Leica S-E (Typ 006) Body Only (10812)

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Premium design
Alone the looks of the Leica S-E make it a fascinating alternative to a Leica S. With a top deck in anthracite grey and a silver anodised shutter speed dial, it is the perfect companion in both the studio and on location.

Extremely efficient
The optimised energy-efficiency concept of the Leica S-E lets you make more than 1,000 exposures on a single battery charge. This doesn’t even slow it down; thanks to its 2 GB buffer memory, it even lets you capture long sequences of up to 32 DNG files with lossless compression in continuous shooting mode.

Leica medium format sensor
With dimensions of 30 by 45 millimetres, its large, low-noise CCD sensor is in Leica Proformat. The microprism layer on its sensor guarantees uniform image brightness from corner to corner.

Dual-shutter system
Thanks to its unique dual-shutter system, photographers have the choice of using the camera’s fast focal plane shutter up to a speed of 1/4000 s or the electronically-controlled central shutters of CS lenses that allow flash sync at all speeds up to 1/1000 s.

Optimum image quality
Its predictive autofocus helps photographers to capture perfect images of difficult subjects and scenes. Its broad sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 1600 ensures maximum flexibility – enabling photographers to work with the lens wide open in extremely bright light and shoot sessions in the most difficult lighting conditions.

  • Camera type:   Digital medium-format single lens reflex camera for use with Leica S-Lenses.
    Image sensor Type:   Leica CCD sensor with micro-lens layer
    Size:   30 × 45 mm (Leica Pro Format)
    Aspect ratio:   2:3
    Resolution:   37.5 megapixels
    Pixel pitch:   6 µm
    Dynamic range:   13 stops
    Color depth:   16 bits per pixel
    Color spaces:   sRGB, Adobe RGB, ECI RGB 2.0.
    White balance:   Presets: daylight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, HMI, fluorescent warm, fluorescent cool, flash, grey card (determined from image), grey card Live View, automatic, color temperature (kelvin)
    Low-pass filter / IR filter:   No / on sensor
    Moiré suppression:   In external image-processing software (e.g. with the Adobe Lightroom®software provided with the camera)
    Lens mount:   Leica S-Bayonet for Leica S-Lenses
    Focal length:   Dependent on Leica S-Lens attached, conversion factor to 35 mm film equivalent 0.8×
    Focusing Type:   Predictive AF with center cross-sensor defined by cross-hairs on the focusing screen, focusing drive integrated in lenses
    AF modes:  

    AFs (single) = focus priority, AFc (continuous) = predictive focus tracking, MF (manual), manual override possible at any time

    AF memory:  

    Second resistance point hold on shutter release, lock for single exposure or constant by setting with five-way switch

    Manual focus:   With lens focusing ring
    Exposure metering:   Exposure metering through the lens (TTL)
    Metering modes:   Multi-segment metering (five fields), centre-weighted integral metering, selective (spot) metering (3.5% of image frame)

    AE lock:


    Second resistance point hold on shutter release, lock for single exposure or constant by setting with five-way switch

    Metering range:   (at f/2.5 and ISO 100) Spot metering: EV 2.7 - 20, center-weighted and multi-segment metering: EV 1.2 - 20
    Exposure control:   Program AE (with shift function) (P), shutter priority AE (T), aperture priority AE (A), manual metering (M)
    Exposure compensation:   ± 3 EV in half-EV increments
    Bracketing (AEB):  

    Three/five exposures (automatic/manual), half, one, two or three stops

    ISO sensitivity:  

    ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, auto ISO



    Type:   In-camera: Microprocessor-controlled, metal-blade, vertical focal-plane shutter
    Shutter speeds:  

    Manual setting (T and M modes): 6 s to 1/4000 s in half-stop increments, time exposure (B mode): up to max. 125 s, flash sync speed 1/125 s, automatic (A and P modes): continuous from 32 s to 1/4000 s

    CS shutter option:   Optional central shutter in Leica S-Lenses (CS versions)
    CS shutter speeds:  

    Manual setting (T and M modes): 6 s to 1/1000 s in half-stop increments, flash sync at all speeds, automatic (A and P modes): continuous from 8 s to 1/1000 s

