Leica S2 37.5MP Medium Format Digital SLR Camera

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Leica S2 37.5MP Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3 inch LCD

Leica S2 Camera - Body
The Leica S2 SLR Digital Camera offers the incredible imaging quality of digital medium-format in a compact ergonomic design. 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.

Leica firmware update for S2 digital camera
Leica has released a function-enhancing firmware update for its S2 medium format DSLR. Version adds a white balance preset for working with HMI (Hydrargyrum Medium-arc Iodide) lamps, provides additional viewfinder information and offers selectable OLED screen standby time. It also brings in a host of improvements including more options for customization of buttons. Registered users can download the latest firmware via the Owner's Area on Leica's website.

Press Release:

Firmware update for LEICA S2

22 April 2010: Leica Camera AG has announced a firmware update (v. for the LEICA S2 and S2-P, which will be downloadable from today under the Leica Owners’ Area on the Leica web site at: https://owners.leica-camera.com/en/login

Below is the full list of improvements provided by this firmware update:

Extended camera functionality

    ■ Additional HMI white balance preset added (Hydrargyrum Medium-arc Iodide lamps)
    ■ Additional viewfinder information: exposure correction
    ■ Custom setting for depth of field preview button
    ■ Selectable OLED screen standby time
    ■ Control element lock (shutter speed and aperture dials can now be locked to prevent inadvertent shifts)
    ■ Extended user-defined button programming (the stop-down button can now also be programmed)
Improvements in existing functionality and handling
    ■ Consistent, continuous image numbering
    ■ Accelerated data transfer speed for computer-tethered shooting
    ■ Increased compatibility with memory cards not formatted in the camera
    ■ Improved handling for selection of exposure modes
    ■ Compatibility with new Leica Summarit-S 35mm and 120mm lenses
    ■ Improvement in JPEG image quality
    ■ Automatic detection of interchangeable focusing screens
    ■ Improved image viewing on the camera display
    ■Simplified image review selection

    All new LEICA S2 and S2-P cameras will be supplied with the updated firmware.

    Mar 15, 2010. Delivery of the LEICA S2 has begun. The first camera goes to Jim Rakete, the prominent photographer from Berlin. Jim Rakete is considered to be one of Germany's most famous photographic artists. His work is particularly characterized by perceptive portraiture of musicians, actors and actresses and also numerous politicians. His connections with Leica are founded on many years of mutual friendship. His first contact with the S2 this year was such an intense experience

    Medium Format Digital SLR CameraEmploying 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 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 is 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.


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Body type Large SLR  
Max resolution 7500 x 5000  
Effective pixels 38 megapixels  
Sensor size Medium format (45 x 30 mm)  
Sensor type CCD  
ISO Auto (80-1250)  
Image stabilization Unknown  
Uncompressed format RAW  
Optics & Focus
  • Phase Detect
  • Single
  • Continuous
Manual focus Yes  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed  
Screen size 3  
Screen dots 460,000  
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)  
Viewfinder coverage 96%  
Viewfinder magnification 0.86Χ  
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 32 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec  
Aperture priority Yes  
Shutter priority Yes  
Manual exposure mode Yes  
Subject / scene modes No  
Built-in flash No  
External flash Yes  
Continuous drive 1.5 fps  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Videography features
Microphone None  
Speaker None  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI Yes  
Remote control Yes  
Battery Battery Pack  
Weight (inc. batteries) 1410 g (3.11 lb / 49.74 oz)  
Dimensions 160 x 120 x 81 mm (6.3 x 4.72 x 3.19)  
Other features
GPS None

Camera Includes

• Leica S2 SLR Digital Camera (Body)
• 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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