.



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l Eica M MOnOChROM theultimateinrangefinderprecisionmeetscutting-edgedigitaltechnology.

7 FUllFramE 24×36–WitHoUt comPromiSE

theccdimagesensorspecificallydesignedanddevelopedfortheleicammonochromoffers full35mmfilmformatwithoutcompromise.allm-lensesmountedonthemmonochromoffer theangleofviewtheyhadwhenusingfilmandarethereforeusedtooptimumeffect.inother words:alltheoutstandingcharacteristicsofthelensesarenowfullymaintainedfordigital photography,too.Becauseofitshighresolutionandsuperiorimagequality,themmonochrom hastheabilitytofullyexploittheenormouspotentialofm-lenses.

8 NEWSENSor

Whenleicacreatedthemmonochrom,itwasn’tamatterofmodifyingthelensestomatchthe imagesensor,butrathertheotherwayaround:themonochromesensorwasperfectlyattuned toitsroleinthecompactm-System,andthesuperiorperformanceofm-lenses,duringits development.theomissionofthecolourfiltersignificantlyincreasesthebasicsensitivityof eachindividualpixel.italsomeansthatthemmonochromcapturesimageswithsignificantly greatercontrastandclarityatalliSosettings.thespeciallayoutofthemicrolensesfoundonly inthedigitalm-camerasensormakesittolerantofobliquelightraysimpingingonitssurface, andguaranteesuniformexposureandextremesharpnessfromcornertocornerineveryimage. therefore,futurelensescanbedesignedandoptimisedwithuncompromisingdedicationto achievebothhighperformanceandcompactconstruction.aspecialglasssensorcoverensuresthesuppressionofinfraredlight.theintentionaldecisiontodispensewithamoiréfilter,a causeofimagedeteriorationthroughlossofresolution,ensuresmaximumresolutionofdetails.

9 i NtUitiVE coNtrolS

thekeycontrolelementofthemmonochromisanintuitivefour-wayswitchanddialcombinationusedinconjunctionwiththelargelcdscreenontheback.Settingthesensitivity requiresonlycontinuedpressureontheiSobuttonwhilesimultaneouslyturningthedialto selecttherequiredsetting.allotherfunctionsimportantforeverydaysituationsarequickly andeasilyaccessiblebypressingthe‘Set’button:theseincludeimage-datacompression, resolution,exposurecorrection,exposurebracketingandprogrammableuserprofiles.User profilescanbeprogrammedwithanycameraandshootingsettings,storedunderaspecific nameandaccessedquicklywheneverrequiredforaparticularsituation.allotherfunctions, fromautomaticlensrecognitionandsix-bitlens-mountcodingtosensorcleaning,areeasyto findintheclearlylaid-outmaincameramenu.

leicammonochrom,full-sizeview.

theleicammonochromembodiestheheritageandamassedexperienceofmorethanfive decadesofthem-System.atthesametime,itisadigitalsystemcameraatthecuttingedge ofcontemporarytechnology.Forleicadesigners,thephotographicimagehasalwaysbeen theirprimeconcern–nomatterwhetherfilmordigital,inblack-and-whiteorincolour.the combinationofanextremelyefficientblackandwhiteimagesensor,thelatestdigitalcomponentsandtheclassicviewfinder/rangefinderprinciple,consistentlyoptimisedovermany years,maketheleicammonochromabsolutelyunique.



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10 FUlliNFormatioN attHEPUSHoFa BUttoN

Whenthe‘info’buttonispressedinshootingmode,themonitoronthebackofthecamera displaystheprecisechargelevelofthebattery,theremainingcapacityonthememorycard andthemostimportantbasicshootingsettings,forexampletheshutterspeed.inreviewmode, userscantogglebetweenanimage-onlyview,withazoomoptionuptosingle-pixelleveloperatedbyturningthedial,andotherimageinformation.thisincludes,forinstance,information onthesensitivitysetting,theshutterspeedandaprecisehistogramdisplay.



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LEICA M MONOCHROM Technical details.

COLOUR AND MONOCHROME SENSORS – A COMPARISON

BLACK-AND-WHITE WORKFLOW

Colour filter

Sensor pixel

To allow an image sensor to ‘see in colour’, colour filters in the basic colours – red, green and blue – are allocated to individual pixels. However, before a visible image can be created, the colour information recorded by neighbouring pixels must be combined – an additive process that naturally reduces the native sharpness.

Leica M Monochrom customers can take advantage of a free download of the digital workflow solution Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4.

Sensor pixel

M Monochrom customers are also entitled to a free download of the Nik Software Silver Efex Pro™ software package.

The sensor of the Leica M Monochrom does not see colours. As a result, each individual pixel records true luminance values from which a truly monochrome image, characterised by a native and incomparable sharpness, can be created without any additional processing.

MONOCHROME SENSOR 

With a full native resolution of 18 megapixels, the Leica M Monochrom delivers 100 % sharper images than a colour sensor. As its sensor does not ‘see’ colours, every single pixel records true luminance values.  This means that the M Monochrom delivers a ‘true’ black-and-white image straight from the sensor. The combination of the brilliant imaging qualities of Leica lenses and perfect harmonisation of the sensor with the M-System results in images with outstanding sharpness and natural brilliance, without the need for sharpening in post-processing software. The result is an incomparable image quality that would normally  be expected only from a medium-format camera.

BLACK-AND-WHITE WORKFLOW

The impressive quality of the native raw data from the M Monochrom not only enables images to be used directly, but also allows them to be stored in JPEG format with identical resolution. Thanks to the choice  of a low compression rate, the quality of the JPEG files is even comparable with that of professionally processed TIFF files.

RAW DATA  HISTOGRAM (not illustrated)

USEFUL EFFECTS (not illustrated)

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The Leica M Monochrom more than satisfies the expectations of discerning users and fine-art photographers, with a raw data histogram for the precise assessment of tonal values. The difference compared to conventional histograms is that it displays original, unprocessed and unmodified raw data. The combin­ ation of this, with a configurable clipping display in particular, allows precise correction or optimisation of exposures. The subdivision of the raw data histogram into stops enables dedicated black-and-white photographers to employ a digital interpretation of the zone system.

With the Leica M Monochrom, photographers can apply characteristic toning effects from analogue black- and-white photography, such as sepia, cold or selenium toning to their images, at the touch of a button. The user saves the image in JPEG format and selects the desired toning effect – simply and conveniently, and without the need for post-processing.

Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4 is a professional workflow solution for Apple Mac® OS X, Microsoft Windows® Vista and Microsoft Windows 7*. The software is available as an online download for all new Leica M Monochrom customers, after online camera registration. It offers a wide range of functions for the management, processing and exporting of digital images. The latest release now enables the creation  of simple print layouts, slide shows and photo books. In addition, many of its functions, including its processing speed, have been improved. If the images from the M Monochrom are saved as raw data in the standardised and future-proof Adobe® Digital Negative Format (DNG), Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4, with its sophisticated and precise processing options, guarantees direct and extremely high-quality image processing with maximum image quality.  In addition to this, the package also includes a plug-in version of the Nik Silver Efex Pro™ software, con-  sidered to be the most powerful tool for the creation of high-quality digital black-and-white images. For pictures that perfectly recreate the look of analogue exposures, Silver Efex Pro™ offers selective control of tonal values and contrast and an extensive collection of profiles for the simulation of black-and-white film types, grain structures and much more.

LENSES WITH  SIX-BIT CODING (not illustrated)

The high-performance image sensor of the M Monochrom demands a particularly high spatial resolution that is, above all, offered by the latest M-Lenses. The excellent correction of optical aberrations and high resolution makes them all the more suitable for digital use. The current M-Lenses are supplied with a six-bit code on the bayonet mount that is scanned optically by the M Monochrom as soon as the lens is mounted. If required, the M Monochrom can compensate for extremely minor, system-inherent vignetting effects on the basis of this coded information. In addition, the lens type is recorded in the Exif data of the image files and, when using the latest flash units such as the Leica SF 58, automatically adjusts the reflector to match the focal length of the lens attached. In most cases, Leica Customer Care can, on request, retrofit six-bit coding to the mounts of existing M-Lenses.

*As Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4 no longer supports Windows® XP, Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 3.6 is also available as a free download for XP users.


LEICA REPORTAGE Haggling, Kyrgyz-Style.

Even today, big and seemingly archaic cattle markets are still a common sight in many Kyrgyz towns and cities. Neither quiet nor squeamish, the dealers and buyers haggle at the tops of their voices – above all over goats, sheep, pigs, horses, cattle, and yaks. Today more than ever, cattle-breeding plays an important role in Kyrgyzstan. Because, following the collapse of the Soviet Union and their withdrawal from the country, many non-agricultural jobs simply disappeared. In addition to this, the mountainous areas of Kyrgyzstan are much more suitable for grazing than for the production of cash crops. Since gaining their independence, increasing numbers of Kyrgyz attempt to secure an existence, or at least earn a little on the side, with animal husbandry. Of equal importance is that cattle in particular are seen as a safe investment in times of economic insecurity. So the intensity of the haggling at Kyrgyz cattle markets is by no means surprising. And it takes time. Haggling over a single beast can take at least 10 to 15 minutes. In contrast to Western customs, the process here begins with a handshake. While dealers and buyers argue over the price, they maintain a strong grip on each others’ hands and begin to shake them theatrically. The handshaking stops as soon as the price is settled to the satisfaction of both parties, and the bargain is sealed. Top: At a cattle market near Osh. Bottom: Goats in Kyrgyzstan can also be pretty stubborn.

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LEICA M7/MP

Private house in Naryn, where Kyrgyz felt carpets known as ‘shyrdaks’ are made. The Leica Reportage continues on page 74: An ancient craft with a long tradition.


l Eica M7 thecrowninggloryofclassicleicamphotography.

classicsareworksthathaveacuriousrelationshipwiththepresent.theyareneverreformulatedwithrespectto theiressentialcharacter,butratherreinterpretedonthebasisofachangedworld.theleicam7filmcamerais justsuchaclassic.likeeveryotherleicam-camera,them7isprimarilyamechanicalandopticalprecisioninstrument.However,becauseoftheintelligentuseofthelatestelectronics,itissimultaneouslythemostversatile andmostpreciseleicamfilmcameraeverbuilt.Forexample,leicam7photographerscanselectacontinuously variableaperturepriorityexposuremode–leavingthephotographerfreetoconcentrateonthecreativeessentialsoffocusingandframingthesubject.

leicam7,full-sizeview.

