Leica’s S2 camera system may not be an investment for all, simply because of the outlay, and not everyone needs that level of image quality. But you have to respect a manufacturer that enables other system components to be interlinked into theirs.

Leica announced today a number of adapters that enable those shooting with various Hasselblad, Mamiya or Pentax medium format optics, to use those lenses on an S2.

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I like the concept, but there may be one thing to check as I have not yet had a chance to look into it. Sometimes adapters for one system to another, may limit the focusing range of the lens compared to it’s host system, so should be considered and verified. That is not always an issue and depending on what you shoot so don’t take that as a definite drawback if at all. For the official details:

Leica Camera AG expands lens compatibility for Leica S-System

Leica S-Adapters increase flexibility of S2, enabling use of other manufacturers’ medium-format lenses
15 July 2011:  Leica is expanding its range of accessories for the Leica S2 professional camera system. From August 2011, three new Leica S-Adapters will be available, allowing photographers 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 use of high quality materials in their construction – anodised aluminium and chrome-plated brass – makes them durable and reliable, even when in constant use.

About the Leica S-System
The Leica S-System is a digital camera concept designed 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.

Pricing and availability in the UK
The Leica S-Adapters are scheduled to be available in the UK from August 2011 from selected authorised Leica dealers including the Leica Store Mayfair: www.leica-storemayfair.co.uk, tel: 020 7629 1351. A full list of authorised UK Leica dealers is available at www.leica-camera.co.uk. The UK suggested retail price of the Leica S-Adapter (all versions) is £525 including VAT.

 End. (15/07/11).