The Leica S-System enjoys a special status in the medium format, with the Leica S tapping into brand-new areas of application for medium-format photography.
The Leica S CMOS sensor provides the necessary leap forward (unique to medium-format cameras) in terms of resolution and dynamic range, whereas Leica ProFormat in 3:2 ratio gives the pixels the space they need to produce the highquality results required by professionals. This level of performance is not only reached at basic sensitivity but can still be attained when you are dependent on the ambient light. Although it was previously assumed that you had to compromise on format for the sake of fast image sequences, the Leica S has rewritten the rule book. The lightningfast shutter mechanism, the CMOS sensor, the Maestro II processor, and predictive autofocus all come together to ensure that the Leica S combines the image quality of a medium-format camera with the fast responses of a 35 mm model. Its strengths not only become apparent in still photography, as the imaging quality of the S-Lenses and the sensor also come to the fore when recording video footage.
Mark Mann is a celebrity and sports photographer from Glasgow. He studied photography at Manchester Polytechnic and assisted fashion photographers Nick Knight and Miles Aldrige. After three years, Mark relocated to New York City.
He endearingly describes his Leica S as his "Stradivarius" and cherishes the video capabilities of his Leica SL. We caught up with the very amiable NYC-based photographer to get his take on portrait photography and also hear why always having his Leica Q to hand makes the grandmothers to his 3-year-old son very happy indeed.
The Maestro II Processor
This processor, which has been specially developed for Leica, is four times faster than its predecessor and, with a frame rate of 3.5 fps, sets a new record in the medium-format category.
Leica Pro Format Redefining sensor format
With dimensions of 30 x 45 mm, this sensor is more than 50 per cent larger than that of a 35 mm camera. As a result, the Leica Pro Format strikes just the right balance between image quality and creative possibilities.
Cine-Look Outstanding picture quality
Thanks to its sensor and processor, the Leica S can record professional video footage to Cine 4k standard, with the entire sensor width of 45 mm used for recording in full-HD resolution. When combined with the outstanding quality of the Leica S-Lenses, the result is video footage with a truly unique look.