The Leica S DSLR occupies a rarefied corner of Leicadom of which I know very little. It has always been there, in my peripheral vision, but I have to say that in the past few years I haven’t seen a single one in the wild, not even at various Leica enthusiasts’ meetings. It’s a professional camera and seems to be very much in its element in the studio, or so I’ve been told. As far as I have seen, though, it doesn’t venture out very often.
I’ve never taken much interest, mainly because I couldn’t afford one but also because I couldn’t handle a camera of this size.
Entry to the world of the S3 isn’t for the faint of heart, both in terms of muscle and wallet. While the new, improved S3 costs about the same as its predecessor (£16,500) you’ll need at least one lens. That’s probably going to be the “kit” 70mm Summarit-S at £3,325. In all conscience, that lens is actually quite reasonably priced when you cast a glance over the SL lens price list. But you are still in for the thick end of £20,000, even before you’ve bought a spare battery or a filter.
I am sure this is a marvellous photographic tool and, for professionals, it is probably quite a bargain. But it is divorced from the mainstream of Leicadom, something rather esoteric and definitely one for the few, not for the many.