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

BH #LES006 • MFR #10803
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Key Features
  • 37.5 Megapixel Resolution
  • 30 x 45mm Low-Noise CCD Sensor
  • 3.0" LCD and High-Eye Point Viewfinder
  • ISO 100-1600
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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.
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Leica S (Typ 006) Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Optimum Image Quality
  • 3Fast and Efficient
  • 4Intuitive Handling
  • 5Integrated GPS
  • 6Informative Display
  • 7Finely Tuned Ergonomics
  • 8Dual Memory Card Support
  • 9Top Connectivity
  • 10Power Packed Photography

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.

Leica S (Typ 006) Specs

Camera TypeMedium format DSLR camera
Imaging
ResolutionEffective: 37.5MP
Sensor30 x 45mm CCD
Pixel Pitch6 μm
Dynamic Range12 stops
Color Depth16-bit
Low-Pass FilterNo
IR Cut FilterOn sensor
File FormatsDNG (RAW data uncompressed or lossless compressed), DNG+JPEG fine, DNG+JPEG basic, JPEG fine, JPEG basic
File SizeDNG: 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 SpacesAdobe RGB, sRGB, ECI RGB V2
Lens System
Lens MountLeica S bayonet
Crop Factor35mm equivalent= 0.8x
Focus Control
Focus TypePredictive phase detection autofocus with central cross-sensor array, AF motor in lenses
Focus ModesAFs (single) with focus priority, AFc (continuous) with release priority, manual focus
Manual FocusingFocusing on lens barrel or tethered with Image Shuttle software
Exposure Setting
Exposure ModesSingle frame, continuous, self-timer 2 or 12 sec. (with mirror pre-release)
Exposure MeteringMulti-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 ControlProgram AE (with shift function), aperture priority AE, shutter speed priority AE, manual
Exposure Compensation+/- 3 EV in 1/2 steps
Exposure Bracketing3 or 5 exposures (auto/manual) in 1/2, 1, 2, and 3 EV steps
SensitivityISO 100-1600, auto
White BalanceDaylight, cloudy, shade, tungsten, HMI, fluorescent warm, fluorescent cool, flash, auto, grey card, color temperature (2000-13100K)
Shutter
Shutter TypeVertical metal focal plane shutter integrated in camera body
Shutter Speed Range1/4000 to 32 sec., bulb (to 125 sec.) with in-camera focal plane shutter
1/1000 to 8 sec. with central shutter lenses
Flash Synchro Speed1/125 sec.
Continuous Shooting1.5 fps (2GB image buffer; DNG max. 28 images, DNG compressed max. 32 images, JPEG no limit)
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder TypePentaprism viewfinder with high-eye point eyepiece
Viewfinder CoverageApprox. 98%
Viewfinder Magnification0.8x (with 70mm lens at infinity)
Diopter Adjustment-3 to +1
Focusing ScreenGround glass with crosshairs (interchangeable)
Display3.0" / 7.6 cm LCD-TFT with 921k-dot resolution
sRGB color space, 16 million colors, 170° viewing angle
Flash
External Flash ConnectionHot shoe with center and control contacts, LEMO or standard flash connection sockets without control of flash power
Flash MeteringTT L (multi-segment, spot, center-weighted) multi-segment photodiode
Flash SynchronizationUp 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
Interfaces
ConnectivityUSB 2.0 (LEMO design), HDMI (Type C), 7-pin LEMO socket
System & Software RequirementsWindows XP, Vista, 7
Mac OS X (10.5 or later)
Power Supply
Battery TypeRechargeable lithium-ion battery, 7.4 V, 2100 mAh
ChargerRapid 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
Physical
Memory TypesCompactFlash (UDMA 7)
SD, SDHC (to 32 GB), SDXC (to 2 TB)
Operating Conditions32-113°F / 0-45°C
15-80% relative humidity
Weather ResistanceDust and spray protection
Tripod Socket1/4" and 3/8" with locator holes for mounting plate anti-twist locking pins
Dimensions6.3 x 3.1 x 4.7" / 160 x 80 x 120 mm
Weight2.78 lb / 1.26 kg (body only, with battery)
Packaging Info
Package Weight7.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)14 x 9.5 x 7.5"
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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

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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

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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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