Leica S2 PDF User Manual
Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Leica S2? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Leica makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the S2 offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.
That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.
Also, you might want to check out the video tutorial on the Leica S2 below.
In any case, the S2 is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera was announced on September 23rd, 2008, which means that, as of today, the camera is 5179 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued and was succeeded by the Leica S Typ 006 as a replacement in the same line of cameras.
Leica's instruction manual for the S2
The camera's instruction manual is 86 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the S2 is included towards the bottom of this webpage.
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Click on the button below to download the pdf version of the Leica S2 manual to your computer. The file will open in a new browser window.
If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Leica's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.
Printed, hardcopy versions of the Leica S2 manual can sometimes be found online. You can check the availability on amazon and ebay via the buttons below.
Video tutorial for the Leica S2
Perhaps instead of reading through a manual or operations guide, you might prefer to better familiarize yourself with your S2 by watching a video tutorial. It can notably help to quickly get to know the key functions and to set up your camera according to your particular preferences and needs.
Once again, the Leica S2 is a sophisticated imaging tool and not exploiting its capabilities to the full would be a pity. Hence, taking the time to study online information material or to read through a well-written camera guide book is highly recommended to make the most of your purchase.
Leica S2 FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the S2.
What technology is the imaging sensor in the S2 based on?
The camera is build around a CCD (Charged Coupled Device) sensor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the S2?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 80 to ISO 1250.
What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Leica S2?
Leica does not publish a shutter rating for the S2. Yet, shutters in comparable cameras from other manufacturers are said to be good for at least 100 000 actuations. It should be noted, though, that this number represents a Mean Time before Failure. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust an expected shutter life of 100 000 shots over, say, three years, one would have to take about 100 pictures each and every day.
Which battery does the S2 use?
The camera gets its power from the BP-PRO1, which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.
Is there a vertical grip available for the S2?
Yes, Leica offers the Multi-Function Handgrip S as an optional accessory to facilitate shooting in portrait orientation and to provide additional battery power.
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Core camera specifications
Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Leica S2.
|Camera Model||Leica S2|
|Camera Type||Digital single lens reflex|
|Camera Lens||Leica S mount lenses|
|Launch Date||September 2008|
|Launch Price||USD 22 995|
|Sensor Format||Medium Format Sensor|
|Sensor Size||45.0 x 30.0 mm|
|Sensor Area||1 350 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||54.1 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||37.5 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||7 500 x 5 000 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||6.00 μm|
|Pixel Density||2.78 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||no AA filter|
|Movie Capability||no Video|
|ISO Setting||80 - 1 250 ISO|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical viewfinder|
|Viewfinder Field of View||96%|
|Top-Level Screen||Control Panel|
|LCD Size||3.0 inch|
|LCD Resolution||460k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Fixed screen|
|Touch Input||No touchscreen|
|Focus System||Phase-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||no Peaking Feature|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000s|
|Continuous Shooting||1.5 shutter flaps/s|
|Shutter Life Expectancy||100 000 actuations|
|Silent Shooting||no E-Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||no Intervalometer|
|Fill Flash||no On-Board Flash|
|Storage Medium||CF or SDHC cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Dual card slots|
|UHS card support||no|
|Studio Flash||PC Sync socket|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||mini HDMI|
|Wifi Support||no Wifi|
|Environmental Sealing||Weathersealed body|
|Battery Type||BP-PRO1 power pack|
160 x 120 x 80 mm
(6.3 x 4.7 x 3.1 in)
|Camera Weight||1 410 g (49.7 oz)|
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