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  • Leica reveals S-System medium format digital photography lineup

    Leica reveals SSystem medium format digital photography lineup

    Leica wasn’t about to let everyone else hog the spotlight at Photokina this year. The company took the wraps off more products than you could possible cram into one post (or two, or three…). But among the more intriguing is certainly the new S-System — an update its pro-series medium format line. The sensor and accompanying board have all been refreshed, with the 30 x 44mm sensor cramming 37.5 megapixels into its expansive CCD surface. The 16-bit color depth is complimented by a wide ISO range of 100 to 1600, which should cover you for almost any imaginable application. A dual shutter design gives photographers the choice between the camera’s built in shutter or the integrated one on the CS lens line, which allow for flash sync at shutter speeds as high as 1/1,000 of a second. Leica is touting the improved speed of its medium format internals, but with the ability to capture just 1.5 fps in continuous mode, it might not be the ideal action shooter. Still, the ability to capture 32 consecutive RAW images at full resolution, thanks to the 2GB of buffer memory, is quite impressive.

    The digital viewfinder is a three-inch LCD, capable of displaying 16 million colors representing the full sRGB color space. Of course, the VGA resolution isn’t anything to write home about, but it should get the job done. The integrated two axis leveler, displayed on the viewfinder, should help avoid oddly angled portraits, while the integrated GPS receiver will let you keep track of every remote mountaintop you capture in full resolution majesty.

    Of course, no new camera product line would be complete without some lenses as well. In total four are launching alongside the new body, including the first zoom (30-90 MM F/3.5-5.6) and tilt/shift (120 MM F/5.6) members of the family. Rounding out the lineup is a 24mm superwide angle lens and a close-up accessory that shortens the focal length of one of the existing mounts by about three and a half feet. For more info, check out the source link.

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    It’s Monday, which means it is time for you to listen into the recording booth when the Engadget HD podcast goes to mp3 at 5:30PM. Please be a part of it by reviewing the list of topics after the break, and then participating in the live chat too.

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  • Leica launching new Leica M in early 2013, stripped-down M-E available this month

    Leica launching new Leica M in 'early 2013,' Leica ME out now

    Do you need a stylish, undoubtedly expensive German camera early in 2013? Perhaps right now? Leica’s got you covered on both fronts, announcing today that its Leica M line is finally getting an official followup to the venerable M9 rangefinder in “early 2013.” The new M is outfitted with the company’s first 24-megapixel Leica Max CMOS image sensor (à la the A99 and D600) — what Leica calls “a completely new development in sensor technology.”

    The M-E model (pictured after the break) comes paired with a slightly less-potent 18-megapixel CCD sensor, though both are full-frame (35mm equivalent) in size. Neither model comes with any additional numbers in their titles title, however — that’s a conscious decision on Leica’s part to rework its naming policy. “In [the] future, Leica M and S model names will omit the number suffix to emphasize the enduring and long-term significance of the respective systems,” the announcement says. We’re calling it “The iPad 3 approach.”

    The cameras were revealed along with a slew of new products that Leica’s showing during Germany’s Photokina convention, including a range of new accessories (the Leica R-Adapter M, the Leica EVF2 electronic viewfinder, the multifunctional handgrip-M with optional finger loops, and the Leica Microphone adapter set). Although there’s no word on pricing for the new M, we’d expect it to sell for somewhere between a cool 7 to 10K given the $5,450 price of the M-E and the approximately $7,000 sticker tag on the M9 — hey, at the very least both snag you the prestige of the red dot and a pro-bono copy of Adobe Lightroom. The M-E will be be available from Leica dealers before the month out, with the M shipping early next year. Both come in a choice of black or black / silver. Hit up the source link below ror the full tech specs on both shooters.

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