Leica SF 26 Flash

Leica SF 26 Flash

Leica SF 26 Flash

B&H # LESF26B MFR # 14622
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Product Highlights

  • Compatible with Leica TTL
  • Guide Number: 85' at ISO 100 and 85mm
  • Coverage: 24mm, 35mm & 85mm (Full Frame)
  • Tilts Upward 90°
  • LED Light with 30 lux Output at 3.3'
  • USB Port for Updates
  • 1st & 2nd Curtain Synchronization
  • Runs on 2 AAA Batteries
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Leica SF-26 overview

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With a design optimized for use with the Leica T, the SF 26 Flash from Leica is a compact, shoe-mounted unit with an 85' guide number at ISO 100 and 85mm and an extremely useful 90° bounce capability. Working with the Leica TTL system, it is also compatible with other Leica cameras, such the S Medium Format DSLR. Also, the flash has a constant LED video light with 2 output settings and a maximum output of 30 lux at 3.3'. Additionally, the LED provides AF assist in low-light conditions.

An integrated wide-angle diffuser provides coverage for 24mm lenses and an included telephoto attachment for 85mm lenses in addition to the standard 35mm coverage. A flash readiness indicator is built-into the flash as well as a status LED provide operating information to the user. The SF 26 flash also features 1st and 2nd curtain synchronization options and can function as an automatic fill. An integrated USB socket is available for firmware updates and the unit runs on 2 AAA batteries. A microfiber pouch is included.

Automatic shut off
Metal base with quick lock
UPC: 799429146221
In the Box
Leica SF 26 Flash
  • Microfiber Pouch
  • Telephoto Attachment
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Leica SF-26 specs

    Mount Shoe
    Guide No. 85.3'; (26 m) ISO100 at 85 mm Position
    Exposure Control TTL
    Bounce Head Yes0 to +90°
    Swivel Head None
    Coverage 24 - 85 mm (Full Frame)
    Off-Camera Terminal None
    Recycle Time Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Flash-Ready Indicator Yes
    Power Source 2x AAA Alkaline, Rechargeable NiMH Batteries
    Weight 4.374 oz / 124 g
    Packaging Infowrdfxdzaswb
    Package Weight 1.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.2 x 4.2 x 3.4"

