Another Leica journey begins only this time it is a different chapter in Leica's long history of camera and lens design. The S2 is a cross between a traditional MF camera system and a 35mm DSLR. It basically has most the attributes of a 35mm DSLR with a much bigger CCD non AA filter sensor like the MF cousins, although the smallest sensor in MF but still packs a 37mpx with a 6 micron sensor from Kodak. This sensor is a new breed from Kodaks 6.8 and 9 micron sensors. On the other side of the coin we have Dalsa sensors that share the same 6 micron technology. Notably in the MF sector we have the Phase One P40+ which is the next size up in physical sensor size by 8 percent larger than the S2 and carries a 40 mpx and end result with a 6 micron sensor. The P40+ basically is considered a crop factor compared to it's bigger brother and largest sensor size Full Frame ( or extremely close) to the P65+ which has a whooping 60 mpx sensor which is the largest in the industry at this time. Of note here Hasseblad has a 50 mpx Kodak sensors the same as the S2 and I believe coming a 60 mpx Dalsa sensor coming.
Now for one of our disclaimers here . Jack and I both shoot the Phase systems and in this review will be based on our extensive knowledge of this system and used for comparisons. This does not mean anything less of the Hassy, Leaf or Sinar backs but this is what we know well and we are not going to guess or test those other systems here on this test. Simple case of test what you know and not what you can guess at. Major KEY point here is the correct information that is reliable to make head to head comparisons between the systems and see what the new S2 system can do against some gold standards in the industry. Just for clarity we are not being paid nor receive ANYTHING from either company.
This is out of our pocket to produce this review but we will give credit to our friends in the industry that supplied some of the gear. Obviously Christian Erhardt from Leica is here during most of our testing and hand delivered the gear to us. Also of note during our testing is two of Leica's finest Sales Reps who just happen to serve my territory Linda Leslie Butler and James Butler. Also of note is the owner of Capture Integration Dave Gallagher who sent us the Phase gear we needed to make these comparisons the new DF body and the P40+ back,. Please note CI just reviewed the new S2 as well and look at there site for even more information and testing on their site. It should be noted the CI is not only a Phase dealer but just recently became a Leica dealer as well. So CI does enjoy selling both very high end systems in the market place today. So thanks to Leica and also to Capture Integration for supporting this review and also as well supporting the GetDPI workshops. These are our friends and we called upon them to supply the gear necessary for this review. Let the fun begin
Like to add a special thanks to my daughter Cali Mancuso for her excellent work on hair and makeup. Also a plug for her for hiring on Photo shoots. Just call her manager ME. LOL