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Leica SF 58 Flash Unit For Leica-R, Leica-M, and Leica-S Systems

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Product Highlights
  • Zoom Range of 24-105mm
  • Has Standard & Soft Lighting Settings

The Leica SF 58 is a shoe mount flash that revels in its versatility. For starters, the SF 58 is compatible with the TTL metering systems in select Leica-R SLR cameras, Leica-M rangefinders, and the Leica-S medium format digital cameras.

Furthermore, this flash's performance range extends to its light output as well. The head both bounces and swivels with a powerful guide number of 58. An automatic/manual zoom head that goes from 24-105mm with the option to use a diffuser that spreads the light to accompany lenses as wide as 16mm with an accessory diffuser (14489 - not included) and 18mm with the built-in one.

The most intriguing ability the SF 58 possesses is two separate light outputs that can be mixed and matched for illuminating effects. The main reflector has 25 selectable output levels and the secondary one has 3. Preset profiles include a mode for standard and one for soft light.

Dual Reflectors
While the main reflector is responsible for the indirect flash, the secondary reflector can be used to lighten up the darks and generate brilliant results. The extra light can be adjusted in three steps and adapted to the subject.
Rear Backlit LCD
Thanks to a spacious, backlit LCD and a well-structured menu, the Leica SF 58 is very easy to operate. All flash functions are effortlessly adjusted using only four keys. Depending on the camera type and mode, the Leica SF 58 will automatically register the focal length, aperture and ISO and display the information on its screen, simultaneously calculating the maximum range at maximum flash power. Successful exposures are optionally confirmed with a beep.
USB Link
The LEICA SF 58 sports an integrated USB port for firmware updating, making this flash an investment with a bright future.
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 58' (17.68 m) ISO100 at 35 mm position
Angle of Coverage Not Specified By Manufacturer
Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/256
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes, -7° to +90°
Swivel Head Yes, 300°
Zoom Head Full frame: 24 mm - 105 mm
Recycle Time Approximately 5 - 6 seconds
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Lithium, Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.8 x 5.8 x 3.9" / 7.1 x 14.7 x 9.9 cm
Weight 12.5 oz / 354 g
Leica SF 58 Flash Unit For Leica-R, Leica-M, and Leica-S Systems
  • Case
  • Mounting Base
  • 4 x AA Batteries
  • 2-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SF 58 Flash Unit For Leica-R, Leica-M, and Leica-S Systems
     
    4.6

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good power output (15)
    • Consistent output (13)
    • Easy to use (13)
    • Versatile (10)
    • Fast recycling (9)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (5)
    • Heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Fill flash (15)
    • Portraits (11)
    • General purpose (9)
    • Night photography (6)
    • Photojournalism (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (6), Semi-pro photographer (6), Pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (18)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    strong flash unit

    The flash is unit is used on a M8.2, mostly for fill flash applications. It is a bit bulky for that camera, but due to its same roots like my Metz MZ58 units...Read complete review

    The flash is unit is used on a M8.2, mostly for fill flash applications. It is a bit bulky for that camera, but due to its same roots like my Metz MZ58 units for Nikon I wanted to have the same handling. Another benefit is the second reflector unit which gives a nice touch when the main reflector is tilted for bounced lighting. The SF58 is very well crafted and comes in a nice leather pouch plus a detachable foot for slave flash applications.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Do you really use a flash?

    I bought this to go with a Leica M 240, and returned it. It did accomplish what it is supposed to but it did not have a very sturdy feel to it, and...Read complete review

    I bought this to go with a Leica M 240, and returned it. It did accomplish what it is supposed to but it did not have a very sturdy feel to it, and the plastic locking ring (to the hot shoe) was not very impressive. I don't use a flash much, but wanted to have a "matching" flash for my camera, which I have now rethought.

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    5.0

    Fantastic flash

    By Michael

    from Jacksonville Beach, FL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about SF 58 Flash Unit For Leica-R, Leica-M, and Leica-S Systems:

    Upgraded from the much smaller Leica flash sf24d and wow this is a great flash. The user interface is simple and intuitive and the flash capabilities are impressive. Paired with my M-P (M240) the flash is big but well worth the investment.

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    2.0

    Do you really use a flash?

    By pobah

    from Philadelphia, PA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Not Very Substantial

    Best Uses

      Comments about SF 58 Flash Unit For Leica-R, Leica-M, and Leica-S Systems:

      I bought this to go with a Leica M 240, and returned it. It did accomplish what it is supposed to but it did not have a very sturdy feel to it, and the plastic locking ring (to the hot shoe) was not very impressive. I don't use a flash much, but wanted to have a "matching" flash for my camera, which I have now rethought.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great flash

      By nyguy

      from New York, NY

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Photojournalism
        • Portraits

        Comments about SF 58 Flash Unit For Leica-R, Leica-M, and Leica-S Systems:

        Just a great flash. Works quickly and reliably with M9 and M-240. Easy to configure and use. Lots of power. Really couldn't be happier with it.

