PRESS RELEASE: Leica Expands Lens Compatibility For the S-System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW: LEICA CAMERA AG EXPANDS LENS COMPATIBILITY FOR THE LEICA S-SYSTEM
Leica S-Adapters allow for the use of medium-format lenses from other manufacturers

Solms, Germany (July 15, 2011) – Leica Camera AG is expanding the range of accessories for the Leica S2 professional camera system with three new Leica S-Adapters. Beginning August 2011, these latest accessories will allow users to attach medium-format lenses from other manufacturers to Leica S bodies. The Leica S-Adapter V can be used for Hasselblad V System lenses, the Leica S-Adapter P67 for the Pentax 67 system lenses and the Leica S-Adapter M645 for the lenses of the Mamiya 645 system.

The S-Adapters offer many benefits to professional photographers. As a result of being able to use third-party lenses on the Leica S2, photographers now have access to a wider selection of additional lenses, further increasing the S-System’s flexibility. Furthermore, photographers who already own lenses from the aforementioned systems can now use them on the Leica S2. This extension of the compatible lens range includes tilt and shift. As with all products in the Leica S portfolio, the Leica S-Adapters are manufactured to extremely high specifications. The exclusive use of high-quality materials, anodized aluminium and chrome-plated brass, in construction makes the adapters durable and reliable, even with constant use.

Leica S-Adapter V
H=30.2 mm (1.2 in); W=81 mm (3.2 in)
138.75 g (4.9 oz)


Leica S-Adapter M645
H=15.5 mm (.61 in); W=78 mm (3.1 in)
93.5 g (3.3 oz)


Leica S-Adapter P67
H=37 mm (1.5 in); W=90 mm (3.5 in)
222.5 g (7.8 oz)

About the Leica S2
The Leica S-system is a completely new digital camera concept to meet supreme professional requirements. With a resolution of 37.5 megapixels, the S2’s 30 x 45mm CCD sensor features an aspect ratio of 3:2 and an area nearly 60% larger than that of a traditional 35mm camera, resulting in stunning image quality. The S2’s full range of features includes autofocus, high-speed MAESTRO image processor, highly durable design and optimal size and ease-of-use for professional photographers.

5 Comments

  1. This is a brilliant marketing move that only a company confident in the superiority of their own product would dare.

    Nice one, Leica.

  2. Just heard this over at Ken Rockwell’s page…this is where I wish his page was a blog…he couldn’t understand why Leica would let other manufacturers lenses “soil” the sensor on the S2 with “lessor” glass. Hmmm, well simple in my mind – the S series of lenses cost a bunch – Zeiss, Mamiya, and Pentax glass are excellent, and in in some cases, legendary (even my Bronica 80 2.8 for the SQ is outstanding and arguably IMO, as good as the Zeiss counterpart for the ‘Blads, but that’s another point).

    Leica knows that it may sell a few more S2 bodies if photographers can leverage their existing lenses to use on the them. I would like to see a fair A-B-C-D comparison of S glass to the others at some point.

    My 2 cents…

    • Totally agree! Ken is a knowledgeable fellow and I enjoy his articles. But sometimes the comments he makes seem quite rude and occasionally inaccurate.

  3. Maestro is a technical marketing genius– I’d love to see that in the M10 along with an OLED screen.
    It’d be funny if someone spends 30 K on an S2 and buys a cheap made in China rip-off of the Leica adapter.

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