Leica S (Typ 006) Medium Format DSLR Camera (Body Only)

Leica S (Typ 006) Medium Format DSLR Camera (Body Only)

Leica S (Typ 006) Medium Format DSLR Camera (Body Only)

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Product Highlights

  • 37.5 Megapixel Resolution
  • 30 x 45mm Low-Noise CCD Sensor
  • 3.0" LCD and High-Eye Point Viewfinder
  • ISO 100-1600
  • Leica S Bayonet Lens Mount
  • Dual CF and SD Memory Card Slots
  • DNG and JPEG File Capture
  • Approximately 1,000 Exposures Per Charge
  • Integrated GPS
  • Compatible with Central Shutter Lenses
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Leica S (Typ 006) Overview

  • 1Description

The Leica S (Typ 006) Medium Format DSLR Camera houses a 37.5MP low noise CCD image sensor. The camera's clean body makes for intuitive use, thanks to a lack of extraneous functions. Four soft keys and a click wheel enter settings, while the 3.0" LCD monitor displays all the functions of the camera in a clear, simple layout. A five-way switch, designed to resemble a mini-joystick, is a control concept developed for the Leica S. A high eye point viewfinder and a comfortable handgrip, round out the ergonomic features of the camera body. The Leica S has the aforementioned 37.5MP, all of which are put to use rendering extremely detailed medium format images. Compatible with Leica S lenses, the combination of the low-noise CCD sensor and Leica glass ensure clarity and high quality image capture. Other aspects that help capture professional-grade DNG or JPEG files include a 2GB buffer memory for smooth, fast operation of the camera, dual memory card slots for utilizing CF and SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, and an ISO range of 100-1600.

The Leica S has multiple interfaces for streamlined data transfer and image capture. Among them are an ISO flash shoe, standard flash connecting socket, a type C HDMI port, a 4-pin LEMO socket (USB 2.0 standard), a 7-pin LEMO socket for remote control accessories and remote flash firing, and a contact strip for multi-function handgrips. All interfaces are dust and splash-proof. The camera can be connected to a Mac or PC with a cable to the LEMO USB port. Additional features start with a notable battery life of approximately 1,000 exposures in a single battery charge. The camera's integrated GPS functionality allows for the location information to be added to the EXIF data for each image. Local times and time zones are automatically synchronized. Included software allows for the location and capture time of each image to be plotted on a map. Free downloads of Leica Image Shuttle and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom can be accessed once the camera is registered.

Optimum Image Quality
The Leica S features a specially designed, highly efficient autofocus system that helps to gain focus quickly under a wide variety of situations. An increased sensitivity range, from ISO 100 to 1600, also contributes to greater clarity in images when working in both bright and dim-lighting. These two technologies seek to provide sharp imagery regardless of working in either the most ideal or most adverse lighting conditions.
Fast and Efficient
The 2GB buffer memory plays a significant role in the image-processing speed. It also allows extended sequences to be shot in continuous-shooting mode. The Leica S can capture up to 32 consecutive images in DNG format with lossless compression at a maximum rate of 1.5 frames per second. In JPEG-only mode, the number of images in sequence is limited only by memory card capacity.
Intuitive Handling
The intuitive handling concept of the new Leica S gets by with a minimum of control elements. All functions are displayed in a clear and simple layout on the monitor screen and settings are entered with four soft keys and a click wheel. Brand new features of the control concept are a five-way switch in the form of a mini-joystick and an even clearer layout of the user interface.
Integrated GPS
The Leica S features an integrated GPS module. This allows the registration of exposure location details in the EXIF data of each image file. Local times and time zones are automatically synchronized. The software provided allows the location and capture time of each image to be plotted on a map.
Informative Display
With 920,000 pixels covering the 16.7 million colors of the sRGB color space, the 3" TFT monitor enables bright and clear image viewing and assessment of sharpness, even in adverse lighting conditions. Whenever required, photographers can also superimpose exposure parameters and a transparent brightness or RGB histogram on the monitor image.
Finely Tuned Ergonomics
Although a heavyweight in terms of technology, the new Leica is a featherweight in the hand. Its compact construction, ideal balance and a comparatively low weight are advantages that, along with the ergonomics of the handgrip, the grip characteristics of its armoring and ideal placement of all its controls, assure low fatigue photography.
Dual Memory Card Support
The Leica S has two memory card slots for writing data simultaneously to CompactFlash and SD cards. The advantages: increased memory capacity and faster write speeds. The workflow also becomes easier, as DNG files for processing and JPEGs for image review can be saved separately on different cards.
Top Connectivity
Dust and splash-proof interfaces allow connection of the new Leica S with Macs or PCs via cable to its LEMO USB port - to read images from memory cards, control the camera remotely, or to integrate studio flash systems, for example. An HDTV can also be connected for precise image review. Appropriate cables with robustly constructed strain-relief connectors are supplied with the camera.
Power Packed Photography
The new Leica S allows almost 1,000 exposures on a single battery charge. If that's not enough, the range of S-Accessories offers a professional charger for two batteries, a 12-volt connector for the lighter socket in vehicles and a remote power supply for static shooting. A special mechanism prevents the battery falling out when the battery compartment is opened.
In the Box
Leica S (Typ 006) Medium Format DSLR Camera (Body Only)
  • S-Camera Battery
  • Rapid Charger S
  • LEMO USB Cable (16.4' / 5m)
  • LEMO Flash Connector Cable
  • Camera Carrying Strap S
  • Bayonet Cap
  • Eyepiece Cover S
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Leica S (Typ 006) Specs