    Leica SF-26 reviews

    SF 26 Flash is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 11.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far so good. Using this on the M 240 is definitely nice. Just having TTL flash in such a small package can make life a lot easier. Of course when you ask a machine to make decisions for you, it won't always get it right, but it does better than I do on the fly. If I had my way, this would be TTL or manual. Most of the time the TTL works out perfectly though, but their are situations where I just can't make it right--like when you have a relatively small subject in the context of a picture that needs fill in a largely dark and distant setting. It will certainly over expose. The other problem I have noticed is that when the flash has just recently recharged, it doesn't necessarily discharge in time with the shutter. If you give it a few seconds after it claims to be charged, it doesn't seem to have any issues.It's very well made and intuitive to use. Being able to bounce flash with TTL is handy, but this flash doesn't hit the ball out of the park. The SF 58 has it all, but it's too huge for on-the-go type photography. If you could bounce it off a side wall and have some manual control, this would be the only flash I'd want. Right now I still use 3 in total. This one sees the most use by far.
    Date published: 2014-12-07
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a good fit for the Q The flash is simply fair with the Leica Q. The TTL does not provide an adequate fill in; it is generally too strong or weak. When one photographs at a distance there are discernible dark areas. Often some areas are very bright, others very dark. Those at my regional Leica store agree with me. A $$Nikon flash for my Nikon 800e is significantly better. I would not purchase this flash. Great camera (the Q), poor flash. This is my first negative review on a Leica product.
    Date published: 2016-03-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from On M: very nice and very useful for what it is intended for I read a lot about flashes beforehand and it is true you do not buy a Leica M if 90% of your photos are flash, why else would you drop major $ on a sumilux. Also true this is a light plastic flash. It feels cheap by comparison to a metal cast M, but that is what you need. I don't want to put a 600g flash on top of a Leica. It would be become as heavy and bulky as a DLSR. What you pay for by being the LEICA flash is: you click it in, switch the exposure to the little red arrow and forget about it. It simply works. I ask a lot from my family, so I can by the best objectives for 90% of my shots, in return they ask for a couple of nice pictures at birthdays of an on location, inside portrait. That is where the SF26 shines. The 10% of situation where you need fill in or to document an event reportage style. Capturing the scene at all is more important than artistique. I dial the ISO up from normally 200 to 400-800, to minimize hard fall-off. I used it on a 50 mm Zeiss and if you don't use LEICA-coded objectives, it is important to manually select the objectives that work with TTL. Lastly, if it is not spur-of-the moment action shooting, I shoot many aperture openings and exposure compensation under TTL, to pick the best one afterwards; same as exposure bracketing.
    Date published: 2016-01-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice size and works well I was looking for flash unit for the Leica M-P (Typ240). I was initially using a Canon ex 580ii. It was too heavy and big for the Leica. It was also making it top heavy and uncomfortable have the camera hanging by the neckstrap. I was trying to decide between the SF 26 and the SF 40. Based on some reviews, I was worried it would be underpowered for what I needed it (evening low light situations, but where I could use shutter speeds of 1/125s or higher). I was quite pleased with the results. It is TTL so you dont have to fiddle with the settings as with the Canon to get it to work. It can only be tilted up and down, but not rotated. If you bounce the light at the right angle, you wont have much trouble. Would definitely recommend
    Date published: 2017-03-23
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from NO STARS ! One of the most sub standard item I have ever bought from B and H and it turns out to be a Leica. First the battery cap broke. It was a clumsy fit, cheap fragile piece of plastic. I could not use it for 6 week awaiting a replacement from Leica service. As soon as I started using it again I realized it was over exposing the shots blasting at full power no matter how low I went flash compensation. At times it would work all right but then constant light would just turn on by itself. Fortunately all this happened within the warranty period of 2 years. I sent in the item for repair to Leica's NJ facility first week of feb ! Despite my numerous requests, I haven't received it back after almost three months. I have even asked to be refunded the amount I paid for it so I can buy another one if they cannot repair it on time or send me a new one ! I wonder if a company like Leica cares about its customers or treats them this way with service and repairs within warranty periods. Its is frustrating that you pay for Leica name 3 times more than its Metz version and yet do not get any service for all the extra money you think you were shelling out to get better service ! Isn't it Shameful ? Still waiting for the flash.
    Date published: 2017-04-30
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from and Expensive Mediocre Flash that bears a great name I bought this for my Leica T and my M. First the flash has a tremendous drawback that is not User upgradable. You have to send it to Leica so they do the upgrade. I believe they are afraid that you buy a Metz mecablitz 26 AF-1 digital and transform it into a Leica. It is the same flash and cost a fourth of the Leica. Then the performance is mediocre, I compare it to a Sony HVL F20M. My advise go buy the Leica SF40 that cost 16% more and you get a way much better flash. (which BTW is a rebranded Nissin i40).
    Date published: 2017-02-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from SF-26 Leica Flash Mainly used for macro, portraits, indoor shooting. Shoots well with my Leica M. Would be nice if it came with a soft white diffuser. Overall, good built quality, nice and compact, easy to use. Good buy if you don't want a bulky flash on a smaller Leica.
    Date published: 2015-09-12
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Random power output in TTL, no manual mode I used the SF 26 on a Leica Q. In TTL mode, the power output seemed completely random with a tendency to use full-power most of the time even with flash exposure compensation set to -3ev. There is no Manual mode per-se to get around that (Slave mode can be used as manual mode but limited to full, 1/2 and 1/4 power). Even when you lucky and the TTL correctly expose the shot, the result do not look so great as the light output is not uniform.
    Date published: 2017-11-22
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