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Back in February, Leica previewed their new flash system at the WPPI Conference in Las Vegas. Aimed at professionals, the new SF 60 flash and SF C1 wireless remote control unit add modern strobe capabilities to most Leica digital system cameras. Do note that the flash will not be compatible with the X and T/TL lineup. 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.

 

SF 60 Flash

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.

SF C1 Wireless Remote Control Unit

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.

 

Pricing

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 Store Miami.

You can email at info@leicastoremiami.com, call 305-921-4433, or place an order online by clinking the links below.

Order the Leica SF 60 Flash Now Order the Leica SF C1 Remote Control Unit Now

 

Be sure to scroll down for pictures, compatibility, tech specs, and Leica’s full press release.

Compatibility Chart

CameraTTL-functionFlash exposure
compensation**
Required
firmware
M10FW 1.10.4.0
M (Typ 240, 246, 262)FW 2.0.5.0
M8, M9
X2, X-EXX
X (Type 113)XX
X-VarioXX
T (Typ 701), TL, TL2XX
Q
CL
SLFW 3.2
S (Typ 006)FW 2.4.1.0
S (Typ 007)FW 3.0.0.0

 

Press Release

NEW FLASH SYSTEM: THE COMPACT AND VERSATILE LEICA SF 60 FLASH UNIT AND THE LEICA SF C1 REMOTE CONTROL UNIT FOR ON- AND OFF-CAMERA FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY

(Wetzlar, Germany) Leica Camera AG presents the new SF 60 flash unit and the SF C1 remote control unit as perfect additions to the Leica S, SL and M systems. The two units can also be used in combination with the Leica Q and the Leica CL. While the flash unit provides an extensive range of options for flash-photography in a compact form, the remote control unit enables off-camera flash with the SF 60 and provides countless additional creative opportunities.

Despite its low weight of 300 g and a height of only 98 mm, the Leica SF 60 offers numerous professional functions. In addition to features such as TTL-flash, HSS to 1/8000s, a flash head with tilt and swivel function, a zoom reflector, an integrated diffuser and a reflector card, and master/slave capability, it also offers an impressive guide number of 60 (at ISO 100). This makes the Leica SF 60 an extremely powerful and versatile mobile solution for all photographers who appreciate the advantages of qualitatively excellent light-management in any situation.

The SF 60 also offers constant LED light output adjustable in nine steps as a source of light for spontaneous video recording of subjects in low light. All settings can be conveniently made with the two dials and the colour LCD panel of the flash unit.

The Leica SF 60 is powered by four AA cells. For longer shooting sessions the unit can also be connected to a Power Pack as an external power supply, which, in addition to higher capacity, also enables even faster flash recycle times and simultaneous power supply to up to two SF 60 flash units. If required, other devices with USB charging ports, e.g. smartphones or tablets, can also be recharged from the Power Pack.

The Leica SF C1 remote control unit adds a multitude of creative options. It is mounted on the hot shoe of the camera and enables wireless remote control of SF 60 flash units in the 2.4-GHz frequency band. The flash units can be organised 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 clearly laid-out colour LCD panel of the Leica SF C1 remote control unit.

 

SF 60 Image Gallery

SF C1 Image Gallery

 

SF 60 Tech Specs

Guide No:60 meters at 200mm zoom
Focal Length Range24-200mm (16mm with built-in diffuser)
Power Supply4 AA batteries
Recycle Time0.1-5.5 seconds
Number of flashes per battery charge220-1,500
Duration of video LED light3.5 hours
Flash Duration1/800-1/2000th of a second
Color Temperature5600K
Exposure ControlLeica TTL
Wireless Modes2.4 GHz Wireless TTL Slave
Exposure Compensation+/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV increments
Flash Head PositioningVertical: 0-90 degrees, Left & Right: 0-180 degrees
AF Light Range0.7-5 meters
ControlColor LCD panel with dials
Manual Mode1/256-1/1, adjustable in 1/3 increments
ModesAuto, Manual, SD, SF, Wireless with A, B & C channel selection
Connection for external powerFor Nissin power pack NI-HPS008S
Dimensions112x73x98mm
Weight300 grams (10.6 ounces)

 

About The Author

Leica Specialist

David Farkas is a self-admitted Leica junkie and an avid photographer since he was seven years old. He also owns and operates leading Leica dealer Leica Store Miami in beautiful Coral Gables, Florida with his wife Juliana. David has years of experience shooting with just about every Leica camera and lens made within the last few decades.

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