Leica S (Typ 006)

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Release Date :  September 2012
Price :  $ 21,950.00

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Key features

  • 37.5 MP; 30 x 45mm Low-Noise CCD Sensor
  • ISO 100-1600
  • 2 GB buffer memory
  • Leica S Bayonet Lens Mount
  • Dual CF and SD Memory Card Slots
  • DNG and JPEG File Capture
  • Approximately 1,000 Exposures Per Charge
  • Integrated GPS
  • Compatible with Central Shutter Lenses

New Image And Sensor Board For More Quality And Higher Speed
One of the most remarkable innovations in the Leica S is its new image and sensor board. The upgrade of these electronic components has led to the increased imaging quality of the Leica S, as well as the improvement of noise characteristics, natural color rendition and the precision of its white balance. The latter function has now been extended to include a ‘Grey Card’ option that allows photographers to shoot a subject with a neutral grey area, such as a grey card, and define the white balance determined as a reference for all following photos to ensure a consistently precise color mood from beginning to end of a shoot. The extended sensitivity range of the sensor at both ends gives photographers more freedom of choice in the selection of exposure parameters. For example, the lower basic ISO setting of 100 allows longer working at maximum aperture in extremely bright conditions, while the maximum sensitivity of ISO 1600 enables them to capture noise-free images even under difficult lighting conditions. In addition, the double buffer memory of 2 GB and support of transfer rates up to 166 MB/s enables photographers to shoot continuous sequences of more than twice as many (up to 32) consecutive images in RAW format, at a full resolution of 37.5 MP. There is no limit to the number of consecutive images that may be captured in JPEG format. Images can be saved parallel to the original files in a choice of 37.5, 9.3 and 2.3 megapixels to provide photographers with a preview of the work in progress straight from the camera at the desired resolution.

Fast, Predictive Autofocus Module For Subjects In Motion
The upgraded autofocus module not only increases the speed, but also enhances focusing precision. In combination with its fascinating imaging quality, the Leica S sets new standards for professional action photography. To ensure that moving subjects remain sharp and can be swiftly tracked, the Leica S features a predictive autofocus. The camera compares past movements of the subject and computes the location of the subject at the time of exposure. The autofocus locks on to this computed point before the shutter release is pressed.

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GPS System And Leveling Aid For Precision And Uncomplicated Workflows
The Leica S is the only professional camera to feature an integrated GPS module that can add the geographical positioning data of the exposure location to the Exif data of an image whenever necessary. This function allows the precise synchronization of the system time (internal clock) for any worldwide location where satellite signals can be received. With software (the professional image administration and processing tool, Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4 is supplied with the camera), every image can be shown on a map and tagged with a location name that can be used to locate the image in the future. The new dual-axis leveling aid (spirit level) displays its readout in the viewfinder to allow photographers to align the subject with absolute precision in the horizontal and vertical plane without the need for external aids.

Optimized Handling
The monitor screen offers a resolution of 920,000 pixels, a 3″ diagonal and full sRGB color space, as well as increased contrast and brightness to allow for greater precision when assessing images. The glass covering plate of the monitor screen is manufactured from tough, scratch-resistant Corning®Gorilla®Glass. The increased viewfinder coverage of 98 percent, additional information displayed in the viewfinder, optimization of the camera menu and a softer rubber coating for better grip all make the new camera easy to handle. Significantly faster navigation in the camera menu is now possible with the new integrated joystick control located on the back. Greater security in the control of studio flash systems is afforded by the new LEMO flash sync socket.

Advantages Of The S-System
The new Leica S possesses all the standard quality characteristics of the S-System including the large (30 x 45 mm) Leica Pro Format sensor and its microlens layer that guarantees consistently uniform brightness from corner to corner. Resembling all S-Lenses, the camera is extremely rugged and sealed against environmental influences such as dust and rain. The unique dual shutter concept offers photographers the choice of using the camera’s fast focal plane shutter or the central shutter of CS-version lenses that allows flash sync at shutter speeds up to 1/1000th of a second. The eight Leica S-System lenses currently available (five of which will also be available with a central shutter) offer photographers all focal lengths and a first-class tilt/shift lens. Furthermore, a wide range of medium format lenses from a number of other manufacturers can easily be mounted on the Leica S using adapters such as the S-Adapter H, which allows the use of Hasselblad H-Lenses with full support of all functions including autofocus, central shutter control and automatic aperture control.