    Linear flash mode:   Faster sync speeds than 1/125 s possible with Leica SF 58 flash unit and HSS-capable SCA 3002 flashes
    Continuous shooting:   ~ 1.5 fps
    Shutter release:   Three stages
    Self-timer:   Two- or 12-second delay
    Mirror pre-release:   Yes


      High-eye-point pentaprism
    Magnification:   0.87× (with 70 mm lens at infinity)
    Viewfinder coverage:   Approx. 98%
    Dioptre compensation:   –3 to +1 dioptres
    Focusing screen:   Interchangeable
    Top-deck display:   Full-colour, self-illuminating, top-deck panel (OLED)

    3" TFT LCD monitor with 921,600 pixels, 16 million colours, sRGB colour space, image field approx. 100%, maximum oblique viewing angle 170°

    Protective cover:   Anti-glare dirt-repellent protective glass cover in scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass®


      Hot shoe with centre and control contacts, LEMO® flash connection socket
    Compatibility:   Full compatibility with Leica SF58 and flash units with SCA3002 adapters
    X synchronisation:  

    1/125 s, 1/1000 s (lens CS), sync at all slower speeds, choice of first or second curtain sync; FPS flash sync at faster shutter speeds (1/180 s to 1/4000 s) possible with suitably equipped flash units (HSS mode)

    Flash reflector angle:

      Automatic adaptation to focal length of lens attached with Leica SF58 flash unit or system-compatible flash units with motorised zoom reflector


    Exposure modes:
      Single frame, continuous, self-timer 2 s (with mirror pre-release), self-timer 12 s (with mirror pre-release)

    Data recording

    Image file formats:
      DNG (5000 × 7500 pixels, 37.5 megapixels, approx. 72 MB per image), lossless compressed DNG (7500 × 5000 pixels, approx. 42 MB per image), JPEG (7500 × 5000 pixels, in three resolutions, 37.5, 9.3, 2.3 megapixels, approx. 1–16 MB per image, depending on resolution and image content)
    Maximum burst rate:   1.5 fps
    Buffer memory:   DNG max. 28 images, DNG compressed max. 32 images, JPEG no limit

    Simultaneous capture option

    for DNG and JPG:
    Storage media:  

    SD card (SD cards to 2 GB max., SDHC card to 32 GB max., SDXC card), CompactFlash card (UDMA7), external transfer to PC hard disk

    Other functions

    Menu languages:
      English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Portuguese, Korean
    Firmware update:   User upload option
    GPS:   Selectable (may not be available in all countries due to local legislation)
    Date/time:   User setting option, automatic date, time and time zone synchronisation with activated GPS module
    Levellingy:   Determination by acceleration sensor, accuracy and display sensitivity <1° at 0–40°C (32–104°F) ambient temperature


      ISO hot shoe, LEMO® USB 2.0 HiSpeed HDMI type C socket, remote release, X-flash sync, SCA3002, LEMO®flash connection socket, interface for Leica multifunctional handgrip S

    Supported operating


    Windows XP®, Windows Vista®, Windows 7®, Apple Macintosh Mac OS X® 10.5 and higher


    Software package:
      Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® and Leica Image Shuttle 2, downloadable from the Leica owners’ area after product registration

    Power supply


    Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, nominal voltage 7.4 V, capacity 2100 mAh


    power supply:
      With Leica AC adapter S (optional accessory)

    Power supply and

    battery charger:

    Rapid charger S (with integrated US mains plug, plugs for EU, UK and Australia and car adapte Inputs: 100–240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, automatic toggle, or 12/24 V DC; output: 7.4 V DC, 1250 mA


    Body construction:

    Full-metal chassis in die-cast magnesium alloy with high-grip plastic coating, anthracite grey magnesium alloy top deck, baseplate in fibreglass-reinforced polycarbonate

    Operating conditions:

      0 to +45°C (32 to 113°F), 15–80% relative humidity

    Dimensions (W × H × D):

      160 × 80 × 120 mm



    Approx. 1260 g (body only, with battery)



    Tripod bushes:

      1/4" and 3/8" with anti-twist locking pins


    Package contents:

      S body, rapid charger S (with integrated US mains plug, interchangeable plugs for EU, UK and Australia and car adapter), rechargeable lithium-ion battery, carrying strap, bayonet body cap, eyepiece cap

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