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Yosemite with Leica S and Leica M

Leica 120mm f/2.5 APO-Macro-Summarit-S

I’m heading off to Yosemite feeling lucky to have the 37.5MP S2-P to shoot, along with the new 120mm f/2.5 APO-Macro-Summarit-S and the Handgrip-S (which I love already). Thanks to Leica for making these items available, as well as the 35/2.5 Summarit-S ASPH and 70/2.5 Summarit-S ASPH.

The 120mm looks to be the best lens of the Leica S line, and it should offer world-class stunning image quality near and far, with a flat field to boot. It’s equivalent to a 96mm lens on a 35mm DSLR. Perhaps I’ll shoot a stitched panorama or two for some serious resolution.

My interest on this trip is assessing just how well the S2 works as a landscape camera, including not just image quality, but the overall experience of handling and carrying it on strenuous outings. In fact, the S2 body is smaller than the D3x body, and though the lenses are somewhat larger, the overall feel in use should prove very interesting. The S2 and lenses are also weather sealed, something that might not matter given the recent heat wave here in California. I’ll be writing up the S2 findings as well as the findings from my previous outing with the 50M Hasselblad H4D, in DAP.

I’ll also be shooting the new Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH on the 18MP Leica M9 rangefinder, and making some comparisons at the 35mm mark with the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/2 Biogon, and perhaps even with the S2 and D3x at 35mm.

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