Photo of new medium format Leica S3 leaks on Leica China website
It seems that a potential Leica/Panasonic/Sigma collaboration might not be all that’s officially announced tomorrow at Photokina. It appears that Leica China has posted a photo and description of the new Leica S3 medium format camera to their website a little early.
There isn’t really any other information besides this image and the blurb beside it, which reads (Google translated)…
The outstanding performance of the entire Leica S3 system is a well-thought-out result. All of its individual components are precisely matched to achieve a harmonious interaction, creating a unique Leica feel. The Leica S3 worked closely with professional photographers during development, and with its superior image quality and flexibility, as well as simple operation and strong robustness, professionally met their special needs.
It looks pretty much just like the $19,995 Leica S (Typ 007) on the outside, but we’ve no idea what the differences will be on the inside. There’s been no word if more medium format lenses will come with the new camera. Leica currently has 16 lenses for the Leica S system.
I guess we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out what the exact specs of the Leica S3 will be. And how expensive it’ll be.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.