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Old 23-09-2008
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Leica S2 37 Megapixel Shooter

Leica has once again revolutionized the world of photography with a digital S-System that’s perfect for professional use.

The Leica S2, with its premium AF objectives including everything from ultra wide to super telephoto, is an absolute photographic highlight. The digital SLR camera has a special new sensor with 30 x 45 mm and 37.5 megapixels. The S2’s metal body is appreciably smaller and easier to carry than similar models from other camera brands, and yet it’s also nearly twice as fast thanks to ultra modern processor technology.

With the S2, Leica has created an entirely new class of camera – technically innovative but incredibly flexible thanks to a wide selection of accessories. It’s a must for every professional photographer who is looking to upgrade from standard 35mm SLR systems.

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Old 23-09-2008
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Leica has announced a brand-new digital photographic system. The first camera in the new S-system, theLeica S2 S-2 37-megapixel Leica S2, is aimed at the top-end professional photographer shooting advertising, fashion and other commercial work. Its sensor is 56% larger than those used in 35mm full-frame DSLRs.

The Leica S2 was due to be announced at the Photokina trade show the week of 22 September, but Professional Photographer was able to preview a prototype at an exclusive briefing in London.

“We realised that many professionals work with medium format but also keep another camera – a Canon or a Nikon – for location work,” said Leica UK’s David Bell. “We wanted to make something to occupy that middle ground -- a camera that would give the quality of medium format and the handling and flexibility of 35mm.”
From Pro’s experience with Leica’s prototype S2, we’d say the camera sits roughly between Canon’s EOS 5D and EOS 1Ds MkIII in terms of size, and feels very ergonomic.

Leica product manager Maike Harberts said the S2 would be very much a tool for a professional photographer. “We have a stunning line-up of nine lenses in the S-system. Some will have leaf shutters to enable flash sync at fast shutter speeds, other will be smaller and rely on the S2’s built-in focal plane shutter,” she said. “We expect the S2 to be able to perform twice as fast as Hasselblad H-series cameras and put in a better performance at high ISOs too.”
Harberts also said the technology from the S2 would trickle down to other yet-to-be-announced Leica digital cameras.
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Old 23-09-2008
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new S2 digital camera that is able to capture images in 37 megapixel glory, despite being relatively small in size. The whole idea of the S2 is to provide "the quality of medium format and the handling and flexibility of 35mm." According to Leica, its S2 is able to perform twice as fast as the Gasselblad H-series cameras, atlhough I don't have any benchmarks to prove that statement right, I'll take their claims as gospel for the moment.

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