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    PRESS RELEASE
    NEW: THE LEICA M-E
    The fascination of M-Photography reduced to essentials
    Solms, Germany (September 17, 2012) - Leica Camera presents a new model in the Leica rangefinder
    system, the Leica M-E. Possessing the high level of technology perfected in the nearly six decades
    since the M-System’s introduction, the Leica M-E represents the essence of rangefinder photography.
    Rather than offering all that is technically possible, it is limited to only those functions that create a
    better image. These essentials include the M-System’s typical rapid manual focusing with the
    viewfinder/rangefinder and the focusing ring of the lens, as well as the option of selecting
    automatically determined or manually set shutter speeds. It is the ideal entry-level model for
    photographers wishing to experience the fascination of M-Photography or require a secondary
    camera that performs at an optimum level without fail.
    Advantages of rangefinder photography include the ability for photographers to become a part of the
    action and frame whatever they wish to capture in the viewfinder, while still perceiving what is going
    on outside the viewfinder frame. The crucial moment becomes predictable, and can thus be captured
    at precisely the right instant. Featuring the proven, high-resolution, 18 MP CCD sensor in full 35 mm
    format, the Leica M-E offers maximum imaging quality. Perfectly attuned to its role in the extremely
    compact M-System and the superior performance of M-Lenses, this particular sensor type possesses
    a high sensitivity to light. These characteristics lead to an unmistakably individual kind of
    photography.
    The Leica M-E’s most distinctive feature is a minimalistic, purist, design statement. The top deck and
    base plate are discreetly finished in unobtrusive anthracite grey. The application of a new leather trim
    with enhanced grip characteristics ideally complements the camera’s timeless design.
    The Leica M-System portfolio provides perfect tools for capturing a moment discretely, silently and
    without hesitation, allowing photographers to become a part of the scene. Together with the new
    Leica M and the Leica M Monochrom, the world’s first digital black and white camera in 35 mm
    format, the latest digital generation of the Leica M now offers three rangefinder cameras.
    Additionally, the Leica M-E package includes the latest version of Leica Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
    to assist photographers with viewing, editing and managing digital images. The Leica M-E is available
    now from Leica dealers, including the Leica Store Washington DC.
    About the Leica M-System
    Since 1954, the Leica M system has stood for an unmistakable, individual kind of photography and a
    very conscious photographic style. Because, with a Leica M, the photographer becomes a part of the
    action in the process of capturing challenging and creative images. The rangefinder frames precisely
    the shot the photographer envisages while allowing a clear view of what is going on outside the
    viewfinder frame. This allows the photographer to predict the decisive moment and capture it
    discreetly and reliably at the right moment – in all fields, from photojournalism and ‘available light’
    exposures to discreet and aesthetic fine-art images. The functions of the Leica M rangefinder camera
    are consistently constructed for extreme robustness and a long working life. Highest quality
    materials, elaborate manufacturing processes and painstaking manual assembly guarantee functional
    reliability for decades to come. Full backward system compatibility – almost all lenses of the Leica M
    range built since 1954 can still be used on the latest M camera models – is an important factor in the
    enduring value of the M series.



