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Leica SF 24D TTL Flash for R & M Cameras - Guide No. 65' (20 m) at 35mm - Black

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The compact and lightweight LEICA SF24D allows TTL-flash exposure control when used with the LEICA R8 or R9 as well as the LEICA M6 and M7 TTL-models or the M8 digital cameras. In addition, it supports automatic flash exposure control with all other LEICA M and R cameras with central X hot-shoe contact. The SF 24D runs on two 123A batteries, and batteries are included.

All neccessary information such as film speed, aperture and distance is available in the LCD which can be illuminated on demand. Thanks to the two longlife Lithium batteries CR 123 a very compact design, fast recharging times, and a high number of flashes could be realized.
In the TTL- and A-modes the flash indicator in the viewfinders of the LEICA R8, R9 and the LEICA M6 or M7 TTL-models enables the photographer to check the correct flash exposure immediately.
Leica photographers' creative ambitions are satisfied by the option to utilize the flash exposure compensation feature.
In the TTL and A-modes corrections of +/- 3 EV and 0 to -3 EV respectively are possible.
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 65' (19.81 m) ISO100 at 35 mm position
Angle of Coverage 63°
Wide-Angle Adapter: 84°
Telephoto Adapter: 28°
Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/8
TTL Dedication Yes
Zoom Head None
Recycle Time Approximately 5 - 6 seconds
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.6 x 4.3 x 1.6" / 6.6 x 10.9 x 4.1 cm
Weight 6.3 oz / 179 g
Leica SF 24D TTL Flash for R & M Cameras - Guide No. 65' (20 m) at 35mm - Black
  • Wide Angle 24-28mm Diffuser
  • Tele 85mm Diffuser
  • Soft Pouch
  • 2 x 123A Battery
  • 2-Year Warranty
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    LeicaSF 24D Flash
     
    3.9

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (11)
    • Easy to use (9)
    • Consistent output (8)
    • Fast recycling (8)
    • Durable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (10)
      • Fill flash (9)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (13)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great Results from Compact Unit

      I purchased this little unit to go with my M9. The compact size was very important to me, as we like to travel and I don't like lugging around a bunch of gear. ...Read complete review

      I purchased this little unit to go with my M9. The compact size was very important to me, as we like to travel and I don't like lugging around a bunch of gear. That's why I purchased a Leica in the first place!!!

      I just shot an event last night using a the Leica 50mm 1.4 lens on the M9. The standard light dispersino from this flash matches the coverage of a 35mm lens. This flash lens combination created a nice, soft light - not too harsh, but not too soft. If I had used a 35mm lens, I probably would have added the diffusor. (I like to set the flash dispersion one stop greater than my lens to soften the flash effect.)

      I set the flash for TTL metering, set the lens apperture at 2.0, and fired away with the camera in aperature priority mode.

      I was totally blown away by the results. All of the photos were snapshots taken from 8 to about 20 feet from the subject. They were razor sharp, somewhat softly lit (not harsh), and the backgrouds were just that, backgrouds.

      This little unit may not have bounce lighting, a secondary light source, etc. But it's small size makes it great for the travelor. Get the GF-58 for those times when you need all the bells and whistles. But for when you want something small which can provide great results, you can't go wrong with this little unit.

      These batteries provide very fast recycle times; you'll never be waiting for the unit to recharge. One reviewer thought this might be a problem. But I've found them at any drug store. And they provide over 300 photos from each set!!!

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Defective Flash

      [...] The flash was always 2 stops brighter than the setting on the flash in A mode and the lens setting in TTL mode. I know that there are always some defects...Read complete review

      [...] The flash was always 2 stops brighter than the setting on the flash in A mode and the lens setting in TTL mode. I know that there are always some defects that make it past quality control, but it is still fustrating.

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      5.0

      Compact and useful

      By Jim the runner

      from Los Altos

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use

        Comments about Leica SF 24D Flash:

        Nice and compact to match with Leica M.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Perfect for the job!

        By kimbo

        from Melbourne, Australia

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Recycling
        • Lightweight
        • Powerful Output
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Night Photography

          Comments about Leica SF 24D Flash:

          Having just purchased a Leica X Vario I wanted a flash that had usefully more "oomph" than that built into the camera, but at the same time didn't want to upset the balance of the camera.
          True to form, Leica have produced the SF 24D that complements the X Vario beautifully, and is a very able and versatile flash unit to boot.
          My only complaint is that the external flash cannot be used when the EVF is attached to the camera...at least as far as I can work out. But I don't believe that is the fault of the flash.

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          4.0

          it just works!

          By 0beone

          from Sydney Australia

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Recycling
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use

          Comments about Leica SF 24D Flash:

          For what it is and used on an X1 it does a superb job. I recently attended a wedding with this and it just worked all through the night and I never had exposure issues with pretty much everything I shot being a keeper. If you want bounce etc then just buy the bigger unit.

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          4.0

          Perfect fill in flash

          By Dyret

          from Oslo

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Weak Output

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash

          Comments about Leica SF 24D Flash:

          For an extra punch for highligting faces in daylight this is a compact and nice unit.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best flash for the buck

          By TerryClarkDot

          from Pittsburgh, PA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Recycling
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use
            • Night Photography
            • Photojournalism
            • Portraits

            Comments about Leica SF 24D Flash:

            Great flash for the M cameras, including the M9. Perfect size to keep the balance with the camera. Just enough power for close up work or fill flash. Small enough to pack and carry every day.

