The LEICA S2 features a SD- and a CF-cardslot. Pictures can be saved sequentially and parallelly. The camera is compatible with SD and SD-HC cards as well as CF card, which means from CF 1 to UDMA6. The camera’s performance depends on the memory medium.
Therefore Leica recommends the usage of fast memory cards, e.g. SanDisk Extreme Pro CF 90MB/s.
The size of an individual image file may vary according to the subject, i.e. depending on the informa-tion content in terms of structures, color tones, etc. On average, a DNG file requires about 75MB of memory, a loss-free compressed DNG requires about 35-45MB, JPEG fine between 5 and 8MB, and JPEG standard between 2 and 3MB.
When you import your images into Adobe Lightroom and then delete them from the card without emptying the Trash Can at the same time, residual data elements remain on the card. A Trash Can is actually installed on CF cards when using Mac computers. Regular emptying of the Trash Can from your computer and reformatting your cards ensures that the complete memory capacity will be available.
“Image Shuttle” software allows you to control the most important features and functions of the Leica S2 from a computer. For instance, you can set up the most important shooting parameters for the S2 on screen and use the software’s user interface to operate the camera’s shutter release.
In addition, “Image Shuttle” provides a much better on-screen option for precise image quality con-trol because the image data is downloaded directly via USB to your computer’s hard drive. A further advantage is that it allows even more flexible working that is limited only by the memory available on your computer.
We are pleased to say that we have been able to arrange a collaboration with Adobe, one of the world’s leading providers of advanced image processing software. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a comprehensive set of tools designed specifically for digital photography. Its powerful features en-able you to import, process, manage, and present images individually or as batches from a complete shooting assignment.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom offers a much broader range of functions than the pure RAW data con-version capability offered by Capture One. Lightroom of course also lets you convert DNG files. However, this software also lets you process and archive your shots as well as offering pre-print and printing options and a slide-show function. A further advantage is the ability to adjust settings in a selective way. Lightroom means that you spend less time at your computer and more behind your camera.
Leica consciously chose to employ a connection option with superior stability in terms of mechani-cal and data transfer characteristics. In contrast to FireWire 800, a standard that is susceptible to considerable instability with regard to power supply, a USB 2.0 connection guarantees fast and ex-tremely reliable data transfer.
You can find the self-timer function in the sub-menu “Camera” in the category “Drive Mode.” In addi-tion to the drive options “Single” and “Continuous”, you can also select the self-timer mode with delays of either 2 or 12 seconds. This function is combined with the mirror lock-up function to pre-vent camera shake.
The S2 offers a choice of two autofocus modes: the Single Autofocus Mode (AFs) features focus priority and is particularly suitable for static subjects. This means that the shutter can only be re-leased when the camera has found the precise point of focus.
Continuous Autofocus (AFc) is particularly suitable for moving subjects. In this mode, the autofocus remains active as long as the shutter release is held at the first pressure point. During focusing, the AFc mode operates with shutter release priority, i.e. the shutter can be released at any time, inde-pendent of the actual point of focus.
Manual focus is recommended when the camera’s autofocus system is unable to find enough crite-ria to enable precise automatic focusing. This is particularly the case in low-light situations or when subjects have no or too few contours, structures, or contrasting elements.
Flash synchronization up to a maximum of 1/125 s are available when the main switch of the S2 is set to FPS (Focal Plane Shutter).
If the main switch is set to CS (Central Shutter – aka leaf shutter), and assuming that a Leica CS lens is mounted, flash synchronization is available for all speeds of the central shutter up to 1/500 s.