    Camera Type Medium format DSLR camera
    Resolution Effective: 37.5MP
    Sensor 30 x 45mm CCD
    Pixel Pitch 6 μm
    Dynamic Range 12 stops
    Color Depth 16-bit
    Low-Pass Filter No
    IR Cut Filter On sensor
    File Formats DNG (RAW data uncompressed or lossless compressed), DNG+JPEG fine, DNG+JPEG basic, JPEG fine, JPEG basic
    File Size DNG: 7500 x 5000 px, 72 MB/file
    DNG Compressed: 7500 x 5000 px, 42 MB/file
    JPEG: 37.5, 9.3, or 2.3 MP; basic or fine; 1-16 MB/file depending on content and compression
    Color Spaces Adobe RGB, sRGB, ECI RGB V2
    Lens System
    Lens Mount Leica S bayonet
    Crop Factor 35mm equivalent= 0.8x
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Predictive phase detection autofocus with central cross-sensor array, AF motor in lenses
    Focus Modes AFs (single) with focus priority, AFc (continuous) with release priority, manual focus
    Manual Focusing Focusing on lens barrel or tethered with Image Shuttle software
    Exposure Setting
    Exposure Modes Single frame, continuous, self-timer 2 or 12 sec. (with mirror pre-release)
    Exposure Metering Multi-segment metering (five fields), center-weighted integral metering, selective (spot) metering (3.5% of image frame); AE lock by pressing shutter release to second resistance point or with five-way switch; metering range 1.2-20 EV (multi-segment and center-weighted) or 2.7-20 EV (spot)
    Exposure Control Program AE (with shift function), aperture priority AE, shutter speed priority AE, manual
    Exposure Compensation +/- 3 EV in 1/2 steps
    Exposure Bracketing 3 or 5 exposures (auto/manual) in 1/2, 1, 2, and 3 EV steps
    Sensitivity ISO 100-1600, auto
    White Balance Daylight, cloudy, shade, tungsten, HMI, fluorescent warm, fluorescent cool, flash, auto, grey card, color temperature (2000-13100K)
    Shutter Type Vertical metal focal plane shutter integrated in camera body
    Shutter Speed Range 1/4000 to 32 sec., bulb (to 125 sec.) with in-camera focal plane shutter
    1/1000 to 8 sec. with central shutter lenses
    Flash Synchro Speed 1/125 sec.
    Continuous Shooting 1.5 fps (2GB image buffer; DNG max. 28 images, DNG compressed max. 32 images, JPEG no limit)
    Viewfinder Type Pentaprism viewfinder with high-eye point eyepiece
    Viewfinder Coverage Approx. 98%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.8x (with 70mm lens at infinity)
    Diopter Adjustment -3 to +1
    Focusing Screen Ground glass with crosshairs (interchangeable)
    Display 3.0" / 7.6 cm LCD-TFT with 921k-dot resolution
    sRGB color space, 16 million colors, 170° viewing angle
    External Flash Connection Hot shoe with center and control contacts, LEMO or standard flash connection sockets without control of flash power
    Flash Metering TT L (multi-segment, spot, center-weighted) multi-segment photodiode
    Flash Synchronization Up to 1/125 sec. (focal plane shutter), up to 1/1000 sec. with central shutter lenses / linear flash mode for sync speeds above 1/125 sec. and focal plane shutter with automatic TTL-HSS control
    Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 3 EV in 1/3 steps
    Connectivity USB 2.0 (LEMO design), HDMI (Type C), 7-pin LEMO socket
    System & Software Requirements Windows XP, Vista, 7
    Mac OS X (10.5 or later)
    Power Supply
    Battery Type Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, 7.4 V, 2100 mAh
    Charger Rapid charger S (with integrated US mains plug, interchangeable EU, UK, and AUS plugs, and vehicle adapter)
    Inputs: 100-240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, automatic adaptation, or 12/24 V DC
    Output: 4.2 V DC, 800 mA
    Memory Types CompactFlash (UDMA 7)
    SD, SDHC (to 32 GB), SDXC (to 2 TB)
    Operating Conditions 32-113°F / 0-45°C
    15-80% relative humidity
    Weather Resistance Dust and spray protection
    Tripod Socket 1/4" and 3/8" with locator holes for mounting plate anti-twist locking pins
    Dimensions 6.3 x 3.1 x 4.7" / 160 x 80 x 120 mm
    Weight 2.78 lb / 1.26 kg (body only, with battery)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 7.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.0 x 9.5 x 7.5"

