The 64mp Red Dot Medium Format Camera with The Versatility of a 35mm DSLR Camera

Jun 3, 2020 

On Friday 6th March 2020 Leica officially shipped the S3, the latest model in the Leica medium format line.

The S3 was officially announced at Photokina 2018 and, I had the opportunity to test a pre-production prototype in the beginning of 2019. The S line was first released in 2008 and it’s a very mature system with a lens portfolio of 10 focal lengths from 24mm up to 180mm, from which 6 lenses have a leaf shutter, which Leica calls Central Shutter lenses (CS).

I work as a fine art portrait photographer specializing in burlesque and vintage styled photos, trying to bring back the memorable Hollywood glamour of the 20’s and 30’s. I have used all previous versions of the S line and currently work with the S (Typ 007), which was released in 2015.

In these days with the rise of mirrorless medium format systems, Leica remains faithful to the DSLR concept and they have good reasons to do so. Some of the advantages of the S compared to other medium formats are:

  • The dual shutter, you can switch between focal plane shutter 1/4000th and Central Shutter (CS) up to 1/1000th of a second
  • The outstanding battery life – you can shoot almost a full day with one battery
  • Wonderful robust dust and waterproof body and lenses
  • Gorgeous optical viewfinder with 98% coverage
  • No heating issues
  • The wonderful Leica lenses
  • Leica offers adapters with full AF and Aperture control for the Contax 645 and Hasselblad H series.

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