DxOMark published their Leica S camera test results

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DxOMark published their Leica S camera test results, here is their conclusion:

In the rarified atmosphere of professional medium format cameras, the Leica S performs very well indeed. It has both very good color and dynamic range and, surprisingly perhaps, it has excellent low noise characteristics. While it’s clear smaller 35mm full-frame CMOS sensors have better dynamic range and lower noise at ultra-high ISOs, the Leica S is delivers on its promise as being just as adept in the field as it is in the studio.

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  • Ahmad Al-Joboori

    Who reads Nikonmark.com before buying a Camera :)

  • Anto de Chav

    As a system the S is exceptional,amazing lenses ,great ergonomics and weather proof body…

  • sperdynamite

    This system will be killer once they go CMOS. Shame about the price.

  • http://byazrov.ru/ Russian Photographer

    30 000 bucks for a minimum set and you get something so poorly rated. Damn, people who buy this shit are stupid!

    • Clint

      If you’re dumb enough to think that the image quality out of a A7R is superior to a sub-medium format sized S2 sensor…not much I can say about that. There is more to image quality than DXO ratings.

      • http://byazrov.ru/ Russian Photographer

        I know your mother used to you talking to her in such a disgusting manner, but please keep this insulting attitude exclusively for her. She deserves it, not me or anybody else you, shit of a person, don’t even know.

    • Anto de Chav

      “In the rarified atmosphere of professional medium format cameras, the Leica S performs very well indeed. It has both very good color and dynamic range and, surprisingly perhaps, it has excellent low noise characteristics. While it’s clear smaller 35mm full-frame CMOS sensors have better dynamic range and lower noise at ultra-high ISOs, the Leica S is delivers on its promise as being just as adept in the field as it is in the studio.”

      Not so poorly rated at all,and show me a 35mm camera with leaf shutters and huge viewfinder.

      • pooh

        Any decent rangefinder of of the 50s-70s, for example, the Konica IIIa with its huge 1:1 viewfinder that dwarfs even the one on the Leica M3.

      • Neopulse

        I’ve seen the Leica S in Miami, and believe it or not, it’s an awesome camera with an awesome CCD sensor and what takes the whole cake are the lenses. My god the glass is so damn expensive, but well worth it. I had a hard time choosing between this and a 60MP Mamiya Leaf Credo that I just recently stopped saving up for since the Leica caught my attention much, much more. It’s rugged, weather-sealed, comfortable 35mm DSLR style body and great, great, great glass. And also what I always read about on forums and such, is that their customer service is top-notch. You get no better treatment from any other brand than from Leica.

  • pablo-rodrigo.com

    As a professional system it have a big problem. No triggers for Leica. No remote TTL, no hyper sync. I own Leica M, same problem. But it doesn’t matter when you have your imagination.
    DXO, neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeever believe what they say

    • Neopulse

      I’m sure you can use standard triggers on it like the Profoto, Hensel and Paul C. Buff kinds. HSS isn’t such a big deal thanks to it’s leaf lenses that can do up to 1/1000 and it does have TTL as I recall with their flash and maybe other compatible systems (Maybe the Profoto B1 it will work). Although the TTL isn’t perfect mainly because their 3-D Matrix Metering isn’t “that” good, but using Spot and center weighted are better choices.

  • MB

    Leica S scores almost as good as Nikon D3200.
    http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compare/Side-by-side/Nikon-D7100-versus-Leica-S-versus-Nikon-D3200___865_847_801
    Here is the idea, do the same thing Hassy is doing, pack D7100 inside the S body!

  • bobby bob

    ouch….

  • John-F

    The CCD sensors used in the M8, M9 and S2 were developed by Kodak ISS. As part of their chapter 11 re-structuring, Kodak sold their ISS division to an investment firm, which renamed it TrueSense Imaging.

    I just had a look at their latest list of CCD sensors and guess what – both the KAF-18500 (currently used for the Leica M-E and Leica Monochrom) and the KAF-37500 (used in the S2 and S) are gone …

    have a look: http://www.truesenseimaging.com/products/full-frame-ccd

    This family of sensors is also used by Pentax (645D), Hasselblad and Sinar. So far, both Pentax and Hasselblad have announced new CMOS based products. As for Leica, there have been rumours for over a year that CMOSIS (maker of the CMOS sensor used in the M 240) has been working on a medium format CMOS for a special client…

    A new, updated MAESTRO chip along with a new 30×45 (or 32×48) CMOS would be fantastic.

  • S for Sucks!

    How can anyone with a half a brain justify the purchase of an S?

    Oh wait.. This camera is limited in edition even before Leica issues a limited edition version of it…. LOL!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/kdghantous/ kdghantous

    I agree with the notion that DxO scores are not the last word. Once you compare the output of the S with the D800E, you’ll know why the lenses are so expensive. Actually, you might do well to adapt the S lenses to the Nikon, if that is possible, if you want to make proper use of the 36Mpx sensor.

    The Otus lens (soon to be lenses) will do just as well for the Nikon. But don’t be fooled into thinking that Nikon lenses are as good as Leica lenses. In general, they are not.

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