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This page captures my experiences with the Leica S2 in Yosemite National Park and California’s White Mountains during four days of intensive dawn-to-dusk use of the Leica S2 in mid-October 2010.
Commentary on the images seen on this page (and more examples) can be found on the Yosemite Examples page.
The S2 is unique in the medium format world in that it appears to be a drop-in replacement for a Canon or Nikon DSLR, with a very similar form-factor, and a 3:2 aspect ratio image. The S2 body is smaller than my Nikon D3x.
I did not have available any means to position the camera vertically (e.g., the Really Right Stuff L-plate). So all tripod-based shots had to be in landscape orientation. I consider the L-plate mandatory for S2 users working on a tripod, and I would immediately buy one if I had an S2 of my own.
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