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Leica S2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the usability and durability are on the whole positive. The lens and design also get good feedback, whereas there are some critical reviews about the portability and price.

performance, design, lens, durability, usability

price, portability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Leica S2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Ian Farrell (

Leica S2 review


Medium format quality in a DSLR body - too good to be true?

Leica lenses deliver fantastic sharpness, contrast and colours ; DSLR-like handling allows fast, fuss-free shooting ; Relatively compact design allows medium-format shooting in the field ; DNG workflow gives multiple software options ; Choice of...

Limited ISO range compared with conventional DSLRs ; Some gaps in existing lens range ; USB connectivity too slow ; Styling is too minimalist in some areas

Twenty grand is a lot of money. By today's prices that will buy you a brand-new Mini Cooper, a deposit on a house, or even a university education.

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Catherine Monfils (

Leica S2 professional medium format DSLR


Review Historically, commercial photographers have always relied on medium-format systems for their photo shoots and happily traded off manoeuvrability for image quality. Yet, when the Leica S2 became available to buy towards the end of 2009, things...

The Nikon D3x or the Canon EOS 5D MK II still have advantages over the S2 in some field applications and it is my guess that the threefold price difference will not win over many current DSLR pro users. With DSLRs reaching for ever higher resolutions,...

Jan, 2011

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Leica Summarit-M 50mm f/2.5 on Sony NEX - Review / Lens Test Report


The Leica Summarit-M 50mm f/2.5 is a lens for enthusiasts. Its execution is next to perfect and you can feel that it was made with passion rather than task-work and that's despite the rather "low" price tag for a Leica lens. However, even an low-priced...

Oct, 2010

Expert review by : Ian Farrell (

Leica S2


The medium-format camera market doesn't get as much attention as it should. The drama in this sector of the industry over the last two years is worthy of a soap opera. New cameras and technical developments have come along, with resolutions hitting the...

A unique and expensive camera that is capable of amazing image quality. Will surely appeal to those shooting top-end fashion and advertising work.

Jun, 2010

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Leica S2 Review


Lifestyle and food photographer David Loftus on the new Leica S2.

Feb, 2010

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Leica S2


Complete specification of the long-awaited DSLR system

The LEICA APO-MACRO-SUMMARIT-S 120 mm f/2.5, also priced at £4,541, and the LEICA SUMMARIT-S 35 mm f/2.5 ASPH., priced at £3,612, will reach the market in late 2009. The CS variant models of the S lenses will be introduced successively over time

Aug, 2009

PCMAG.COM - Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (

Leica Summarit-S 35mm f/2.5 ASPH.


The Leica Summarit-S 35mm f/2.5 ASPH. has everything you'd want in a wide-angle lens, making it an easy pick for our Editors' Choice.

Extremely sharp. Wide-angle field of view. Very little distortion. All-weather design

Expensive. Heavy

The Leica Summarit-S 35mm f/2.5 ASPH. ($7,250) is a must-have lens for Leica S system owners who prefer capturing images with a wide field of view. When paired with the large sensor of the S-E (Typ 006) and other S bodies, the Summarit records images...

Dec, 2014

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Leica S2 Review


Announced in September 2008 at the Photokina tradeshow in Cologne, Germany, the Leica S2 digital SLR is based around a 37.5 megapixel, 3:2 aspect ratio Kodak KAF-37500 CCD image sensor with dimensions of 30 x 45mm. Dubbed "Leica S format" by the...

The Leica S2 ships from the end of September 2009, and pricing has been set at about US$23,000 body-only with a 12-month warranty. A premium package which extends warranty coverage to 24 months and allows product replacement in the first three months...

Expert review by : Paul Ridden (

Leica's 37.5 megapixel S2 professional DSLR camera due in October


It was first seen in September 2008 at the Photokina trade show in Cologne, Germany. Now manufacturer Leica has announced that its compact top end professional S2 DSLR camera system will be available from October. The S2 sports an impressive 37.5...

There's much more to photography than pixels and price however so let's have a look at what the S2 system has to offer. Like Hasselblad, Leica's sensor has been created and customized by Kodak. The 30 x 45mm KAF-37500 CCD image sensor in the S2...

Aug, 2009

Expert review by : Mark Peters (

Leica S2


Due to a leak on the Internet we got our hands on some information about a new Leica SLR camera. And it not only concerns a new SLR, it includes a brand-new digital photographic system as well, the Leica S-system. The Leica S2 will be the first DSLR...

Sep, 2008

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