Leica introduces SF 60 flash and SF C1 remote control unit

Leica has unveiled the SF 60 flash unit and the SF C1 remote control.

The two new arrivals are designed for use with models within the S, SL and M systems, although they can also be used in conjunction with the company's APS-C-based CL model and the full-frame Q camera. The two can also be used together for the purpose of off-camera flash.

Read more: Leica CL: New mirrorless model expands Leica's APS-C offerings

Leica SL and SF 60 flash

Leica SL and SF 60 flash

As the name suggests, the TTL-supporting SF 60 flashgun offers a guide number of 60 (at ISO 100), and can be used as either a master or slave. Crafted with the familiar tilt-and-swivel design, the unit incorporates a zoom reflector, a diffuser and a reflector card, and can be used for high-speed sync shooting at shutter speeds up to 1/8000sec.

Leica has also built an LED light into the front of the unit, and this can have its brightness adjusted over nine steps, making it well suited to those who may need to occasionally capture video footage. Around the back, the unit features a colour LCD panel, while power comes via the usual four AA batteries. Should you want, you can use an optional power pack to keep the unit going, which, Leica claims, also has the benefit of speeding up recycling times.

Leica SF C1

Leica SF C1

The SF C1, meanwhile, is designed to be mounted inside a camera's hotshoe and used to wirelessly control one or more flashes. Units can be arranged in up to seven channels, each with three groups, and it's possible to access all the same functions as you would be able to on the flash itself.

The unit itself has been furnished with an LCD on its rear, and even a microSD slot to allow for firmware updates. All power comes from two AAA batteries, and Leica reckons this should provide enough juice to last for around 3000 exposures.

The SF 60 arrives with an RRP of £450 while the SF C1 has an RRP or £250, and both are now available to order from Leica's online store.

Read more: How to use high-speed-sync flash 

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Matt Golowczynski

The former editor of Digital Camera World, "Matt G" has spent the bulk of his career working in or reporting on the photographic industry. For two and a half years he worked in the trade side of the business with Jessops and Wex, serving as content marketing manager for the latter. 

Switching streams he also spent five years as a journalist, where he served as technical writer and technical editor for What Digital Camera before joining DCW, taking on assignments as a freelance writer and photographer in his own right. He currently works for SmartFrame, a specialist in image-streaming technology and protection.