No new name but a new number: Type 262 is the latest version of the Leica M. What can the precious camera, shows the practice test of ULTIMATE-TECH-NEWS.COM.
Leica is a photo company with tradition: years ago, about a hundred here the small-format photography was invented – the first Leica is the ancestor of all digital cameras with full-frame sensor. And so there is in the current model range also true tradition model – the Leica M. introduced the first camera from the Leica M series, the Leica M3, was already years ago through 60th Since then, has changed the design rather little. Since 2006 there is also a digital version of the Leica M, previously photographed on film. Who wants to distinguish the current models, must pay attention to the type number. The latest model carries the model number 262, in contrast to the top model with the model number 240th
provide completely different focus
The Leica M is one of the now rare rangefinder cameras. This technique was developed at Leica in the 1930s and allows focusing without looking through the lens like an SLR.About a ring in the lens, the set distance is mechanically transmitted to the viewfinder. In this case, a second optical system whose image is reflected into the viewfinder image moves. Lying above the other two images, the distance is set correctly. A mechanically and optically very sophisticated technology, but with a little practice can be quite simple dominate in practice. However, this type of distance measurement and adjustment is not working as fast as a modern auto focus and you also need some light to distinguish between the two images. The insight into the viewfinder is unfortunately a rather small and difficult for wearers to overlook. Because you shoot better without glasses and screwed a correction lens into the eyepiece.
Set the self
Those who switch from another digital camera for Leica M, has to change. This includes not only the different focusing technology, but also the entire camera operation. Scene Modes or full automatic – nil. Continuous shooting mode, aperture priority mode and automatic ISO setting, comfort functions, there is not. This has a certain educational effect. The Leica M photographer is forced to deliberate to photograph. In the snapshots is somewhat impractical.
If it fits, what’s great
Incorrect removal or wrong exposure: The Leica M does not forgive any oversights by the photographer. Who, for example, photographed in back light with automatic, should get used to work with the AE lock (camera slightly down, then hold the shutter button halfway and back on topic), otherwise the images are fast becoming dark. Just focus and properly exposed, see the images, but check out: Beautifully sharp, crisp colors with just the right amount of contrast. And even without extensive reworking with a photo editor.
Without Live View and Video
When M Type 262 is a 24-megapixel sensor comes from Type 240 top model used – presumably a very similar or identical model. Refrain you have the Live View with the smaller model. This allows the photographer to connect any electronic viewfinder and record videos. In modern cameras quite a rarity – only the Nikon Df waived else on Live View and video.
Small and powerful
Who takes the Leica M for the first time in the hand, is surprised at how hard the camera case – it weighs around 600 grams. No wonder, since there is a large part of die-cast magnesium. In the over-cap which has “262” been lightened compared to the top model 240 – which is for smaller model of lighter aluminum. Little M will cost around 1,000 euros less than the top model, but is still expensive: 5,500 euros costs the housing, no less than the professional DSLR models Canon EOS-1D X Mark II and Nikon D5 .
Expensive fixed focal lengths
On the concept of Leica M effective today will zoom lenses. Almost all lenses are fixed focal lengths, the span at Leica ranging from 18-millimeter super wide-angle to 135-millimeter telephoto. Add to this a kind of wide-angle zoom with three focal lengths, the Ti-Elmer-M 16-18-21 mm 1: 4. Is Allen optics mean that they would be very small and are quite expensive. In practice test three lenses were used: The fast wide angle Summit-M 28mm 1: 1.4 (5,500 euros) and two lenses from the entry-level series, the Summit-M 35 mm 1: 2.4 and the Summit -M 75 mm 1: 2.4. As an alternative to expensive new Leica lenses there is plenty of choice on the second hand, the lenses with M bayonet have been built for over 60 years. However, one must look closely – not any old lens adjusts current Leica M models. In addition, offer other manufacturers lenses for the M on, including Voigtlander and Zeiss .
Long battery life
When recharging the Leica M-photographer takes patience. Until the battery is completely full, go more than three hours into the country. It’s worth paying attention to the second LED on the charger if it is to go fast. The signaled only two hours after a charged battery to 80 percent. And the ranges pretty long: In the practice test of the 80-percent battery was empty after over 550 images. With a fully charged battery 800 pictures in it. Good: The camera warns very early on that the battery is running low and displays by pressing the Info button, the remaining capacity very precisely. After the first warning are still more than 150 images in it. Practical: Leica grabs series to a power supply for the 12-volt socket in the car. As you can well off the domestic power outlet to charge the battery.