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ENHaNcEd PrEciSioNPlUS maNUalBacKUP

thelegendaryleicahorizontalclothfocalplaneshutterincorporatedinallpreviousm-Seriesfilmcameras wasfundamentallyrevisedforthem7.it’sbarelyaudiblewhencontrollingtheshutterspeedselectronically, andconstitutesanessentialelementoftheaperturepriorityexposuresystem.thecommonlyusedshutter speedsof1/60secand1/125secfunctionwithoutbatterypower.

aUtomatic EXPoSUrE altErNatiVES

asanalternativetothefamiliarmanualexposuremeteringofotherm-cameras– which,ofcourse,isstillanoptionwiththem7–thecameraoffersaconvenient, continuouslyvariableaperturepriorityexposuremodewithaElockthatisactivatedbylightlydepressingtheshutterrelease.

crEatiVE FlaSHoPtioNS

incombinationwithaspecialdedicatedflashunit,them7alsoofferssecond-curtainflashsynchronisation. theadvantage:amorenaturallooktocapturedimagesofmovingsubjectsincludingtimeexposureswith fill-inflash.inadditiontothestandardsynchronisationspeedof1/50sec,them7alsosynchronises ataspeedofupto1/1000secwhenusedincombinationwithcertainSca-dedicatedmetzflashunits.

rEadYtoGo ...orStoW

theoN/oFFswitch,ergonomicallylocateddirectlynexttotheshutterrelease, hastwoimportantfunctions:firstly,itactivatestheelectronicsoftheleicam7 and,secondly,itlockstheshutterreleasewhenthecameraisturnedoff.

aVoidiNG iNcorrEct EXPoSUrES

theleicam7offersphotographersthechoiceofsettingthefilmspeed(iSo)manuallyorbyusingthe contactlessautomaticfilm-speeddetectionbuiltintothecamerabody(dXcoding).thiseffectivelyavoids incorrectexposuresduetowronglysetiSofilmspeeds.asafurtheroption,inautomaticexposuremode, photographerscaninputexposurecorrectionsofupto±2stops.

PictUrE ParamEtErS ataGlaNcE

asystemuniquetoleicarangefindercamerasclearlydisplaysallrelevantinformationinthebrilliantviewfinderoftheleicam7:theshutterspeeddetermined bytheaperturepriorityexposuresystem,over-andunderexposurevaluesin manualmeteringmode,aflash-readysignalwhenaflashunitisattachedand readytofire,andawarningiconwhenthecamerabatteriesarelow.



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l Eica MP amasterpieceofmechanicalprecision.

itisnoteworthytomentionthateveninthisincreasinglyelectronicage,theleicamPisapurelymechanicalcamera thattransformstheactofcapturingcompellingimagesintosomethingindescribablyexcitingandsensual.more than80yearsofexperienceandexpertiseinthedesignandconstructionofexclusivelymechanicalrangefinder camerashasculminatedinthecurrentleicamP.thistimelessclassicembodiestheessenceoffinemechanical precision.itisaveritablemasterpiecepossessinganinstinctiveandemotionalqualitythatcaptivatesanyphotographerattheveryfirsttouch.inthiseraofacceleratingtransition,theleicamPstandssupremeasacamerafora lifetime.

leicamP,full-sizeview;availableinsilverchromeandblackpaintfinish.

EmPoWEriNG

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Bydefinition,photographyiswritingwithlight.Butleicam-Photographymeanssomethingmore–the abilitytocreateimagesthatarticulatearecognizableanddistinctivecharacterevenwiththebareminimumofavailablelight.theleicamPempowersthephotographertomastereventhemostdifficultlighting situations,becausethecameranevertriestothinkonitsown.itsselectivettlmeteringsystemmerely providespreciseandcomprehensibledatatosupportphotographersintheirselectionoftheidealexposureparameters,ensuringcompletecreativecontrol.

theleicamPisbuiltforlonglifeandlastingvalue.thisisguaranteedbyleica’scommitmenttousingonly thefinestmaterialsandthehighestprecisionmanufacturingtechniques.timeandtimeagain,theleica mPhasprovenitsrobustnessanddependabilityunderthemostadverseconditions.ithasbeenusedin sub-freezingenvironmentswherecamerasrelyingonbatteriescannotfunctionreliably—allwhilstdeliveringanumberofshutterreleasecyclesthatothercamerasimplycouldnotmatch.thisunparalleled qualityisalsotheunderlyingreasonwhyleicaispreparedtoofferanextraordinarilylongwarrantyperiod offiveyearsforregistereduserswhopurchasetheircameraatanauthorisedleicadealer.

leicamP,full-sizeview.

maXimUm rEliaBiltY

theconstructionoftheleicamPissouncompromisingthatitisalwaysdependable.itsincrediblystrong andruggedbodywillwithstandtheworstconditionswithoutawhimper.allitscrucialcontrolelementsare craftedexclusivelyinmetal.Yes,themPdependsontheskillsoftheuser–butitcertainlydoesn’tdepend onbatteries.theyareneededsolelyformetering.indeed,anyoneskilledinestimatingshutterspeedsand aperturescancompletelyignoretheelectronics.

iNdiVidUaliSm tHatimProVES WitHaGE

theleicamPisavailableintwodifferentbodyfinishes:silverchromeandblackpaint.afteryearsofhard use,whenalittlebrassbeginstoshowthroughtheblackorsilveratthecornersandedges,it’sasure signtosavvyphotographersthatthecameraanditsownerhavesharedmanymemorableexperiences.

UNdErStatEd

itiswellknownthatmostprofessionalsjustlovetheredleicadotontheircameras,butforthesakeof maintainingalowprofile,manymaskthetell-taledotwithtape.thisiswhytheleicamPwasmanufacturedwithoutthisiconicemblemrightfromthestart.ofcourse,knowledgeableownersandaficionados canidentifyaleicaanywherewithouttheneedforspecialbranding.theleicainscriptiononthetopplate isidentificationenough.



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l Eica À LA CARTE Handcraftedandoneofakind. lEatHErtrimm7/mP Performance,precisionandreliability–theseareattributesthatallleicam-camerashaveincommon.Nevertheless,thedesignofm7andmPfilmcamerascanbechangedinavarietyofuniquewaystoexpressyourindividual tastes.Eventechnicaldetailscanbemodifiedtomatchanyphotographer’spersonaluseprofile.thisishowafully personalisedleicam-cameraisborn.achoiceofthefinestmaterials*,differentstylesandcolours,andamultitude ofvariableelementsandfunctionaldetailsopenupalmostendlesscreativeopportunities–fromanunobtrusive professionalstreet-shooter’stooltoanextravagantandeye-catchinglifestyleicon.theindividualcomponentsare assembledbyhand.Uptoandincludingfinalqualitycontrol,eachàlacarteleicam7ormPiscustom-crafted accordingtotheprecisespecificationsofeachindividualorder.

m7

mP

Vulcanite

lizardstyleembossed leather,black

Saddleleather,black

ostrichstyleembossed leather,black

*allreal-leatheroptionsofferedhereareexclusivelypremium-qualityfull-graincowhides.realleatherisnotemployedforthestandardtrimofleicam7andleicamPmodels,orfor vulcanitetrimoptions.

Nappaleather,racing green

calfleather,smooth,blue

calfleather,smooth, mocha

calfleather,smooth,red

Naturally-tannedleather, cognac

ostrichstyleembossed leather,chestnut

FiNiSHESm7/mP

ENGraViNG

Personalisedengraving,signature illustratedhere:leicamP,blackpaint.

illustratedhere:leicamP,blackchrome.

illustratedhere:leicamP,silverchrome.

  

  

illustratedhere:leicamP,blackpaint.

FUNctioNal oPtioNS

illustratedhere:leicamP,blackchrome.

Personalisedengraving,signature

Personalisedengraving,name

illustratedhere:leicamP,silverchrome.

Personalisedengraving,name

Viewfinderframesandmagnificationcanbecustom-orderedtomeettherequirementsofthe lensesyouprefer.theàlacarteprogramoffersachoiceofuniversalviewfindermagnifications: thestandard0.72xversion,thewide-angleandeyeglasses-wearer’sversionwith0.58xmagnification,andthetelephotoversionwith0.85x.

diVErSitY

morethan4,000differentconfigurationoptionsfulfileventhemostunusualwishes. Visitwww.leica-a-la-carte.comtofindoutmoreaboutthewidevarietyofcombinationoptions.

thechoiceofcontrolelementsallowsyoutotailorthecamerapreciselytoyourshooting requirements,forexampletofavourruggednessorfasteroperation.

aEStHEtic oPtioNS

aselectionoftopplatecoloursandbodycoveringsinawiderangeoforganically tannedleathersinvarioustexturesandcoloursisavailabletocomplementthe bodyfinish.camerabags,casesandcarryingstrapsarealsoavailableinmatching leathers.and,lastbutnotleast,personalisedengravingintheformofsignatures, monograms,graphicelements,orfamilycrestsmakeanyleicaatrulyuniqueand unmistakableworkofart.

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LEICA REPORTAGE An ancient craft with a long tradition.

Naryn, the capital of Kyrgyzstan’s administrative province of the same name, is situated at an altitude of 2,000 metres above sea level. It is the last large city in Kyrgyzstan before reaching the border with China at the Torugat Pass. The city is a familiar starting point for all travelers taking the pass route – and is also famous for its carpets. It is said the best ‘shyrdaks’ are made in Naryn. These special, double-layered, felted-wool carpets with stitched patterns are made completely by hand by local women. The ‘wet-felting’ technique they use is one of the world’s most ancient textile working methods there is. Since time immemorial, shyrdaks have been used for carpeting and insulating their yurts. The extreme natural temperature fluctuations that the wool in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan is subjected to endow it with rather special qualities. The graphical, modern-looking patterns of the carpets are predominantly modeled on animal and plant motifs from the natural world. Many families have their own traditional patterns that are passed down from generation to generation. The simple beauty of these Shyrdaks stands in intense contrast to the textile decorations or pictures that can be encountered, for example, in the city’s restaurants. Top an bottom: In a restaurant in the provincial capital of Naryn.