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Camera TypeMedium format DSLR camera
ResolutionEffective: 37.5MP
Sensor30 x 45mm CCD
Pixel Pitch6 μm
Dynamic Range12 stops
Color Depth16-bit
Low-Pass FilterNo
IR Cut FilterOn sensor
File FormatsDNG (RAW data uncompressed or lossless compressed), DNG+JPEG fine, DNG+JPEG basic, JPEG fine, JPEG basic
File SizeDNG: 7500 x 5000 px, 72 MB/file

DNG Compressed: 7500 x 5000 px, 42 MB/file

JPEG: 37.5, 9.3, or 2.3 MP; basic or fine; 1-16 MB/file depending on content and compression

Color SpacesAdobe RGB, sRGB, ECI RGB V2
Lens MountLeica S bayonet
Crop Factor35mm equivalent= 0.8x
Focus Control
Focus TypePredictive phase detection autofocus with central cross-sensor array, AF motor in lenses
Focus ModesAFs (single) with focus priority, AFc (continuous) with release priority, manual focus
Manual FocusingFocusing on lens barrel or tethered with Image Shuttle software
Exposure ModesSingle frame, continuous, self-timer 2 or 12 sec. (with mirror pre-release)
Exposure MeteringMulti-segment metering (five fields), center-weighted integral metering, selective (spot) metering (3.5% of image frame); AE lock by pressing shutter release to second resistance point or with five-way switch; metering range 1.2-20 EV (multi-segment and center-weighted) or 2.7-20 EV (spot)
Exposure ControlProgram AE (with shift function), aperture priority AE, shutter speed priority AE, manual
Exposure Compensation+/- 3 EV in 1/2 steps
Exposure Bracketing3 or 5 exposures (auto/manual) in 1/2, 1, 2, and 3 EV steps
SensitivityISO 100-1600, auto
White BalanceDaylight, cloudy, shade, tungsten, HMI, fluorescent warm, fluorescent cool, flash, auto, grey card, color temperature (2000-13100K)
Shutter TypeVertical metal focal plane shutter integrated in camera body
Shutter Speed Range1/4000 to 32 sec., bulb (to 125 sec.) with in-camera focal plane shutter

1/1000 to 8 sec. with central shutter lenses

Flash Synchro Speed1/125 sec.
Continuous Shooting1.5 fps (2GB image buffer; DNG max. 28 images, DNG compressed max. 32 images, JPEG no limit)
Viewfinder TypePentaprism viewfinder with high-eye point eyepiece
Viewfinder CoverageApprox. 98%
Viewfinder Magnification0.8x (with 70mm lens at infinity)
Diopter Adjustment-3 to +1
Focusing ScreenGround glass with crosshairs (interchangeable)
Display3.0″ / 7.6 cm LCD-TFT with 921k-dot resolution

sRGB color space, 16 million colors, 170° viewing angle

External Flash ConnectionHot shoe with center and control contacts, LEMO or standard flash connection sockets without control of flash power
Flash MeteringTT L (multi-segment, spot, center-weighted) multi-segment photodiode
Flash SynchronizationUp to 1/125 sec. (focal plane shutter), up to 1/1000 sec. with central shutter lenses / linear flash mode for sync speeds above 1/125 sec. and focal plane shutter with automatic TTL-HSS control
Flash Exposure Compensation+/- 3 EV in 1/3 steps
ConnectivityUSB 2.0 (LEMO design), HDMI (Type C), 7-pin LEMO socket
System & Software RequirementsWindows XP, Vista, 7

Mac OS X (10.5 or later)

Battery TypeRechargeable lithium-ion battery, 7.4 V, 2100 mAh
ChargerRapid charger S (with integrated US mains plug, interchangeable EU, UK, and AUS plugs, and vehicle adapter)

Inputs: 100-240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, automatic adaptation, or 12/24 V DC

Output: 4.2 V DC, 800 mA

Memory TypesCompactFlash (UDMA 7)

SD, SDHC (to 32 GB), SDXC (to 2 TB)

Operating Conditions32-113°F / 0-45°C

15-80% relative humidity

Weather ResistanceDust and spray protection
Tripod Socket1/4″ and 3/8″ with locator holes for mounting plate anti-twist locking pins
Dimensions6.3 x 3.1 x 4.7″ / 160 x 80 x 120 mm
Weight2.78 lb / 1.26 kg (body only, with battery)