The M-E is Leica's entry-level M camera
In a bid to broaden its install base, Leica has unveiled a new model that offers "the essence of rangefinder photography" at an entry-level price of £3900.
The new Leica M-E features an 18-megapixel CCD sensor in full 35mm format, has a sensitivity range of ISO 160 to ISO 2500 and a burst rate of 2fps. The camera is compatible with Leica's full range of M lenses, has a 2.5-inch TFT screen, a flash sync time of up to 1/180s, and weighs 585g.
"Concentrating on the essential photographic functions and renowned dependability for all typical M fields of use, the Leica M-E makes an ideal entry-level model for photographers wishing to experience the fascination of M-photography in its purest form," says Leica, which unveiled the new model at a high-profile press event in Cologne, Germany, this evening.
"Since 1954, the Leica M system has stood for an unmistakable individual kind of photography, and a very conscious photographic style," adds Leica in a prepared statement. "This is because, with a Leica M, the photographer becomes a part of the action in the process of capturing challenging and creative images. The rangefinder allows the photographer to frame the shot precisely, while providing a clear view of what is happening outside the viewfinder frame lines. This allows the user 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."
With the M-E, Leica hopes to bring these benefits to a wider range of users, who might have given the brand a pass because of the high price of its M9 range of cameras. The M-E retails from £3900, while the M9 is available from £5000.
The M-E will be available in anthracite grey paint finish later this month.
Visit www.leica-camera.co.uk for more details.
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