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The construction of traditional yurts to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the town of Bokonbayevo. The Leica Reportage continues on page 86: Home is where the yurt is.


l Eica nOCTILUX - M50mmf/0.95aSPH. Kingofthenight.

hIGh-SPEED LEnSES

allviewsoflensesfull-size(unlessotherwiseindicated).

in2008,leicaproudlyannouncedthefastestasphericallensthe worldhadeverseen:theremarkableleicaNoctilux-m50mmf/0.95 aSPH.,areplacementforthelegendaryleicaNoctilux-m50mmf/1, whichhadbeenahighlightoftheleicam-lensrangesince1975. thecombinationofcutting-edgeopticalandmechanicaltechnologieshasmadeitpossibletoachieveamarkedimprovementinits performancecomparedtoitsillustriouspredecessor.althoughits dimensionsarealmostidentical,asignificantlyhigherspeedhas beensuccessfullyattained.atfullaperture,itsextremelyshallow depthoffieldallowsthephotographertocreatecompellingportraits andscenicimpressionscharacterisedbyanincomparablynaturallookingplayofsharpnessandsoftness.Stopdownalittleandthe lensdeliversoutstandingimagequalitycomparabletothatofthe leicaSummilux-m50mmf/1.4aSPH.,thelensgenerallyconsideredtobethereferencestandardforallothernormallenses.When usedforavailablelightphotography,theNoctilux-mactuallyexceeds theresolvingpowerofthehumaneye.theuseofafloatingelement ensuresthatthislensprovidestopperformancedowntoitsclosest focusingdistance.Vignettinganddistortionhavealsobeennoticeably improvedcomparedtothe50mmf/1.

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l Eica APO-SUMMICROn-M50mmf/2aSPH. anythingbutastandardlens.

theenormousspeedofdevelopmentsinthefieldofdigitalphotographyinrecentyearshas broughtcameraswitheverincreasingresolutionand,correspondingly,constantlyincreasing demandsonlensquality.Sothetimewasripeforalensconstructedonthebasisofoptical calculationsrefinedandperfectedovermanyyears.andnow,ourengineershaveimpressively redefinedthelimitsofthetechnicallypossible,andhavesetentirelynewstandardsinimage quality,intheformoftheleicaaPo-Summicron-m50mmf/2aSPH.lens.thechallengethey setthemselveswastoexplorethelimitsofwhatispossiblewithinstandardspecifications whenafastaperture,anextremeangleofviewandtheefforttobeinvestedarenottakeninto account.thissituationmadeitpossibletoconcentrateentirelyonachievingultimateperfectioninimagequalityfromthebeginning.theresultisalensthat,forthefirsttimeever,exploits theimmensepotentialofcontemporaryhigh-resolutioncamerasystemswithoutcompromise. theaPo-Summicron-m50mmf/2aSPH.featuresatotalofeightlenselements.thedesign oftheopticalgroupinfrontofthediaphragmisbasedonthatoftheoutstandingleicaSummilux-m50mmf/1.4aSPH.thegroupbehinditissimilartothatoftheSummilux-m35mm f/1.4aSPH.asinthecaseoftheSummilux,thisisafloatingelementthatensuresexcellent imagequalityfrominfinitytotheclosestfocusingrange.Furthermore,thelensemploysextremelycomplexandelaborateapochromaticcorrection,tocorrectchromaticaberrations. thisminimisescolourfringingonsharpedgestoensurenaturalrenditionofeverydetail.this isachieved,forinstance,bytheingeniousincorporationofglasswithanomalouspartial dispersioninitsopticaldesign.consequently,photographersbenefitfromthebestpossible imagequalityforprintsinanyformat. topandbottom:thesummermonthsseenumerousherdersonthemountainpastures–likehereatlake SongKul.thegrazingseasonendsinSeptemberwhenherdersdrivetheiranimalstoloweraltitudes.



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lEica SUMMILUX-M21mmf/1.4aSPH.

lEica SUMMILUX-M35mmf/1.4aSPH.

theleicaSummilux-m21mmf/1.4aSPH.istheworld’s firstandonly21mmlensfor35mmformatphotography withthisexceptionalmaximumaperture.theoutstanding imagequality,wideangleofview,andcompactsizeofboth theleicaSummilux-m21mmf/1.4aSPH.andtheleica Summilux-m24mmf/1.4aSPH.maketheselensesalmostindispensableformanyapplicationsintheworldof professionalphotography.theyprovideextremelyshallow depthoffieldatfullapertureformaximumaestheticcontrol.inclose-upphotography,forinstance,aforeground subjectcanbeeffectivelyisolatedfromthebackground tocreateexpressiveanduniquelynaturalphotographic effects.Stoppeddowntomediumapertures,theirdepth offieldissogreatthatallelementsinanexpansivescene, fromclosestdistancestoinfinity,willbeinsharpfocus. theuseofafloatingelementensuresthattheirhighresolvingpowerismaintainedevenattheclosestfocusing distance.Vignettinganddistortionareextremelywell correctedforwide-anglelenseswithsuchlargemaximum apertures.apatentedrectangularlenshoodpermitsthe useofSeriesViiifilters.

lEica SUMMILUX - M24mmf/1.4aSPH.

theleicaSummilux-m35mmf/1.4aSPH.isthesuccessortotheextremelypopularpreviousversionofthelens. thankstothefurtherdevelopmentofitsopticaland mechanicalsystems,itnowsetsstandardsintheworldof fast,wide-anglelenses.incontrasttoitspredecessor,the newleicaSummilux-m35mmf/1.4aSPH.featuresa floatingelementthatensuresexcellentimagingqualityin theclose-uprange.thelensrevealsitsoutstandingperformancecharacteristicsatmaximumaperture.thanksto itsextraordinaryqualities,this35mmlensisauniversal toolforeveryphotographer.itsmoderatewide-anglecharacteristics,ontheonehand,anditsnaturalreproduction ofperspectives,ontheother,makeitidealforaparticularlybroadspectrumofphotographicusesrangingfrom portraituretolandscapes.itisidealasafirstlenswhen beginningtobuildaleicam-System.

lEica SUMMILUX - M50mmf/1.4aSPH.

thesuper-speedleicaSummilux-m24mmf/1.4aSPH.is theidealphotographictoolforprofessionalphotojournalists.indeed,itwasvirtuallypredestinedforuseinavailablelightsituations.likethe21mmf/1.4,itsopticalsystemconsistsoftenelementsineightgroups.Priortothe introductionofasphericalblankmouldingtechnologyfor opticalelements,creatinglensesofthespeedandqualityoftheSummilux-mserieswouldhavebeenimpossible. Extremeattentionhasbeenpaidtocorrectingchromatic aberration,andtothisend,theopticaldesignofthe24 mmlenscontainsnolessthanfiveelementswithanomalouspartialdispersion.Vignettinganddistortionareso superblycorrectedthattheyare,forpracticalpurposes, non-existent.Evenattherelativelywideapertureoff/ 2.8,onlynaturalvignettingduetothelawsofphysicsremains.theimagequalityofthelensisequalineveryway totheperformanceoftheleicaSummilux-m21mmf/ 1.4aSPH.apatentedrectangularlenshoodpermitsthe useofSeriesViifilters.



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thankstothisfloatingelement,thisoutstandingstandard lensisperfectforhighlyexpressiveavailable-lightshots andhigh-contrastimageswithsuperbresolutionoffine structures,evenatitsmaximumapertureandclosest focusingdistance.Precisecolorseparation,almostcompletecorrectionofcoma,andexcellentlycontrolledinternalreflectioncharacteristicsmakeitidealfornatural compositionsinthelowlightofevening.inadditiontothe useofglasseswithahighrefractiveindex,twoadditional elementswithanomalouspartialdispersionguarantee consistentlyhighimagingperformanceacrosstheentire imagefield.Portraitsareparticularlyeffectivethanksto theshallowdepthoffieldatmaximumapertureanda subtlecontrastgradation.alsoavailableinsilverchrome.



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lEica APO - SUMMICROn - M75mmf/2aSPH.

thisfast,short,andcompacttelephotolensalreadydeliversexcellentimagequalityatmaximumaperturefrom infinitytoitsclosestfocusingdistance.itunitesevery capabilityofferedbytoday’shigh-performanceoptical technologies,anditsconstructionincludesaspherical surfaces,specialglasseswithanomalouspartialdispersion,andfloatingelements.anintegrated,extendable lenshoodprovidesprotectionagainststraylightanddirt and,thankstoitsbalancedproportions,itiscomfortable touseforlongerperiodsoftime.aphotographictoolthat representstheabsolutepeakofopticalexcellence.ideal foravailable-lightportraitsandforemphasizingdetailsin reportagephotography.

NaryninsouthernKyrgyzstanisconsideredtobeoneofthemostimportant centersfortheproductionof‘Shyrdaks’,thetraditionalKyrgyzfeltcarpets.

lEica SUMMICROn - M28mmf/2aSPH.

lEica APO – SUMMICROn – M90mmf/2aSPH.

thislenssetsnewstandardsinitsclassintermsofimage quality.thisisthefirsttimeeverthatapochromaticcorrectionandanasphericallenssurfacehavebeencombined. Evenwideopen,thequalityofitsbrillianceandresolution guaranteessuperlativeimagesandmakesittheperfect lensforportraits,reportage,andstudiophotography.the distortionissolowastobealmostinvisibleineventhe mostcriticalimages.maximumopticalperformanceis alreadyachievedatmoderatedistancesandismaintained toagreatextentattheclosestfocusingdistances.its compactconstructionandhighspeedmakeitidealfor handheldshooting.

thiscompactwide-anglelensisextremelyfastandthereforeparticularlyrecommendableforavailable-lightphotography.thankstoanangleofviewof75°,thewidefieldit coversalsomakesitidealforvividreportagephotography. itoffersuncompromisingimagingqualityandhighcontrast evenatmaximumaperture.thereproductionofeventhe finestdetailsguaranteesimageswithextraordinarydepth andbrilliance.Evenincriticallightingsituations,forinstanceshootingagainstthelight,reflectionsandflareare almostcompletelyeliminated.itslargemaximumaperture off2alsoenablestheuseofselectivefocusinwide-angle photography.



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LEICA REPORTAGE Home is where the yurt is.

Yurts have been used as transportable homes by the nomadic peoples of central Asia for centuries. The term ‘yurt’ has Turkish origins and means ‘home.’ In the Kyrgyz language however, the yurt is called a ‘ger’. The principles of yurt construction have changed very little over the centuries, and the differences in the construction of Mongolian, Kazakh, and Kyrgyz yurts are practically unnoticeable. Common to all is the wooden framework constructed in a circular form and covered with camel-hair or sheep’s wool felt and the smoke-hole opening at the crown. A particular feature of Kyrgyz yurts is the domed roof. It is constructed from thin wooden poles that are still damp and are bent while under the influence of heat. Each pole, or ‘uuk’, is attached to the tunduk before the felt roof cladding is applied to the framework of the yurt. Setting up a yurt takes only a couple of hours and transportation presents few problems. During their journey, Jean Gaumy and his team had an opportunity to spend a night in a yurt. Juan, Gaumy’s assistant, was fascinated by the warmth and comfort of Kyrgyz yurts – at least as long as the stove was burning … Top: The roof construction of a Kyrgyz yurt, showing the typical crown, the tunduk. Bottom: A yurt being clad with felt.

