Leica S2 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)

Leica S2 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)

Leica S2 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)

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Leica S2 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)


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Product Highlights

  • 37.5 Megapixel 30x45mm Image Sensor
  • S-System Lenses
  • 3.0" LCD and Color OLED Info Displays
  • Dual Shutter System
  • Waterproof & Dustproof
  • Compact Ergonomic Design
  • LEMO Push-pull Connector
  • CF & SD Card Slots
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Leica S2 Overview

  • 1Description

The Leica S2 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only) offers the incredible imaging quality of digital medium-format in a compact ergonomic design. Employing a large 30x45mm CCD sensor, the S2 captures 37.5 megapixel files in the classic 3:2 ratio. Designed to offer maximum resolution in a convenient form factor, the body is similar in form to a modern 35mm DSLR. Well-designed controls and a simplified menu system make navigating the camera fast and highly intuitive. The camera produces an amazing large 72.5 MB RAW or 106.6 MB JPG file. This opens up to an image over 16 x 24" at 300 DPI.

The 3" LCD screen allows you to view your images on location, and the Color OLED window displays the camera's information at a glance. You can also work tethered to your computer in the studio, connecting via the LEMO push-pull USB connector. Weather- and dust-resistant seals and a magnesium body ensure professional performance even under the most demanding conditions.

Unlike traditional medium format systems, the Leica S2 utilizes both Central Shutter technology (for flash sync up to 1/500) and a focal-plane shutter for capturing ambient light subjects at up to 1/4000 second. This unique, dual-shutter system offers incredible shooting flexibility for everything from fashion assignments to reportage.

Other features include advanced autofocus capabilities, wide ISO sensitivity (ISO 80-1250), dual CF and SD card slots, and choice of S-System lenses. This along with its precision design and handling, makes the Leica S2 an excellent choice for professional commercial, studio, and fine-art photographers.

Larger-Than-Full-Frame Image Sensor
The 37.5 megapixel image sensor of the Leica S2 is almost 60% larger than a 35mm full-frame image sensor - putting the Leica S2 in a class by itself. It is also specially designed to take full advantage of the latest Leica S Series lenses.
Uses Leica S Lenses
Leica S lenses ensure that you'll always get a superior image - regardless of the shooting conditions. Because the lenses are designed with the S-System sensor in mind, your images will not exhibit vignetting or distortion whether you shoot close up, tight zoom, or at wide angle. The S lenses are also waterproof and dustproof, and utilize the camera's integrated central shutter for quick responsiveness and flash synchronization.
Extensive Lens Choices
The Leica S-System lenses include normal, wide-angle, telephoto, and macro lenses that are suited for all sorts of photographic applications from detailed product shots to travel photography to birding, and much more. There are also select specialty lenses that are either available now or in development including shift-tilt, super wide-angle, and extreme telephoto lenses.
Precision AF System
The Auto Focus system in the S2 provides fast and accurate focus without the need for trial-and-error to get the perfect image - as is typical with other SLR AF systems. The AF system is also quiet. The camera can be switched to Manual Focus, which provides an electronic sharpness alert to assure that your MF images are as sharp as can be.
Dual Shutter System
The camera incorporates an innovative dual-shutter System. The focal-plane shutter provides fast shutter speed capability of up to 1/4000 seconds, while the central shutter incorporated into the lens system provides flash synchronization in any lighting mode - making the camera a superb studio imaging system.
MAESTRO Image Processor
The exclusive MAESTRO Image Processor uses dual processor chips to provide fast operation & shooting speeds, along with high ISO with negligible noise, and a superb set of powerful shooting modes. The processor also enables simultaneous recording of JPEG and DNG RAW image file types
High Resolution 3.0" LCD Display
The 3.0" LCD display on the back of the S2 has over 460,000 pixels for sharp and detailed images, making focus and composition confirmation easier than on most digital SLR cameras. The LCD screen also allows users to view images and data from a wide viewing angle.
Bright & Clear Viewfinder
The viewfinder of the Leica S2 is extremely bright and provides a host of shooting information indicators, in addition to a clear and precise image. The viewfinder also has integrated diopter compensation so users will get a crisp view without the need for prescription eyewear.
OLED Info Display
The camera has a full color Organic LED display on the top surface that is easily visible from any viewing angle, even in bright sunlight. It provides a fast and easy way of knowing the current camera status, along with exposure & focus settings of the camera.
Compact Ergonomic Design
Lighter and smaller than most digital SLR cameras available today, the Leica S2 is extremely comfortable to handle and use. Its light weight and compact design make the camera a pleasure to carry around - even when traipsing through thick forest or jostling for position at a press conference. In addition, the intuitive control placement makes using the camera both easy and enjoyable. There is also an optional vertical grip with release button available for easier portrait shots.
Easy-to-Use Camera Functions
The camera's menus and info displays are laid out in a logical manner that provides for intuitive operation, and the camera's 4-way controller and thumb wheel are well-placed for comfortable access to the camera controls. In addition, many of the cameras display settings and functions can be customized for the further convenience of the user.
Dust- & Water-Proof
Waterproof and dustproof seals cover every millimeter of the Leica S2 so you can shoot in bad weather or dry and dusty environments and still be assured that your camera will function to its optimum ability and provide stunning images.
Secure Interface Connection
The Leica S2 uses an exclusive LEMO push-pull connector for its USB interface, and also includes an HDMI video output and flash sync connection.
Dual Memory Card Slots
The Leica S2 has dual memory card slots - one for CompactFlash cards and the other for Secure Digital (SD/SDHC) cards. This allows a user to select between the two most popular memory card formats and take advantage of the unique features of both systems.
In the Box
Leica S2 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)
  • Battery
  • Charger
  • Power Plug
  • USB Connecting Cord
  • Neck Strap
  • Bayonet Body Cap
  • Eyepiece Protective Cover
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Limited Warranty
    Repair Hotline for Fast and Efficient Service
    All Replacement Parts Guaranteed Available for a Minimum of Six Years
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    Leica S2 Specs

