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Leica S medium format digital camera system


  • in late 2008, Leica unveiled a new digital camera system - the “Leica S”
  • based upon a 30x45mm 3:2 sensor size (56% larger than 35mm full frame = 0.8x crop factor compared with 35mm), it is designed for autofocus and dual shutter types (in-body metal focal plane shutter for fast lenses and fastest shutter being 1/4000th sec with flash sync of 1/125th sec, and in-lens leaf shutters with speeds 8sec-1/1000th sec and fast flash sync up to 1/500th sec).
  • Leica-S bayonet lens mount
  • Leica also have made adapters for the following lenses to be adapted to this system:
    • Hasselblad H series lenses with full aperture and AF functionality and lens profiling while their leaf shutters can be used to shutter speeds of 1/750th sec
    • Hasselblad V series lenses
    • Pentax 67
  • like all medium format cameras, one will not achieve shallower depth of field (DOF) on these cameras than one could get on a full frame 35mm system as 35mm offers wider aperture lenses

camera bodies

Leica S3

  • announced Sept 2018 due early 2019 but only available March 2020
  • 64mp 30 x 45mm Leica ProFormat CMOS sensor, 15EV dynamic range
  • Leica Maestro II processor with 2Gb buffer; one SDXC card slot and one CF card slot
  • “large and bright SLR viewfinder,” 3 fps burst shooting for 6 x RAW shots
  • 4K 24p Cine video
  • 1080HD 30p
  • $US18,995

Leica S 2012 model

  • improved 37.5mp sensor with increased dynamic range and extended ISO (now 100-1600)
  • internal buffer 2Gb giving burst of 32 RAW
  • GPS built-in
  • new LCD screen with twice the resolution of the S2
  • new viewfinder display
  • electronic level
  • rear joystick

Leica S2

  • 37.5mp 16bit Kodak CCD sensor with ISO to 1,250 and 1.5fps burst rate
  • centrally positioned cross-hair sensor for high precision focusing
  • typical Leica minimalistic design body
  • replaceable focusing screens - optional grid vs split image designs
  • 12 stops dynamic range
  • no low pass filter
  • internal buffer 1Gb
  • DNG (75Mb) and jpeg format
  • CF and SD cards
  • 460K 3“ LCD screen
  • flash fully compatible with LEICA SF 58 and devices with SCA3002 adapters
  • TTL HSS flash to 1/4000th sec
  • weatherproofed body, 160 x 120 x 80 mm/6.29 x 4.72 x 3.15 in and 1410 g/49.73 oz (including battery)
  • RRP $23,000

AF lenses

  • CS indicates the lens is also available in a leaf shutter “Central Shutter” version which weigh 150g more and sell for ~$1,000 more than the non-leaf version
  • Leica Super-Elmar-S 24 mm f/3.5 ASPH
  • Leica Vario-Elmar-S 30–90 mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH
  • Leica Summarit-S 35mm f/2.5 ASPH (CS)
    • comparison in 35mm full frame in DOF and FOV terms = 28mm f/2.0
    • $US5300
  • Leica Summarit-S 70mm f/2.5 ASPH (CS)
    • comparison in 35mm full frame in DOF and FOV terms = 56mm f/2.0
    • $US4500
  • Leica Summicron 100mm f/2 ASPH
    • introduced late 2014
    • close focus 0.7m; 910g
    • $7995
  • Leica TS-APO-Elmar-S 120 mm f/5.6 ASPH
  • Leica APO-Macro Summarit-S 120mm f/2.5 ASPH (CS) - portrait lens
    • comparison in 35mm full frame in DOF and FOV terms = 96mm f/2.0
    • $US6500
  • Leica APO Elmar-S 180mm f/3.5 ASPH (CS)
    • comparison in 35mm full frame in DOF and FOV terms = 144mm f/2.8
    • $US6500

TTL flashes

  • Leica SF 58 flash unit


photo/leicas.txt · Last modified: 2020/03/07 08:26 by gary1

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