Leica S2 Photos

November 11, 2009 | Mark Goldstein | 20 Comments |
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Exclusive! A gallery of full-size photos from the Leica S2, a 37 megapixel, £16,000 / $22,000 camera that launches in the UK next month.

The Leica S2 is one of the most anticipated cameras from the venerable German manufacturer, ever. Offering the handling of a DSLR camera combined with the image quality of medium format, the 37 megapixel, £16,000 / $22,000, 75Mb DNG file-producing S2 is finally released next month in the UK (January in the USA).

We were given the opportunity to test the S2 out at Leica’s Mayfair store in the heart of London earlier today, and to share the full-resolution images with you. There are 23 JPEG files taken indoors and out in our Leica S2 gallery, all at 7488x4976 pixels at either ISO 160 or 640.

Conditions in wintry London were typically overcast, rather limiting opportunities outside, with an ISO speed of 640 only just allowing the S2 to be hand-held whilst avoiding camera shake (Leica didn’t allow us to use a faster ISO speed, as the cameras were still pre-production, albeit almost final quality).

Indoors was much more promising, with the S2 really shining in its true home, the studio environment. With the ISO locked at ISO 160 and aperture set to f11, the 37 megapixel files were pin-sharp with astonishing levels of detail, using both the 70mm and 180mm lenses that Leica will be launching along with the S2.

As for the handling, I was quickly at home after a quick demo from the Leica experts. The soft-button interface is intuitive once tried out, although it doesn’t provide very quick access to key settings like ISO speed as you have to press a couple of buttons and scroll through the menu system. The S2 definitely lives up to its DSLR-like billing though, being surprisingly light and portable, certainly no heavier or more cumbersome than a Nikon / Canon pro DSLR.

So here is our gallery of Leica S2 photos - find out just what £16,000 / $22,000 really buys you…


Leica S2 JPEG Images

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Leica S2 RAW Images

The Leica S2 enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Leica RAW (DNG) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

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#1 Anthony

I guess it buys you mediocrity and has you fail in the exposure department. The Red Dot will make up for it though, so no worries.

9:38 pm - Wednesday, November 11, 2009

#2 Eloquent Elephant

But, really who actually *needs* all that?

I suspect the market will be mostly Leica fanbois who want bragging rights.

Leica just seem to be getting less and less relevant in the digital age, and therefore are becoming more and more extreme to get attention.

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9:54 pm - Wednesday, November 11, 2009

#3 Hayden in NZ

2 the 2 previous comments… have you inspected the images.. they are awesome, the detail evident in the studio pics.. in at least one pic i can see nose hear and her pores under the makeup

11:34 pm - Wednesday, November 11, 2009

#4 John Day

..., two the first two posters above…

You can’t be serious! 

Any criticism of these sample files is just sour grapes, IMHO.

1:10 am - Thursday, November 12, 2009

#5 Jason Stackhouse

First two commenters are just poor, lol.

4:23 am - Thursday, November 12, 2009

#6 kamera gue

Most of them are nice, few a bit under / over but it’s okay. We’re not going to dicuss exposure here, theses photos just for sample purpose only. At least we can download how detail the 37 MP sensor and how the noise given at any ISO setting.

5:44 am - Thursday, November 12, 2009

#7 Tea Bags

WOW leica is looking sweet and cool.But isn’t it matters with the camera she used for taking the snaps.

5:51 am - Thursday, November 12, 2009

#8 Mladen Radman

As a Nikon owner let me say this, i just bought Leica R lens to convert - reason being it is difficult to beat Leica product design/quality, most importantly image quality, probably i will be selling some of my Nikon optics.  Although i can’t afford S2 system no doubt it will become classic in times to come.

12:07 pm - Thursday, November 12, 2009

#9 shokket with open mouth

please take new photos and add some creativity. irrespective of the pixel quality these photos are ordinary beyond description. i was about to steal or kill for a leica, but i am so cured now. it is 100% not worth it. i thought leica was about creativity and art. i’m not saying the camera isn’t good, but these images totally damage the name.

10:44 am - Sunday, December 6, 2009

#10 Merle

Except for Tea Bags and Radman I agree with everyone. $22 000???If this was a Rolls Royce then the driver is treating it like one of those old Beetles, going slow and dying at the red light. Please photographer, drive this camera like it deserves otherwise it is only a collectors items for rich boys who lack any sense of ART.

10:56 am - Sunday, December 6, 2009

#11 Ensle

Check out futureancient’s photostream on flickr to see what a leica is supposed to do.

11:05 am - Sunday, December 6, 2009

#12 Jollyboy

“it is only a collectors items for rich boys who lack any sense of ART.”

99% of Leica’s sold are exactly that. One dealer told me that he was well aware that the majority of his customers bought a Leica as an investment and had no intention of using it. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see S2s cropping up for sale in a few years time with incredibly low image counts. Not so long ago I saw an M6 for sale which the seller proudly stated had never been used.