    Camera Type Medium Format Digital SLR Camera
    Resolution Recorded: 37.5MP
    Sensor 30 x 45mm CCD
    Bit Depth 16-bit
    File Formats RAW, JPEG
    File Size Raw: 72.51 MB, JPG: 106.6 MB
    Color Spaces sRGB, Adobe RGB, ECI RGB
    Creative Color Modes N/A
    Image Stabilization No
    Crop Factor N/A
    Lens No
    Zoom N/A
    Lens Mount Leica S-mount
    Focus Type Auto and Manual Focus
    Focus Range N/A
    Accessory Lens/Filter Mount N/A
    Shooting Controls
    Sensitivity ISO: 160-1250 (expandable to 80)
    Shutter Speeds 1/4000 - 8 sec, bulb
    Metering Spot, Center-weighted, Multi-field
    Exposure Modes Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Program
    White Balance Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Shadow, Tungsten, Fluorescent Warm, Fluorescent Cool, Flash, Manual, Color
    Mirror Lock-Up Yes
    Burst Capability 1.5 fps
    Self Timer 12 seconds or 2 seconds
    Interval Recording No
    Remote Control Remote Release Cable S (optional)
    Built-in Flash No
    Effective Flash Range N/A
    External Flash Connection Hotshoe, PC Terminal
    Dedicated Flash System No
    Max Sync Speed Focal Plane Shutter: 1/125 sec
    Central Shutter: 1/500 sec
    Central Shutter flash sync requires Leica CS lenses
    Built-in Memory No
    Memory Card Type CompactFlash I/II, SD/SDHC
    Still Images per GB RAW: 11
    A/V Recording
    Video Recording No
    Video Resolution N/A
    Video Clip Length N/A
    Audio Recording No
    Viewfinder Type Eye-level Pentaprism
    Viewfinder Coverage 92.4%
    Display 3.0" LCD
    Connectivity/System Requirements
    Connectivity USB 2.0 (LEMO design), HDMI (Type C)
    System & Software Requirements Windows XP, Vista
    Mac OS X (10.5 or later)
    Operating/Storage Temperature Operating Temperature: 32-113°F/0-45°C
    Weatherproofing Water-Proof
    Durability Dust-Proof
    Battery Type Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
    Power Adapter No
    Dimensions 6.3 x 3.1 x 4.7" (160 x 80 x 120mm) body only
    Weight 3.1 lbs (1410g)
    Packaging Infoaytcqvevxxvaadrrcvafyadbbx
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.8 x 7.5 x 9.7"

