The Latest Leica M-E camera (now in stock) is a 18.0-Megapixels Full Frame CCD Sensor Digital Rangefinder Camera that fits Leica M-Mount Lenses. All Metal Die-Cast Magnesium Body, Anthracite Gray Finish with Leather Trim, It features Manual Focus with Optical Viewfinder, 2.5″ TFT LCD with 230,000 Pixels, ISO Sensitivity Up to 2500, Low-Noise Shutter, Included Adobe Lightroom Software. The camera measures (W x D x H) approx. 139 x 37 x 80 mm(5,5 x 1,7 x 3,1 in.) and weight 585 g (20.6 oz).
Same picture quality like the Leica M9/P cameras, for MUCH less money. Plus, the removal of the low-pass filter actually enhances detail and renders a more natural image. Lack of a “Bright Line Preview Selector” doesn’t affect any of the qualities of the M9/P or M-E images. The Anthracite Graytop and base camera is handsome and distinctive, A perfect well priced camera.
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The M-E Digital Rangefinder Camera from Leica is a full frame, interchangeable lens camera that embodies the notion that less is more. By concentrating on essential photographic functions, the M-E produces high quality images in a fast and stealthy manner. The camera houses a full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor but retains a compact, durable and well-designed form.
The 18MP CCD sensor in full 35mm format offers high-resolution imaging and the omission of the sensor’s low-pass filter creates photos with fine details and an increased visual impact. The sensor matches well with the compact M-system and M-series lenses, giving uniform exposure across the entire sensor. The camera’s compatibility with the full line of superb Leica M-series lenses provides flexibility in shooting and sharp imagery.
By declining to incorporate features such as Live View and Video functions, the M-E frees itself to perfect only those functions that create a better photographic image. Its fast and accurate manual focusing is achieved via the optical viewfinder/rangefinder and the smooth, exact focusing ring of a Leica lens. Shutter speeds from bulb mode through 1/4000th of seconds can be set manually or automatically determined by the camera. The shutter mechanism is a closed type focal plane shutter with external cocking mechanics and provides a quiet and smooth action.
A 2.5″ TFT LCD screen with 230,000 pixels offers clear image playback and menu control and the camera body itself is an all-metal casing made of die-cast magnesium with an attractive anthracite-gray finish and a real leather wrap which provides a good grip as well as good looks. A hot shoe mount is available for optional flash attachment.
This is an ideal camera for those interested in a pure photographic system which produces uncompromised image quality.
18MP Full-frame CCD Sensor
The highly light sensitive full-frame CCD sensor is ideal for the compact nature of the M-E and the high quality Leica M-series lenses. Uniform light exposure from corner to corner of the sensor provides sharp, high quality images.
Omitted Low-pass Filter
The omission of the otherwise usual low-pass filter ensures that images possess fine details and a particularly natural visual impact.
Manual focus is provided through the large, clear, bright-line rangefinder with 0.68x magnification and automatic parallax compensation. The viewfinder’s frame lines match the image sensor size at 3.2 feet (1 m). Split or superimposed image rangefinder is shown as a bright field in the center of the viewfinder image. The eyepiece is adjusted to -0.5 dpt. An LED display is visible in the optical viewfinder showing auto shutter speeds and exposure correction warnings.
Exposure metering is Through the Lens (TTL) metering, center-weighted with variable aperture. There are two exposure modes: Automatic shutter speed (Aperture Priority A-mode) and Manual Exposure (M-mode). Exposure compensation is -3 EV to +3 EV in 1/3 stops.
Handsome, Durable Design
Milled brass top cover with all metal, magnesium body. Anthracite-gray finish and black leather trim.
Image File Format and Size
The M-E shoots in both DNG (RAW data uncompressed or nonlinear compressed) and JPEG formats. DNG file size is 18 MB (compressed) and 36 MB (uncompressed). Exact JPEG file sizes depend on resolution and image content.
Up to four sets of camera and exposure settings can be saved under a user-selected profile name and rapidly retrieved whenever required.
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
All optional accessories compatible with the Leica M9/M9-P digital camera will fit the Leica M-E.
A free Adobe Lightroom software download is included.
Lens Mount Leica M Mount Camera Format Full-Frame Pixels Actual: 18.5 Megapixel
Effective: 18 Megapixel Max Resolution 18MP: 5270 x 3516
Other Resolutions 18MP: 5212 x 3472
10MP: 3840 x 2592
4.5MP: 2592 x 1728
2MP: 1728 x 1152
1MP: 1280 x 846
Sensor Type / Size CCD, 35.8 x 23.9 mm
File Formats Still Images: DNG, JPEG
Dust Reduction System Y
Noise Reduction No
Memory Card Type SD
Viewfinder Type Optical, LCD Display
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.68x
Diopter Adjustment – 3 to +3 m
Display Screen 2.5″ Rear Screen LCD (230000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Live View No
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 160-2500 (Extended Mode: 80-)
Shutter 240 – 1/4000 seconds
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Kelvin, Manual, Shade, Tungsten
Burst Rate Up to 2 fps at 18 MP
Summary – The latest ME camera from Leica Co. is well priced , keeping the same quality of the Leica M9 and Leica M9-P cameras allowing new users to join the wonderful Leica rangefinder system for much less… ! The great Leica optic could be used with the Leica ME camera, Compact Asph. lenses like the Leica 28/2,8 Elamrit-M Asph six bit cat #11606 New
Or the Leica 35/ 2.0 Summicron-M ASPH. black (E39) #11879 six bit New lenses