LEICA SF 58 features TTL, automatic manual, strobe; Swivelling reflector: Vertical (-7° / +90°), Horizontal (-180° /+120°); Sensor measuring angle (Automatic mode): 25°. The LEICA SF 58 measures (L x H x D): 2.8 x 5.8 x 3.9 [71 x 148 x 99 mm] and weighs (without power sources): 12.5 oz [355 g].
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I now love flash photography!
“I have never been a big user of flash units. That is why I use Leica cameras, for their portability and fast lenses. I got this unit as a gift and it has helped to reinvigorate my photography. I am shooting in places that I never did before. The TTL on my M and R series cameras produce beautifully lit photos. I am so glad someone was smart enough to go against my wishes and buy me something that I have been putting off far too long. “ – By Mark
LEICA SF 58 User Manual
LEICA SF 58 Features & Specifications
The LEICA SF 58 is a powerful and versatile flash unit that is perfectly adapted to the Leica M, R and S systems. Whether you employ its sensitive control options to carefully lighten up a subject, its innovative reflector technology to diversify the lighting and capture movement, or its full capacity to turn the dead of night into living day, is up to you and your creative incentives. Thanks to ample power reserves, extreme speed, comprehensive features and simple handling, the LEICA SF 58 is cut out for any challenge – and, thanks to its integrated USB port, the firmware always remains up to date.
When you realise that a flash unit can do more than just help you take pictures in the dark, you will discover in the LEICA SF 58 a creative light with vast potential – enabling you to achieve anything from subtle fill-in and indirect flash light using the tilt reflector, to decoupled flash operation in slave mode. It is designed specifically for the Leica system camera and, as such, enables you to concentrate fully on the subject whilst leaving the exposure up to the camera.
While the main reflector is responsible for the indirect flash, the secondary reflector can be used to lighten up the darks and generate brilliant results. The extra light can be adjusted in three steps and adapted to the subject.
Creative light distribution
The LEICA SF 58 boasts a tilt reflector with a broad adjustable range. It enables you to bounce the flash off a roof or wall and avoid harsh shadows and reflections. This form of indirect lighting is good news for portrait photographers, as the reflector will tilt up to 7 degrees vertically, facilitating fantastic close-up shots.
At a glance
Thanks to a spacious, back-lit LC-Display and a well-structured menu, the LEICA SF 58 is very easy to operate. All flash functions are effortlessly adjusted using all but four keys. Depending on the camera type and mode, the LEICA SF 58 will automatically register the focal length, aperture and ISO and display the information on its screen, simultaneously calculating the maximum range at maximum flash power. Successful exposures are optionally confirmed with a beep.
A flash with a bright future
The LEICA SF 58 sports an integrated USB port for firmware updating, making this flash an investment with a bright future.
Wide angle ready
The optionally available diffuser can be used to create an exceptionally soft lighting effect, covering focal lengths down to 16 mm – great for portrait photography. The integrated wideangle diffuser disc illuminates the angle of an 18 mm lens.
LEICA SF 58 Specifications
Compatibility: Full compatibility with: M System: M6 TTL, M7, M8, M8.2
R System: R8, R9
Limited compatibility with all Leica system cameras featuring a hot shoe
(in automatic or manual flash mode)
Guide number: Max. 58 (ISO 100 / 21°)
Flash modes: TTL, automatic
Swivelling reflector: Vertical (-7° / +90°)
Horizontal (-180° /+120°)
Colour temperature: 5600K
Sensor measuring angle (Automatic mode): 25°
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