System compatibility – Is it possible to use the LEICA SF 58 flash unit with all Leica system cameras?

Compatible in TTL flash mode with: M-System: LEICA M6 TTL, LEICA M7, LEICA M8, LEICA M8.2, LEICA M9, Leica M (Typ 240) R-System: LEICA R8, LEICA R9 (analog) S-System: LEICA S2/S2-P Compatible...

Compatible in TTL flash mode with:

  • M-System: LEICA M6 TTL, LEICA M7, LEICA M8, LEICA M8.2, LEICA M9, Leica M (Typ 240)
  • R-System: LEICA R8, LEICA R9 (analog)
  • S-System: LEICA S2/S2-P

Compatible in automatic or manual flash mode with all Leica System Cameras with hot shoe and x-contact

Why using a secondary reflector?

The LEICA SF 58 is ideal for indirect lighting due to its high flash guide number (max. 58 at ISO100/21°). The secondary reflector retains a bright illumination, creates highlights, lightens up sha...

The LEICA SF 58 is ideal for indirect lighting due to its high flash guide number (max. 58 at ISO100/21°). The secondary reflector retains a bright illumination, creates highlights, lightens up shadows, and delivers vivid colors.

White balance adjustment

The LEICA SF 58 has a color temperature of 5600K. Best photographic results are achieved by a camera white balance setting of “automatic” or “flash”.

The LEICA SF 58 has a color temperature of 5600K. Best photographic results are achieved by a camera white balance setting of “automatic” or “flash”.

What kinds of batteries are recommended for the Leica SF 58?

Rechargeable batteries: NiCd (1,2V), NiMH (1,2V) Batteries: Lithium (1,5V), Alkaline-Manganese (1,5V)

Rechargeable batteries:

  • NiCd (1,2V), NiMH (1,2V)

Batteries:

  • Lithium (1,5V), Alkaline-Manganese (1,5V)

Why the battery symbol of the Leica SF 58 is not displayed constantly?

The battery symbol is meant as a capacity warning and therefore only appears when the battery capacity will end soon.

The battery symbol is meant as a capacity warning and therefore only appears when the battery capacity will end soon.

Focal length transfer with LEICA M8/M8.2

The focal length transfer takes place only with coded lenses provided the lens detection function is activated.Table: M8/M8.2 – Focal Length Display SF 58 Lens focal length (in mm) Flash di...

The focal length transfer takes place only with coded lenses provided the lens detection function is activated.

Table: M8/M8.2 – Focal Length Display SF 58

Lens focal length (in mm)

Flash display

16-18-21

24

18

24

21

28

24

28

28

35

35

35

50

90

75

90

90

105

135

105

Is it possible to use TTL flash mode with DMR (R8/R9)?

When using LEICA R8 / R9 with a DMR, only manual or automatic flash mode is possible.

When using LEICA R8 / R9 with a DMR, only manual or automatic flash mode is possible.

Why is the menu only accessible after pressing one of the buttons a second time?

Pressing any of the menu buttons once illuminates the display. Only pressing twice will enter the respective menu modes.This procedure prevents accidental missetting.

Pressing any of the menu buttons once illuminates the display.
Only pressing twice will enter the respective menu modes.
This procedure prevents accidental missetting.

Why the zoom reflector is automatically adjusted, when the head is tilted/swivelled for indirect flash?

As soon as the reflector’s position is moved away from the frontal lighting position, the zoom adjusts automatically to 75mm to achieve an appropriate flash guide number which is sufficient for mos...

As soon as the reflector’s position is moved away from the frontal lighting position, the zoom adjusts automatically to 75mm to achieve an appropriate flash guide number which is sufficient for most photographic situations using bounce flash (maximum flash guide number at zoom setting 105mm!).

Instructions for updating the LEICA M (Typ 240) Firmware

Format an SD memory card in your LEICA M. Turn off the camera and insert the card into an SD card reader – either integrated or connected to your computer. (A reader is required for Firmware up...

  1. Format an SD memory card in your LEICA M.
  2. Turn off the camera and insert the card into an SD card reader – either integrated or connected to your computer. (A reader is required for Firmware updates).
  3. Download the Firmware file from the Leica M site using the “UPDATES” link.
  4. Save the file FW_M240_1_1_0_2.FW at the top level of the card’s folder structure.
  5. Remove the card properly from your card reader, insert the card into the camera and close the bottom cover.
  6. Press the “INFO” button and hold it, simultaneously turn on the camera using the main switch.
  7. The update process takes several 2-4 minutes. “Loading file…” appears on the screen.
  8. When the update is done, a corresponding message appears on the screen. The Message disappears after some seconds.

Note:

  • If the battery does not have sufficient charge, you will see a corresponding warning message.
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