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Top: It is said that all Kyrgyz can ride before they can walk. Bottom: A herder’s hut near Song Kul.

Top: ‘The Wild East’, close to Lake Song Kul. Bottom: Traditional hunting meet during the anniversary festivities in Bokonbayevo.


l Eica SUPER-ELMAR-M18mmf/3.8aSPH. discovernewhorizons.

FAST AnD COMPACT LEnSES

Seldombeforehastheoptimumuseofspacebeensoperfectly achievedaswiththeleicaSuper-Elmar-m18mmf/3.8aSPH. Withanimpressiveangleofviewof100degrees,thissuper-wide lensdeliverstrulyoutstandingimagequality.thisopensupnew potential,notonlyinthefieldsofarchitecturalandlandscape photography,butalsoforstreetshootingandenvironmentalportraiture.amazingly,itisonlynominallylargerthanastandardlens, whichispartiallyattributabletoitspatented,space-saving,but extremelyeffective,lenshood.despiteitsenormousangleof viewandcompactdimensions,theleicaSuper-Elmar-m18mm f/3.8aSPH.isaparagonofopticalexcellencethankstoitsinnovativeretrofocusdesignconsistingofeightopticalelements,one ofwhichhastwoasphericalsurfaces.indeed,itprovidesphenomenalimagequalityevenatitswidestaperture.

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lEica SUPER-ELMAR-M21mmf/3.4aSPH.

lEica ELMARIT-M28mmf/2.8aSPH.

theSuper-Elmar-m21mmf/3.4aSPH.isdistinguished byoutstandingimagingperformanceandastoundingly compactdimensions.thelensalreadyrevealsitsexcellentreproductionofdetailsandsuperiorcontrastat maximumaperture.thankstoitswideangleofview,itis anexcellentlensforarchitecturalandlandscapephotographyandcapturingthevibrancyoflifeinreportage photography.itselaborateeight-elementopticaldesign guaranteesexcellentimagequality.theuseofonelens elementwithtwoasphericalsurfacesandfourlenses withanomalouspartialdispersionplaysanessential roleinreducingdistortionandvignettingtoaminimum. ascrew-inlenshoodpreventstheeffectsofstraylight. theleicaSuper-Elmar-m21mmf/3.4aSPH.isacompacthigh-performancelensforversatile,superwideanglephotography.

lEica ELMAR-M24mmf/3.8aSPH.

aversatilelensisanabsolutemustforstreetphotography.requirementsthatthecompactsizeandflexibility oftheElmarit-m28mmf/2.8aSPHfulfilltoperfection. theclassicfocallengthof28mmenablesthecapture ofimagescharacterizedbyawide,naturalangleofview, whichexplainstheoutstandingpopularityofthelens amongstreetphotographersandphotojournalists.at thesametime,nootherm-lensisascompactasthe leicaElmarit-m28mmf/2.8aSPH.Highestimaging performanceisachievedthroughtheuseofanasphericalelement.thelensispracticallyfreeofdistortion frominfinitytoitsclosestfocusof0.7meters.itslight weightofonly180gisunrivaled,andmakesittheideal lenstotakealongwhereveryougo.

lEica SUMMICROn - M35mmf/2mmaSPH.

thelensischaracterizedbycompactdimensionsand extremelyhighimagingperformanceincombination withaverywideangleofview,allofwhichmakesita particularlypracticalwide-anglelens.itsrangeofuses isalsowide;fromin-your-facephotographyofpeoplein theirpersonalspherestolandscapesandarchitectural photography.contrastanddetailrenditionarealready excellentatthemaximumapertureoff3.8.Stopped downtomediumapertures,thedepthoffieldisso greatthatentirescenarioscanbecapturedinperfect focus.asstoppingdownmakescriticalfocusingunnecessary,leicam-camerasarethenfasterthanany autofocusmodel.



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Becauseofitsexcellentcontrastcharacteristics,outstandingresolutionthroughouttheentirefocusing range,andalmostperfecteliminationofdistortion,this renownedlensisoneoftheworld’sbesthigh-speed 35mmlenses.itisalsoamazinglycompactdespite itslargeapertureandhighimagingperformance.in combinationwiththislens,anyleicam-camerabecomesacompactandelegantsysteminitself.inthis way,itenablesphotographerstoworkinaparticularly discreetandunobtrusivewaywithoutattractingundue attention.theleicaSummicron-m35mmf/2isalso availableinasilverchromefinish.



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lEica MACRO-ELMAR-M90mmf/4

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thisisthemostcompacttelephotolenseveroffered byleica.itisaversatile,high-performancelensthatis alsosupremelyportable.incombinationwiththeleica macro-adapterm,itallowsmacrophotographyatdistancesascloseas55cmandareproductionratioof upto1:3.despiteitsdiminutivesize,themacro-Elmar deliversoutstandingimagequalityinbothnormal distanceandmacroapplications.incombinationwith a28mmor35mmwide-anglelens,thislensoffersa compact,comprehensivesystemthatisperfectfor travelling,orinothersituationswherelowweightand volumeareessential.

Yurtsatanaltitudeofmorethan3,000meters/9,850feet, ontheshoresofSongKul,Kyrgyzstan’ssecondlargestlake.

lEica SUMMICROn-M50mmf/2

lEica APO-TELYT-M135mmf/3.4

thiscompactuniversallenshaslongbeenacclaimed asthebestnormallensinitsapertureclass.itdelivers extremelylowdistortionandoutstandingimagequality, evenatclosedistancesandfromcornertocorner.this makestheSummicronanidealstandardlensforallphotographersseekinganunsurpassedcombinationofhigh performanceandrefinementinahandy,lightweight package.theSummicron-m50mmf/2offerssuch impressivecontrastperformancefrombeginningto endofitsaperturescalethatstoppingdowntof2.8or f4onlyminimallyincreasesimagecontrast.itsperfectlybalancedconstructionmakesthisidealstandard lensanoutstandingchoiceinallimportantcategories likeperformance,size,weight,andprice.

thelongestfocallengthinthem-SystemisanuncompromisingtelephotolensinoutstandingleicaaPoquality. resolutionandcontrastareperfectateveryaperture. Eventhesmallestdetailsarereproducedwithperfect clarityandcontrast.theleicaaPo-telyt-m135mmf/3.4 allowsthecaptureofdistinctivelandscapeimageswith opticalcompressionofforegroundandbackgroundperspectivesaswellasfull-formatcandidportraitscaptured unobtrusivelyfromadiscreetdistance.thankstoits apochromaticcorrectionofcoloraberrations,minimal distortion,andhardlyperceptiblevignetting–evenat maximumaperture–thelensdeliversimagingresults thatareabletosatisfydemandsatthehighestprofessionallevels. lensesshownreducedinsize.



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l Eica SUMMARIT-M35mmf/2.5 Extremelycompact,extremelygood.

SUMMARIT LEnSES

theleicaSummarit-m35mmf/2.5’ssmall,handyandstylish designismatchedbyitsimpressiveperformance.itproduces excellentcontrastandoutstandingresolutionacrossthe entireimagefield.therelativelyshortfocallengthandwide depthoffieldthislensprovidesmeansthatatmediumaperturesthereisoftennoneedforprecisefocusing.thismakes iteasytotakespontaneousandlifelikeunposedpictures.as agenuineall-rounder,itisindispensablechoicewhenever youareputtingtogetheranewequipmentconfigurationsince itcandealeffectivelywithallphotographicsituations–from vividshotsofpeopleatmediumrangeallthewaytodramatic landscapes.theleicaSummarit-m35mmf/2.5hassixlens elementsinfourgroups,arrangedsymmetricallywithrespect tothediaphragm.threeelementsaremadeofspecialhigh refractiveindexglasswithanomalouspartialdispersion.this improvestheimageresultsandprovidesoutstandingcolor correctionthatcouldneverbeachievedwithnormalglass.

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lEica SUMMARIT-M50mmf/2.5

Powerful,lightweightanddesignedtobeeasytooperate,the leicaSummarit-m50mmf/2.5’sapplicationsareasvaried aslifeitself.itcorrespondscloselytothefieldofvisionand viewingpatternsofthehumaneyeandoffersanimpressivelyneutralandnaturalperspective.Evenatfullaperture,the lensoffersoutstandingresultswithexcellentcontrastover almosttheentireimagefield.Notjustbeneficialforportraits, butforallshotsatfullaperture,theshallowdepthoffieldof thislensmakesthemainsubjectstandoutfromthebackground.thisresultsinpictureswithenhancedimpactand out-of-focusareasthathaveapleasant,naturalsmoothness. theleicaSummarit-m50mmf/2.5hasatraditionaldoubleGaussconstructionmadeupofsixlenselementsinfour groups,arrangedsymmetrically.asaresult,itprovidesan outstandinglyflatimagefieldandexcellentcorrectionfor chromaticaberrationsanddistortion.

asmallsettlementofyurts,notfarfromlakeSongKul.

lEica SUMMARIT-M75mmf/2.5

theleicaSummarit-m75mmf/2.5isanew‘shorttelephoto’lensthatissignificantlysmallerandlighterthan Summicronlenseswiththesamefocallength,butstillofferstheimagequalitythatisthehallmarkofleicamlenses. thenaturalperspectiveprovidedbythisfocallengthmeans thatportraitshotshavealovelyplasticitywithwell-differentiatedcontourswithoutthesubjectlosinganyofits lifelikeandnaturalappearance.inreportage,forexample, thecriticalelementsofthesubjectcanbeselectivelyemphasizedwithoutlosingtheoverallcontext.theleicaSummarit-m75mmf/2.5isadouble-Gausstypewithsixlens elementsinfourgroups–threeinfrontofandthreebehind thediaphragm,withthelastlenspositionedslightlycloser tothefocalplanetoreducebulgingoftheimagefield.Four elementsaremadeofspecialglasswithanomalouspartial dispersionandtwoofthemarealsohighindexglass.



