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Cancelled: Leica R10 Full Frame 35mm integrated dSLR camera coming in 2010 - also known as the "Baby S2 Leica"
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Leica R10
Leica R9 DMR with 80mm Summilux-R

Leica R10 aka "Baby S2" [cancelled]

By: Thorsten Overgaard

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"Happy Birthday, My Dear!" (July 2015)
"Leica DMR digital back for the Leica R9 and Leica R8" (July 2006)
"Leica M 240 with Leica R-lens adaptor" (October 2013)


Update: As of July 2009 Leica stated that they will not continue the development of the Leica R10 dSLR full frame R camera as the price of the final camera would become too high to be feasible to inroduce on the market. Leica Camera AG however, promised that they will introduce some kind of digital R-solution, without revealing what or when. Till then, the Leica R9/DMR is a working solution which one can buy secondhand.

Below is the unedited text from before July 2009.


We know that Leica will be introducing on the market, their brand new, developed and built from the buttom, S2 Medium Format camera system, S2, circa July 2009. What we also know is that a brand new integrated digital 35mm R10 will follow after that, based on the S2 system.

Here's what we think that we seem to know so far about the continuation of the Leica R system coming after the R9 film camera with the 2006 no-less-than-brilliant digital back developed by Leica/Kodak/Imacon:

Leica R10 will be all this:

Full frame 24x36mm.
Maestro processor (as in the Leica S2).
24MP or more (based on the size of the sensor compared to the 30x45 mm 37.5 MP sensor in the S2)
Kodak sensor.
ISO 1600 and above (with 1600 ISO in acceptable quality; better than existing Hasselblad it has been stated)
Same or better image quality than DMR (which is already better than Canon 1ds Mark III and Nikon D3)
Autofocus (with a new range of AF R-lenses implied, or internal AF as described further down the page!)
Backwards compatible with existing non-AF R-lenses,a dn with focus-confirmation.
Based on the S2 developments and technology
Big bright viewfinder, great for focusing, information and prople wearing glasses
Fast AF, fast buffer, fast everything
Smaller size than Leica R9, Leica S2 and Canon 1ds Mark III
Focus on simplicity, manual control, image quality, Leica philosophy about the image in focus
Dual memory card support for Flash and SD-cards (as the S2)?


Leica video about Leica S2 and Leica R10:

    Photokina interview with Dipl.-Ing. Maike Harberts of Leica Camera AG who's responsible for the developing of the Leica S2 and the Leica R10.

Leica reps expect the R10 to be very reasonable priced so as to be a competitive pro photojournalist camera (compared to the Nikon D3 and Canon 1ds Mark III) as well as the choice for semi-pro photographers and advanced amateurs.

Expect one or two "mini R10 cameras" with fewer features, fewer MP, smaller size - look at Canon 5D Mark II and Nikon D300/D700 and you get the picture.

Auto Focus inside the camera? While it's quite sure the R10 will have AF, which implies that a new series of AF-lenses will surface with the introduction of the R10, roumors also suggest internal auto focus, which would be no less than genious. Not only; why equip lenses with an AF which usually make them more expensive, bigger and (has to be) made of lighter materials. With internal AF any R-lens since 1974 could be used with the R10, and Leica would be able to continue producing existing and new lenses in the traditional sturdy quality Leica has become known for. Cross your fingers!

Here is a picture of the Leica S2 medium format camera. The R10 is expected to be designed over the S2 and smaller than the S2 pictured below:
Leica S2

Updated June 9, 2009
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Leica M cameras:   Leica S:
Leica M Type 240 and M-P Typ240 (Leica M10)   Leica S1 digital scan camera
Leica M Monochrom Typ246 digital rangefinder   Leica S2 digital medium format
Leica M Monochrom MM digital rangefinder   Leica S digital medium format
Leica M9 and Leica M-E digital rangefinder    
Leica M9-Professional digital rangefinder   Leica Cine Lenses:
Leica M4 35mm film rangefinder   Leica Cine lenses
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Leica 21mm Leica Super-Elmar-M ASPH f/3.4   Leica R8/R9/DMR film & digital 35mm dSLR cameras
Leica 21mm Super-Angulon-M f/3.4   Leica R10 [cancelled]
Leica 28mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4   Leica R4 35mm film SLR
Leica 35mm Summilux-M ASPH FLE f/1.4   Leica R3 electronic 35mm film SLR
Leica 35mm Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0   Leicaflex SL/SL mot 35mm film SLR
Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95   Leica R lenses:
Leica 50mm Noctilux-M f/1.0 and f/1.2   Leica 19mm Elmarit-R f/2.8
Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f//1.4   Leica 35mm Elmarit-R f/2.8
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Leitz 50mm Summicron-M f/2.0 "rigid" Series II   Leica 60mm Macro-Elmarit f/2.8
Leica 75mm Summilux-M f/1.4   Leica 80mm Summilux-F f/1.4
Leica 75mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0   Leica 90mm Summicron-R f/2.0
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The above shot was made with Leica R9 with DMR digital back, using a Leitz 80mm Summicron-R f/1.4 lens

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