Leica Enhances ‘Traditional’ Camera Look.

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Leica Camera AG has today announced the M-D model to join the ‘M’ series.

The cost effectiveness and convenience of digital, but the shooting mind set of film shooting, long ago seemed sensible to me.

Here we go with the official details:

Leica M-D: The return of anticipation.

New digital Leica rangefinder focuses on the absolute essentials of photography, and excludes an LCD screen

28 April 2016
Leica Camera has extended its iconic rangefinder camera series with a new model: the Leica M-D (Typ 262). The fifth product in the Leica M range, the Leica M-D joins the Leica M and M-P (Typ 240), the Leica M (Typ 262) and the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246), offering a greater choice for photographers looking for specific functionality from their rangefinder camera.

The Leica M-D is the first serial production model of the digital M family to be made without an LCD monitor screen. The standard location of the screen on the back of the camera is taken by the ISO sensitivity setting dial – one of the few, but essential, features of the camera. Although the Leica M-D embodies the entire range of technical developments perfected over decades for the Leica rangefinder system, it intentionally omits all but the most vital features. Concentrating entirely on the key parameters required for photography: shutter speed, aperture, distance and ISO sensitivity, the Leica M-D focuses the user on the most essential aspect – the picture they are taking – and brings back the anticipation of discovering the results later in the process, as when shooting with film.
Jason Heward, managing director, Leica UK, said, “With the exclusion of the ubiquitous LCD screen, photographers must return to the principles of photography when shooting with the Leica M-D: accurate framing and composition, selecting the appropriate parameters and settings, and ensuring that they capture the decisive moment with the thought and consideration that has always been necessary in analogue photography. This unique rangefinder camera also brings back the fascination and expectation associated with film – returning photography to its origins during the capturing process, whilst maintaining the obvious convenience and benefits of digital technology.”

Principally, the technical features of the Leica M-D are based on those of the Leica M (Typ 262). As with all other digital Leica M cameras, the Leica M-D (Typ 262) features a high resolution CMOS full-frame sensor, which has been designed exclusively for rangefinder photography, and supports neither video recording nor Live View. Its 24 megapixel resolution delivers exceptional image quality and extreme sensitivity, making it perfect for available light situations. At the same time, the camera’s Maestro processor guarantees fast processing of image data. Exposures are captured exclusively as RAW data in DNG format, enabling photographers to apply the required adjustments in post-processing software.

Leica M-D_rightLeica’s focus on ‘Das Wesentliche’ (the essentials of photography) is immediately recognisable in the design of this camera. The Leica M-D expresses purely functional, formal clarity, and features characteristics such as a brass top plate with a ‘step’ at the end, referencing the design of the Leica M9. The Leica ‘red dot’ logo has been omitted from the front of the camera for ultimate discretion.

Furthermore, the barely audible shutter of the Leica M-D ensures the camera is inconspicuous when shooting: an invaluable advantage in scenarios where the photographer wishes to remain unobtrusive. As an aid to this, the camera features a shutter cocking system that is particularly quiet in single exposure mode, and enables a shutter release frequency of up to two frames per second. In continuous mode, the Leica M-D has the same sequential shooting speed as its sister model and shoots up to three frames per second.

The Leica M-D is available in a black paint finish, and includes a real leather carrying strap in full-grain cowhide.

Pricing and availability
The Leica M-D is scheduled to be available from Leica stores and authorised Leica dealers in the UK in May 2016, at a suggested retail price of £4,650 including VAT.
Additional information can be found at uk.leica-camera.com

Leica Camera AG is an international manufacturer of premium cameras and sport optics products. The company is headquartered in Wetzlar, Germany, with a second production site in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal. Leica Camera AG operates branch offices in the UK, France, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, South Korea, Italy, Australia and the USA. New and innovative products have been the driving force behind the company’s positive development in recent years.