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lEica SUMMARIT-M90mmf/2.5

theleicaSummarit-m90mmf/2.5isaversatiletelephoto lensthatroundsoffthenewlensspeedclassofSummaritmlenses.despitebeingmuchmorehandyandlighterthan thecomparable90mmSummicronlens,itoffersoutstandingopticalandmechanicalquality.the90mmtelephoto lensisaperfectdemonstrationofhowleica’sSummarit-m classissettingnewstandardsinsphericallensdesign.a leicamcamerawithaleicaSummarit-m90mmf/2.5 fittedisanextremelycompactandhandyunit.compared toother90mmfocallengthlenses,thereishardlyany intrusionintotheviewfinderimage.Evenatfullaperture, thislensdemonstratesexcellentimagingcapabilitywith outstandingcontrastovertheentireimagefield.theleica Summarit-m90mmf/2.5hasfivelenselementsinfour groups,oneofwhichismadeofatypeofopticalglassthat notonlyhasanomalouspartialdispersionbutalsohasextremelylowdispersionoverall.



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l Eica TRI-ELMAR-M16-18-21mmf/4aSPH. thesuperwide-anglewiththreefocallengths.

ZOOM LEnSES

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thankstoitsimpressive107°angleofview,thetri-Elmarconquers 16mmsuperwide-anglephotographyinperfectleicamquality. itsminimaldistortionandhardlyperceptibleimagefieldcurvature evenatthe16mmsettingmakethislenssuitableforextremely demandingarchitecturalphotographers.thetri-Elmarunitesthree superwide-anglefocallengthsinoneextremelycompactlens.its compactconstructionismadepossiblebytheuseoftwoasphericalelements.anewconstructionconceptforitsinternalfocusing, basedonthefloating-elementsprinciple,considerablyincreases imagingqualityatcloserfocusingdistances.Hyperfocalfocusing thereforeallowstheuseofsuperbdepthoffieldfromdistancesas shortas33cm/1.1ft.onlyavailableinasetwiththeleicaUniversalWide-angleViewfinderm. September2012–duringthecelebrationsofthe100thanniversaryofthefounding ofthecityofBokonbayevoonthesouthernshoresoflakeissykKul.



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M - SYSTEM EXTRAS

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01 PROTECTOR M The camera protector for the M digital cameras has been optimally designed to house your M-Camera, even in rough reportage photography situations. Made of high-quality soft black leather, the protector features grips on the back and front to aid ergonomic camera handling. 02 NEOPRENE CASE M This protective black case, with a strap, has handy Velcro fasteners as well as two compartments for memory cards. With a short front, it holds a Leica M-Camera with a lens of up to 65 mm diameter/60 mm length. With a long front, it holds a Leica M-Camera with a lens of up to 65 mm diameter/80 mm length. The neoprene case M can be safely stowed in any piece of baggage. 03 SYSTEM CASE ‘BILLINGHAM’ The most flexible bag for Leica M equipment holds two M bodies with two lenses or one M body with three lenses and is waterproof. Even large lenses and a mounted Leicavit M or Leica Motor M can be comfortably and compactly carried. The zipper compartment holds the Leica SF 24D flash as well as film and additional accessories.

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The ever-ready case M was designed specifically for the new Leica M. It protects the camera during transport and can remain connected to the camera for an impromptu shot. For good protection during a more intensive shoot, the front part of the case can be removed; the remaining part continues to act as a camera protector.

The new ever-ready case M has been optimised for fit, ease of use, and with high-grade leather. Enhanced seams and Nappa leather provide ideal protection while two distinctly contoured grip bulges at the front and rear of the base also provide ergonomic support when holding the camera. Compatible with all analogue models, except for the Leica M5 and Leica M3 from the first series.

05 EVER - READY CASE M - E AND M MONOCHROM

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08 COMFORT CARRYING STRAP M Made of premium black Nappa leather, this ever-ready case offers perfect and elegant protection for the Leica M-E and M Monochrom with a lens up to a length of 70 mm (from the bayonet flange) attached. The lower part can be turned, easily allowing the battery and memory card to be changed without removing the camera from the case. 06 EVER - READY CASE MP The robust black saddle leather ever-ready case MP accommodates a Leica MP with a rewind crank and a Leicavit M. The camera is optimally protected, in a style befitting its quality, and is always ready for shooting a rapid series of exposures.

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The black saddle leather carrying strap, featuring an extra-wide, easycarry neck section, is ideal for lengthy photographic excursions.


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09 EVER - READY CASE M À LA CARTE This case is handcrafted and provides secure protection for an MP or M7 with one of the following lenses: 2.8/21 mm without lens hood; 2.8/24 mm without lens hood; 2/28 mm with lens hood; 1.4/35 mm without lens hood; 2/35 mm with lens hood; 2.8/50 mm extended; 1.4/50 mm, 2/50 mm, 4/90 mm retracted. All colour and leather variants from the Leica à la carte range are available. 10 CARRYING STRAPS M À LA CARTE Choose a strap to your liking in the classic narrow design matching the individually produced M-Camera à la carte. Select from saddle, Nappa, calf, or ostrich style embossed leather and various textures and colours.

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ERGONOMICS

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POWER SUPPLY

01 HANDGRIP M

With this lens holder, photographers only need a camera and two lenses to take a great picture. The holder is screwed into the tripod bushing, so the second lens serves as a handle or even as a miniature tripod.

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Expand your options.

The Leica handgrip M ensures improved safe and steady camera handling, especially when shooting with heavier M-Lenses. The optional Leica finger loop in various sizes (S, M, and L) can enhance your grip even further. These loops are quickly and easily attached to the handgrip. 02 MULTIFUNCTIONAL HANDGRIP M The Leica multifunctional handgrip M includes geotagging and permits the use of a separate flash unit when an accessory viewfinder is mounted. It has an SCA port that is similar to the sockets for external power supply and studio flash systems. It can easily be directly connected to a computer via USB. 03 HANDGRIP M FOR MP AND M7 (not illustrated) There are situations in which you only have one free hand to hold the camera and press the shutter release. For those cases, this handgrip keeps the camera stable and safely in your hand. It is simply screwed into the tripod bushing on the camera. Changing film is also not a problem with the handgrip – the hinged lever that unlocks the base plate remains freely accessible.

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05 R - ADAPTER M For the first time, the new Leica R-Adapter M enables the use of almost all Leica R-Lenses ever built on the new Leica M. This extensive portfolio of lenses now opens up new creative horizons for Leica M-Photographers, for instance, video recording with Leica R-Zoom lenses. 06 FINGER LOOPS FOR HANDGRIP M The optional Leica finger loop in various sizes (S, M, and L) can enhance the safe and steady handling of the Leica M and its lenses. The loop can be used with either the Leica handgrip M or the Leica multifunctional handgrip M and can significantly improve camera handling when shooting – especially with heavier R-Lenses.

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The charger unit is very compact and equipped with a quick-charger function. So if the full capacity of about 500 exposures is not required, the camera can always be recharged in a very short time. EU and US power cords and a car charging cable for 12 –24 Volts are included.  UK and AUS power cords are supplied as separate accessories. 08 AC ADAPTER FOR MULTIFUNCTIONAL HANDGRIP M

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For permanent stationary operation of the camera in professional studios or industrial applications, the new Leica M can be equipped with an AC adapter to supply the multifunctional handgrip M directly from the main power supply.

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To provide a major aid in framing the subject at focal lengths of 50 mm  or more, the M 1.25 × magnifies the viewfinder image by one-quarter.  This greatly enhances focusing accuracy, especially when shooting at telephoto focal lengths.

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FILM ADVANCE

The universal wide-angle viewfinder M enables precise cropping of the subject with the Leica Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21 mm f/4 ASPH. It is insensitive to stray light and features high resolution, resulting in brilliant pictures and vivid colours. This viewfinder is fit for both analogue and digital Leica M-Cameras.

This electronic viewfinder is available as an optional accessory for the Leica M-Camera. With a resolution of 1.4 megapixels and 90° swivel action for capturing images from unusual angles, it displays all of the significant exposure parameters. It therefore enables precise compo- sition control – particularly in very bright light. Allows photographers  to efficiently focus R-Lenses fixed to the camera with the R-Adapter.

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The Leicavit M fast winder is mounted in place of the base cover. It allows experienced photographers to shoot up to two frames per second without taking the camera from their eye. Just unfold the lever, pull it back to its limit to wind the film, and take the picture. The Leicavit M fits the Leica MP/M7.

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Enlarging the viewfinder image by two-fifths, this viewfinder magnifier is recommended for focal lengths of 75 mm or more. It also turns into magnification of 1 × (0.95 × with M8 models) – a combination that allows for comfortable viewing of the subject with both eyes. Both viewfinder magnifiers are simply screwed into the viewfinder ocular of the Leica M. A small chain attached to the Leica M’s carrying strap eyelet prevents it from being lost or damaged. A leather pouch is supplied for safekeeping when it’s not attached.

Due to a concave mirror in the optics, part of the incoming light is used to illuminate the picture outline as a bright frame. It works in the same way as in the viewfinder of Leica M-Cameras. The entire optics system  is given a high-quality multi-layer coating to guarantee optimum viewing through the finder in all conditions. The finders have parallax compensation markings for distances less than 2 m that make them ideal for both analogue and digital photography. Each viewfinder is milled from solid brass in line with the latest technologies. It then receives a silver chrome or black paint finish. The eyepiece side is rubberised to protect spectacles.

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The Leica correction lenses M enable an optimum eye-to-camera match and make composing images in the viewfinder more comfortable. They are available in grades of +/– 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, and 3 diopters. Please note that the Leica M-Viewfinder has a default setting of – 0.5 diopters, so anyone wearing glasses of 1 diopter strength would require a + 1.5 diopter correction lens.

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The Leica M motor is placed on the base cover of the camera. The ergono- mically styled handle houses two 3 - Volt 123 A lithium batteries, providing a capacity for shooting a minimum of 100 36-exposure rolls (at 20° C). It is just 18.5 mm high, and without batteries weighs 225 grams.

Thanks to the Leica angle viewfinder M, exploring objects close to the ground with the Macro-Elmar-M 90 mm f/4 is twice as much fun. Screwed onto the ocular of the Leica M, it can be turned freely at a 45-degree angle. This allows relaxed picture taking without holding the camera direct- ly in front of your eyes.

