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 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 and launched in March 2020 for the hefty price of $19,000!
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
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|Lens Name||Release Date (M/D/Y)||Focal Length||Aperture Range||35mm Equiv.||Angle of View (h)||Length||Diameter||Weight||MFD||MM||Filter||Optical Design||Check Price|
|Super-Elmar-S 24 f/3.5 ASPH||9/17/12||24m||3.5-22||19mm||96.6°||4.41" / 112mm||3.98" / 101mm||2.8 lb / 1260g||15.75" / 0.4m||0.09x||95mm||12 Elements in 10 Groups||Amazon / B&H|
|Vario-Elmar-S 30–90 f/3.5–5.6 ASPH||9/17/12||30-90mm||(3.5-5.6)-32||24-72mm||34° to 81.5°||4.47" / 113.5mm||3.98" / 101mm||2.8 lb / 1275g||2.13' / 0.65m||0.15x||95mm||14 Elements in 11 Groups||Amazon / B&H|
|Elmarit-S 30 f/2.8 ASPH||10/27/11||30mm||2.8-22||24mm||84°||5.04" / 12.8cm||3.46" / 8.8cm||2.3 lb / 1100g||1.64' / 0.5 m||0.09x||82mm||13 Elements in 9 Groups||Amazon / B&H|
|Summarit-S 35 f/2.5 ASPH||8/16/09||35mm||2.5-22||28mm||75°||4.8" / 12.19cm||3.46" / 8.79cm||2 lb / 929.9g||1.8' / 54.86 cm||0.09x||82mm||11 Elements in 9 Groups||Amazon / B&H|
|Elmarit-S 45 f/2.8 ASPH||10/1/13||45mm||2.8-22||36mm||62°||5.35" / 136mm||3.46" / 88mm||2.3 lb / 1030g||23.62" / 0.6 m||0.1x||82mm||12 Elements in 9 Groups||Amazon / B&H|
|Summarit-S 70 f/2.5 ASPH||8/16/09||70mm||2.5-22||56mm||42°||3.66" / 9.3cm||3.54" / 8.99cm||1.6 lb / 740g||1.6' / 48.77 cm||0.21x||82mm||8 Elements in 6 Groups||Amazon / B&H|
|Summicron-S 100 f/2 ASPH||8/29/14||100mm||2-22||80mm||29°||4.02" / 102mm||3.58" / 91mm||2 lb / 910g||2.3' / 70 cm||0.2x||82mm||7 Elements in 5 Groups||Amazon / B&H|
|APO-Macro-Summarit-S 120 f/2.5 (CS)||8/16/09||120mm||2.5-22||96mm||25°||5" / 12.7cm||3.6" / 9.14cm||2.8 lb / 1.3kg||1.87' / 57 cm||0.5x||72mm||9 Elements in 7 Groups||Amazon / B&H|
|TS-APO-Elmar-S 120 f/5.6 ASPH||9/17/12||120mm||5.6-32||96mm||23.6°||5.67" / 144mm||4.25" / 108mm||2.4 lb / 1110g||3.12' / 95.1 cm||0.19x||95mm||6 Elements in 4 Groups||Amazon / B&H|
|APO-Elmar-S 180 f/3.5 (CS)||8/16/09||180mm||3.5-22||144mm||17°||5.94" / 15.09cm||3.46" / 8.79cm||2.9 lb / 1.3kg||4.92' / 1.5 m||0.14x||72mm||9 Elements in 7 Groups||Amazon / B&H|