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October 20, 2015 13:30 ET

Leica Camera Presents the Leica SL (Typ 601) Full-Frame Mirrorless Professional Camera System and 24-90mm f/2.8-4 Lens; More Info at B&H Photo Video

The Leica SL (Typ 601) Camera System Pairs Cutting-Edge Mirrorless Technology With Speed and Optical Performance, Ushering in a New Generation of a True Leica Which Promises to Challenge the Status Quo of Modern Photography

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - October 20, 2015) - B&H is pleased and honored to share the news of the Leica SL (Typ 601) Mirrorless Digital Camera and the Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. Lens.

The Leica SL is sure to make a big splash in the sea of mirrorless cameras, thanks to an impressive list of specs that will leave the most discerning photographers satisfied. This is Leica’s first full-frame mirrorless camera, and it features a 24MP CMOS sensor with no low-pass filter and the Leica Maestro II processor, which combine to enable 11 fps burst shooting at full resolution, and a native sensitivity range of ISO 50-50000.

Read more about the Leica SL (Typ 601) mirrorless digital camera

Video recording capabilities include full HD 1080p at up to 120 fps, UHD 4K at 30 fps, and DCI 4K at 24 fps. The SL can record internally at 8 bit and can record 10-bit color depth to an external recorder via HDMI. A flat V-Log L gamma profile maximizes dynamic range and allows the user greater flexibility and control when post-processing video. A built-in microphone records stereo audio with manual or auto level controls, and a 3.5mm mic input and a 3.5mm headphone output give you further control.

The 2.95" 1.04m-dot back-lit LED touchscreen features anti-fingerprint and anti-scratch coating. As an alternative to the LED display, the 0.66" 4.4MP EyeRes electronic viewfinder offers 0.8x magnification for optimized eye-level viewing and composition.

Fast autofocus is realized via a contrast-based AF system, burst shooting can be captured at 11 fps for up to 33 DNG images or unlimited JPEG files. A primary card slot accepts UHS-II SD cards and a secondary slot takes UHS-I SD cards. Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities are built into the camera, allowing easy sharing and geo-tagging of images.

The body of the camera is made from two machined pieces of solid aluminum, and weather-sealed to stand up to shooting in adverse conditions. The body design features control dials and a top 1.28" monochrome LCD screen for viewing your settings. The SL (Typ 601) is a departure from Leica’s common body design, as it incorporates a large ergonomic grip, more often seen on SLR-style cameras.

Leica SL (Typ 601) Mirrorless Digital Camera Highlights

  • 24MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Leica Maestro II Image Processor
  • Internal DCI 4K Video & V-Log L Gamma
  • 0.66" 4.4MP 0.80x Electronic Viewfinder
  • 2.95" 1.04M-Dot LED-Backlit Touchscreen
  • Contrast AF System with 49 Fields
  • Up to 11 fps Shooting and ISO 50000
  • Two SD Card Slots; 1.3" Top LCD Screen
  • Weather-Resistant Milled Aluminum Body
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity and GPS

Also introduced with the SL (Typ 601) camera is the Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 ASPH lens, which fits onto the SL’s L-mount bayonet. This new L-mount is identical to the T-mount seen on the Leica T; however, being a full-frame camera, when using existing and future T-series lenses it will only operate in APS-C mode. The 24-90mm lens features Optical Image Stabilization to reduce the appearance of camera shake, a fast and precise AF motor, and a minimum focus distance of 1'.

Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. Lens

Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 lens Features

  • L Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Four Aspherical Elements
  • AquaDura Coating on Outer Elements
  • Silent Autofocus System
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Internal Focus, Non-Rotating Filter Ring
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Design

Leica has also announced the upcoming arrival of two more L-mount lenses in 2016: the APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90-280mm f/2.8-4 and the Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. For adapting lenses, the M-Adapter-T allows you to attach any of the 48 M-mount lenses, while upcoming adapters will allow use of medium format S-mount lenses, R-mount lenses, and PL-mount cine lenses.

The camera comes with the BP-SCL4 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, the BC-SL4 Battery Charger, SL Camera Cover, USB 3.0 Cable, and a lens-cleaning tissue. Also available separately are a 4.9' HDMI Cable, a Display Protection Foil, and the RC-SCL4 Remote Release Cable. A brand new flagship flash model is on its way in the form of the SF 64, featuring a powerful guide number of 210'. The new Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm also has the following accessories: a E82 UVa Filter, a dedicated Lens Hood, and the SL Rear Lens Cap.

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