I’ve been a fan of Leica cameras since I bought a used Leicaflex SL back in 1979. Since then I’ve come to value their mechanical precision, durability and astounding image contrast and shadow quality. M2s, M3s, M4s, M6s, Leicaflexes, R4s, R6s and R8s have passed through my hands over the years.

With each succeeding model, the innovations have impressed just as much as the consistent “look” provided by the superb German optics. Leica has just introduced a brand new Leica S-system that combines 35mm handling with a medium format digital sensor. The first of these S2 cameras and lenses are just now being delivered, and I hope to test one soon.

Reports indicate this is a supremely capable professional tool with quality that approaches the latest digital Hasselblad. Unsurprisingly, the S2 carries a price tag that rivals the quality of the images it produces. This landmark camera joins the venerable Leica M9 full sensor 35mm digital rangefinder and compact fixed lens X1 to bring the German based Leica Company firmly into the 21st century. For more, visit Leica’s website:


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