The latest addition to Leica’s M-series cameras, the M11, features Triple Resolution Technology that can record at 60, 36 or 18 megapixels, using the full sensor area.
Front and rear views of the new Leica M11 with the APO-Summicron-M 35mm f/1.2 lens. (Source: Leica Camera.)
Combining the traditional rangefinder design with contemporary camera technology, the M11 features a triple resolution sensor, expanded ISO range, dual memory, extended battery life and a streamlined and intuitive menu system. The full-frame BSI CMOS sensor supports variable resolution recording using the full sensor area, offering a choice of 60, 36 or 18 megapixels when recording either JPEGs or DNG.RAW files. A new colour filter array delivers more natural colour reproduction, while a special IR + UV cut filter – comprised of two extremely thin, cemented layers of glass – provides effective correction of oblique rays of incident light to ensure optimal clarity and sharpness.
The Maestro III processor supports a sensitivity range of ISO 64 to 50,000 and the M11 records a 14-bit colour depth and has a dynamic range of up to 15 stops. With the optional electronic shutter allowing shutter speeds of up to 1/16000 second, use of wide open apertures in bright light is possible without ND filters. The M11 also marks the first time multi-field metering in rangefinder mode will be available.
Front and rear views of the black-finish version of the Leica M11. (Source: Leica Camera.)
The black-finish variant of the Leica M11 features a top plate made of high-quality aluminium with an especially scratch-resistant coating, resulting in a body that is 100 grams lighter than its silver-chrome counterpart, which has a classic brass top plate and weighs 640 grams. Leica has also dispense with the camera’s removable baseplate, which goes back to the 1954 Leica M3. This deliberate omission gives photographers easy direct access to the battery and SD card slot. The M11 is also equipped with 64GB of internal storage which allows users to save image files simultaneously onto two different storage media.
The new Leica M11 is compatible with lenses that date back to 1931. (Source: Leica Camera.)
The 1800mAh battery stores 64% more energy than before, and combined with the camera’s more efficient operation, allows for considerably longer shooting sessions with a single charge. The M11 also has a USB-C port, which can be used to charge the camera’s battery. Upgraded connectivity features to be added through new firmware in the second half of 2022 will extend the connectivity capabilities for users’ mobile workflows and enhance the Leica FOTOS app to add GPS data logging, increase data transfer rates and enable users to access images via Bluetooth connection. The Leica M11 is already an Apple “Made for iPhone and iPad” certified accessory.
The Leica M11 in use with the Visoflex 2 electronic viewfinder. (Source: Leica Camera.)
New accessories include the Visoflex 2 electronic viewfinder, which features 3.7-megapixel resolution, a diopter adjustment range of -4 to +3 and 90 degree tilt function. A new handgrip doubles as a tripod mount, allowing the M11 to be attached to Arca-Swiss-standard tripod heads without requiring additional equipment.
The new Leica M11 is now in Australia at authorised Leica dealers. The Leica M11 Body (available in Silver and Black) is $13,500 (inc. GST). Click here for more information.