The Leica S system is not all that well known compared to its smaller M system brother, or even the SL system which you might call the middle sibling. The S system is based around a 30mm x 45mm CMOS which makes it considerably larger than full frame (56% larger area), and well into the territory that people refer to as “medium format”.

Yes, I know purists will argue about that because it’s technically smaller than “full frame medium format”, but it’s still roughly the same size as the 44mm x 32.9mm sensors in the Fuji GFX cameras and the Hasselblad X1D series of cameras which people routinely refer to as medium format. In fact, since the original Leica S was launched way back in 2009, you can thank Leica for essentially inventing this slightly-less-than-real-medium-format segment of the market that now also features Fujifilm and Hasselblad. Effectively the Leica S system uses a 3:2 ratio sensor, while the the other two manufacturers have opted for a 4:3 ratio sensor.

The original Leica S2 with a 37.5MP 30mm x 45mm CCD sensor was introduced in 2009 and followed by the Leica S (Type 006) in 2012 and then the slightly updated Leica S (Type 007) which moved to a 37.5MP CMOS sensor in 2014. That was again followed by the Leica S3 with a 64mp CMOS sensor that was originally previewed in 2018 but rescheduled for a spring 2020 release after unspecified delays.

If you are unfamiliar with the nomenclature that Leica uses to describe their lenses, I recommend you read our previous post entitled Leica Lens Terminology and Abbreviations.

Leica S Lens Specifications

Table Notes

  • The data in the tables can be re-sorted using the arrows in the header. For example you could sort by lens weight, focal length or release date.
  • Displaying large data tables on mobile devices is tricky. If you are viewing this on a phone, you can touch and scroll horizontally through the additional columns in the table. You’ll also have a better experience if you turn your phone horizontally.
Lens NameRelease Date (M/D/Y)Focal LengthAperture Range35mm Equiv.Angle of View (h)LengthDiameterWeightMFDMMFilterOptical DesignCheck Price
Super-Elmar-S 24 f/3.5 ASPH9/17/1224m3.5-2219mm96.6°4.41" / 112mm3.98" / 101mm2.8 lb / 1260g15.75" / 0.4m0.09x95mm12 Elements in 10 GroupsAmazon / B&H
Vario-Elmar-S 30–90 f/3.5–5.6 ASPH9/17/1230-90mm(3.5-5.6)-3224-72mm34° to 81.5°4.47" / 113.5mm3.98" / 101mm2.8 lb / 1275g2.13' / 0.65m0.15x95mm14 Elements in 11 GroupsAmazon / B&H
Elmarit-S 30 f/2.8 ASPH10/27/1130mm2.8-2224mm84°5.04" / 12.8cm3.46" / 8.8cm2.3 lb / 1100g1.64' / 0.5 m0.09x82mm13 Elements in 9 GroupsAmazon / B&H
Summarit-S 35 f/2.5 ASPH8/16/0935mm2.5-2228mm75°4.8" / 12.19cm3.46" / 8.79cm2 lb / 929.9g1.8' / 54.86 cm0.09x82mm11 Elements in 9 GroupsAmazon / B&H
Elmarit-S 45 f/2.8 ASPH10/1/1345mm2.8-2236mm62°5.35" / 136mm3.46" / 88mm2.3 lb / 1030g23.62" / 0.6 m0.1x82mm12 Elements in 9 GroupsAmazon / B&H
Summarit-S 70 f/2.5 ASPH8/16/0970mm2.5-2256mm42°3.66" / 9.3cm3.54" / 8.99cm1.6 lb / 740g1.6' / 48.77 cm0.21x82mm8 Elements in 6 GroupsAmazon / B&H
Summicron-S 100 f/2 ASPH8/29/14100mm2-2280mm29°4.02" / 102mm3.58" / 91mm2 lb / 910g2.3' / 70 cm0.2x82mm7 Elements in 5 GroupsAmazon / B&H
APO-Macro-Summarit-S 120 f/2.5 (CS)8/16/09120mm2.5-2296mm25°5" / 12.7cm3.6" / 9.14cm2.8 lb / 1.3kg1.87' / 57 cm0.5x72mm9 Elements in 7 GroupsAmazon / B&H
TS-APO-Elmar-S 120 f/5.6 ASPH9/17/12120mm5.6-3296mm23.6°5.67" / 144mm4.25" / 108mm2.4 lb / 1110g3.12' / 95.1 cm0.19x95mm6 Elements in 4 GroupsAmazon / B&H
APO-Elmar-S 180 f/3.5 (CS)8/16/09180mm3.5-22144mm17°5.94" / 15.09cm3.46" / 8.79cm2.9 lb / 1.3kg4.92' / 1.5 m0.14x72mm9 Elements in 7 GroupsAmazon / B&H

You may like