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Compact, powerful and a great team player
With the SF 60 and a Leica Camera, you have the ideal set-up for a wide range of photographic situations. The flash has sufficient power to cover longer distances with its zoom-reflector or for shooting with soft, indirect flash from a reflector or bounced from a wall or ceiling.
Thanks to TTL flash exposure control in the camera, the dosing of fill-in flash for subtile brightening of subjects is no problem at all.
The clip-on softbox for softer light enables flexible adaption of flash illumination to the needs of the subject. Its high-speed synchronization at shutter speeds of up to 1/8000 s with compatible cameras turns day into night – the foreground is perfectly exposed by the flash while the background remains dark, despite the ambient daylight.
The New Leica SF 60 System Flash
A compact powerhouse for Leica Cameras designed especially for the models of the S, SL, and M series.
The SF 60 is also fully compatible with the Leica Q and CL, for which it also offers TTL flash exposure control. The SF 60 is an extremely compact and powerful flash unit with an outstanding range of features, and is among the lightest and smallest of its performance class.
Despite its weight of only 300 grams and height of 98 mm, the flash unit offers a guide number of 60 at ISO 100. Its reflector can be swiveled horizontally by 180 degrees in both directions and tilted upwards by up to 90 degrees. This versatile feature of the SF 60 makes it ideal for indirect, bounced and soft flash from numerous positions and angles. Controlled by the camera, it automatically adjusts to focal lengths from 24 to 200 mm (35 mm equivalent) and also features an integrated reflector for ultra-wide-angle exposures down to 16 mm.
For photographers who also shoot video, the SF 60 offers constant LED light output adjustable in nine steps. All parameters can be set on the flash unit with two dials and on the color LED display. The SF 60 offers wireless remote control and is compatible with the Leica SF C1 flash control unit.
The power for the SF 60 is supplied by four AA cells. For longer shooting sessions and even faster flash recycle times, the unit can also be connected to an external power supply, the Nissin Power Pack PS 8 (Sony version). The rechargeable NiMH battery of the PS 8 has a capacity of 21.6 watt-hours. The Nissin Power Pack PS 8 (Sony version) can provide power for up to two SF 60 flash units and features a USB interface for charging other devices such as smartphones or tablet-PCs.
TTL flash mode
TTL flash mode and high-speed sync are of course supported and, if you switch from TTL to manual flash exposure mode, all parameters set in the respective modes remain available for later use. The individual output parameters for each flash unit can be read off from the display of the SF C1 and changed whenever required. This is particularly practical in situations where individual units are impractical to access, for example behind softboxes or at a considerable distance from the camera.
Alongside power reserves sufficient for around 3,000 flashes when its three AAA cells are fully charged, the SF C1 also features a microSD card slot that allows latest firmware updates to be uploaded to keep the controller at the cutting edge of technology.
Innovative, future-proof and compatible
The SF 60 does not necessarily have to be connected directly to the camera. Instead of being mounted on the camera, the new flash unit can also be used as a remote slave flash and, in combination with the Leica SF C1, for illuminating the subject from any desired angle.
In this way, the SF C1 controller enables you to go far beyond what is usually possible with a single SF 60 flash. The SF C1 works with radio frequencies in the 2.4-GHz band and offers up to eight separate channels for the configuration of flash units in groups. The flash units, which may be at distances of up to 100 meters from the SF C1 mounted on the camera, can be controlled as a single group or split into up to three separately controlled groups. For instance, you can separately control the output of a single flash unit with a beauty dish, a spotlight, and further units for lightening shadows and illuminating the background.
SF-60 Flash Unit
Quick Start Guide
|Flash modes||A and TTL with automatic TTL flash exposure control, M for manual partial light output settings, SD/SF for remote firing by flash pulse of master flash unit, with or without pre-flash, flash exposure control through manually preset partial light output settings, for constant light, ABC (requires Leica SF C1 controller, optional accessory) for remote firing and controlling a.) the flash mode (either M or TTL) and b.) the partial light output settings (in M mode) or flash exposure compensation (in TTL mode), signal transmission in 2.4 GHz band|
|Flash exposure compensation||±2 EV in increments of 1⁄3 EV (TTL mode)|
|Manual partial light output levels||1/1 - 1/256 in increments of 1/3 EV (M, SD, SF modes)|
|Manual video light output levels||9|
|Flash duration||1/800 s at full output (in M, SD, SF modes), 1/800 - 1/20000 s at automati8c output (in A, TTL modes)|
|Colour temperature||Approx. 5600 K at full output|
|Number of flashes/flash recycling time||220-1500/0,1-5.5 s
* using internal batteries only, maximum-minimum, depending on battery type and flash mode
|Video light duration||Approx. 3.5 hours with fresh batteries at maximum light output (= level 9)
* using internal batteries only
|Light coverage/focal lengths of zoom reflector||for 24/28/35/50/70/85/105/135/200 mm, down to 16 mm with integrated wide-angle diffuser, setting shown in LCD panel, fully automatic setting only in A flash mode|
|Swivel and tilt settings/stop positions of reflector head||Vertical: 45°, 60°, 75°, 90°
Horizontal, in both directions: 30°, 60°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180°
|AF assist light||Automatic activation, working range approx. 0.7 - 5 m|
|Other functions||High speed synchronization (HSS) if supported by camera model, start-of-exposure and end-of-exposure synchronization, long exposure synchronization, reduction of red eye effects (if supported by camera model, camera setting)|
|Power supply||Alkaline batteries, 1.5 V, IEC type LR6 (AA/mignon size), nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries, 1.2 V, IEC type HR6 (AA/mignon size), 4 batteries in each case, external battery pack as additional power supply (optional accessory by different manufacturers)|
|Power save system||Flash unit automatically switches to standby after 2 or 5 min (depending on flash mode) and powers down after 60 min|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||73 x 98 x 112 mm (with reflector head in normal horizontal position)
73 x 162 x 75 mm (with reflector head in vertical position)
* without batteries
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Leica SF 60 Flash
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