The Leica S2 Camera: If Money Were No Object…
|March 8, 2012||Posted by admin under Leica|
Leica S2 Interchangeable Lens Cameras
Leica is perhaps the only company in the world capable of designing a body without paying too much attention to price: the products sell, no matter the price. The S2 follows this line of thinking. Everything begins with the size of the sensor: 45 mm x 30 mm, or 13.5 cm2, close to 60% larger than that of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. And those of you who read me regularly know the importance I place in sensor size, and that of photosites.
But the quality of a sensor is not only the only thing to consider: never forget about the quality of the optics. And Leica knows how to make them. As the S2 is going to market, we’ll also see a Summarit-S 35 mm f/2.5, a Summarit-S 70 mm f/3.5, an APO-Macro-Summarit-S 120 mm f/2.5, and an APO Elmar-S 180 mm f/3.5 right alongside.
The elements of these lenses are centered by hand, to achieve a level of precision that is, to this day, unrivaled; these lenses are presented as totally exempt of the usual imperfections: vignetting, distortion, and chromatic aberration are imperceptible. The magnesium body of the Leica S2 is weather sealed, as arc each of the S-series lenses. The price of the S2 should be close to $25,000 (for the body alone), and between $5000 and $8000 for each of the lenses.