Leica Starts Selling Lens Adapters to Mount Pentax, Hasselblad, and Mamiya Glass on S2 Camera

Posted by on Friday July 15, 2011 | Uncategorized

Last year we gave you the scoop on some cool lens adapters Leica was planning to sell so you could mount Pentax, Hasselblad and Mamiya medium-format glass on Leica’s premium 37.2-megapixel S2 camera. Today we can report that those adapters have officially gone on sale.

Leica announced this morning it has begun shipping the Leica S-Adapter for Hasselblad V System lenses; the Leica S-Adapter P67 for the Pentax 67 system lenses; and the Leica S-Adapter M645 for the lenses of the Mamiya 645 system. Leica has still not announced pricing on these adapters but we’re checking. UPDATE: Leica says the adapters will sell for $850 a piece.

Though the S2, a hybrid digital SLR/medium-format camera, has received generally sterling reviews — including from PDN (we named it 2009 camera of the year) — it’s currently limited to just four pieces of glass: the Leica Summarit-S 35mm f/2.5, Summarit-S 70mm f/2.5, APO Macro Summarit-S 120mm f/2.5, and APO Elmar-S 180mm f/3.5 lenses. The new adapters will give S2 users a chance to expand on their lenses just a bit.

Leica also believes it will help emphasize the advantages of their own lenses.

“It has a double benefit for us,” Chrisitan Erhardt, Leica’s Vice President of Marketing told us last year when we first reported on the adapters. “We have four lenses now and there are more in development but there are some unique lenses out there that we don’t currently have. This will increase the options for our customers who want to use a wider variety of lenses. And for the ones we have on the market, photographers will realize they can achieve a much higher resolution if they use a Leica lens.”

Until now, photographers looking to use other lenses with the S2 ($22,995) have had to resort to “homebrew” adapters such as the $750 Hasselblad mount shown in the image at the top of this story, which is being sold on eBay.

More details on the official Leica adapters in the press release after the jump.

PRESS RELEASE

NEW: LEICA CAMERA AG EXPANDS LENS COMPATIBILITY FOR THE LEICA S-SYSTEM
Leica S-Adapters allow for the use of medium-format lenses from other manufacturers

Solms, Germany (July 15, 2011) – Leica Camera AG is expanding the range of accessories for the Leica S2 professional camera system with three new Leica S-Adapters. Beginning August 2011, these latest accessories will allow users to attach medium-format lenses from other manufacturers to Leica S bodies.  The Leica S-Adapter V can be used for Hasselblad V System lenses, the Leica S-Adapter P67 for the Pentax 67 system lenses and the Leica S-Adapter M645 for the lenses of the Mamiya 645 system.

The S-Adapters offer many benefits to professional photographers. As a result of being able to use third-party lenses on the Leica S2, photographers now have access to a wider selection of additional lenses, further increasing the S-System’s flexibility. Furthermore, photographers who already own lenses from the aforementioned systems can now use them on the Leica S2. This extension of the compatible lens range includes tilt and shift. As with all products in the Leica S portfolio, the Leica S-Adapters are manufactured to extremely high specifications. The exclusive use of high-quality materials, anodized aluminium and chrome-plated brass, in construction makes the adapters durable and reliable, even with constant use.

Leica S-Adapter V
H=30.2 mm (1.2 in); W=81 mm (3.2 in)
138.75 g (4.9 oz)
Leica S-Adapter M645
H=15.5 mm (.61 in); W=78 mm  (3.1 in)
93.5 g (3.3 oz)
Leica S-Adapter P67
H=37 mm (1.5 in); W=90 mm  (3.5 in)
222.5 g (7.8 oz)

About the Leica S2
The Leica S-system is a completely new digital camera concept to meet supreme professional requirements. With a resolution of 37.5 megapixels, the S2’s 30 x 45mm CCD sensor features an aspect ratio of 3:2 and an area nearly 60% larger than that of a traditional 35mm camera, resulting in stunning image quality. The S2’s full range of features includes autofocus, high-speed MAESTRO image processor, highly durable design and optimal size and ease-of-use for professional photographers.

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