    Leica S2 Reviews

    S2 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only) is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 9.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing landmark camera! I am a professional shooting advertising, fashion and weddings. This camera actually exceeds what I was expecting from it. I have an M9 which is great too but the S2 is very special, the lenses are the best Leica have ever produced, and that is saying something, its a joy to hold and to work with, so simple to use, took me 10 mins!The two clowns who gave this camera 1 star do not know what they are talking about, did they have the lens cap on?As for 5D mkII eats the S2 for breakfast HUH?If you want to experience photography at its very very best, buy an S2 learn to use it carefully and the results will blow you away!
    Date published: 2012-05-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delivers stellar images Been shooting portraits and landscapes with the S2. The camera feels extremely well made and I appreciate the streamlined efficient design of the controls. Most importantly, the images it produces are loaded with depth, detail, just so beautifully rendered. It is built to withstand the elements, as advertised. I live on in Hawaii and have had it out in rain, accidentally banged it around, etc. Am in love with this camera! Makes me into a better photographer than I am, if that makes sense. My one complaint is so far I have only been able to get my hands on the 70mm Summarit lens. Also use Nikon and Canon which have their niche and are solid systems but the S2 photos definitely stand out, as one would expect.
    Date published: 2011-03-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique camera: Medium Format meets dslr I purchased my S2 in 2010 and have used it on four continents. The camera function is flawless, the optics second to none and the results formidable. Simply put, it is a revolutionary camera that combines Medium Format quality with the portability of a dslr... The S2 lenses, 35mm, 70mm, 120mm MACRO and 180mm are all amazing.. Leica has once established supremacy in the MF field...
    Date published: 2012-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Expensive, but I'm worth it : -) As a professional photographer I like the versatility of my S2P for fashion, event, environmental portraits, commercial and corporate assignments, or any mobile application like travel photography. Prior to the S2P, I used a Nikon D3X and before that a Canon 1DsMK-III and was always dissatisfied with the image quality for my commercial assignments ... especially for diverse applications that my clients use the images for ranging from magazine spreads to large display prints in trade show booths that are viewed close up. In short, size matters as always, and so does the 40 meg using 16 bit capture than no 35mm DSLR currently offers. The S2 is fully weather sealed and I've used it in blizzards and downpours with no ill effect. The lenses are absolutely the best I've ever used ... which is of course expected of Leica. The 120/2.5APO Macro is a stand-out optic even for Leica. These lenses have been built from the ground up for digital capture and easily exceed those designed in the film era and then tweaked for digital. However, this is not a camera for everyone even if they could afford it. Like any larger sensor camera in the medium format category, it challenges those with sloppy technique or casual discipline regarding handling. Any bad habits are magnified and many 35mm users do not understand the difference that medium format makes regarding factors like depth-of-field. etc.. Leica has issued new firmware since the launch of the S2 which significantly improved AF performance compared to other MFD offerings, and while a bit slower than some 35mm DSLRs, the S2 is deadly accurate ... which I could never claim for my Canon 5Ds. Once configured to the users preferences via the custom assignments of the 4 buttons around the LCD, the S2 is exceedingly easy and fast to use even for high-end wedding and event work. Balance, ergonomics and shooting ease all add up to a very versatile machine that feels like a 35mm DSLR and produces images like a medium format digital camera that is much larger and more bulky. As a result, my current 35mm DSLR system sits idle, and my Hasselblad MFD H4D/60 stays in the studio. The S2 is a take with camera. Best over-all camera I've ever laid hands on ... and I've used most all of them at one time or another.
