A jewel for under $1000. Leica SL sure thing seeeesh was Leica Q style small interchangeable 27MP ever in Leica’s pipe dream : The new Leica Noctilux-M 75 f/1.25 ASPH. I have never once, in four years had the SL go into another shooting mode. A Year with the Leica M10 – A Field Report and Re-Review of a Modern Digital Classic, Two months with my Leica Noctilux f/0.95 by Jim Main. Can’t say enough good things. The Leica SL with 50 Sonnar. In the few times I need AF, especially when someone else is taking the picture, I was wondering if the 24-105 would work? The SL to me felt like shooting an M 240 with that GPS grip they used to sell for it. You can check out the Leica SL HERE at B&H Photo. It gives AF and all function but it’s pricey. As you having pointed out of the last 4 years, it is a wonderful camera, especially with small, manual focus lenses. I am torn as I see the benefit in IQ and PRICE with the S1 but at the same time, to me a camera is more than a sensor so yes, I still adore the SL even with the S1 being here. Perhaps your answer may come with a caveat about the type of photography one is most engaged in — but I’d rather leave it open for your comment. It will never happen but that’s because its an oddball idea and not many would buy it (but I would)! When it was released it was more expensive than it is now ($7500) and most just saw those huge native lenses for it and said WAY TO LARGE and WAY TO COSTLY! Thats what i thought. Almost an ethereal experience on some occasions. Leica S (Typ 007) review – Dynamic range, resolution and noise With the S (Typ 007), Leica has adopted a new 37.5-million-pixel CMOS sensor that’s used only in this camera. View fullsize. We will see. Just with a much nicer EVF to look through. If you are looking at full frame options, want something that has a pro solid build and FEELS solid yet nice, want the latest sensor tech and tech features, you must look at the S1. With all digital cameras now are excellent tools that can take good pictures, the decision to pick a camera becomes more subjective, and closing in on preference which comes to the joy of use, our sense and bonding with the equipment. The simplicity and quality of the SL, at least in my mind, outweigh the features and function of the S1R. Shop B&H for our huge inventory of Leica SL Lenses. But on many occasions, it can create an image with gorgeous beauty in the way it will deliver the subject and background, usually allowing the subject to POP off the screen. Thanks for the great review on the SL Steve. It was a $35 adapter and they seem to have all sold out a couple of weeks ago. Get affordable pricing and unmatched customer support. It may just be me, but based on prior experience with panasonic, I am seeing shades of a yellowish cast in the images I see, especially the highlights. We will soon see glass from Sigma for this mount as well, which many will embrace but if you own an S1 or SL, I urge you to at least try one small M mount lens, even from Voigtlander. At least give it a try in a shop, or even rent it for a few days. It’s interesting to see hate slung at the SL yet praise of the new S1 which is basically an updated SL in Panasonic clothing. My blog, ohm-image.net, covers some stuff about the gear I use in work as well as reviews, and other stuff. Hi Steve, I would like to ask you if the yield of the m and r preasferential optics on the s1, in your opinion are similar to the sl or are there obvious differences, like the yield at the edges? Just like the Q, a used SL is really something to consider today. Thank you. I hear you and agree with what you say. The SL Mot was mostly produced in black enamel and later black chrome, but chrome examples do exist. Leica SL (Typ 601), Black Trade-in any DSLR or mirrorless camera and save $1,500! I enjoy finely made things and for me the experience of using my SL makes me want to go out and shoot. In fact, if you own an SL then it is still just as wonderful today as it was four years ago. When Leica announced the new SL series a few years back, I was in line to get the new SL. this time most likely to be downwards compatible with the M10. To me, that would be SL. Maybe with the next itaration of the M there will also be an new evf. Then you reviewed the SL and I could see the benefits of having that body with a 24-90 lens that could do 90% of what I needed on certain jobs. User Reports – YOUR views on camera gear! One issue have though I have with the SL is the tendency to have the camera go into other modes such as P or S Mode when in A without much effort when shooting, especially in the midst of shooting in a very quick, rapidly changing situation; sorta like in the shooting in the midst of battle. Thanks. I mean, it is good by the standards set five years ago, but not by 2019 standards. Thank you. The SL is $6,000 and the S1 is $2500. Still, is it worth paying an extra $2000 for a used SL or should I just stick with getting an S1? I set mine to A mode, and it has never changed..unless I changed it to M which I sometimes do. One can find peace of mind on a late afternoon beach walk even in the middle of winter, Ocean City New Jersey Leica SL 2.8 / 24-90 mm zoom lens. The next image with the Voigtlander 35 f2 Ultron, then the 50 1.2 EF again and finally one with a Zenit 16mm f.28 fisheye. I know most will be looking at the Panasonic native lenses like the 24-105 which I also have here, and it’s a good lens (but f4) and it feels like a kit lens. This means that Leica SL provides 4K (Ultra-HD) video. If you could have one Leica 50mm lens, would you choose either the LEICA NOCTILUX-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH or the LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-M 50mm f/2 ASPH? Absolutely not. Pound for Pound, Dollar for Dollar the Leica SL is certainly not a “value” by todays standards. BTW, I agree with you on the 24MP sensor for full frame 35 mm cameras.. Steve, thank you for all the great in-depth information. I don’t see those on the SL. This camera, as the SL, is an ideal camera for adapting older manual focus lenses. Most cameras today trounce it there. Even so, this doesn’t mean the SL is outdated or unusable. It has taken years for a better EVF to finally surface, and it is still capable of amazing quality. I used to feel this way about the M line of cameras but after never having one issue with an SL (focusing or