Nothing against Leicas at all, they’re truly great cameras. However their marketing does tend to pander to the collectors. Look at all the special editions they launch.

11:48 am - Sunday, December 6, 2009

#13 gian piero

I own one it is great camera.Easy to use.A good toy for good photographer.ciao

9:44 pm - Wednesday, December 16, 2009

#14 Francis

Leicas are too expensive just because they are… But the files are clean wether on the M8-M9 or S2.  Could someone get a better deal with a 645 and Phase One back… Totally.  But if you are a pro studio guy and what clean files, the S2 delivers although not a real medium format.  Gee we see her contact lenses.  As for the Leicas not being…well it is a shame but for those who do it is very rewarding.  I bought my M8.2 because I was fed up of coming back with 3000 pics of the same things, Leica slows me down and helps me artistically.  So ART can be done with an iphone but also with an M9 or an S2 as well as any Canon or Nikon.  Leica is good for me because I can lug it around easily and I walk around for the right composition.  each picture was work, and 90% of them are keepers because they were created not just shot.  True a Canon with a fast prime can do the same but then the price is is in the Leica range and the weight is in the S2 range.  Worst of both worlds…As they say…Just try it.

5:34 pm - Saturday, February 13, 2010

#15 Francis

Leicas are too expensive just because they are… But the files are clean wether on the M8-M9 or S2.  Could someone get a better deal with a 645 and Phase One back… Totally.  But if you are a pro studio guy and what clean files, the S2 delivers although not a real medium format.  Gee we see her contact lenses.  As for the Leicas not being used…well it is a shame but for those who do it is very rewarding.  I bought my M8.2 because I was fed up of coming back with 3000 pics of the same things, Leica slows me down and helps me artistically.  So ART can be done with an iphone but also with an M9 or an S2 as well as any Canon or Nikon.  Leica is good for me because I can lug it around easily and I walk around for the right composition.  each picture was work, and 90% of them are keepers because they were created not just shot.  True a Canon with a fast prime can do the same but then the price is is in the Leica range and the weight is in the S2 range.  Worst of both worlds…As they say…Just try it.

5:44 pm - Saturday, February 13, 2010

#16 Scott Kennelly

When I can afford a Leica, I will get one (and lenses), but it will not be my only camera, unless when I use it I find that I don’t want to shoot with anything else. From what I read and hear, this is what happens to many who buy Leica. They don’t go back. If you can afford a Leica, and you buy one, and you love it more than any other camera, why WOULD you go back?

Leica doesn’t have their incredible reputation for quality, because their cameras are just overpriced. They are good . . . very very good. From what I’ve seen, I will buy the best Leica I can afford . . . some day. For now, I can’t even afford the Sigma SD1, so I will save my money and buy one next year. Then in a few years, hopefully not too many, I will buy a Leica S2 system (or whatever replaces it).

From what I hear, Hasselblad is expensive too. The Leica S2 is weather sealed, light (comparatively), and a better travel camera. If you really appreciate astonishing quality photos, why not buy one?

It’s not like it costs as much as a nice speed boat or a Ferrari . . . or even a Corvette! (People buy those to use “on occasion” all the time!)

12:43 am - Saturday, September 3, 2011

#17 Robin Edwards

These images have not been sharpen correctly, when sharpened properly the camera is amazing. email me if you want are real sample of it’s quality.

Why do people show samples if they don’t understand sharpening?

Thank you for suppling raw.

4:13 pm - Saturday, January 7, 2012

#18 John K

As a large format photographer (Arca Swiss 4x5 and 8x10 / Gilde panorama camera—617/623) I find the quality of the street photos extremely poor.  Poor color saturation! pale skies!, poor resolution!—-all that for a cool $22k?—Please give me a break!!

1:32 am - Wednesday, January 25, 2012

#19 daniel

Learn 2 shoot

8:10 am - Monday, October 21, 2013

#20 Lawrence B

I’m looking for a camera that can replace my Leica DMR for the type of photography I do.  I’d be using my long APO glass with a German adapter on the S2, which would limit me to close focus range… but for my needs this would be fine.  I’d also need clean 640 iso as I’d have to use a 1.4 APO converter to approach the magnification I get with my DMR.
I looked at the third to last image sample shot at 640 iso.  This is the abstract street image.  All four corners are completely out of focus… and I would think that since this is a street image shot from directly above, everything should be in focus.  I don’t understand why you’ve posted such a poor image as this does not show what the S2 can do.  Either the lens was out of collimation or the sensor was out of adjustment… but this does nothing to sell the S2 or show it’s strength. 
This was the only image I looked at as I’m most interested in high iso output.  Since the result was so poor… I saw no point in continuing with other samples.

5:22 pm - Wednesday, October 15, 2014