A preview of Perfection … re-examined.
I guess in the wake of hi-MP offerings, both from the Medium Format stables as well as the 35mm (Full-Frame/FF) marquees offering more than 30MPs, I thought it might be interesting to review the superlative Leica S2 in today’s context.
Developed exclusively for digital photography without any compromises. With the size and handling of a 35 mm camera, its performance and quality set new standards for medium-format photography. The complete Leica S-System was developed together with professional photographers – with the goal of offering high quality pictures and effortless operation and handling.
The entire system is based on a totally new image sensor in Leica S-Format, 30 x 45 mm in size and the classic Leica aspect ratio of 3 to 2. The large area and integrated design afford optimal picture quality. With 37.5 million pixels, cropping is never a problem, even for large-format prints.
The camera is the perfect instrument; the photographer can now focus on taking pictures rather than on the technology. The LEICA S2 components are the very best quality and finely tuned to one another, producing the perfect picture that is naturally sharp and does not require digital correction.
The New Reference – Leica S Lenses
It’s no doubt that Leica has made it a habit to be able to make glass perfect, and no where it is more evident than in the technical specifications (and practical usage!) than in the S-Series lenses.
The S-lenses combine the legendary Leica quality with state-of-the-art technology. Decades of expertise acquired by developers, the selection of the highest quality glass and precise manufacturing with extremely fine tolerances distinguishes Leica from other professional lenses. For the first time in a camera larger than 35 mm format, aspherical lens surfaces are being employed along the entire range of lenses for the highest possible imaging performance.
All S-lenses come with an effective large lens hood which is slotted onto the accessories mount during transport, saving space. The most important focal lengths in the S-System are optionally available with or without the new Leica central shutter. The central shutter employs powerful springs as energy accumulators and through its patent-pending, innovative design can attain shutter times of up to 1/500 of a second that are also fully synchronized for flash.
The Lense series comprise a 30mm, 35mm, 70mm, 120mm macro and a 180mm tele.
If you would like full specs of the Leica S2, including the brochure, and much more information, please go to: LEICA Camera AG - Downloads
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE S-2 has a crop factor of 0.80 times.
LEICA ELMARIT-S 30 mm f/2.8 ASPH.
Its wide angle of view opens up a multitude of new opportunities in creative composition, particularly in the fields of interior, architectural and landscape photography. At the same time, a fast maximum aperture of f/2.8 makes it ideal for available-light photography and the conscious use of selective planes of focus. Thanks to outstanding imaging performance from the closest focus to infinity at all apertures and brilliant colour rendition, the Leica Elmarit-S 30 mm f/2.8 ASPH. guarantees perfect results no matter what the photographic situation. Even wide open, it offers maximum contrast rendition, highest resolution and extremely low distortion throughout its entire focusing range.
Lenses/groups 13/9 Optical design 2 aspherical surfaces, position of entrance pupil 33,3mm (from 1st lens element)
Image angle (diagonal, horizontal, vertical) approx. 84°, 74°, 53°, approx. corresponds to 24mm in 35mm format
Aperture range 2.8 to 22
Shortest distance 0.5 m
Largest image scale 1:11
Filter mount Internal thread for E82 filter; filter mount does not rotate
Dimensions (diameter/length) 88 mm/128 mm