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        5.0

        I would buy this product again and again

        By carter

        from Chantilly, VA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Powerful Output
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • Portraits

          Comments about SF 58 Flash Unit For Leica-R, Leica-M, and Leica-S Systems:

          I am using it for portraiture. I like it because of first, its ability for directional light, second, its ability for an additional direct fill besides the indirect fill, third, unlike similar Metz flash, its ability for high speed syn. with Leica camera, and lastly, its ease of use.

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          5.0

          Deserving Of The Red Logo

          By Sonnie

          from Washington, DC

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Powerful Output

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • General Use

            Comments about SF 58 Flash Unit For Leica-R, Leica-M, and Leica-S Systems:

            I use this flash unit mainly for event work. Having had it for a few months now, I find it very reliable, and right on the money exposure wise. It's solid (unit kind of heavy for a shoe mount, but if feels good), well made, and works well with my M8.2 (I use it in the TTL mode). I even use it with my Dlux-4 in aperture priority (it's larger and heavier than the camera - what a sight (lol)). What's great about this flash is the power. You do have to learn to rein it in. and get used to how much power it really has. It's easily the the most powerful, and best built shoe mount I have ever owned (and I've owned many). One note of caustion, take a lot of AA batteries. Because of it power, it burns right through them. Yes, it's expensive, but in my opinion, a worthwhile investment. I would recommend this flash to a friend. Actually to anyone who has a need for a powerful, well built shoe mount flash.

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            5.0

            Great Flash for M8

            By Simon

            from Jersey City

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Recycling

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • Portraits

              Comments about SF 58 Flash Unit For Leica-R, Leica-M, and Leica-S Systems:

              I purchased this flash for my Leica M8. TTL function work much better in comparision to both Canon 580EX or Nikon SB900 I previosuly tested. Of course price is a little higher but it really worth the $$$ once you see the result. See attached example.

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              4.0

              Expensive but worth it.

              By jwhitephoto

              from Raleigh, NC

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easy To Use
              • Powerful Output

              Cons

              • Expensive

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Photojournalism
              • Portraits
              • Weddings

              Comments about SF 58 Flash Unit For Leica-R, Leica-M, and Leica-S Systems:

              This is a high-dollar flash but so is an M8 or M9 and if you want truly professional results this is the way to get it. Plenty of power along with the pretty light of a Metz flash to boot. This flash works great with the Nikon SC-28 off-camera flash cord as well. The smaller SF 24 is an okay unit but not in the same league with this unit. Shooting TTL with the ability to use exposure compensation on the flash makes for an easy way to dial in the exposure. If you have an M8 or M9 this flash is a necessary accessory.

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              2.0

              SF58 is overpriced compared to others

              By Tam

              from Austin, Texas

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Powerful Output

              Cons

              • Bulky
              • Slow Recycling

              Best Uses

                Comments about SF 58 Flash Unit For Leica-R, Leica-M, and Leica-S Systems:

                Bought SF58 for my new M9-P camera. All (Yes all) flash pictures have red-eyed in it and I have to use Photoshopt to remove it. When I call Leica tech support and ask them why every flash pictures has red-eyed, the answers are: the Leica M9-P firmware does not incorporate the red-eyed reduction like my Nikon D2X and the SF58 flash does not have pre-flash to reduce the red-eyed problem. Leica Tech support said that the M9-P is intended for outstanding picture with natural light. They do not know whether the future released M9-P firmware will incorporate the red-eyed reduction.
                I then used my Metz flash with auto flash and has pre-flash feature to reduce the red-eyed and all the red-eyed in the M9-p flash pictures disappear because of the Metz built-in pre flash. Therefore, I returned the SF58 and use my Metz flash with standard flash socket and use Auto flash.

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                5.0

                Worth Every Penny!

                By Big Mike

                from Maryland

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about SF 58 Flash Unit For Leica-R, Leica-M, and Leica-S Systems:

                  Was always told that Leica M8 was not a camera that you use a flash for. Not true! Indoor photos are amazing using the SF 58. Very easy to use and the size (while not small) is a non-issue for me. This, like most Leica products is awesome! I highly recommend this flash.

