Leica M (Typ 262) Digital Rangefinder Camera

Leica M (Typ 262) Digital Rangefinder Camera

Leica M (Typ 262) Digital Rangefinder Camera

B&H # LEM262B MFR # 10947
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Product Highlights

  • 24MP Leica MAX Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Maestro Image Processor
  • Stills-Only Operation, No Live View
  • Rangefinder Focusing
  • Optical 0.68x-Magnification Viewfinder
  • 3.0" 921.6k-Dot LCD with Gorilla Glass
  • ISO 6400 and 3 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Quiet Shutter Cocking Mechanism
  • Compatible with M Mount Lenses
  • Aluminum Top Plate, Red Leica Dot
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Leica M (Typ 262) overview

  • 1Description

Purveying the essence of rangefinder photography, the M (Typ 262) signals Leica's commitment to simple, straight photography while still incorporating contemporary qualities for refined image-making. Revolving around a full-frame 24MP CMOS sensor and Maestro image processor, the Typ 262 omits now-conventional video and live view features to produce a stills-only camera capable of shooting at up to 3 fps with sensitivities up to ISO 6400. An updated body design sees the incorporation of an aluminum alloy top plate, for a noticeable reduction in weight compared to typical brass plates, and a redeveloped shutter cocking mechanism is notably quiet for discrete shooting applications. Of course, as a Leica rangefinder, this model features a 0.68x optical viewfinder with split and superimposed manual focusing, automatic parallax correction, and automatic image field selection based on the attached lens. A 3.0" 921.6k-dot LCD monitor with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass cover is also featured, however is sparingly used for solely reviewing imagery, adjusting white balance, or navigating the two-page menu system.

M (Typ 262)
Featuring a classic, minimalist appearance, the M (Typ 262) has an updated silhouette, featuring a step in the top plate, and also features a small central Leica red dot on the front panel. Aside from its distinct outward looks, the Typ 262 is also distinct among the M-range due to its omission of live view and video recording functionality, choosing, instead, to purely focus on still photography.
MAX 24MP CMOS Sensor and Maestro Image Processor
Featuring a full-frame Leica MAX 24MP CMOS sensor, this camera is able to produce high-resolution stills with marked image quality and low noise levels. When combined with the Maestro image processor, a sensitivity range of ISO 200-6400 is available, which can further be expanded to ISO 100 for working in brighter conditions.

This image processor also facilitates faster overall performance, and works in conjunction with a 1GB image buffer for sustained shooting sequences of 3 fps for up to 8 consecutive frames.
Optical Viewfinder and Rangefinder
The optical viewfinder is a large, bright-line 0.68x-magnification rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation and frame lines, which are set to match the image sensor size at a focusing distance of 6.6'. The automatic image field limiter recalls pairs of bright lines depending on the lens attached: 35mm and 135mm; 28mm and 90mm; or 50mm and 75mm.

The rangefinder mechanism displays split or superimposed bright field images within the center of the viewfinder to benefit accurate manual focusing control. The effective rangefinder metering basis is 47.1mm (mechanical metering basis 69.25 mm x viewfinder magnification of 0.68x).
Body Design
  • The top plate is made from aluminum alloy to maintain a lighter overall weight compared to M cameras featuring a brass top plate.
  • Magnesium alloy body with synthetic leather covering is both durable as well as minimal in design.
  • A quiet shutter mechanism benefits discreet, inconspicuous shooting methods.
  • 3.0" 921.6k-dot LCD monitor is covered with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass for enhanced durability.
  • Eschewing live view and video recording, the rear monitor is used solely for stills playback and for navigating the two-page menu system.
  • Simple control layout and shooting modes system permits working in manual or aperture-priority mode, with an easily accessible shutter speed dial and drive selector on the top plate.
  • The rear of the camera incorporates six buttons for easy access to oft-used settings, including white balance and ISO, as well as navigational buttons.
Other Camera Features
  • Leica M mount is compatible with a wide range of both current and legacy rangefinder lenses.
  • Images can be recorded in either the DNG or JPEG file format.
  • A top hot shoe permits working with an external flash and the top sync speed is 1/180 sec.
  • In single exposure mode, up to two frames per second can be recorded. Language support: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, and Korean.
In the Box
Leica M (Typ 262) Digital Rangefinder Camera
  • BP-SCL2 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1800 mAh)
  • BC-SCL2 Battery Charger for BP-SCL2 Li-Ion Battery
  • Carrying Strap
  • Accessory Shoe Cover
  • Limited 1-Year Leica Society Digital Membership
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Leica M (Typ 262) specs

    Lens Mount Leica M
    Camera Format Full-Frame
    Pixels 24 Megapixel
    Max Resolution 5976 x 3992
    Aspect Ratio 3:2
    Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.9 x 35.8 mm
    File Formats Still Images: DNG, JPEG
    Memory Card Type SD
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Manual Focus
    Focus Mode Manual Focus (M)
    Viewfinder Type Optical
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.68x
    Display Screen 3" Rear Screen LCD (921,600)
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200-6400 (Extended Mode: 100-6400)
    Shutter Type: Mechanical
    Speed: 60 - 1/4000 Second in Aperture Priority Mode
    Type: Mechanical
    Speed: 8 - 1/4000 Second in Manual Mode
    Type: Mechanical
    Speed: 60 - 0 Second in Bulb Mode
    Type: Mechanical
    Speed: 60 - 0 Second in Time Mode
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual
    Metering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 20.0
    Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
    White Balance Modes Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Warm White), Manual, Shade, Tungsten
    Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 3 fps at 24 MP for up to 8 Frames in JPEG Format
    Flash Modes First-Curtain Sync
    Hi-Speed Sync
    Second-Curtain Sync
    TTL Auto
    Built-in Flash No
    Max Sync Speed Mechanical Shutter:1 / 180 Second
    Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
    Dedicated Flash System TTL
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Self Timer 12 Seconds, 2 Seconds
    Software System Requirements Windows: 7, 8
    Mac: OS X 10.5 or later
    Battery 1 x BP-SCL2 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.4 VDC, 1800 mAh
    Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
    32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.5 x 1.7 x 3.1" / 138.6 x 42.0 x 80.0 mm
    Weight 1.32 lb / 600 g with battery
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.6 x 8.5 x 6.5"