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VIDEO EQUIPMENT

TRIPOD EQUIPMENT

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23 TABLETOP TRIPOD AND BALL HEAD

The Leica microphone adapter set, consisting of an adapter and a stereo microphone, is available as a special optional accessory to complement the 1080-pixel full-HD video capability of the Leica M. To use the adapter, simply plug it into the multifunctional accessory socket. The use of other microphones is also possible.

With the Leica M, sharp handheld shots down to 1/15 of a second are no problem. For all other situations, the portable Leica tabletop tripod provides effective stability. It has three robust extending legs that can  be locked in any position. For even more creativity the flexible unit can be braced against a wall, a tree, or the photographer’s own shoulder.

20 SCA ADAPTER SET FOR MULTIFUNCTIONAL HANDGRIP M   This electronic flash unit is designed to provide maximum distance between the flash reflector and the camera lens. The light output is controlled either by its TTL flash exposure meter or by the automatic flash itself. All the information is displayed on an illuminated LCD including an exposure confirmation indication and flash ready light. The ISO film speed range of the Leica SF 24D flash unit extends from 12 to 3600 in the M/TTL range and from 25 to 800 in A mode. The illumination angle corresponds to a focal length range of 35 to 85 mm, and can be extended with the two diffusers supplied. Flash exposure with wide-angle lenses down to 24 mm and telephoto lenses up to 135 mm focal length is therefore made possible. 19 SF 58

(not illustrated)

The Leica SF 58 flash features sensitive controls that allow you to subtly brighten a subject or turn the dead of night into living day. Everything is up to you and your creative desires. Thanks to ample power reserves, extreme speed, comprehensive features, and simple handling, this flash unit is cut out for any challenge. This flash unit is a creative light with great potential. With the Leica SF 58 flash you will achieve anything from subtle fill-in to indirect flash light or decoupled flash operation. It enables you to concentrate fully on the subject while leaving the exposure up to the camera. While the main reflector is responsible for the indirect flash,

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The Leica SCA adapter set for the multifunctional handgrip M. The multifunctional handgrip M expands the camera’s functional capabilities with an additional SCA-dedicated interface to allow the simultaneous use of a separate flash unit and an accessory viewfinder on the camera. The SCA adapter set – comprising a high-quality flash-bar and an off-camera hot shoe with a spiral cable – is required to use the additional interface. The SCA adapter set can either be used as an integrated unit to attach the flash unit to the camera, or without the flash-bar to allow off-camera flash.

24 CABLE RELEASE

FILTERS 22 UVa AND POLARISATION FILTERS M

(not illustrated)

The UVa filter minimizes bluishness in distant scenes, protects the front element of the lens, and can be permanently attached. The polarisation filters eliminate many disturbing reflections and enhance colour saturation, effects that can be assessed by holding the filter in front of the viewfinder. These Leica M-Filters are made of optically pure glass, parallel plane ground, and are precisely annealed. The full performance of the Leica M-Lenses is thus retained even with a filter attached.

(not illustrated)

It is well known that the Leica M’s focal-plane shutter causes little vibration when it shoots. But for lengthy exposure times, a tripod and cable release are essential. The remote release, featuring a conical thread, is screwed into the shutter release bushing. A locking screw allows long exposure times on the B setting.

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M-SYSTEM Extras.

Product

M (Type 240) M-E

M MONOCHROM

M7

MP

Product

M (Type 240) M-E

M MONOCHROM

M7

MP

10 CARRYING STRAPS M À LA CARTE Order no. 14453

Saddle leather, black

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 14454

Naturally-tanned leather, cognac

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 14456

Nappa leather, racing green

x

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 14457

Calf leather, smooth, red

x

x

x

x

x

ACCESSORIES 01 PROTECTOR M Order no. 14869

Black

x

Order no. 14880

Black

x

Order no. 14458

Calf leather, smooth, mocha

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 14881

Cognac

x

Order no. 14465

Lizard style embossed leather, black

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 14466

Ostrich style embossed leather, black

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 14467

Ostrich style embossed leather, chestnut

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 14468

Nappa leather, bordeaux red

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 14469

Calf leather, smooth, blue

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

02 NEOPRENE CASE M Order no. 14867

With short front section

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 14868

With long front section

x

x

x

x

x

03 SYSTEM CASE ‘BILLINGHAM’ Order no. 14854

Black

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 14855

Khaki

x

x

x

x

x

TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT

04 EVER - READY CASE M Order no. 14547

Ever-ready case with short front section, black

x

Order no. 14548

Ever-ready case with long front section, black

x

Order no. 14549

Ever-ready case with short front section, cognac

x

Order no. 14550

Ever-ready case with long front section, cognac

x

ERGONOMICS 01 HANDGRIP M

05 EVER - READY CASE FOR M - E AND M MONOCHROM Order no. 14872

x

Black paint

x

x

Order no. 14495

x

Order no. 14875

With short front section

x

x

Order no. 14876

With long front section

x

x

Black paint

03 HANDGRIP FOR MP AND M7 Order no. 14405

07 EVER - READY CASE FOR ANALOGUE CAMERAS

Black

04 LENS HOLDER M Order no. 14404 05 R - ADAPTER M

08 COMFORT CARRYING STRAP M Order no. 14455

Black chrome

Order no. 14496

02 MULTIFUNCTIONAL HANDGRIP M

x

06 EVER - READY CASE MP Order no. 14856

Order no. 14399

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 14642

Black paint

x

x

06 FINGER LOOPS FOR HANDGRIP M Order no. 14646

ACCESSORIES M à la carte 09 M À LA CARTE EVER - READY CASE

S

Order no. 14647

M

x

Order no. 14648

L

x

Order no. 14494

x

Order no. 14470

Order no. 14857

Naturally-tanned leather, cognac

x

x

Order no. 14858

Nappa leather, racing green

x

x

Order no. 14859

Calf leather, smooth, red

x

x

POWER SUPPLY

Order no. 14860

Calf leather, smooth, mocha

x

x

07 BATTERY CHARGER M

Order no. 14861

Lizard style embossed leather, black

x

x

Order no. 14862

Ostrich style embossed leather, black

x

x

Order no. 14863

Ostrich style embossed leather, chestnut

x

x

Order no. 14864

Nappa leather, bordeaux red

x

x

08 AC ADAPTER FOR MULTIFUNCTIONAL HANDGRIP M

Order no. 14865

Calf leather, smooth, blue

x

x

Order no. 14497

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x

x

x

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Product

M (Type 240) M-E

M MONOCHROM

M7

MP

VIEWFINDER EQUIPMENT

M (Type 240) M-E

M MONOCHROM

M7

MP

FLASH UNITS

09/10 VIEWFINDER MAGNIFIER M

18 SF 24D

Order no. 12004

1.25 x

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 12006

1.4 x

x

x

x

x

x

11 CORRECTION LENSES M

Order no. 14444

Black

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 14445

Replacement diffuser screen 24/28 mm

Order no. 14446

Replacement diffuser screen 85 mm

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

19 SF 58

Order no. 14350

+ 0.5

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 14351

+ 1.0

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 14488

Black

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 14352

+ 1.5

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 14489

Diffuser for exceptionally soft lighting

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 14353

+ 2.0

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 14354

+ 3.0

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 14355

- 0.5

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 14356

- 1.0

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 14357

- 1.5

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 14358

- 2.0

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 14359

- 3.0

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 12011

20 SCA ADAPTER SET FOR MULTIFUNCTIONAL HANDGRIP M Order no. 14498

VIDEO EQUIPMENT 21 MICROPHONE ADAPTER SET Order no. 14634

12 UNIVERSAL WIDE - ANGLE VIEWFINDER M

x

x

x

x

x

FILTERS

13 BRIGHT - LINE VIEWFINDER M Order no. 12022

18 mm, black paint

x

x

x

x

x

22 UVA AND POLARISATION FILTERS M

Order no. 12023

18 mm, silver chrome

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 13131

E39 UVa in black mount

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 12024

21 mm, black paint

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 13132

E39 UVa in silver mount

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 12025

21 mm, silver chrome

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 13004

E46 UVa in black mount

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 12026

24 mm, black paint

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 13005

E46 UVa in silver mount

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 12027

24 mm, silver chrome

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 13328

E49 UVa in black mount

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 13373

E55 UVa in black mount

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 13374

E55 UVa in silver mount

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 13381

E60 UVa in black mount

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 13356

Universal-Polfilter M

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

14 ANGLEFINDER M Order no. 12531

x

x

x

x

x

x

15 VISOFLEX ELECTRONIC VIEWFINDER (EVF 2) Order no. 18753

For further order numbers, please visit www.leica-camera.com

FILM ADVANCE

TRIPOD EQUIPMENT

16 LEICAVIT M

23 TABLETOP TRIPOD AND BALL HEAD

Order no. 14009

Black paint

x

x

Order no. 14100

Tabletop tripod

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 14450

Black chrome

x

x

Order no. 14110

Ball head

x

x

x

x

x

Order no. 14008

Silver chrome

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

17 MOTOR M Order no. 14408

Product

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24 REMOTE CABLE RELEASE Order no. 14076

50 cm long

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LEICA M Technical data.

Camera

Leica M (Type 240) Black paint Silver chrome

Order no.

10 770 10 771

Camera type

Compact digital rangefinder system camera for still picture photography and video recording.

Lens mount

Leica M-Bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding.

Viewfinder type

Large, bright, combined bright-line viewfinder/rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation, bright-line frames with LED illumination. Split and superimposed image rangefinder, shown as a bright field in the centre of the viewfinder.

Viewfinder magnification Viewfinder coverage

Exposure metering methods

Centre-weighted, selective metering (spot) or multi-segment metering.

Exposure compensation

–3 EV to +3 EV, one-third stop increments.

Exposure bracketing

3/5 exposures, 0.5/1/2/3 stop increments.

Exposure modes

M (manual), A (aperture priority), B.

0.68×.

Video formats

Full-frame recording with individual frame compression (Motion JPG), QuickTime format (.mov).

At a focusing distance of 2 metres, the size of the bright-line frame corresponds to the sensor size of approx.  23.9 × 35.8 mm. Focused at infinity, and depending on the focal length, the sensor captures a greater area than that indicated by the bright-line frame. At distances of less than 2 metres, the area captured is a little less than that  indicated by the bright-line frame.

Video resolution/ frame rate

1080 pixels, 720 pixels, 640 × 480 (VGA)/25 fps, 24 fps.

Audio recording

Automatic level adjustment, manual level adjustment (also during recording), concert setting.

Eyepiece/ dioptre compensation

Adjusted to –0.5 dioptres. Correction lenses available for –3 to +3 dioptres.

