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Leica announce S-system availability and pricing




Leica Camera has today announced pricing and availability of the eagerly-awaited medium-format Leica S2 system. Originally slated for a September release, the first shipment is expected in October, with the S2 camera body retailing at £15,966 inc VAT (at 15-percent)/€18,624 /$22,759. Announced Sept 2008, the 37.5 megapixel Leica S2 DSLR has a 30x45mm sensor (1.5x the size of a 35mm FF sensor) in a highly portable 35mm-sized body.

Leica Camera also announced the S2 will be fully supported by a professional users servicing scheme, the details of which have to still to be confirmed. Jon Sareen, UK commercial manager, Leica S-System, added, "The eagerly-anticipated Leica S-System is a very new and different challenge for Leica Camera Ltd, in comparison to other products in our range. We have engaged new experts, and arrangements regarding leasing and rental facilities are well under way. Service and support will be very hot topics for Leica S-System users, and we can confirm that we are planning a rapid [turnaround] third party UK solution, to work in conjunction with our head office in Germany."

Leica S-System: 2009 range pricing details

LEICA S2 Black £15,996.00 / €18.624 /$22,759
LEICA S2-P Black* £19,092.00 / €22.270 / $27,214
SUMMARIT-S 1:2.5/70 ASPH £3,096.00 / €3.611 / $4,413
SUMMARIT-S 1:2.5/70 ASPH CS £4,025.00 / €4.695/ $5,737
APO-TELE-ELMAR-S 1:3.5/180 £4,541.00 / €5.297 / $ 6,471
APO-TELE-ELMAR-S 1:3.5/180 CS £5,160.00 / €6.019 / $7,355
APO-MACRO-SUMMARIT-S 1:2.5/120 £4,541.00 / €5.297/ $ 6,471
APO-MACRO-SUMMARIT-S 1:2.5/120 CS £5,160.00 / €6.019 / $7,355
SUMMARIT-S 1:2.5/35 ASPH £3,612.00 / €4.213 / $5,148
SUMMARIT-S 1:2.5/35 ASPH CS £4,231.00 / €4,935/ $6,030
Multifunction handgrip S £851.00 / €992 / $1,213
Professional battery charger S £258.00 / €310 / $368

* includes Sapphire Glass monitor screen and S-Body Platinum Service (more details to be announced)
CS = Central Shutter Lens
Prices include VAT at 15%, 30 July 2009
Euro prices - straight GBP conversion (with VAT at 15%)
USD prices - GBP conversion net of tax (ex VAT). Please note, several US sites are quoting substantially higher prices in USD.


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