    Leica M (Typ 262) reviews

    M (Typ 262) Digital Rangefinder Camera is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally a camera that does not get in my way I have never been happier with a camera than I am with the Leica M Typ 262. My first SLR was a Minolta SRT101, which was a good camera, but as the years have rolled on, SLRs and DSLRs have piled on feature after feature. 17 focus modes. Various exposure modes. Too many dials and controls. Instead of improving the experience for me, I found that I just could not deal with the absurd number of choices I faced, and I never seemed to be able to get the technical quality I wanted. So finally I packed up all my gear and bought this camera instead. The quality of pictures so far is great. I can choose Aperture priority, choose an f/stop and then concentrate on getting the pictures I want. If you want the best quality with optimal simplicity, this is the right camera.
    Date published: 2016-03-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasure to use I've been an avid amateur photographer for 45 years. My first camera was a Minolta SRT-101. After many levels of technology and automation, this is my first Leica. The camera feels very secure an solid. The rangefinder, depending upon the lens, can be simple or challenging. The shutter is the quietest I have experienced in a long time, and is fast. I like the simplified menu, it offers only what you need for basic settings and to take photos. This is the basic M, and for me a good place to start. There are times that live view would come in handy. Overall, though, the rangefinder is adequate. I shoot between 28 and 90 mm. I highly recommend this camera to anyone who wants to get back to basics and immerse themselves in the photographic process. I feel the confidence to get into street photography, something that my SLR system made me feel too self conscious to do. The compact and quiet nature of this camera and the M lenses adds a level of stealth of unobtrusiveness.
    Date published: 2016-05-30
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Thumbs up for B&H. Thumbs down for Leica quality I have been a Leica user for 50 years and still use and love my M-4s. However, my experience with digital Leicas has been appalling. Just purchased an M 262 in eager anticipation only to have it fail (the shutter button broke) after taking only about half a dozen shots. B&H was great in taking the camera back. Leica USA was indifferent. I would have chalked it up as an isolated event, but I had abysmal luck with an M9 that I used to own also. Aside from annoyances such as the camera freezing and battery problems, the camera had to be repaired by Leica 3 times (twice for a bad sensor). I thought that Leica came up with the perfect camera for me with the M 262, but there quality control is terrible and they don't seem to care. Leica digitals are beautiful cameras, but they are not reliable. Leicas today, are NOT the same quality as my beautiful M-4s.
    Date published: 2016-03-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything I need and nothing more. Small, quiet, and discreet. It really does inspire me to get out and shoot. Simple functions and no nonsense. Hands down my favorite camera. I shoot only stills so the lack of video is perfect for me.
    Date published: 2016-07-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Typ 262 will satisfy almost all photographers. Easily adjusted ISO can be set as high as 1200 without noticeable loss of quality. The auto speed setting is quite good with a digital display of approx. speed indicated as you focus and adjust aperture. You can quickly make adjustments to stay within an appropriate range of settings for handheld shooting. Your shot can be reviewed within seconds, with histogram and settings info. The colors of images are very accurate when WB is set to auto.
    Date published: 2016-09-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Basic Design This camera has a great basic design, for the pure photography shooter. No video or live view, but those don't matter to the pure photography shooter. Not 5 stars because it's still very expensive.
    Date published: 2016-04-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simplicity at its best - Best from Leica so far! Fantastic camera that lets photographer follow his vision. No electronics gimmicks and whistles. This camera has very conservative metering so don't expect it to produce good images when you don't know what you are doing. Great fine art tool that is a pleasure to work with. Great battery life and fantastic image quality. More then enough resolution for 20X30 gallery prints and dynamic range that should work very well with photographer's vision.
    Date published: 2016-01-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The M I've been waiting for With the M262, Leica has come closer to perfection in a digital M camera.Though most of my work over the last two decades has been with 4x5 film and Nikon DSLRs, I've also been a Leica M user along the way. I've always loved the film Ms, but the performance of Leica's M8 and M9 didn't quite cut the mustard for me. Fuji's X-Series arguably offered a better digital solution in a rangefinder-like profile. The Leica M240 was in many ways an improvement with a lot of admirable qualities, but the rather hefty weight (for an M) coupled with a number of features that are uninteresting to me (Live view, EVF support, video, etc.), left me cold. Then comes the M262. This is the digital Leica I'd been waiting for, and that I am now enjoying immensely. Image quality is excellent across the ISO range, the weight has been decreased substantially, and Leica have returned to their roots with a simple, straightforward photographer's tool that every M camera should be. It offers everything a digital rangefinder camera needs, and nothing it doesn't. It also represents a rather good value, considering that, adjusted for inflation, the M262 only costs $$more than an M6 did thirty years ago, and meanwhile you save the cost of film and processing. The only improvements that would make me happier with the M262 would be slightly better performance at ISO 3200 and above, and a body size the same as the old film Ms.
    Date published: 2016-01-05
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