Leica S2 changes everything

For years now people have been longing for what they termed a “full frame” DSLR, meaning a camera with the same sensor size as 35mm film. This was all well and good for 35mm shooters, but those of us who had been using film other than 35mm didn’t really understand what all the fuss was about – 35mm after all was still pretty small. So Leica seems to have decided to skip the “full frame” party  and jump right over into a format that’s twice as big – the new 37.5 megapixel Leica S2 has a 30x45mm sensor, nearly twice the size of the 24x36mm sensors in “full frame” DSLRs, and about the same size as most current medium-format backs. This new camera is to 645 film what the APS-C bodies were to 35mm – half the size, but nearly as good. Leica has raised the bar in an enormous way here – both high-end 35mm-format bodies and MF backs have got to be worried, though I expect this beast will come at a price-point outside the range of most mortals (certainly I won’t have one any time soon.)

Check it out on dpreview: http://www.dpreview.com/news/0809/08092301_leica_s2.asp

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