Here is a post I placed on another Leica specific site, but there may be more folks here that can offer advice Please!
My S2 is in Germany getting the hot-shoe replaced, and a few other niggling fixes.
Leica USA graciously loaned me a S2 for an important shoot that I did yesterday.
(As a note, this loaner worked for a few other recent smaller jobs.)
On Saturday, I shot in the AM and the S2 files were fine. I then finished the job in the afternoon after swapping out cards and changing the S2 battery for a 100% recharged one. Reformatted both cards in camera which was set for parallel capture (as always).
While shooting, the LCD showed images as I progressed through the afternoon shoot. No indication of any issues. I shot about 70 to 80 or so images if even that, so the 32 gig card was not anywhere near full. I then put away the S2 and used other cameras the rest of the night.
At 11PM, upon returning from the afternoon portion of the shoot I discovered that the Sandisk 32 gig Extreme Pro CF card was unreadable. It won't even show up on the desktop. I went to the back-up 32 gig SDHC, and while it would boot to the desktop, there was nothing there.
The card reader is fine and loaded images from other cameras before and after this issue, as well as the S2 shots from the AM. However, I tried another card reader wouldn't boot, then another card reader, this time using my laptop wouldn't boot.
I set the CF card aside at that point, and tried running a recovery program on the SD card only nothing but some old files from a few months ago. No files from the S2's afternoon shoot.
I did place the CF card back into the camera, and now it won't display anything the S2's red light just blinks and nothing shows on the LCD, plus the light wouldn't stop blinking even when turned off the camera I had to remove the battery to extract the CF card in question.
Of all the shots I did with the S2 and my Sony A99/A7R, none could possibly be more ruinous than losing these key S2 shots. They were formal family group shots of people that came from all over the US to be here yesterday, and some left the next morning. This client obsessed over these specific shots, making it even more pointed and disappointing.
Does ANYONE have any thoughts or suggestions? It blows my mind that a dual capture camera has placed me in this situation. That both cards failed calls into question how the S2 captures dual images how it generates the jpg back-ups to the SD card.
Thank you for any help you may suggest,
P.S., (Here's a wierd coincidence sure to delight the superstitious the morning shoot's file count from all cameras totaled 666).