Microphone

Mono, stereo microphone adapter available as an optional accessory.

Menu languages

German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Russian.

Sensor type

Leica Max 24-MP CMOS sensor.

Shutter

Dual focal plane shutter for classical image capture and Live View.

Sensor size

24 × 36 mm.

Shutter speeds

1/4000 s to 60 s (in bulb mode), 1/180 s flash sync speed.

Resolution

DNGTM: 5976 × 3992 pixels. JPG: 5952 × 3976 pixels (24 megapixels), 4256 × 2832 pixels (12 megapixels),  2976 × 1984 pixels (6 megapixels), 1600 × 1080 pixels (1.7 megapixels).

Shutter release

Two stage: 1 power on + hold metered value (in aperture priority mode) – 2 shutter release. Standard internal threading for remote release.

Flash exposure control

Control with centre-weighted TTL pre-flash metering (with SCA-3501/3502 adapter or SCA-3000 standard flash units, e.g. Leica SF 24D/Leica SF 58). HSS flash synchronisation.

Flash synchronisation

=1/180 s. Optional synchronisation on first or second shutter curtain, faster sync speeds possible with  HSS-compatible flash units.

Monitor

3-inch TFT monitor (921,600 pixels) with scratch-resistant cover in Corning® Gorilla® glass.

Colour depth

14-bit.

Image processor

Leica Maestro® image processor.

Image data formats

DNGTM (uncompressed RAW data or with lossless compression), JPEG, DNG + JPEG.

Working colour space (JPEG)

sRGB, Adobe®RGB.

Capture settings (JPEG)

Contrast, sharpness, film modes.

Levelling aid

Yes.

ISO sensitivity

ISO 200–ISO Push 6400, in 1/3-ISO steps, ISO 100 as additional pull function.

Storage media

SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards.

White balance

Automatic, daylight, cloudy, shade, tungsten, warm fluorescent, cool fluorescent, flash, manual (grey card),  colour temperature 2,000–13,100 K.

Power supply

Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (included), nominal voltage 7.4 V, capacity 1800 mAh.

Body

Optional electronic viewfinder available

Yes (EVF-2).

Full metal body in magnesium alloy with artificial leather trim. Top plate and base plate in brass. Black paint or silver chrome finish, splash-proof.

Tripod thread

A 1/4 (1/4") DIN, stainless steel, integrated in the camera body.

Shooting modes

Single frame, continuous, self-timer 2 s, self-timer 12 s.

Dimensions (W × D × H)

Approx. 139 × 42 × 80 mm.

Maximum burst rate

Approx. 3 fps.

Weight (including battery)

680 g.

Focusing modes

Manual focusing based on the combined viewfinder and rangefinder principle, Live View, 100% Live View Zoom,  Live View Focus Peaking.

Operating conditions

0–40°C.

Exposure metering  principle

In classical rangefinder mode: through-the-lens (TTL) metering, centre-weighted with variable working aperture  by metering sensor. In Live View and extended viewfinder mode: exposure metering by the image sensor.  Centre-weighted TTL metering for flash exposure with system-compatible SCA-3000/2 standard flash units.

Interfaces

Data interface for the multifunctional handgrip M (optional accessory).

Package includes

Battery, battery charger with mains cables (EU, USA, may differ in some export markets), 12 V charging cable,  carrying strap, connector cover, body cap, Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® as download option.

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LEICA M-E Technical data.

Camera

Leica M-E (Type 220) Anthracite-grey paint

Order no.

10 759

Camera type

Compact digital rangefinder system camera for still pictures.

Lens mount

Leica M-Bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding.

Viewfinder type

Large, bright, combined bright-line viewfinder/rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation and optically illuminated bright-line frames. Split and superimposed image rangefinder, shown as a bright field in the centre of the viewfinder.

Viewfinder magnification Viewfinder coverage

Exposure metering methods

Centre-weighted.

Exposure compensation

–3 EV to +3 EV, one-third stop increments.

Exposure bracketing

3/5 exposures, 0.5/1/1.5/2 stop increments.

Exposure modes

M (manual), A (aperture priority), B.

0.68×.

Video formats

At a focusing distance of 1 metre, the size of the bright-line frame corresponds to the sensor size of approx. 23.9 × 35.8 mm. Focused at infinity, and depending on the focal length, the sensor captures a greater area than that indicated by the bright-line frame. At distances of less than 1 metre, the area captured is a little less than that  indicated by the bright-line frame.

Video resolution/ frame rate

Audio recording

Microphone

Menu languages

German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Russian.

Eyepiece/ dioptre compensation

Adjusted to –0.5 dioptres. Correction lenses available for –3 to +3 dioptres.

Sensor type

KAF-18500 CCD sensor with 18 million pixels (18 MP).

Shutter

Focal plane shutter with external cocking, for classical exposure.

Sensor size

Approx. 35.8 × 23.9 mm.

Shutter speeds

Between 1/4000 s and 240 s (in bulb mode), 1/180 s flash sync speed.

Resolution

JPEG: 5212 × 3472 pixels (18 megapixels), 3840 × 2592 pixels (10 megapixels), 2592 × 1728 pixels (4.5 megapixels),  1728 × 1152 pixels (2 megapixels), 1280 × 846 pixels (1 megapixel).

Shutter release

Three stages: 1 power on – 2 hold metered value (in aperture priority mode) – 3 shutter release. Standard internal threading for remote release.

Colour depth

14-bit.

Flash exposure control

Image processor

DSP-based imaging electronics.

Control with centre-weighted TTL pre-flash metering (with SCA-3501/3502 adapter or SCA-3000 standard flash units, e.g. Leica SF 24D/Leica SF 58).

Image data formats

DNGTM (uncompressed RAW data or data with non-linear, lossless compression), JPEG.

Working colour space (JPEG)

sRGB, Adobe®RGB.

Capture settings (JPEG)

Flash synchronisation

=1/180 s. Optional synchronisation on first or second shutter curtain.

Monitor

2.5-inch TFT monitor (230,000 pixels).

Levelling aid

Saturation, contrast, sharpness.

Storage media

SD and SDHC memory cards.

ISO sensitivity

ISO 200–ISO 2500, with additional ISO 80 pull function.

Power supply

Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (included), nominal voltage 3.7 V, capacity 1860 mAh.

White balance

Automatic, daylight, cloudy, shade, tungsten, fluorescent 1, fluorescent 2, flash, manual, colour temperature  2,000–12,800 K.

Body

Full metal body in magnesium alloy with artificial leather trim. Top plate and base plate in brass.

Optional electronic viewfinder available

Tripod thread

A 1/4 (1/4") DIN, stainless steel, integrated in base plate.

Dimensions (W × D × H)

Approx. 139 × 42 × 80 mm.

Shooting modes

Single frame, continuous, self-timer 2 s, self-timer 12 s.

Weight (including battery)

585 g.

Maximum burst rate

Approx. 2 fps.

Operating conditions

0–40°C.

Focusing modes

Manual focusing based on the combined viewfinder and rangefinder principle.

Interfaces

5-pin, high-speed mini USB 2.0 socket for fast data transfer.

Exposure metering  principle

Through-the-lens (TTL) metering, centre-weighted with variable working aperture by metering sensor; centre-weighted TTL pre-flash metering with system-compatible SCA-3000/2 standard flash units.

Package includes

Battery, battery charger with mains cables (EU, USA, may differ in some export markets), 12 V charging cable,  carrying strap, connector cover, body cap, Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® as download option.

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LEICA M MONOCHROM Technical data.

Camera

Leica M Monochrom

Order no.

10 760

Exposure compensation

–3 EV to +3 EV, one-third stop increments.

Camera type

Compact digital rangefinder system camera with a dedicated black-and-white image sensor.

Exposure bracketing

3/5 exposures, 0.5/1/1.5/2 stop increments.

Lens mount

Leica M-Bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding.

Exposure modes

M (manual), A (aperture priority), B.

Viewfinder type

Large, bright, combined bright-line viewfinder/rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation and optically illuminated bright-line frames. Split and superimposed image rangefinder, shown as a bright field in the centre of the viewfinder.

Video formats

Video resolution/ frame rate

Audio recording

Microphone

Menu languages

German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Russian.

Shutter

Focal plane shutter with external cocking, for classical exposure.

Shutter speeds

1/4000 s to 240 s (in bulb mode), 1/180 s flash sync speed.

Shutter release

Three stages: 1 power on – 2 hold metered value (in aperture priority mode) – 3 shutter release. Standard internal threading for remote release. Control with centre-weighted TTL pre-flash metering (with SCA-3501/3502 adapter or SCA-3000 standard flash units, e.g. Leica SF 24D/Leica SF 58).

Viewfinder magnification

0.68×.

Viewfinder coverage

At a focusing distance of 1 metre, the size of the bright-line frame corresponds to the sensor size of approx.  23.9 × 35.8 mm. Focused at infinity, and depending on the focal length, the sensor captures a greater area than that indicated by the bright-line frame. At distances of less than 1 metre, the area captured is a little less than that  indicated by the bright-line frame.

Eyepiece/ dioptre compensation

Adjusted to –0.5 dioptres. Correction lenses available for –3 to +3 dioptres.

Sensor type

CCD sensor with 18 million pixels (18 MP).

Sensor size

Approx. 35.8 × 23.9 mm.

Resolution

DNGTM: 5212 × 3468 pixels. JPEG: 5216 × 3472 (18 megapixels), 3840 × 2592 (10 megapixels),  2592 × 1728 (4.5 megapixels), 1728 × 1152 (2 megapixels), 1280 × 864 (1 megapixel).

Flash exposure control

Colour depth

14-bit.

Flash synchronisation

Image processor

DSP-based imaging electronics.

Monitor

2.5-inch monitor (colour-TFT LCD) with 230,000 pixels.

Image data formats

DNGTM (uncompressed RAW data), JPEG (with quality-oriented compression).

Levelling aid

Working colour space (JPEG)

sRGB hardwired.

Storage media

SD and SDHC memory cards.

Power supply

Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (included), nominal voltage 3.7 V, capacity 1860 mAh.

Capture settings (JPEG)

Contrast, sharpness.

Body

ISO sensitivity

ISO 320/26° to ISO 10000/41°, selectable in 1/3 ISO increments. ISO 160 also available as a pull function.

Full metal body in magnesium alloy with artificial leather trim. Top plate and base plate in brass. Black chrome finish, sapphire glass protective cover for the monitor screen.

