Leica S (Type 006) Digital SLR Camera, 37.5MP 7500x5000 Pixels, 3" TFT LCD Display, 2GB RAM, High-Speed USB 2.0 Interface

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About Leica S (Type 006) Digital SLR

The Leica S (Type 006) Digital SLR Camera offers increased imaging quality and sensor sensitivity, predictive autofocus, higher speed and improved handling. Numerous enhanced functions contribute to the camera's further acceleration and greater security of the professional photographic workflow. The outstanding imaging quality of the Leica S is not attributable to any single system component. Every single component is optimized to perfection, but its true powers are shown by their interaction. Decisive proof of this can be seen in the 37.5 megapixel CCD image sensor, specially developed for Leica, with micro lens shift and an infrared filter, which - together with the extremely high performance of the Maestro processor - ensures that creative ideas always lead to outstanding images.

A fast processor alone is not enough to ensure high data throughput. You also need fast and large buffer memory. Boosting the Leica S's buffer to 2 GB means accelerated image processing across the board; however, its essential purpose is supporting long image sequences in continuous shooting mode. The Leica S can store up to 32 DNG files with lossless compression, or 28 uncompressed DNG files, at a full consecutive shooting speed of 1.5 fps, before the buffer is filled. In JPEG mode, the length of the consecutive shooting sequence is only limited by the capacity of the memory card.

Besides image quality, reliability and ease of use, the focus was on photographic versatility. A dust and spray water protected camera body, the dual shutter system consisting of a focal plane and central shutter and an extended ISO range for perfect adaptation to existing light, form the basis of the large range of photographic applications that the new Leica S masters: from advertising photography, through fashion, photo journalism, to nature and travel photography.
< br>The Leica S combines the dimensions of a 35 mm SLR with the imaging quality of the medium format. Thanks to its ergonomic handgrip with improved anti-slip characteristic, the Leica S rests perfectly in your hands. Its center of gravity is positioned so as to prevent fatigue while you are working, as the camera is lighter than professional 35 mm DSLRs at just 1260 g (2.8 lb) (including battery) despite having an extremely robust magnesium body. In comparison with traditional medium-format system cameras, where a digital element had to be combined with an existing analog camera, the Leica S has the enormous advantage that all its components are perfectly placed.

When you hold a Leica S in your hands, you find the controls exactly where you expect them to be. Its layout and design are similar to that of a classic 35 mm SLR, ensuring intuitive handling in every respect, for instance by combining familiar elements like the shutter speed dial with state-of-art controls. Everything about the Leica S is dedicated to providing photographers with all the options they need for a spontaneous style of work.

It offers numerous functions and settings, everyday professional photography demands one thing in particular - the ability to concentrate on the picture you want. With this in mind, Leica developed an incomparably intuitive operating concept for the S that relies on an absolute minimum of control elements. The central controls on the Leica S are the shutter speed dial, the click wheel and the 5-way button, which can be reached comfortably with your right thumb. These controls allow the photographer to adjust the exposure setting and navigate the menus. In a nutshell, anyone holding a Leica S in their hands for the first time can rely completely on their intuition when getting to know its extensive range of functions. In fact, it sets entirely new standards in user-friendliness.

Leica S (Type 006) Digital SLR Features

  • The smallest, fastest and most versatile medium format camera on the market
  • Outstanding image quality with new, improved imaging system components
  • Improved image quality (noise, dynamic range, color reproduction) thanks to new imaging system components
  • Faster speed thanks to a 100% boost in buffer memory size for up to 32 consecutive DNGs at 1.5 images per second
  • Perfect adaptation to existing light thanks to the enhanced ISO range of ISO100 through ISO1600
  • Faster and even more precise autofocus for even sharper image results
  • UDMA7 and SDXC compatibility for maximum memory speeds
  • New flash synchronization mode directly configurable via the shutter speed dial
  • More flexibility due to additional JPEG image resolutions (9.3 MP and 2.3 MP)
  • Black chrome-plated, engraved accessory shoe
  • High quality, engraved shutter speed dial made of black chrome-plated brass
  • New, elegantly grained rubber for an even better grip
  • Frame coverage increased to 98% for even more control
  • Viewfinder display now includes the following additional information: ISO setting, horizon, remaining shots, remaining buffer, flash synchronization indicator
  • 100% more display resolution: 3" display with 921,600 pixels for even more image control
  • Enlarged sRGB display color space for brilliant color reproduction
  • Highly scratch resistant anti-reflex Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Enhanced control concept and menu design with Leica DNA
  • Improved image playback mode for even better and faster picture control
  • New status display with all relevant shot information
  • Horizon display on back display for even more precision for image composition
  • New joystick control for even more intuitive and faster navigation in playback and menu modes
  • Secure LEMO flash synchronization interface for tough professional use
  • Simple image archiving thanks to location information in the image data (fully compatible with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Maps)
  • GPS-based automatic date, time and time zone update

