Thanks Marc let me add on here a little. I think we lost track a little on realizing what this sensor is. It's the smallest one in MF being 8 percent smaller than my P40 and a couple MPX smaller although this does mean very little per say but still smaller. I agree this cam needs better post software for sure and I'm going to say this with my flame suit on . No one optimizes files better than C1. Just go take your M9 , DMR, Canon files in it and you will see for yourself. I have been using it for along time. Secondly the easiest lenses to make the best designs are the normals and longer lenses, so right there most lens companies will produce excellent copies in these focal lengths. The 180 is damn nice guys and girls, more impressed by that than the 70mm . Anyway it will come down to design of wide angles which are harder to design out of the gate. That is something we will have to see. Now not trying to defend it but I will defend that it is new and needs to age. Seriously we as humans where not perfect at birth either. Many check mark items will be or attempted to be fixed. Firmware can do a lot and with more work on it can attack noise which I still think this has room for improvement even with a CCD. Last night I shot sensor plus at 800 and damn the files are clean.
Raw processing will certainly improve and sharpening algorithms need that optimization on it . So I think this really has a chance and BTW I can hand hold this bad boy pretty good as well as my Phase for sure. Yes I shoot at 1/30 a lot sometimes. But that is a lot of years of holding cams too. The problem the S2 is it IS stuck between 35mm and MF and does not excel either way on certain items on one side or the other. I think acceptance is maybe the key as being different. Obviously being different has it's negative bias as well and let's be honest the price tag hurts. I say we revisit this again in a month or two and see if Leica ages it some. Frankly I would not mind having it for a 6 month period just to see how it grows.
Also at the outset of this review we said hold onto the files and revisit them when software catches up. I think that is a prudent idea to see where Leica takes this. At this point it is up to them for success or not and how fast and accurate they make those adjustments. The s2 has made it's rounds with the Pro's and got the feed back , now go back to the factory and TELL the engineers what WE want out of it , not what they want. Sorry but they need to understand we have to sleep with this thing. It's not a toy you play with occasionally. This is a tool that has to make sense in our hands. I mean that in the most respectful way but they built a Pro tool make it perform at that level or exceed it. It is not just about the glass anymore this is digital and a whole bunch of bed bugs that go with it. I hope everyone understands my driving points here.