    LEICA M-E
    Product
    Unique Product
    Name:
    Leica M-E (Typ 220), anthracite grey paint
    Camera type: Compact digital view and rangefinder system still
    camera
    Lens mount: Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit
    coding
    Lens system: Leica M lenses
    Top Cover: Milled brass top cover with classic Leica M
    design
    Material: All-metal case made of die-cast magnesium;
    synthetic leather covering. Cap and base plate
    made of brass
    Image Sensor: KAF -18500 18 MP CCD Sensor
    Number of effective Pixels: 18 Million Pixels
    Sensitivity range: ISO 160 – ISO 2500, Pull 80 available, Auto ISO
    Imaging Platform: DSP based computing platform with Leica
    imaging algorithms
    LCD Monitor: 2,5” TFT Display with 230.000 Pixels
    Shutter: Closed type focal plane shutter for classic image
    exposure, with external cocking mechanics
    Shutter Speed: 1/4000s – 240s (in Bulb), 1/180s flash
    synchronization
    Burst rate: approx. 2 fps
    Self timer: Off / 2s / 12s
    Storage Media : SD / SDHC Memory Cards
    Imaging functions
    Image File Format: DNG™ (RAW data uncompressed or nonlinear
    compressed), JPEG
    File Size: DNG: 18 MB (compressed)/36 MB
    (uncompressed), JPEG: Resolution and image
    content dependent
    Available JPG Resolutions: 5212 x 3472 (18 MP), 3840 x 2592 (10 MP),
    2592 x 1728 (4.5 MP), 1728 x 1152 (2 MP),
    1280 x 846 pixels (1 MP)
    Color Spaces: sRGB / Adobe®RGB
    White Balance: Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade /Tungsten /
    Fluorescent 1 / Fluorescent 2 / Flash / Manual
    / Kelvin 2000-12800
    Other functions: Saturation, Contrast, Sharpening
    Exposure Control
    Exposure Metering: Through the Lens (TTL) metering, centerweighted
    with variable aperture
    Center-weighted TTL metering for flash
    exposure with system-conformant SCA-
    3000/2 standard flash units
    Exposure setting: Manual shutter speed setting with direct dial, AMode
    with direct dial
    Exposure Modes: Automatic shutter speed (A-Mode), Manual
    Exposure (M-Mode)
    Exposure
    Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV, 1/3 f-stops
    Exposure Bracketing: 3/5/7 frames, 0.5 / 1 / 1.5 / 2 f-stops
    Flash exposure Control
    Flash exposure metering: Control with center-weighted TTL pre-flash
    metering (with SCA-3501/3502 adapter, or SCA-
    3000 standard flash unit such as Leica SF
    24D/Leica SF 58).
    Hot shoe: SCA-3502 compatible hot shoe, with center
    contact
    Flash Synchronization: Optional triggered at first or second shutter
    curtain
    Flash Synch time: 1/180s
    Viewfinder / Focusing
    Focusing Methods: Manual focus with optical rangefinder
    Optical Viewfinder: Large, light bright-line rangefinder with automatic
    parallax compensation, optical illumination
    Optical Viewfinder
    frame lines:
    Framelines size matches image sensor size at 1m
    focusing distance
    Optical Viewfinder correction: Eyepiece adjusted to -0.5 dpt. Corrective lenses
    from -3 to +3 dpt. available (optional)
    Optical Viewfinder Magnification: 0.68x
    Optical Viewfinder
    Displays:
    In the viewfinder LED symbol for flash status (at
    bottom). Four-digit seven-segment LED digital
    display, brightness adapted to ambient
    conditions, for: Warning in case of exposure
    correction; display of automatic shutter speed in
    automatic mode; advisory indicating use of
    metering memory lock. LED exposure monitor
    with two triangular and one central circular LED
    with manual exposure setting
    Rangefinder: Split or superimposed image range finder shown
    as a bright field in the center of the viewfinder
    image
    Rangefinder effective metering
    Basis:
    47.1 mm (mechanical metering basis 69.25 mm
    x viewfinder magnification 0.68 times)
    Others
    Start up time: <1s
    Power Supply: Li-ion battery (included), 3.7V, 1860 mAh
    User Profiles: 4 Profiles
    Sensor cleaning: Manual cleaning function
    Tripod Thread: A 1/4 (1/4") DIN made of stainless steel in base
    plate
    Dimensions: (W x D x H) approx. 139 x 37 x 80 mm
    (5.5 x 1.7 x 3.1 in.)
    Weight: 585 g (20.6 oz)
    Operating Temperature: 0°C – 40°C
    Menu languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish,
    Russian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified
    Chinese
    Accessories Included: Battery, Charger with power cables for EU and
    USA (different in some export markets), 12V
    charging cable, Carrying strap, Body cap
    Software licenses
    Supplied: Adobe® Lightroom®
    Optional accessories:
    All accessories that are made for the Leica M9/
    M9-P
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

    www.guymancusophotography.com

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    Re: Leica M-E press release

    "Shutter: Closed type focal plane shutter for classic image
    exposure, with external cocking mechanics"
    ya mean a lever??

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    Re: Leica M-E press release

    SO this is like a M9 Lite? what is the drawback to this over a M9 ? or should I say, why would I pay more for an M9 when I could have this?

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    Re: Leica M-E press release

    A lever would have been pretty cool, but alas - no such device here.
    Admittedly, I find that "external cocking mechanics" also confusing.

    All the best.
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    Re: Leica M-E press release

    They talk about the M-E's quiet shutter, but they don't say that it's new or any different than the M8.2/M9 shutter. And they don't talk about new M's the shutter at all. So I'm not clear on what's going on there.

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    Re: Leica M-E press release

    I am guessing this is the same as a Leica M9. The LCD monitor's spec is a disappointment.

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    Re: Leica M-E press release

    Quote Originally Posted by dude163 View Post
    SO this is like a M9 Lite? what is the drawback to this over a M9 ? or should I say, why would I pay more for an M9 when I could have this?
    Good question, but this is what you get:

    "What you get is a full frame digital LEICA M camera with the specifications of the previous top model LEICA M9.
    Technically only the USB port and the image field selector are missing.
    The LEICA M-E might be interesting too for design purists as it has an own anthracite grey finish and a new leather trim with enhanced grip characteristics.
    Additionally it has no engravings on camera front or top deck plate."

