Leica S2Medium format may never be the same thanks to the unique S2 hybrid.
Jan 6, 2010
By Dan Havlik
For how great a camera the 37.5-megapixel S2 is—and it is, undeniably, a great camera—the dwindling medium-format market will certainly not be saved by Leica alone. S2s, after all, are "handmade" in Germany by the same company that has been tinkering with its M-Series rangefinder cameras for all these years. Is Leica in a rush? Nah, not at all. Do they think they have a winner with the $23,000 S2? There's no doubt.
I had a chance to try out a working final version of the S2 with my frequent co-tester Jason Groupp (www.jasongphoto.com), over a limited, two-day loan. While two days were probably not enough time to get a full picture of the S2, which houses a 45 x 30mm size CCD Kodak sensor in a body not a lot larger than most pro digital SLRs, it definitely gave us a good taste of what could be the future for medium format as it battles the DSLR invasion. Here's what we thought.
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