Leica S (Type 006) Digital SLR Specifications

Image sensor
CCD sensor
Sensor size
Leica Pro format 45 x 30 (mm)
Aspect ratio
Sensor resolution
37.5 MP 7500 x 5000 pixel
Pixel size
Micro lenses on sensor
Yes, with micro lens shift
Dynamic range
12 f-stops
Low-pass filter
No, for maximum detail transfer
IR filter
On Sensor
Color depth
16 bit
Working color space (JPEG)
Image settings (JPEG)
Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation
ISO range
autoISO, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800, ISO1600
White balance
autoWB, daylight 5200K, cloudy 6000K, shade 7000K, tungsten light 3200K, HMI 5600K, Neon warm 4000K, Neon cool 4500K, Flash 5400K, Gray card, Color temperature 2000K to 13100K
Exposure modes
Self-timer 2s with mirror-up function
Self-timer 12s with mirror-up function
M (manual), P (program automatic), T (time pre-select), A (aperture priority), B (BULB with time pre-select)
Mirror-up function
Image data format
DNG, DNG lossless compressed, JPEG fine/standard, 37.5 MP, 9.3 MP 2.3 MP, DNG+JPEG
File sizes
DNG: approx. 72MB, DNG lossless compressed: 42MB
JPEG: approx. 1MB-16MB (depending on image content, compression ratio and resolution)
Storage media
SD (SDXC), CF (UDMA7), external (PC)
Continuous shooting mode
(Burst frequency: max. number of pictures / max. resolution)
2 B/s: max. number 100 / 10 MP max. resolution
5 B/s: max. number 100 / 10 MP max. resolution
11 B/s: max. number 12/ 10 MP max. resolution
40 B/s: max. number 40 / 5 MP max. resolution
B/s: max. number 60 / 2.5 MP max. resolution
Frame rate
Max 1.5 fps
Buffer memory
DNG: up to 28 consecutive images, DNG lossless compressed: up to 32 consecutive images
JPEG: unlimited
Menu languages
English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese traditional and simple, Russian
Computer interface
High-speed USB2.0
Exposure metering
Open aperture measurement through lens TTL
Exposure metering method
Multi-pattern, center-weighted, spot (3.5 %)
AE lock
Shutter release or AF/AE memory button (on back of camera)
Exposure compensation
+ /- 3 EV in 1/2 f-stops
Yes, 3 or 5 images, 1/2EV, 1EV, 2EV, 3EV automatic mode (all images captured with a single press of the shutter release)
Light metering range
Spot (ISO100, f=2.5 ) +2.1EV to +20EV
Multi-pattern/center-weighted (ISO100, f=2.5 ) +1.1EV to +20EV
Focal plane shutter (microprocessor-controlled shutter)
Central shutter (with Leica S central shutter lenses)
Shutter speeds
1/4000s to 125s
Flash control
SCA 3502 max. compatibility LEICA SF58
TTL, TTL-HSS (up to 1/4000s), A, M, Strobe, start or end of exposure
Flash synchronization
Focal plane shutter: 1/125s with Leica SF58 in HSS (high-speed sync) up to 1/4000s
Central shutter: 1/1000s
Flash synchronization point
Start of exposure
End of exposure
Flash sockets
Accessory shoe, Flash sync socket, LEMO synchronous flash
Central cross type sensor (phased autofocus)
Focus methods
AFs (sharpness priority), AFc (shutter release priority)
AF (can be can be corrected at any time by manual focus)
MF (manual focus with focus indicator on back panel display)
Focus memory
Shutter release pressure point, AF/AE memory button
Pentaprism type
Diopter compensation
-3 dpt to +1dpt
Viewfinder coverage
Approx. 98%
Viewfinder magnification
0.86 with 70mm lens, infinity, 0 diopter
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4
Mag. Viewfinder shutter (included)
Viewfinder information
Horizon, exposure time, exposure metering mode, aperture, flash status, exposure balance, flash synchronization indicator, focus indicator, exposure metering method, exposure compensation, remaining shots (on storage medium), buffer, warnings, ISO
Top plate display
Colored OLED
Back panel display
3" brilliant TFT LCD, Resolution: 921,600 pixels, Color space: sRGB, 16 million colors, Frame coverage: 100%, View angle: 170 deg., Cover glass: Corning Gorilla Glass
Power supply
Leica Battery S Lithium-ion battery, 7.4V, 2100mAh, Leica AC Adapter S

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Andrew R  Unfortunately no, the lens is shown for illustrative purposes only. This listing is for the camera body only.
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