    Leica S (Typ 006) Reviews

    S (Typ 006) Medium Format DSLR Camera (Body Only) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I have had an M9, which I replaced with an M, for years. I was extremely happy with both of these bodies. But the images were limited to around 40 x 30. At this size, the image quality was absolutely incredible. I purchased the S to enable larger prints. I have not been disappointed! The image quality of the S glass on the S body is incredible! And I do mean incredible!I have the 24mm, 30-90mm, 45mm, 70mm, and 120 mm lenses. All produce incredible images. The zoom is a little slower F stop, which limits use indoors. But for travel, this is my go to lens. The zoom does not sacrifice image quality at all.
    Date published: 2014-04-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from S Very Good! I believe the S is a substantial improvement over the S2. The improved focus module is superb, high ISO is very useable all the way to 1600, and the S optics are unbelievably flawless performers. I'm very pleased with the ability to shoot at higher ISO when needed as I do not like to utilize lights. The interior image of the elephant was shot at ISO 1600 1/90sec at f/2.5 with the Summarit 70mm. The DNG files are a pleasure to work with in Lightroom. I apply my custom Color and White Balance Profiles I've created with the ColorChecker Passport and I'm done!
    Date published: 2013-09-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from As wonderful as I thought it would be The Leica S is a beautiful camera that takes beautiful photographs. The layout of the body is simple and elegant. While it is heavy, it feels much better in my hand than the M. The viewfinder is enormous and fantastic. The only small drawback with the camera for me is, being medium format, the lenses are a tad slow compared to the fastest 35mm lenses. Otherwise, wow.
    Date published: 2014-07-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Camera This is the best camera I ever have.
    Date published: 2013-11-28
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    Dear Sirs, would like to confirm if this body works with Contax AF lenses? there is a adapter for thies- what it the price of it?The rest of the Leica lenses which are available are they MF or AF?Thank you in advance!br Hannu Soini
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Unfortunately, there is no adapter currently available for Contax 645 lenses to be able to work on the Leica S cameras. Leica has announced an adapter but we have no expected availability at this time.Leica Camera presents a new accessory for the Leica S: the Leica S-Adapter C. This adapter now permits the use of all lenses from the Contax 645 SLR system on Leica S, S2 and S2-P camera bodies. http://bhpho.to/1gN7tud The Leica lenses that are available for use with the S medium format DSLR are autofocus lenses. Leica S Series Lenses are manufactured with autofocus built into the lens. An integrated screw-type motor provides dependable, fast autofocusing without noise. The photographer can override autofocus at any time by adjusting the wide focus ring.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    does it support HSS from the Leica SF40 and SF64 on camera flash?
    Asked by: Valentino
    The Leica SF64 is optimized for cameras such as the Leica S Typ 006 for high speed sync and TTL.
    Answered by: Kirk R.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Where is this camera made ?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The Leica S Medium Format DSLR Camera is manufactured in Germany.
    Answered by: Dana G.
    Date published: 2018-08-28
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