Leica M

Leica introduces M Typ 262 with new quieter shutter mechanism and
lower price | Damien Demolder

German camera manufacturer Leica has added another rangefinder body to its M system that has a pared-down feature set, an extra quiet shutter unit and a lower price than the M Typ 240. The new Leica M Typ 262 is very much the same as the other M bodies, but does not offer video or live view shooting, even though it uses a 24MP CMOS sensor. Leica has used the button space on the rear of the camera that is used for live view in the Typ 240 to add direct access to the white balance feature. The company says that the new shutter unit is barely audible and the shutter cocking mechanism is ‚considerably quieter‘ than the system used in previous models. In single shot mode the new mechanism allows up to two frames to be recorded in a second, while the drive mode allows up to three frames per second, as before. Instead of a brass top plate the Typ 262 uses aluminum, which makes the camera around 100g lighter than the Typ 240. Leica says one of benefits of not offering video and live view is that the menu system is much simpler and consists of only two pages. The camera may offer the same full-frame 24MP sensor that is used in the M Typ 240 and the M-P, and seems unlikely to be the sensor used in the more recent Leica Q and SL. At £4050 the Typ 262 is offered as the least expensive of the M bodies, and is available immediately. For more information visit the Leica website.

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Leica M Type 240

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New Leica M – with a focus on the functions essential for photography |
Leica AG

Since the launch of the rangefinder system in 1954, Leica M cameras have been valued by many photographers as the perfect tool for capturing the fascination of a moment discreetly, quietly and spontaneously. We began writing a new digital chapter in the success story of the M-Camera – then analogue in 2006. Today, it is the Leica M (Type 262) that embodies the M-Philosophy in its purest form: with a focus on the functions essential for photography combined with clear and intuitive handling, it is one of the most compact, full-frame system cameras available, and offers you access to lenses acknowledged as being the best in the world. It is the essence of M-Photography. The perfect camera for experiencing the fascination of the M in its purest form……..

Source: en.leica-camera.com
 


Leica M Type 240

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How The Leica M (Typ 262) Will Inspire Your Street Photography |
Andrea Boccalini

“It’s a timeless city. You can feel the vibration of the stories in the city. If you go deeper, you can feel the modern side of the city as well. You get the sensation of an embedded modern lifestyle.” This is how Andrea Boccalini, the Vienna-based Italian photographer describes his experience with the Leica M (Typ 262) while photographing Vienna. He continues: “When you hold the M camera in your hands, you feel that you are using something that is part of a long story.”…..

Source: blog.leica-camera.com
 


Leica M Type 240

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New Leica M Typ 262 entry level camera officially announced | Leica News & Rumors

Today Leica Camera announced their new entry level Leica M Typ 262 digital rangefinder. The new M model is basically the „light“ or the „M-E“ version of the current M Typ 240. The main differences compared to the M 240 model are:

  • no video
  • no LiveView
  • 100g lighter (body made of durable aluminum)
  • smaller Leica red dot logo
  • quieter shutter compared to the M 240
  • the camera’s menu consists only of two pages
  • body design closer to the M9
  • Sample photos can be found here
  • Price: € 5,500 (incl. VAT)……

Source: leicarumors.com
 


Leica M Type 240

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Goodbye Leica – Hello Fuji | Luminous Landscape

For many years I have had two camera systems. I use one system (Nikon) for most of my shooting and a second one for traveling light or for when I need to be invisible. Well times have changed. During a recent trip to Ohio, I brought both of my Leica M Type 240’s and realized that while their manufacture is flawless and I admire the workmanship, they were not very light. In addition, as my style of image making has changed, my Leicas have been left behind. To elaborate further, I am a left eye shooter and was fed up with my nose prints on the Leica LCD. In addition, while prime lenses are terrific, I wish there were zooms available to increase the camera’s versatility. There are times where my feet just cannot get me as close as I need to be and a 70-200 zoom would solve my problem, Leica’s offering stops at 135mm. Instead, I have been left to crop the image, which is not satisfying…..