White balance

Tripod thread

A 1/4 (1/4") DIN, stainless steel, integrated in base plate.

Optional electronic viewfinder available

Dimensions (W × D × H)

Approx. 139 × 42 × 80 mm.

Weight (including battery)

585 g.

Shooting modes

Single frame, continuous, self-timer 2 s, self-timer 12 s.

Operating conditions

0–40°C.

Maximum burst rate

Approx. 2 fps.

Interfaces

5-pin, high-speed mini USB 2.0 socket for fast data transfer.

Focusing modes

Manual focusing based on the combined viewfinder and rangefinder principle.

Package includes

Exposure metering  principle

Through-the-lens (TTL) metering, centre-weighted at working aperture by metering sensor. Centre-weighted TTL metering for flash exposure with system-compatible SCA-3000/2 standard flash units.

100–240 V battery charger with two mains cables (EU, USA, may differ in some export markets), a car charger, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, USB cable, real leather carrying strap, original Leica M Monochrom print of an image from the campaign, instruction manual, information on registration and software downloads, Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom®, Nik Silver Efex ProTM, as download versions.

Exposure metering methods

Centre-weighted.

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=1/180 s; longer shutter speeds may be used. Optional synchronisation on first or second shutter curtain.

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LEICA M7

LEICA MP

Technical data.

Technical data.

Camera

Leica M7 Black chrome Silver chrome

Camera

Leica MP Black paint Silver chrome

Order no.

10 503  10 504

Order no.

10 302 10 301

Camera type

Compact rangefinder system camera for 35 mm film photography with electronically controlled shutter plus  two mechanically controlled shutter speeds.

Camera type

Compact rangefinder system camera for 35 mm film photography  with electronically controlled shutter.

Lens mount

Leica M-Bayonet.

Lens mount

Leica M-Bayonet.

Viewfinder type

Large, bright, combined bright-line viewfinder/rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation and optically illuminated bright-line frames. Split and superimposed image rangefinder, shown as a bright field in the centre of the viewfinder.

Viewfinder type

Large, bright, combined bright-line viewfinder/rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation and optically illuminated bright-line frames. Split and superimposed image rangefinder, shown as a bright field in the centre of the viewfinder.

Viewfinder magnification

0.72×. The Leica à la carte programme offers alternative choices of 0.85× or 0.58× viewfinder magnification.

Viewfinder magnification

0.72×. The Leica à la carte programme offers alternative choices of 0.85× or 0.58× viewfinder magnification.

Viewfinder coverage

The bright-line frame size corresponds to an image size of approx. 23 × 35 mm at the minimum focusing distance for all focal lengths. Focused at infinity, and depending on the focal length, approx. 9 % (28 mm) to 23 % (135 mm) more will be captured on the film than is shown in the corresponding bright-line frame.

Viewfinder coverage

The bright-line frame size corresponds to an image size of approx. 23 × 35 mm at the minimum focusing distance for all focal lengths. Focused at infinity, and depending on the focal length, approx. 9 % (28 mm) to 23 % (135 mm) more  will be captured on the film than is shown in the corresponding bright-line frame.

Eyepiece/ dioptre compensation

Adjusted to –0.5 dioptres. Correction lenses available for –3 to +3 dioptres.

Eyepiece/ dioptre compensation

Adjusted to –0.5 dioptres. Correction lenses available for –3 to +3 dioptres.

ISO sensitivity

Choice of automatic setting from ISO 25/15° to ISO 5000/38° for DX-coded films, or manual setting from ISO 6/9° to ISO 6400/39°.

ISO sensitivity

Manual settings from ISO 6/9°  to ISO 6400/39°.

Shooting modes

Single shots.

Shooting modes

Single shots.

Focusing modes

Manual focusing based on the combined viewfinder and rangefinder principle.

Focusing modes

Manual focusing based on the combined viewfinder and rangefinder principle.

Exposure metering  principle

Selective through-the-lens exposure metering (TTL with metering sensor) at working aperture.

Exposure metering  principle

Selective through-the-lens exposure metering (TTL with metering sensor) at working aperture.

Exposure metering methods

Selective.

Exposure metering methods

Selective.

Exposure compensation

–2 EV to +2 EV, one-third stop increments.

Exposure compensation

Exposure modes

M (manual), A (aperture priority), B.

Exposure modes

M (manual), B.

Shutter

Horizontal, rubberised cloth focal plane shutter with extremely low noise characteristics. Electronically controlled,  plus two mechanically controlled shutter speeds, 1/60 s and 1/125 s.

Shutter

Horizontal, rubberised cloth focal plane shutter with extremely low noise characteristics.  Mechanically controlled.

Shutter speeds

In aperture priority mode (AUTO), continuous from 32 s to 1/1000 s. In manual mode, settings from 4 s to 1/1000 s in single stop increments. B for exposure times of arbitrary length, 1/50 s flash sync speed.

Shutter speeds

From 1 s to 1/1000 s in one stop increments. B for exposures times of arbitrary length, 1/50 s flash sync speed.

Shutter release

Three stages: 1 power on – 2 hold metered value (in aperture priority mode) – 3 shutter release. Standard internal threading for remote release.

Shutter release

Two stage: 1 power on – 2 shutter release. Standard internal threading for remote release.

Flash exposure control

TTL control with centre-weighted integral metering (with SCA-3501/3502 adapter or SCA-3000 standard flash units, e.g. Leica SF 24D/Leica SF 58). HSS flash synchronisation.

Flash exposure control

Computer control by the flash unit or guide number calculation and manual setting of the required aperture.

Flash synchronisation

Flash synchronisation

Power  supply

6 V/2× DL 1/3 N lithium cells.

Power  supply

3 V/2× PX 76/SR 44 silver oxide button cells or 1 DL 1/3 N lithium button cell (only required for exposure metering and viewfinder displays).

Body

One-piece, full metal body with back door. Top plate and base plate in brass. Silver or black chrome finish.

Body

One-piece, full metal body with back door. Top plate and base plate in brass. Silver or black chrome finish.

Tripod thread

A 1/4 (1/4") DIN, integrated in base plate.

Tripod thread

A 1/4 (1/4") DIN, integrated in base plate.

Dimensions (W × D × H)

Approx. 138 × 38 × 79.5 mm.

Dimensions (W × D × H)

Approx. 138 × 38 × 77 mm.

Weight (including battery)

Approx. 610 g.

Weight (including battery)

Approx. 585 g.

Operating conditions

0–40°C.

Operating conditions

0–40°C.

Package includes

Carrying strap with non-slip pad, M-Bayonet camera body cap, flash sync socket protector and battery/batteries.

Package includes

Carrying strap with non-slip pad, M-Bayonet camera body cap, flash sync socket protector and battery/batteries.

128 I M - SYSTEM TECHNICAL DATA

= 1/50 s and all longer shutter speeds, first curtain synchronisation.

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LEICA M-LENSES Technical data.

Leica M-Lens

No. of lenses  Elements/ groups

Angle of view  Diagonal, in °

Leica Tri-Elmar-M 16 –18 – 21 mm f/4 ASPH.

10/7

107/100/ E67 (14473 92 adapter)

Leica Super-Elmar-M 18 mm f/3.8 ASPH.

8/7

Leica Summilux-M 21 mm f/1.4 ASPH.

Dimen-  sions  Ø × L from bayonet flange,  in mm

Weight  Black/ silver,  in g

Min. focusing  distance  From film plane, in cm

Smallest  object  field  in mm

58 × 72

335

50

725 × 1087 1:30

9

100

E77 (14484 61 × 58 adapter)

310

70

827 × 1241

9

10/8

92

Series VIII

69.5 × 77

580

70

685 × 1027 1:29

11

Leica Super-Elmar-M 21 mm f/3.4 ASPH.

8/7

91

E46

43 × 55

279

70

706 × 1059 1:29.4

9

Leica Summilux-M 24 mm f/1.4 ASPH.

10/8

84

Series VII

61 × 76

500

70

615 × 922

1:26

11

Leica Elmar-M 24 mm f/3.8 ASPH.

8/6

84

46

53 × 57

260

70

615 × 922

1:26

9

Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/2 ASPH.

9/6

75

46

53 × 40.8

270

70

533 × 800

1:22

10

Leica Elmarit-M 28 mm f/2.8 ASPH.

8/6

75

39

52 × 46

180

70

533 × 800

1:22

10

Leica Summilux-M 35 mm 1.4 ASPH.

9/5

63

46

53 × 46.2

320

70

419 × 627

1:17.5

9

Leica Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 ASPH.

7/5

63

39

53 × 34.5

255/340

70

419 × 627

1:17.5

8

Leica Summarit-M 35 mm f/2.5

6/4

63

39

51 × 34

220

80

490 × 735

1:20.4

9

Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH.

8/5

47

60

73 × 75

700

100

406 × 608

1:17

11

Leica Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH.

8/5

47

46

53.5 × 52.5 335/465

70

271 × 407

1:11.3

9

Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH.

8/5

47

39

53 × 47

Approx. 300 70

271 × 407

1:11.3

11

Leica Summicron-M 50 mm f/2

6/4

47

39

53 × 43.5

240

70

271 × 407

1:11.3

9

Leica Summarit-M 50 mm f/2.5

6/4

47

39

52 × 33

230

80

338 × 508

1:14

9

Leica APO-Summicron-M 75 mm f/2 ASPH.

7/5

32

49

58 × 67

430

70

169 × 254

1:7.

9

Leica Summarit-M 75 mm f/2.5

6/4

32

46

55 × 61

345

90

238 × 357

1:10

11

Leica APO-Summicron-M 90 mm f/2 ASPH.

5/5

27

55

64 × 78

500

100

220 × 330

1:9.1

11

Leica Summarit-M 90 mm f/2.5

5/7

27

46

55 × 67

360

100

213 × 320

1:8.9

11

Leica APO-Telyt-M 135 mm f/3.4

5/4

18

49

58.5 × 104.7

450

150

1:9

10

Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90 mm f/4

4/4

27

39

52 × 59/ 41**

240

77/50*

* With Leica macro-adapter M. ** Collapsed.

Filter   thread  Ø in mm

130 I M - SYSTEM TECHNICAL DATA

220 × 330

Largest  repro-  duction  ratio

1:34.6

Number  of iris  blades

161 × 241/ 1:6.7/1:3* 10 72 × 108*

Top and bottom: Cotton picking near the city of Osh in southern Kyrgyzstan.


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Kyrgyz ‘eagle huntsman’ in traditional dress at the 100th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the town of Bokonbayevo.


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