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    PRESS RELEASE
    NEW RANGE OF ACCESSORIES FOR THE LEICA M EXPANDS SYSTEM CAPABILITIES
    Solms, Germany (September 17, 2012) - Leica Camera presents new accessories for the Leica M to increase the potential uses of the camera and go far beyond the classical capabilities of rangefinder photography. These latest additions include the Leica R-Adapter M, the Leica EVF2 electronic viewfinder, the multifunctional handgrip-M with optional finger loops and the Leica Microphone Adapter Set.
    For the first time ever in the history of the Leica M-System, the R-Adapter M enables almost all Leica R-Lenses to be mounted on the new Leica M. Users can access a list of 20 dedicated profiles, including calibrated imaging workflows and Exif lens recognition, for a range of R-Lenses covering wide-angles, telephoto, zoom and macro lenses. This comprehensive portfolio of lenses opens up new potential for Leica M photographers, such as video recording with Leica R zooms.
    The new high-resolution Leica electronic Visoflex viewfinder (EVF2) has a resolution of 1.4 megapixels and a 90° swivel action for capturing images from unusual angles. When mounted on the camera it displays all significant exposure parameters and allows precise subject assessment, especially in brightly lit surroundings. In combination with the R-Adapter, R-Lenses and the viewfinder, the Leica M can be used independently from its monitor in the same way as an SLR camera.
    With the new multifunctional handgrip-M with integrated GPS module, users can save exposure location information in the EXIF image data (geotagging) and later sort and display images according to location. To permit the use of a separate flash unit when an accessory viewfinder is mounted on the camera, the multifunctional handgrip-M also provides a dedicated SCA hot shoe that communicates with the camera in the same way as its own hot shoe. The Leica SCA Adapter Set, comprised of a flash bar and a spiral cable with a hot shoe, is also available for this purpose. The multifunctional handgrip also provides a socket for a remote power supply and a DIN/ISO X-sync socket for studio flash systems. An optional remote power unit (DC Adapter) is also available. The Leica M can also be connected directly to a computer workstation via the handgrip’s integrated USB socket, allowing full remote control of the camera with the ‘Leica Image Shuttle’ software package and the transfer of image files directly to the computer by USB cable. The multifunctional handgrip-M is a valuable aid to safe and steady handling of the camera, particularly when shooting with heavier R-lenses. The optional finger loops (available in sizes S, M and L) further enhance safe and steady handling of the camera and lens system. These can also be used in combination with the handgrip-M without additional functions.
    As a special accessory for the 1080p Full HD video capability of the Leica M, the range also includes a Leica Microphone Adapter Set consisting of an adapter and a stereo microphone. The adapter also allows the connection of other microphones.
    An additional offering is the ever-ready case, specifically created for the new Leica M. The accessories will be available from Leica dealers, including the Leica Store Washington DC, in early 2013.
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    Re: Leica M Accessories Press release

    The new high-resolution Leica electronic Visoflex viewfinder (EVF2)..
    Visoflex???

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    Re: Leica M Accessories Press release

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Visoflex???
    It´s the same one that´s now offered for the X2; the catalog numbers on the Leica site are identical (18753).

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    Re: Leica M Accessories Press release

    It is the same one that is offered by Olympus (presumably made by Epson) which is much cheaper!

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    Same goes for the microphone - it's the Olympus SEMA microphone rebranded as Leica.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    It is the same one that is offered by Olympus (presumably made by Epson) which is much cheaper!
    Quite right - and kudos to Leica for not insuring that their more expensive version is the only one that works!

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    Am I correct in concluding that focus checking checking must be done in the EVF or on the LCD, that the OVF is the same as it was on the M8/9 (with the possible exception of changing the brightline method)?

    As someone said on TOP, I can't wait to see the reaction to people using Leica M cameras by holding them away from their faces and framing and focusing on the LCD.

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    Re: Leica M Accessories Press release

    Quote Originally Posted by stephengilbert View Post
    Am I correct in concluding that focus checking checking must be done in the EVF or on the LCD, that the OVF is the same as it was on the M8/9 (with the possible exception of changing the brightline method)?

    As someone said on TOP, I can't wait to see the reaction to people using Leica M cameras by holding them away from their faces and framing and focusing on the LCD.
    I'm a bit confused on this one as well. Im very curious on what the focus preview button does on the body is in the optical finder or the LCD/EVF
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    i got the impression you push the button for a magnified image, both peaking and mag only visible in an electronic display

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    Re: Leica M Accessories Press release

    So EVF is 1.4 megapixels, 1280x1024?

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    Re: Leica M Accessories Press release

    Lars,

    I believe it's this VF: Leica X2 EVF2 Electronic Accessory Viewfinder 18753 B&H Photo

    Apparently the same as the Olympus version, except for the price.

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    A few questions regarding the EVF. If say one was to mount a Leica 18mm coded lens, I would assume the entire frame seen through e EVF would be equivalent to that seen by the 18mm? likewise the same for mounting any other Leica coded focal length lens ( I presume). If this is correct, I would assume the camera has to either read the code of the lens or it has to be selected via menu? Lastly if all this is true, then one ould assume their would be some sort of menu selection for long lenses such as a 400, 600mm, so that the view through the EVF would also show a full frame of these focal lengths?

    Many have said the Olympus EVF is the sane one as the Leica, but from web images I've seen, the rear of each looks different, with a connector port on the back of the Leica that appears to be absent on the Olympus?

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    Re: Leica M Accessories Press release

    Doesn't the EVF read what's on the chip? So no need for coding lenses for the EVF to work. That's why it'll work with R lenses.

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    Re: Leica M Accessories Press release

    Quote Originally Posted by D&A View Post
    A few questions regarding the EVF. If say one was to mount a Leica 18mm coded lens, I would assume the entire frame seen through e EVF would be equivalent to that seen by the 18mm? likewise the same for mounting any other Leica coded focal length lens ( I presume). If this is correct, I would assume the camera has to either read the code of the lens or it has to be selected via menu? Lastly if all this is true, then one ould assume their would be some sort of menu selection for long lenses such as a 400, 600mm, so that the view through the EVF would also show a full frame of these focal lengths?

    Many have said the Olympus EVF is the sane one as the Leica, but from web images I've seen, the rear of each looks different, with a connector port on the back of the Leica that appears to be absent on the Olympus?

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    Hi Dave
    Stephen has it - no need for coding, if you're in live view it's reading off the chip, so there's no need for the camera to know anything about the lens to show it full frame in the EVF. However, it seems that the firmware really does know about the lenses (M or R) with respect to image processing.

    I think that the focus preview (magnification and focus peaking) only works in EVF and Live view modes - (there's no news of overlays in the optical viewfinder).

    NB - I could be wrong - this is just impressions from the press releases and hands on previews (I was on a stormy beach in Crete at the time).

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    Re: Leica M Accessories Press release

    so a new version of a hybrid viewfinder: LCD and EVF that show what the sensor sees, and an optical rangefinder that shows electronic framelines but a constant field of view. that transition from one to the other might be weird

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