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                  5.0

                  easy to use

                  By louster

                  from Atlanta, GA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Cost

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about SF 58 Flash Unit For Leica-R, Leica-M, and Leica-S Systems:

                  I bought this for use on those rare occasions when available light just won't work with my M9.
                  It hasn't been used much and probably won't be in the future, but it was pretty easy to figure out. It's comforting to know that when I actually need it, I won't need to go to the manual for a refresher course.
                  It'll most likely be used indoors and bounced for TTL fill. An upcoming Halloween party will put it to the test and I'm totally confident inn taking this as my only auxiliary light source.

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                  5.0

                  a useful product

                  By Scott

                  from Vancouver, BC

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Bulky

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash

                  Comments about SF 58 Flash Unit For Leica-R, Leica-M, and Leica-S Systems:

                  i haven't had the chance to use it too much but so far, for indoor shooting it has performed well.

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                  5.0

                  Would buy again

                  By JRVB

                  from San Juan PR

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use
                  • Night Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about SF 58 Flash Unit For Leica-R, Leica-M, and Leica-S Systems:

                  Photography has been my hobby for the last 30 years plus. First a SLR fanatic, now cannot let go of my Leicas. First bought the SF240 which is light and compact for travel but the SF58 is something else. Portraits, midrange flash pictures turn just Great! It synchronizes seamlessly with my Msystem and X1!
                  Flash pictures turn perfect.
                  FULLY RECOMMENDED!

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                  5.0

                  New SF58 flash for my M9

                  By Phil

                  from Omaha, NE

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Powerful Output
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash

                    Comments about SF 58 Flash Unit For Leica-R, Leica-M, and Leica-S Systems:

                    This is a powerful unit and can be used on camera or off camra by the siimple use of a Canon flash cord 28. I also like the secondary flash which can be fired in 1/4, 1/2, full, and off positions. If you are using the main flash as bounce flash off a wall or ceiling and the secondary flash pointed at center of focus, you can add two angles of light on the subject. Instructions are fairly clear and flash may be used with previous M Leicas. I plan to use the unit for mainly fill flash.

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                    5.0

                    THE flash to have for your Leica

                    By Scott

                    from Orland Park, IL

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Fast Recycling
                    • Powerful Output

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash
                    • General Use
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about SF 58 Flash Unit For Leica-R, Leica-M, and Leica-S Systems:

                    I purchased for a new M9 after reading reviews of the smaller SF24D. So far, despite being a little large and a little heavy, it has performed admirably. I'm glad I made the decision.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent and useful product

                    By Michael

                    from South Australia

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast Recycling
                    • Powerful Output
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about SF 58 Flash Unit For Leica-R, Leica-M, and Leica-S Systems:

                      A great addition for indoor photography. The programming features of this flash are very helpful

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                      5.0

                      genius idea for camera mounted flash

                      By J

                      from south florida

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits

                      Comments about SF 58 Flash Unit For Leica-R, Leica-M, and Leica-S Systems:

                      my photos produced with the leica m system are now at a new level thanks to this flash. bounce flash and direct lighting all from same flash unit makes photos "pop".

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                      4.0

                      Best Choice for M8/M9

                      By Ranger41

                      from Rural Virginia

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Powerful Output
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Bounced Flash
                        • Fill Flash

                        Comments about SF 58 Flash Unit For Leica-R, Leica-M, and Leica-S Systems:

                        Works well with M8/M9 TTL. Best use IMO is bounced with secondary flash at 1/4 power.

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                        5.0

                        Leica SF058

                        By John

                        from New York, NY

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Ability to bounce
                        • Consistent Output
                        • Fast Recycling
                        • Powerful
                        • Powerful Output

                        Cons

                        • Bulky

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Night Photography

                        Comments about SF 58 Flash Unit For Leica-R, Leica-M, and Leica-S Systems:

                        This is a very powerful flash. Not usually one who uses flash, I purchased this to use on my M9 for those instances in which a flash can enhance a picture. I am having to learn how to "tame" it so that the shots are not overexposed. Overall though, I am confident that once I learn how to properly use it, it will do everything I am hoping.

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                        5.0

                        strong flash unit

                        By Udo

                        from Red Sea

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Bulky

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about SF 58 Flash Unit For Leica-R, Leica-M, and Leica-S Systems:

                        The flash is unit is used on a M8.2, mostly for fill flash applications. It is a bit bulky for that camera, but due to its same roots like my Metz MZ58 units for Nikon I wanted to have the same handling. Another benefit is the second reflector unit which gives a nice touch when the main reflector is tilted for bounced lighting. The SF58 is very well crafted and comes in a nice leather pouch plus a detachable foot for slave flash applications.

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