Leica M-P (Typ 240)

Leica M-P (Typ 240)

The M-P (Typ 240) Digital Rangefinder Camera Safari Set is inspired by the first olive-colored Leica and includes the distinctively colored M-P camera body, a Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH. a lens with a classic round lens hood, a cowhide carrying strap, and matching leather SD and business cardholders.

The M-P (Typ 240) Digital Rangefinder Camera Safari Set is available for purchase separately. In addition to being supplied in a one-of-a-kind presentation box, the set is also part of a limited edition of 1500 copies.

The M-P camera itself combines a full-frame picture sensor with the quality and heritage that helped establish Leica’s reputation in the first place. Due to the use of a MAX 24MP CMOS sensor and the Maestro image processor, the M-P achieves rich image quality with lower levels of noise as well as smooth color and tone gradations.

The sensor and CPU work together to provide a maximum sensitivity of ISO 6400, full HD 1080p movie recording, and continuous shooting at 3 frames per second for up to 24 frames in succession. As the only digital camera to maintain Leica’s preference for a rangefinder design, this camera features a 0.68x optical viewfinder with split and superimposed manual focusing, automatic parallax correction, and manual image field selection, making it one of the most unique digital cameras on the market.

On the other hand, the camera has a 3.0″ 920k-dot LCD with sapphire glass covering to ensure that the magnesium alloy and brass body retain its overall strength and durability. In addition to its unobtrusiveness, the M-P is distinguished by the absence of any front-facing Leica branding in favor of an engraved Leica writing on the top plate, which is unique among Leica cameras.

As with previous M-series cameras, the M-P preserves the ability to use the extensive network of M-mount lenses, and it is also compatible with Leica R-mount lenses with the use of an extra adapter, just like the M-series cameras before it.

Due to the fact that focusing is done totally by hand when working in live view, focus peaking and a 10x live view zoom can be used to assure crucial focus when working in live view.

The camera’s ergonomic body design brings all of the key controls within easy reach when shooting, including the top shutter speed and drive mode dials, as well as the rear menu navigation buttons and selection dial, which are situated atop the thumb rest, throughout the shooting process.

Rubber seals were interwoven throughout the tough metal body’s construction to make the M-P dust- and weather-resistant, allowing it to be used for extended periods of time in challenging environments.

Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH. the lens is a small wide-angle prime lens that is perfect for daily shooting. It is included with the kit.

Its optical design contains a single aspherical element, which helps to remove almost all distortions and chromatic aberrations, resulting in improved edge-to-edge sharpness and clarity throughout the whole image.

Safari Set for the Leica M-P (Typ 240).

This Safari edition of the Leica M-P is reminiscent of the classic Leica M1 Olive from 1960, with an olive color scheme comprised of a distinctively colored lacquered top cover, leatherette, and bottom cover, as well as a silver shutter speed dial, on/off switch, shutter release button, and hot shoe, all of which are reminiscent of the classic Leica M1.

Its inscription on the top plate, which also pays homage to the original Safari camera, is straightforward, with a basic Leica emblem on one line and WETZLAR GERMANY on the second.

A Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH. the lens is included with the one-of-a-kind body design, and it is coated in silver chrome to match the hardware elements on the body. It is packaged with a traditional circular lens hood that matches the lens. A matching SD and business card holder, as well as a full-grain leather carrying strap, is also included with the purchase.

This Safari Set is delivered in one-of-a-kind packaging, which includes a specific presentation box, and is only available in a total of 1500 pieces globally.

A CMOS sensor with a resolution of 24MP and a Maestro image processor

Because it is equipped with a full-frame Leica MAX 24MP CMOS sensor, it is capable of capturing both high-resolution still images and full HD video with exceptional picture quality and low noise. A sensitivity range of ISO 200-6400 is accessible when used in conjunction with the Maestro image processor; this range may be further enlarged to ISO 100 for working in brighter settings.

Aside from facilitating the quicker overall performance, this image processor, when used in conjunction with a 2GB picture storage, allows for longer continuous shooting sequences of 3 frames per second for up to 24 consecutive frames.

Both an optical viewfinder and a rangefinder are used.

The optical viewfinder is a large, bright-line 0.68x rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation and LED-illuminated frame lines that are set to match the image sensor size at a focusing distance of 6.6′. It has a 0.68x magnification and is equipped with automatic parallax compensation and LED-illuminated frame lines.

Additionally, on the front of the camera, a viewfinder frame selector may be used to manually modify the apparent picture field, which can be useful for seeing the scene with different focal lengths.

The rangefinder system produces split or overlaid bright field pictures inside the center of the viewfinder in order to aid in proper manual focusing. The effective rangefinder metering base is 47.1 millimeters in diameter (mechanical metering basis 69.25 mm x viewfinder magnification of 0.68x).

3.0″ LCD Monitor with Sapphire Crystal Protective Shell

The optical viewfinder is complemented by a 3.0″ 920k-dot LCD panel, which allows for live view monitoring while also allowing for the use of focus peaking and 10x zoom functions to improve vital sharpness.

When a scene is in sharp focus, the focus peaking feature emphasizes the bright edges of contrast in red, green, or blue hues, while the zoom control lets you zoom in on minute details inside the picture.

This monitor is equipped with a scratch-resistant protective cover made of sapphire crystal glass, which provides additional durability and protection. In addition, anti-reflective coatings are applied to both sides of the covering glass to improve vision in strong light circumstances, as previously stated.

Video in Full High Definition (1080p)

Full HD 1080p video recording is possible at frame rates of 24 and 25 frames per second, respectively. In addition to VGA 480p at 30 frames per second, HD 720p recording is now available. During recording, a monaural microphone is integrated into the body’s design, and the audio level may be controlled manually by the user.

Design of the Body

Its metal body, which includes a magnesium-alloy chassis and a brass top plate, is reminiscent of historic Leica designs, and it is accented with a synthetic leather wrap, which is reminiscent of classic Leica designs.

Rubber seals are strategically positioned throughout the body to protect it from dust and to facilitate use in bad weather conditions. The simplified and ergonomic design also enables quick and easy access to all of the camera’s functions, including the top shutter speed and drive mode dials, the rear menu navigation buttons, and the flash.

Leica M-P (Typ 240) Specs

Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution5952 x 3976
Other resolutions4256 x 2832, 2976 x 1984, 1600 x 1080
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photodetectors24 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ISOAuto, 200-6400 (expands down to 100)
Boosted ISO (minimum)100
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Standard
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Lens mountLeica M
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots920,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (rangefinder)
Viewfinder magnification0.68×
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityNo
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject/scene modesNo
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (Hot-shoe)
Flash modesFront Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync
Continuous drive3.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 sec)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3, 5 frames at 1/2 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (25, 24 fps)
FormatMotion JPEG
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Remote controlNo
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionBP-SCL2 lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries)680 g (1.50 lb / 23.99 oz)
Dimensions139 x 80 x 42 mm (5.47 x 3.15 x 1.65″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
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