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  • What is the difference between AFs and AFc mode?

    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.
  • Why is the lowest ISO value called “Pull-80”?

    The basic sensitivity of the S2 sensor is ISO 160. For special image effects that require longer shut-ter speeds or larger apertures, it is possible to virtually “pull” the basic sensitivity down to a value of 80. When doing this, the basic image quality characteristics remain comparable with those of im-ages shot at ISO 160.
  • Is it possible to shoot black and white with the S2?

    If you save your images in JPEG format, these can be shot directly in black & white with no need for subsequent conversion. To do this, go to the “Image” menu and select “Black/White” from the set-tings for “Saturation.” It is not possible to shoot black-and-white images in DNG format. As the S2 is equipped with a color sensor, and DNG format preserves all image content in its original form, DNG files can only be con-verted to black and white during subsequent processing (e.g. in Adobe Lightroom).
  • How do I configure and save custom settings?

    To enable faster access or modifications to setting options, it is possible to directly assign three customized preset functions to three menu buttons. To do this, go to the camera’s “Setup” menu and select the option “Custom Functions” and assign a function that you wish to customize to the first button under “Function 1.” The options for customizing buttons are selected from the sub-menus “Camera” and “Image”: ISO, file format, white balance, color management, user profile, drive mode, focus mode, exposure metering, exposure compensation, exposure bracketing, auto slow sync, flash sync mode, and mirror up mode.
  • Which memory cards can I use with the S2?

    The image data from the S2 can be saved on CF cards (Compact Flash) and/or SD cards (Secure Digital Memory Card). You can use cards of both types with up to 64GB memory capacity.
  • Which memory cards with which specifications does Leica recommend for the S2?

    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.
  • What memory volumes should be considered for individual image formats?

    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.
  • Why is it not possible to use the entire memory when using CF cards?

    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.
  • What options does LEICA Image Shuttle software offer?

    “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.
  • Why does the bundle include Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and not Capture One 4?

    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.