The SF 60 and SF C1 can be used with the Leica SL, M10, S (007), Q, CL, M (Typ 240), M9, M8 and S (006), provided that the camera has the most recent firmware update. See the table below for a full breakdown and what firmware is required for use.
The SF C1 is only compatible with the SF 60 flash unit, but multiple SF 60 flashes can connect to each other for wireless triggering. They can also fire other Leica flashes (SF 40, SF 64, SF 58) via optically triggered slave mode. This flexibility of the SF 60 and SF C1 make them a fully featured solution for lightweight high-quality lighting.
Flash units can be organized in up to seven channels, each with three groups, and controlled either together or separately with the same or different settings. Photographers can use all functions of all the flash units, just as if they were mounted on the camera. This opens up countless options for professional light set-ups with system flash units. As is the case with the Leica SF 60 flash unit, all settings can be read off and easily changed on the color LCD panel of the Leica SF C1 remote control unit. Two AAA batteries allow for 3,000 exposures and a microSD card slot allows future firmware updates to be uploaded to the SF C1. Operating on the 2.4 GHz frequency, the SF C1 has a transmission range up to 328 feet (100 m) and doesn’t require line of sight.
The new flash is extremely compact and lightweight at just 10.58 oz (300 g) without its four AA batteries. Yet, with a guide number of 60, the flash packs a solid punch. A built-in zoom covers 24-200mm. The control layout is simple and intuitive with a high contrast color LCD. Expect a set up batteries to last anywhere from 220 to 1,500 exposures, depending on power level.
For video, there’s an LED light good for 3.5 hours. And for those wanting to shoot outside at wide apertures, high speed sync (HSS) is available up to 1/8000th.
Priced at $595, the SF 60 comes in at only $100 more than the smaller SF 40, and $250 less than the current top of the range SF 64. Seems like Leica is trying to be somewhat aggressive here in order meet the needs of professional photographers that often carry multiple flash units on a job. The SF C1 remote control unit is priced at $350, again, very reasonable for the added functionality.
Both the SF 40 and the SF C1 are available for pre-order from Leica Boutique Bergen County Camera.
You can call us at 201-664-4113, we are more than happy to help answer any questions you may have.
Leica has expanded their APS-C offerings with a new interchangeable lens mirroless system camera: the Leica CL, as well the Elmarit-TL 18mm f/2,8 pancake lens.
With similar specifications to the recently-launched Leica TL2, the CL trades in the pure modern unibody design of the TL2 for more iconic Leica styling. Still sporting the same 24 megapixel APS-C sensor, Maestro II processor and L mount, the CL features a more classic body design with three rear buttons and directional pad like its big brother, the M10. And, instead of needing an add-on EVF, the CL has one built-in, with the same specs as the add-on Visoflex (Typ 020) that’s used on the M10 and TL2.
The CL is slated to start shipping by the end of 2017 and is priced at $2,795. Leica will be offering two CL kits as well.. For those wanting the smallest possible package, the CL Prime Kit includes the new 18mm f/2.8 Elmamrit-TL pancake lens, which was also announced today, for $3,795. For those wanting the convenience of a standard zoom the CL Vario Kit comes bundled with the 18-56mm Vario-Elmar-TL for $3,995. Both kits represent a decent savings over buying a la carte, $295 and $450.The CL and both CL kits are now available for pre-order at Leica Boutique BCC. To pre-order, give us a call 201-664-4113 or stop by the store anytime.