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Leica Digital-Modul-R

Luuk Jurrien
Photokina report
Wednesday 29th, September 2004
Posted by: Luuk Jurrien

This device is a already getting famous without being ever having been on some hands, Will it ever? We don't know to be honest, but the truth is that at Photokina Leica is demonstrating its Digital Back solution to the public at Photokina... Would they do this if they did not meant mean serious business? Well, let us wait, again, and see! The Leica DIGITAL-MODUL-R is a digital camera back designed to fit regular production Leica R8 and R9 cameras.

Leica Digital Modul-R - R8 & R9 cameras
According to Leica the R8 and R9 cameras will become the world's very first hybrid 35 mm cameras that can be used for digital or analog photography. The Leica DIGITAL-MODUL-R combines tradition and progress in a unique way. Nearly all high performance lenses in the Leica R system since 1965 can be used for digital and analogue image recording. The Leica DIGITAL-MODULE-R makes full use of their exceptionally high imaging performance.

Leica digital back - Specifications
• Interchangeable digital module, fully compatible with LEICA R8 and R9, can be exchanged by the photographer her-/himself
• All Leica R-lenses as well as those earlier LEICAFLEX/SL/SL2-lenses that have been modified by adding the R-cam can be used
• Image Sensor: 3872 x 2576 Pixels (10 Megapixel) CCD-Chip, active sensor area 26.4 x 17.6 mm, focal length extension factor 1.37
• ISO 100 up to at ISO 1600
• SD card for storage
• RAW, TIFF, 2 JPEG-compression rates
• BW-Display: Frame counter, ISO, exposure compensation, battery status, self timer, compression rate, resolution, moiré on/off, white balance
• Menu: sharpness, colour saturation, contrast, frame number, contrast of colour display, brightness of colour display, duration of auto review
• Histogram on/off, power save options, card format, warning signals, audio histogram on/off, date, time, user-profiles, firmware update, reset
• IEEE 1394 FireWire interface#
• Proprietary Lithium Ion rechargeable battery pack for power
• Color monitor for image control and menu-controlled settings
• Size is comparable to LEICA R8/R9 with Motor-Drive (W x H x D) 158 x 140 x 89 mm
• Weight: DMR with Power Unit and Battery: 725g, DMR complete with R9: 1395g

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