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The Leica Digital adapter connects the Digilux 1 camera with a spotting scope

The Leica Digital adapter connects the Digilux 1 camera with a spotting scope - digital camera and photography news


By introducing the Leica Digital Adapter, Leica Camera AG made possible the unique combination of the high-performance LEICA TELEVID 77 and LEICA TELEVID 62 spotting scopes with the LEICA DIGILUX 1 digital camera. The adapter with a locking screw facilitates quick and secure attachment of the camera to the zoom eyepiece of the spotting scopes. When the nature observer spots an interesting subject, he or she can attach the camera to the eyepiece by means of this adapter and then, by simply pushing a button, capture the scene on a round photograph. The large 2.5” monitor on the camera is beautifully suited for the evaluation of cropping and composition. Furthermore, it enables several persons to view the image at the same time.

This new application is an interesting expansion of the fields of application of these two Leica products, especially for birdwatchers and hunters. The unusually long focal length – with the LEICA TELEVID 77 and the zoom eyepiece set at 20x magnification, it already amounts to an overall focal length of 2000 mm (in terms of 35 mm systems) – is very exciting for numerous photographic applications, which otherwise would be possible only with very expensive special telephoto lenses.

With the introduction of the LEICA TELEVID 62 and LEICA APO-TELEVID 62 spotting scopes, the Leica company as of October 2002 expands its line of sports optics products with compact outdoors products that are easy to transport and pleasant to use. Their outstanding image brightness – the image sharpness of the model 62 scopes is comparable to that of the top performance model 77 scopes – also makes the two new high-performance spotting scopes eminently suitable for ‘Leica Digiscoping'.

The LEICA DIGILUX 1 is a compact digital reportage camera that distinguishes itself by its outstanding optical quality, high speed and great mobility. It is the result of intensive technical cooperation with Panasonic and it combines modern digital technology with Leica optical know-how. Classic elements of design-, styling- and operating concepts make the LEICA DIGILUX 1 a synthesis of the proven and the new.

The new digital camera from Leica is equipped with a CCD sensor with 4 million pixels and a fast, high-performance 7-21 mm f/2–2.5 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON ASPH. lens. With a 64 MB SD memory card and an energy supply of up to 3 hours it offers great flexibility. The rapid picture sequence of nearly 4 pictures per second and the very low shutter lag make spontaneous picture-taking possible in all situations.

The 7-21 mm f/2-2.5 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON ASPH. 3x zoom lens corresponds to a
33-100 mm zoom lens on a 35 mm camera. It is equipped with a focusing ring for manual focusing and it has 8 lens elements in 7 groups. Two of the lens elements have aspherical surfaces. The lens was designed specifically for the 4-megapixel sensor. That and the electronics and software of the LEICA Digilux 1 lead to wonderful photographs with natural color rendition and great dynamics. The capture and processing of the image data were optimized for the best pictorial effect. In this regard, Leica contributed high quality standards and photographic know-how to the cooperation. With the great detail accuracy and sharpness, it is possible to make outstanding enlargements, for instance in the DIN A4 format (210 x 297 mm / 8 ¼” x 11 11/16”).

The 2.5” (63.5 mm) LC display of the LEICA DIGILUX 1 is 50 to 90% larger than those on comparable digital cameras. Among other benefits, the display's very high resolution of 205,000 pixels facilitates the evaluation of the focus. An attachable folding hood reduces reflections and makes accurate picture evaluation possible, even in bright daylight. In addition, the camera is also equipped with a large optical viewfinder with diopter compensation.

The LEICA DIGILUX 1 and the Digital Adapter are available at authorized Leica dealers. The new LEICA TELEVID 62 and APO-TELEVID 62 spotting scopes will become available in October 2002.
September 25, 2002
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