Thursday, August 23, 2012

Leica Announces the Leica M Monochrom and More!

Yesterday Leica announced an exciting addition to their digital rangefinder lineup, the Leica M Monochrom.  With an 18 megapixel, black and white CCD sensor, the Monochrom promises to be the world’s first full frame black and white digital camera.  The Monochrom also boasts the ability to make toning decisions (sepia, selenium, etc) in camera.  Because the sensor doesn’t have RGB filters to make color channels, each pixel reads the whole luminance level at its location.

After the jump we talk about the Leica X2, the M mount 50mm f/2.0, and a new adapter that adds lens options for the S2.  Technical data on all cameras is available as well.Leica’s #May10 was full of surprises as three new cameras, a new lens and a new lens adapter have been unveiled.

Leica M Monochrom

Camera type- Compact digital rangefinder system camera with black-and-white
Lens attachment- Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding
Image sensor- Active area approx. 23.9 x 35.8 mm, 5212 x 3468 pixels (18 megapixels). Infrared filter for non-visible spectrum over 700nm, no low-pass filter
Storage medium- SD cards up to 2 GB, SDHC cards up to 32 GB
Sensitivity range- ISO 320/26° to ISO 10000/41°
Flash exposure metering- Control with center-weighted TTL pre-flash metering (with SCA-3501/3502 adapter, or SCA-3000 standard flash unit such as Leica SF 24D/Leica SF 58).
Exposure modes- Through the Lens (TTL) metering, center-weighted with variable aperture. Center-weighted TTL metering for flash exposure with system-conformant SCA-3000/2 standard flash units.
Monitor- 2.5″ monitor (color TFT LCD) with 230,000 pixels
Software- Adobe Lightroom, Nik Silver Efex Pro, as download versions (highspeed internet connection required)

Leica X2
The X2 is a fixed focal length 24mm f/2.8 ASPH (35mm equivalent) compact point and shoot with a 16mp sensor that replaces the X1 in the Leica product line.  The newly developed sensor gives the X2 better image quality, especially in low light.  A pop-up flash and new leather trimming round out the changes that Leica has made.
Lens- Leica Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH.
Image sensor- 16.5 MP, APS-C, CMOS image sensor (effective 16.1 MP).
Metering modes- Smart multi-segment metering, center-weighted metering, selective (spot) metering.
Sensitivity- Auto, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO 6400, ISO 12500.
Continuous shooting- 3 fps or 5 fps, max. 8 consecutive exposures with constant shooting speed in DNG + JPEG fine quality.
Exposure modes- Standard, dynamic, natural, b/w natural, b/w high contrast.
Flash Modes- Auto, flash exposure correction, red-eye correction, fill-in flash, slow sync, studio, 1st /2nd curtain sync. Hot shoe Compatible with Leica SF 24D, Leica SF 58 flash units.
Monitor- 2.7″-TFT LCD with 230,000 pixels, wide-angle
Storage- Internal memory (Approx. 110 MB)
Memory card compatibility- SD, SDHC, SDXC.
Interfaces- HDMI out, USB (USB 2.0 high speed).
Software- Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® (free download option after camera registration)

Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH
The new M mount 50mm lens from Leica boasts unprecedented sharpness, fast speeds, and even an integrated lens hood that rotates into position.
From the Leica press release:
The LEICA APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH will offer the following advantages:
·  High speed standard lens delivering outstanding imaging performance
·  Supremely soft rendering of blurred image areas (Bokeh)
·  Integrated lens hood, extendable by rotating
·  Product package includes milled brass lens front cap
·  Exclusive presentation packaging box

Leica V-Lux 40
The V-Lux 40 is Leica’s newest addition to their compact digital camera line.  With a 20x super-zoom lens (24-480mm!), a 15.3 megapixel sensor and the ability to shoot up to 60fps in high-speed mode the V-Lux promises to be a welcome addition to the photographer who doesn’t want to sacrifice portability for quality.  Some of the V-Lux 40’s other nifty features include a built in GPS module, optical image stabilization, and full-HD video recording.
Lens- LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR 4.3 – 86 mm f/3.3-6.4 ASPH
Sensor- 1 / 2.33” CMOS with 15.3 MP (effective 14.1 MP)
Exposure modes- Program mode (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter speed priority (S), Manual Setting (M)
Metering modes- Multi-field / Center weighted / Spot
Sensitivity- 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Monitor- 3.0” TFT-LCD, approx.. 460,800 pixel, Touch Screen functionality

The Leica M9-p ‘Edition Hermes’
The last addition that these purveyors of fine camera equipment made to their lineup on #may10 is the result of a collaboration with Hermes, a company equally defined by fine craftsmanship.  The is the third in a line of premium special editions of the M-System to be created in collaboration with the well-known Parisian house Hermès. The Leica M9-P ‘Edition Hermès’ is being offered as a strictly limited edition. For more information visit the manufacturer’s product page below.