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Leica S2

First Impressions

I did not read the manual for starters— intentionally. I wanted to see how I could use the camera right out of the box— a key test of design principles.

In some ways my experience was very good— on the physical side of things, and for some basic settings. Beyond that, the usability is problematic.

Feel and heft and general operation

The camera and 70mm lens feel much like carrying a Nikon D3x or Canon 1Ds Mark III— big, but not too big, and settling nicely into the hand. Leica’s supplied strap is the best OEM strap that I’ve seen yet, but I added my usual OpTech strap, which was perfect for the S2.

I would have liked a popup flash for convenient fill flash, as with Hasselblad cameras, but Nikon and Canon don't have that on their pro bodies either.

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