LEICA M-D (Typ 262) – Technical Information
Camera type
Compact digital viewfinder / rangefinder system camera
Lens mount
Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding
Lens system
Leica M lenses from 16 – 135mm
CMOS type, active area approx. 23.9 x 35.8mm (corresponds to usable format of analogue Leica M models)
5,976 x 3,992 pixels (24MP)
Image format
DNG™ (raw data), compressed loss-free, JPEG
File size
Depends on picture subject
Storage media
SD cards up to 2GB/SDHC cards up to 32GB/SDXC cards
Exposure metering
Ambient light: Through The Lens (TTL), with working aperture, flash light: TTL metering with system-compatible, SCA-3000/2-standard flash units
Metering principle/ method
Metering the light reflected by light blades of the 1st shutter curtain onto a measuring cell: heavily centre-weighted
Metering range
At room temperature, normal humidity and ISO 200, at aperture 1.0 EV0 to EV20 at aperture 32. Flashing of the left triangular LED in the viewfinder indicates values below the metering range
Sensitivity range
ISO 200 to ISO 6400, can be set manually in 1/3 ISO steps
Exposure mode
Choice of automatic shutter speed control with manual aperture preselection – aperture priority A, or manual shutter speed and aperture setting
Flash exposure control:
Flash unit attachment
Via accessory shoe with central and control contacts
To the 1st shutter curtain
Flash sync time
= 1/180 s; slower shutter speeds can be used if sync time is not met: automatic switching to TTL linear flash mode with HSS-compatible Leica system flash units
Flash exposure metering
With system-compatible flash units, control with centre-weighted TTL pre-flash metering
Flash exposure compensation
Flash units with the appropriate specifications: in all modes ±3EV in 1/3 EV steps
Displays in flash mode
Readiness: by means of constant lighting of the flash symbol LED in the viewfinder, success control: by further lighting or temporary fast flashing of the LED after the picture has been taken, underexposure display: by the LED going out temporarily
Viewfinder principle
Large, bright line frame viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation
Calibrated to -0.5 dpt.; corrective lenses from -3 to +3 diopter available
Image field limiter
By activating two bright lines each: For 35 and 135mm, or for 28 and 90mm, or for 50 and 75mm; automatic switching when lens is attached; frame colour: white
Parallax compensation
The horizontal and vertical difference between the viewfinder and lens is automatically balanced by moving the bright-line frame in line with the relevant distance setting
Matching viewfinder and actual image
At a range setting of 2m, the bright-line frame size corresponds exactly to the sensor size of approx. 23.9 x 35.8mm; at infinity setting, depending on the focal length, approx. 7.3% (28mm) to 18% (135mm) more is recorded by the sensor than indicated by the corresponding bright line frame and slightly less for shorter distance settings than 2m
(For all lenses) 0.68 x
Large-base rangefinder
Split or superimposed image rangefinder shown as a bright field in the centre of the viewfinder image
Effective metering basis
47.1mm (mechanical measurement basis 69.25mm x viewfinder magnification 0.68x)
Four-digit digital display with dots above and below, displays
Shutter and shutter release:
Metal blade focal plane shutter with vertical movement
Shutter speeds
For aperture priority: (A) continuous from 60s to 1/4000 s, with manual setting: 8s to 1/4000 s in half steps, B: For long-time exposures up to max. 60s, (1/180 s): Fastest shutter speed for flash synchronisation, HSS linear flash mode possible with all
shutter speeds faster than 1/180 s with Leica system flash units with appropriate specifications
Activation of shutter
release button
By integrated motor, low noise operation
Shutter release button
Two-stage: 1. Activation of exposure metering and exposure lock (in aperture priority mode), 2. Resolution
Turning the camera on/off
With main switch on the camera top panel, reactivation by touching the shutter release button
Power supply
1 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, nominal voltage 7.4V, capacity 1800mAh; capacity indicated in the viewfinder, operating conditions (in camera): 0°-40°C; Model No: BP-SCL2; Manufacturer: PT. VARTA Microbattery, Made in Indonesia
Inputs: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz, 300mA, automatic switching, or 12V DC, 1.3A; Output: Direct current nominal 7.4V, 1000mA/max. 8.25V, 1100mA; operating conditions (charging): 10°-30°C; Model No.: BC-SCL2; Manufacturer: Guangdong PISEN Electronics Co., Ltd., Made in China
Camera body:
All-metal magnesium/aluminum body, leather covering, brass top panel and base, black lacquered finish
Tripod thread
A ¼ (¼“) DIN stainless steel in bottom
Operating conditions
ISO accessory shoe
Approx. 138.6 x 42 x 80mm (Width x Depth x Height)
Approx. 720g (with battery)
Box contents
Charger with 2 mains cables, Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, carrying strap, housing bayonet cover, cover for accessory shoe

End. (28/04/16).