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Leica S2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 reviews of Leica S2. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Opinions about the usability and durability are overall positive. The lens and design are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the portability and price.

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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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alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Leica S2 from The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviews about the battery and design are overall positive. The usability and durability also get good feedback. Many are critical about the price.

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54% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

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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

Expert review by : Adam Weinberg (

Leica S2


The Leica S2 is an incredible camera, but its hefty price tag means that it's not for the starving-artist type.

Leica’s recent show-stopping announcement of its new S photographic system has sent figurative buzz waves through the professional photography industry. The S-System's first compatible camera is the Leica S2, which has a 56% larger sensor than those...

Expert review by : Guest Contributor (

Leica S2 – First Impression Review


A Lamborghini speeds by as I cross Berkley Square, on my way to the Leica showroom in the heart of Mayfair, central London. I have received an invite to view the new Leica S2 medium format digital camera. I don't make a habit of attending to these...

The download time is a little slow, but then this is a medium format, in tethered shooting mode. The auto focus is as good as it gets with a medium format but is noisier than I would expect from such a quality camera. The results though are...

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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