Thursday, 22 October 2015

New From Leica - the SL (Typ 601) Mirrorless Digital Camera

Just ahead of PhotoPlus Expo 2015, Leica has released the Leica SL (Typ 601) Mirrorless Digital Camera, an outstanding full-frame model that is offering professionals the "new Leica experience." This generation of Leica is aimed to take the top spot of modern imaging technology and by the implementation of an outstanding 24MP CMOS sensor and Leica's Maestro II processor, it will deliver among the best in image quality with sensitivities ranging from ISO 50-50000. The sensor also forgoes the use of a low-pass filter in order to maximize possible detail, especially with the use of Leica's outstanding lens lineups. And, to make the camera a true professional's tool, Leica has incorporated internal DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) video recording at 24 fps in a Super35 mode, along with the V-Log L gamma for maximum dynamic range. 

It has a full-frame 24MP CMOS image sensor that omits the low-pass filter and the Maestro II series processor creates richly detailed images and video at sensitivities ranging from ISO 50-50000. This will also enable speed, with burst shooting up to 11 fps for up to 33 DNG frames, or unlimited JPEGs, thanks to a 2GB buffer. DCI 4K video is also supported at 24 fps along with Full HD at up to 120 fps for slow motion capture. 

Leica claims it to have the fastest autofocus system currently available on a full-frame camera system, which uses 49 fields to lock on quickly and accurately. Ultrasonic dust cleaning further ensures image quality remains at its peak by removing small particles without the need for deep cleaning.

It also comes with the Typ 601 with a 0.66" 4.4MP EyeRes Electronic Viewfinder, which offers a best-in-class 0.8x magnification for spacious, comfortable viewing. This EVF also has an excellent refresh rate of 60 fps, ensuring you will not encounter any lag or jumps during use.

As for all of Leica’s top-end cameras, the SL (Typ 601) is made in Germany, machined from two solid blocks of aluminum and then hand-finished to ensure near perfection when it comes to body design. The use of aluminum guarantees durability over time and the body and lenses were designed to be sealed from the elements, protecting the body from intrusion from dust and water during less-than-ideal weather conditions, and a top 1.28" monochrome LCD for viewing settings, in addition to a rear 2.95" 1.04M-dot LED-backlit touchscreen with an anti-fingerprint and anti-scratch coating. Additionally, it has Wi-Fi connectivity built in, allowing users with the Leica SL App to control camera settings remotely and transfer images with ease, with GPS for geo-tagging your images.
You will of course require a lens for your new camera, and, unsurprisingly, Leica have announced the launch of the Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 ASPH which perfectly complements the new camera body.
Offering a versatile wide-angle to portrait-length range, the Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 ASPH is a fast standard zoom from Leica designed for full-frame L mount mirrorless cameras. The 18 elements in 15 groups lens construction incorporates four aspherical elements and 11 anomalous partial dispersion elements, which help to reduce chromatic aberrations and distortions throughout the zoom range for notable image sharpness and clarity. The f/2.8-4 maximum aperture benefits working in a variety of lighting conditions and also offers greater control over focus position for working with shallow depth of field techniques. Designed for consistent performance at all focal lengths and focusing distances, the versatility this lens affords is well-suited to nearly any photographic application.

Both of these items are now available to pre-order from B&H (just click on the images above) with shipping due to commence from 21st November.



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