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The Leica M-E is the “entry-level” digital rangefinder from Leica. However, it’s essentially the same camera as its predecessor, the Leica M9. The only differences between the two cameras is the M-E does not have the framing guideline switch on the front of the camera body, there’s no longer a USB port, and the physical appearance of camera body. While the M9 was offered in two color options, the M-E is strictly anthracite grey, with the model number removed from the front of the camera.
Otherwise, you’re looking at the same camera. You still have the same 18.2MP, full-frame CCD sensor with no anti-aliasing filter, which provides images with maximum sharpness. The sensor utilizes a very advanced microlens system that helps to prevent light fall-off at the edges of the image due to the short flange back distance. It also has an advanced IR filter, so there’s no need for external IR filters.
The metal-leaf, focal-plane shutter provides very quite operation due to its microprocessor-controlled design. You have a manual shutter speed dial that offers a range of 1/4000 – 8 seconds, as well as a bulb and aperture-priority setting. Its normal ISO sensitivity range is 160 – 2500, but can be extended down to ISO 80. It accepts all M-mount lenses, making it compatible with a long list of classic lenses. Those with “6-bit” encoding will allow the camera to automatically adjust for the vignetting effects of the particular lens. When lenses are not coded, you can set the lens using a simple menu function so the camera will adjust for the focal length and aperture being used.
It accepts SD / SDHC memory cards (not SDXC!) via its removable baseplate, which also exposes the battery compartment for the rechargeable lithium battery.
- Leica M-E camera w/ strap
- Body cap
- Charger w/ cord
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