    Apparently M9/M9-P are no longer produced.

    All the best.
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    The cheapest piece of crap point and shoot has a better lcd than this new Leica, there's really no excuse, I can't even imagine where they can still source such an outdated piece of technology.

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    Re: Leica M-E press release

    I thought the M9 and M9P were still produced ?

    they mentioned 3 leica M products on their site

    the New M , the ME and the M9P? ahh wait a second......

    M MM ME , you are correct , M9 and M9P MIA

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    Re: Leica M-E press release

    I'm guessing prices for the now new/old stock M9s will continue to decrease and the ME (basically just a blue/gray M9) will be more expensive than an M9P...

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    Re: Leica M-E press release

    I crunched the numbers and it may be cheaper than we think..... hold on, someone has it for sale

    5450 USD as a preorder

    Leica M-E

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    Re: Leica M-E press release

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    A lever would have been pretty cool, but alas - no such device here.
    Admittedly, I find that "external cocking mechanics" also confusing.

    All the best.
    single stroke or double stroke?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron View Post
    The cheapest piece of crap point and shoot has a better lcd than this new Leica, there's really no excuse, I can't even imagine where they can still source such an outdated piece of technology.
    Well, if I were you, I would not buy one. That will fix them!

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    Re: Leica M-E press release

    well, there went my hopes of selling my M9 to buy a Monochrom

    colour me not happy!

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    Re: Leica M-E press release

    "230 000 Pixels"
    Most manufacturers talk about "dots" so you have to multiply by three to compare. So perhaps this is 690K dots - somewhat better but still not excusable for a $5K camera.
    640x360 pixels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    single stroke or double stroke?
    I'd say definitely no single stroke ... M-E SS
    Bart ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shashin View Post
    Well, if I were you, I would not buy one. That will fix them!
    Well 'being me' I won't, but your right- it won't help as you probably will buy it and encourage Leica to keep sticking 50 dollar parts on a 5,000 dollar product.

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    they are a lot more than 50$

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron View Post
    Well 'being me' I won't, but your right- it won't help as you probably will buy it and encourage Leica to keep sticking 50 dollar parts on a 5,000 dollar product.
    Where would you rather they control costs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shashin View Post
    Where would you rather they control costs?
    Control costs?

    They just dropped the price of the M9 by a couple of thousand dollars! and called it an M-E.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron View Post
    Control costs?

    They just dropped the price of the M9 by a couple of thousand dollars! and called it an M-E.
    Well, you need to make up your mind. If it is a rebadged M9, why do you expect it to have a different LCD?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shashin View Post
    Well, you need to make up your mind. If it is a rebadged M9, why do you expect it to have a different LCD?
    The crap lcd in the M9 was considered crap when the M9 launched a couple of years ago, to re-launch the M9 (a.k.a M-E) without at least upgrading the now ridiculously outdated LCD is unforgiveable in my opinion.

    Now you can say, well they dropped the price and thats the main 'upgrade' but this is still being launched as something NEW.

    But seriously, Do you think that today for a camera costing 5,450 Dollars that you don't deserve a better LCD than the Leica M8 from 2007?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron View Post
    The crap lcd in the M9 was considered crap when the M9 launched a couple of years ago, to re-launch the M9 (a.k.a M-E) without at least upgrading the now ridiculously outdated LCD is unforgiveable in my opinion.

    Now you can say, well they dropped the price and thats the main 'upgrade' but this is still being launched as something NEW.

    But seriously, Do you think that today for a camera costing 5,450 Dollars that you don't deserve a better LCD than the Leica M8 from 2007?
    I think it is meanwhile more expensive to get such a crop LCD than a state of the art one

    Leica simply did not invest any reconstruction of the M9 and just took what they had to sell it as a cheaper package and resell their old CCD sensors as long as supplies last.

    Maybe there will not be more than a few thousand M-E's coming

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    Re: Leica M-E press release

    It does not really bother me. FF rangefinders are expensive to produce. I would rather Leica offer their M cameras cheaper than load it up with technology that really does not add to the shooting process--as long as I can check basic composition and focus from time to time, the quality of the LCD is not that important--it is not like I play DVDs on the thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shashin View Post
    It does not really bother me. FF rangefinders are expensive to produce. I would rather Leica offer their M cameras cheaper than load it up with technology that really does not add to the shooting process--as long as I can check basic composition and focus from time to time, the quality of the LCD is not that important--it is not like I play DVDs on the thing.
    Yes, I can understand that.
    I guess my thinking with the M9 has been that its such a tactile premium object that i want the LCD to be as good as the body. I often think I would prefer it had no lcd rather than a poor one. I guess I could just cover it with some gaffer tape

    Of course I am probably just too cheap and should just cough up for an M

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