Source: luminous-landscape.com
 


Fuji X-T1

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Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) review | TrustedReviews

The Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) is an unusual camera in a number of ways. Top of the list is that it can shoot only black-and-white photos. Next up, it costs £5,750. And finally it’s a rangefinder, which when used alongside the viewfinder, offers a unique way of focusing next to your average CSC or DSLR. Not totally turned off yet? Good – because there’s plenty of reason to hang around; the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) is an amazing camera that can produce photos most other cameras just can’t touch. Not only are Leica’s lenses among the best in the world, the black-and-white sensor creates photos of incredibly high dynamic range and low noise – unless you push the sensitivity too high. The Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) certainly isn’t for everyone, but it is quite brilliant……

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Leica M Monochrom

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Leica M Monochrom (Type 246) Digital Camera Review | Kyle Looney

These days, if you want to take a black-and-white photo, you simply dabble with Photoshop filters and call it a day. If you’re really feeling nostalgic, you can pick up some B&W film, only to realize how much of a pain in the butt it is. For people who find film to be too annoying and Photoshop unfulfilling, there aren’t many choices. Leica, manufacturers of gorgeous, anachronistic, uber-expensive cameras, tried to tap into this market back in 2012 with the release of the digital, black-and-white-only Leica M Monochrom. Three years later, Leica is back with an updated version, the new Leica M Monochrom (Type 246) (MSRP $7,450). This takes the original blueprint and updates it with a flurry of new features and performance improvements, such as a modern 24-megapixel full-frame sensor, HD video, and a much, much better LCD. While the improvements won’t make the new Monochrom more appealing to average users–the giant price tag all but guarantees that….

Source: cameras.reviewed.com
 


Leica M Monochrom

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Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5 Super-Wide Heliar (V1) Review | 35mmc

The Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5 is a lens that I’m not unfamiliar with. In fact, I’ve owned one before, though since the period of ownership preceded 35mmc, it feels a little like it was in a past life. Recently reviewing the 16mm Hologon had me wondering whether or not I should buy one again. I’d enjoyed the Hologon, but couldn’t justify the outlay for the minimal amount I’d use one. As such, I figured the Voigtlander 15mm might just be the obvious alternative…? Just as I was going through this thought process, it was suggested to me by Alex Yates, that I might borrow his Voigtlander to compare it to the Hologon – just as when James made me a similar offer, I practically tore his arm off……

Source: www.35mmc.com
 


Leica M Type 240

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What’s Special About the Leica M System? | The Photo Fundamentalist

Lets start with perceptions: Leica is a polarising word: for some it means ‘luxury’, while for others it is synonymous with ‘rich git with more money than sense and who is personally responsible for world poverty by oppressing the struggling masses’. A slight exaggeration, but you get the idea…. On top of this, Leica has an illustrious heritage, including production of some of the most game-changing 35mm portable cameras and the natural consequence of that: some of the most iconic images of the 20th century have been produced with said cameras. Detractors assert that current users are inhaling the vapours of former glories, while devotees are likely to reply with ‘there is still no other camera like a Leica M’. Considering the huge cost of digital Leicas, are there any sensible reasons to engage in a system that is so incredibly expensive, where in the case of the soon to be replaced Leica M Type 240, there are competitors that have left it well behind with regard to sensor resolution, Dynamic Range, high ISO, Live View and weight? …….

Source: thephotofundamentalist.com
 


Leica M Type 240

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Grey is a beautiful colour – Leica Monochrom 246 Review | Mirrorlessons

At the dawn of photography and motion pictures, monochrome was the only option for those who wanted to make images. When colour photography arrived on the scene, it was more expensive than B&W and therefore less accessible to the general public. However, as colour photography began to permeate the market and come down in price, monochrome imagery gradually became more of an artistic choice. Today, we live in an era where digital imaging is at everyone’s fingertips. Even the simplest cameras deliver a wide array of options – colour, monotone, filters, effects, and more. What’s more, you have the freedom to adjust everything after the shoot. This is why, in an increasingly competitive market where top performance and advanced features count, the Leica M Monochrom may appear out of place. A digital camera that can only shoot black and white may seem more like a step back than a step forward, especially if you consider that all it takes is the click of a button in Photoshop to convert a colour image into monochrome. But the fact that the Typ 246 is the second edition in the Monochrom series shows that there is a niche of people who think it is a good idea………

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Leica M Monochrom

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