I’m working intensely on my next major offering, but I took the time today to create a new page of examples for the Leica S2 at the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, part of my review in DAP.
DSLR users might want to take a look at my Leica S2 review, to get a sense of what might be possible with future DSLRs, if Canon or Nikon ever eliminate the sharpness-robbing blur filter (anti-aliasing filter). What if we were to see a 30 megapixel Canon or Nikon with no AA filter? We’d need better lenses in some areas, but boy would that put even more pressure on the medium format camera vendors.
I also added a page discussing the removal of the anti-aliasing filter from a DSLR, which would move a camera like the Nikon D3x towards the S2 per-pixel resolution.
With accurate focus and a steady camera, the sharpness possible with the Leica S2, even at f/2.8, is absolutely outstanding, along with superb contrast into murky shadows or haze-obscured details. The 70/2.5 Summarit-S ASPH is one very impressive lens, I can’t say that I’ve seen anything better in its equivalent field of view, and that’s remarkable. It really is exciting to see such results.
How about seeing the stripes on the US flag? Can you read the word “California” at far right?! This image was underexposed, pushed +1 stop to effective ISO 640, but than also had a strong Levels adjustment to brighten. So don’t judge the noise here.