    Date published: 2011-05-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cliches cannot describe this camera I am what you would call a very serious amateur photographer. And, for me it is interesting to pixel-peep with an Apple 27 monitor (calibrated of course), but what's most interesting is to look at the finished product, or stare or whatever it is you call it when you just observe the obvious and the nuances of your capture. I have owned and used a Canon 1Ds II and all L lenses prior to this. No experience with the D3x however. All I can say is that it is no contest between the Canon and the Leica. Not even my M8.2 came close. The pictures exhibit a greater depth of color, detail and simple existence than I have ever seen (M9 comes closer, but still cannot match). When your subject is in focus (something you must practice to achieve), unless you're using very deep DOF the image just dances against the background. Even when the DOF is deep, it almost looks like a backdrop in a studio. In short, unless you have access to equipment I've never witnessed it makes the World your Studio. A true 3D Camera I know this review seems effusive, but credit where it's due, this re-writes the standard. Controls are easy to set up and access once you get it to your liking. Changes of important parameters (ISO, metering mode, locks, mirror etc) can be changed literally on the fly in seconds. Ergonomics are likewise special. Imagine unreal image quality in a much more handleable package than a !Ds II. The only drawback is no wrist strap, which would be great. I would totally ignore the one-star review. I doubt he owns one. Personally was compelled to buy the gamut of lenses since I now use this for almost everything except where discrete appearance is necessary. Images are just that much worth the effort. Don't get this camera unless you want to start wondering what is broken in your other camera's sensors.
    Date published: 2011-10-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning. In a class of its own. Professional portrait use. A camera to photograph people. I had the good fortune to use this machine. If you photograph people, events, concerts etc this camera is untouchable. The blacks are blacker. The colours are unmatched for that magical look about it. I compared this to Fuji 64T slide film (shooting with a Leica M7), a Leica M8 and Nikon D2X. Nothing came close. Lots of Snap, crackle and definitely wow that was a real pop I saw in my images. Landscapes though is not one of its strengths. The photos are beautiful. However, each digital I used could come very close and even match it for colour. Maybe not in resolution but colour. Alas Sensia 400 (yes Sensia 400) overtook the S2 away for colour. The blues in the sky and of the water are just not there when compare it to a bargain basement slide film. The blue is well blue but without any magic to its colour. Velvia has nothing to fear from the S2. Fuji 64T on the other hand, well maybe. Remember you can only push 64T 2 stops. The S2 will shoot at ISO 640 and put the ISO 64T slide film shot at at ISO 64 to shame. Ouch. The S2 is no Linhof 617 replacement. It's not a sports photographer's tool either because you can't get a telephoto lens long enough for it. Its autofocus is quick though. It will shoot action but it is not super quick. But for a medium format camera that you can hand hold with ease, it's quick. It can take nearly 2 frames a second. Would I pay for it with my own money? I think the first pro that does a fashion shoot with an S2 and finds that his clients prefer the results of the S2 over what he or she is currently producing will find the money and justify the cost. Nothing comes close in that environment. Without one you may not be able to compete. I only had a D2X to compare it to. I know the later generation of cameras are better but they are not significantly better at low ISOs. If so, the S2 will just blow it away not only at low ISO but maintain that quality all the way up to ISO 640 and beyond. I would also say that Nikon and Canon have a journey to make because they just became obsolete. If I were a paparazzi photographing the stars, and I could get close enough, then goodbye my Nikon. You were great while you lasted but the S2 is a whole lot better. Basically, if your living depends on it, you will be able to justify it. If you are an amateur like me, then may one day the technology will filter down to lower end models (maybe even a Leica R10 one day). It will flatter your less than pro skills and give you results that are just unimaginable in other cameras. It will also command the respect of your peers and make your rivals green with envy. I hope this assists you. It's worth renting it if you can't buy it for that special occasion. If only to find out what it can do. You have to process your raw images in Lightroom. Capture One doesn't convert the files as well. I wish I had an H3D or H4D to compare it to. I imagine Fuji (sorry, I should say Hasselblad) did a great job with those cameras. (Kodak did a great job on the S2 sensor but Leica designed the lenses. Therein I guess will be the difference). Someone has to compare these stellar cameras.
    Date published: 2010-06-22
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from overpriced Although I only used it a small amount of time, I was not impressed with the output for a a $ camera. A 5DMKII will eat this camera for breakfast. .... The colors were no different than a Pro camera or for that matter, a entry level camera with good glass. Saying Nikon and Canon are out of business over this camera only proves my point.
    Date published: 2010-07-04
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from So over priced For sure a lot of mega pixel, but at this price and quality... too much over priced, very disappointed about the quality of the pictures regarding the price
    Date published: 2011-06-06
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