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            (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Do not use on M9-P

            By Hsiebert

            from Alameda, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Leica SF 24D Flash:

                  I attached this flash to my M9-P and had a heck of a time to remove it again. I am afraid that it will break the next time I'll have to pry it off. I will use another brand instead and sell this flash to any other fool who wants to use it with the same camera.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Superb Leica-quality product

                  By eb

                  from Durham, NC

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Leica quality

                  Cons

                  • Need M9-P instructions

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use

                  Comments about Leica SF 24D Flash:

                  Works perfectly with the usual Leica precision. However, the user manual (instructions) need to be updated for the M9 and M9-P. It works perfectly with these two digital cameras, but there is too much you have to figure out for yourself.

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                  4.0

                  The best flash for Leica M Series

                  By el

                  from Alberta, Canada

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Fast Recycling
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Controls are a bit clumsy

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use

                  Comments about Leica SF 24D Flash:

                  My review of this flash will not be a comparison to other flashes by other companies. It wouldn't be fair. Any Nikon SB series speedlight will clean the clock of this Leica if we were comparing features and convenience.
                  This Leica flash is a bit weak on features: no tilt/swivel, exposure compensation control is ok at best , CR123 batteries (really?), and I would have loved to see some kind of soft diffuser clip included with the kit.
                  That being said, one has to realize that if one were buy the SF58 the M camera would be dwarfed and become so top heavy and obtrusive that the point of keeping the camera small becomes irrelevant. This flash is a compromise when comparing it to other lights, but I love the size and light weight, it has more power than I need and I built my own soft diffuser.
                  For what it is, this flash does a great job.

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                  4.0

                  Good compact and light flash

                  By Spock

                  from Montreal, QC

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash
                    • General Use

                    Comments about Leica SF 24D Flash:

                    The flash gets the job done. I don't really use flash often so I didn't want anything huge. This is both compact and lightweight and auto adjusts power levels on my M9. The downside is the less common CR123a batteries (bought rechargeables w/charger) and fixed head (no bounce). I bought a Nikon flash cord to be able to aim the flash hand-held with full TTL functionality. This works perfectly.

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                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Very nice flash unit

                    By cc

                    from Virginia

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast Recycling
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use

                      Comments about Leica SF 24D Flash:

                      This is small and compact so it's easy to travel with. The flash doesn't over illuminate the photo. This is not a studio light but rather gives that "Leica look" at the right moment when the available light is just a little too dim.

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                      4.0

                      Great Flash; Terrible Instruction Manual

                      By Josiah

                      from Virginia

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast Recycling
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash

                        Comments about Leica SF 24D Flash:

                        The manual is does not even include mention of the Leica M9. The manual is poorly organized and badly written. All the information is probably there but is it not well organized.

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                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Results from Compact Unit

                        By Brian

                        from Simi Valley, CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast Recycling
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • General Use
                          • Photojournalism

                          Comments about Leica SF 24D Flash:

                          I purchased this little unit to go with my M9. The compact size was very important to me, as we like to travel and I don't like lugging around a bunch of gear. That's why I purchased a Leica in the first place!!!

                          I just shot an event last night using a the Leica 50mm 1.4 lens on the M9. The standard light dispersino from this flash matches the coverage of a 35mm lens. This flash lens combination created a nice, soft light - not too harsh, but not too soft. If I had used a 35mm lens, I probably would have added the diffusor. (I like to set the flash dispersion one stop greater than my lens to soften the flash effect.)

                          I set the flash for TTL metering, set the lens apperture at 2.0, and fired away with the camera in aperature priority mode.

                          I was totally blown away by the results. All of the photos were snapshots taken from 8 to about 20 feet from the subject. They were razor sharp, somewhat softly lit (not harsh), and the backgrouds were just that, backgrouds.

                          This little unit may not have bounce lighting, a secondary light source, etc. But it's small size makes it great for the travelor. Get the GF-58 for those times when you need all the bells and whistles. But for when you want something small which can provide great results, you can't go wrong with this little unit.

                          These batteries provide very fast recycle times; you'll never be waiting for the unit to recharge. One reviewer thought this might be a problem. But I've found them at any drug store. And they provide over 300 photos from each set!!!

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                          • No

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Good accessory to M9

                          By Jarj

                          from Salt Lake City, Utah

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast Recycling
                          • Lightweight
                          • Powerful Output

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use

                            Comments about Leica SF 24D Flash:

                            A good accessory flash for fill and low light. TTL works well. Relatively small and light. Lacks a rotating head and is not designed for more complicated uses but the next model up is nearly as large as an M9 and costs twice as much.

                            My main complaint is that it uses odd batteries that will be hard to find. Best to carry an extra set.

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                            (15 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            Defective Flash

                            By St. Louis Photographer

                            from St. Louis

                            About Me Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Fill Flash

                              Comments about Leica SF 24D Flash:

                              [...] The flash was always 2 stops brighter than the setting on the flash in A mode and the lens setting in TTL mode. I know that there are always some defects that make it past quality control, but it is still fustrating.

                              Share this review

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