Leica To Sell Lens Adapters to Mount Pentax, Hasselblad and Mamiya Glass on S2 Camera

November 18, 2010

By Dan Havlik, PDN's Technology Specialist

We liked the 37.2-megapixel Leica S2 so much we named it PDN’s Camera of the Year for 2009. The one major downside to this hybrid digital SLR/medium-format camera though is that 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.

That’s about the change as Leica plans to roll out new lens mount adapters for the S2 which will make the camera compatible with Pentax 67 lenses, Hasselblad V-series lenses, and Mamiya 645 lenses. Though Leica has made no official announcement about the S2 lens adapters, it’s been sharing the news with its S-Series customers, according to S-System Product Manager Stephan Schultz and Chrisitan Erhardt, Leica’s Vice President of Marketing.

“It has a double benefit for us,” Erhardt told PDNonline. “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.”

Schultz said that no pricing for the adapters has been set yet but Leica is hoping to make them available by the end of the first quarter of 2011.

Up 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.

Photographers interested in getting the early word on when the official Leica S2 adapters will be available should sign up for the Leica S-System Newsletter, Erhardt said. Sign up through this link.