otherwise) and experiencing that EVF, well, I was sold. Wonderful files from it as you say Steve, I believe the sensor is from the same Israeli company that makes the Nikon D850 sensor which is also a fantastic camera and gives wonderful files. (This auto chooses electronic shutter when in bright light). However, that remains to be seen under intense sunlight when there is both extreme highlights and shadows. Explore our website to see our extensive inventory, and enjoy great prices along with legendary service.. Hey Stephan, thanks for the comment. Will talk more about it in my full review of the S1. There is a richness to the files, the color, the “look” that I just do not get with other cameras. On more than one occasion, our shoot-from-the-hip focal length estimate was off, but thanks to the giant .DNG file the SL2 yields, we ended up … The SL is one of those cameras that took a while for people to catch on to. Pound for Pound, Dollar for Dollar the Leica SL is certainly not a “value” by todays standards. Works well with M glass, world class AF lenses and whatever else you want to adapt to it. Based on your advice, I am thinking of getting an SL, albeit used. As a hobbyist, I’ve owned every version of the M since the M6 TTL and have always upgraded to the latest version. I am not very fond of being in front of the camera and would rather be the one taking the photos so this is a rare occasion of posting myself Dick Ps. Thank you for the reassurance that the SL is “still relevant.” I almost sold mine to get something more modern, which would have been a big mistake!! I feel you….and like you I love my SL (typ 601) soooo much…the joy of using, the joy of looking at the files I get, you name it..It never is a justifiable camera from “spec” perspective, even way back then when it competes with Sony A7R with sexier specs. Used S (Typ 007) with Battery, Dual Battery Charger, Booklets, Box, Strap, and USB Cable Actually I should say I do not know how they will compete for the masses, as those who love Leica will understand it’s more than what’s inside, it’s also how its built, designed and the minimalistic approach to the camera body. While it is well known that the sl lenses behave like native lenses on the S1, is the reverse true? Lens is always wide open, which works for me as that’s the only way I shoot ; ). “Is it still relevant?” …well I don’t know the answer to that question because in today’s world of camera technology, it has become increasingly difficult to justify the premium price the red dot is commanding unless you just GOTTA HAVE a Leica The question; in a new purchase scenario, is the SL worth $3,500 more than the S1. [Later on the day of publication of this article, Leica announced a firmware update for the SL which, among other improvements, introduced an electronic shutting topping out at 1/16,000, similar to that on the Q. The SL is/was wonderful….one of the nicest cameras I have used…. So, if the SL2 were to go with a ‘stealth’ theme………. Rui. The range of accessories and equipment for the Leica SL underlines its commitment to fulfilling professional demands. Discontinued - While supplies last. There seems to be a problem serving the request at this time, One stop shop for all things from your favorite brand, {"modules":["unloadOptimization","bandwidthDetection"],"unloadOptimization":{"browsers":{"Firefox":true,"Chrome":true}},"bandwidthDetection":{"url":"https://ir.ebaystatic.com/cr/v/c1/thirtysevens.jpg","maxViews":4,"imgSize":37,"expiry":300000,"timeout":250}}, Costume, Occasion & Specialized Clothing, Shoes & Accessories, Virtual Reality Headsets, Parts & Accessories, Sports Memorabilia, Fan Shop & Sports Cards, Slide {current_page} of {total_pages} - You May Also Like. But nothing touches the SL for design and usability IMO. You may be surprised! Beside the Leica S-System, the Leica SL-System is the 2nd professional camera system in the company's product portfolio.. To be honest I cannot think of any cameras that I have owned that have been a dud, well I did have the first Sony Mirrorless but it was awful with Leica glass, but they have sorted it out now. I urge you to also try it with an M lens of some sort, any brand, to see how lovely the experience can be. The other problem is that taking pict with extreme wide causing extreme covergence the result is tha object seems to lean back as the lens is not parralel to object. But that’s the day job. Quite the opposite. Leica TL2 Mirrorless Camera Introduced. Few of us have need for more than 24MP, so I have no intention of upgrading to an SL2. Steve, Thanks as always for the thoughtful article. Useful Articles, Featured Photographers and more! 1st image below with the Voigtlander 35 1.2 II, 2nd image with THIS lens. My son has Leica SL and likes it the way you do Steve. Grab a Voigtlander 50 1.2 or Canon 50 1.2 EF with adapter and manually focus for a day or two. That Nikon, Canon, and Panasonic have 24-26mpix cameras released along with their higher-res sisters tells you all you need to know about the relevance of this level of photographic capability. The last with a Voigtlander 35 1.2 II. FWIW I use the SL with my R ROM lenses. As good as those large lenses are, and they are stunning, most did not want a giant 35mm system. I would say it is still completely relevant. While it is tempting to look at the spec sheet on the S1, I love the look of the SL. Sure, the 24-105 is AF and will work just like any other AF lens on any other camera. The closest thing on the market to a viable replacement for the DSLR is the Sony A7 series, but even with new cameras being released more often than iPhones, they still aren't quite there yet.Not only are they not there, they still have 3 different cameras instead of one. As for the title of this post, “Is the Leica SL Still Relevant in 2019” I say YES, 100%. Personally I found the lenses I own and use did better on the S1 over the SL. The SL and Q make a fantastic duo. I do not own the two lenses you mention, so have no way to test them. Ergonomically it works well and some of those R lens produce amazing results, even though they are @ 20 years old. For me, I fell for the SL build, sleek design and the fact is that it is not that much larger than a Sony A7 series body yet it feels much better and nicer in build (as it should, I mean, the SL even today sells for $6000). Nor am I considering either of the Panasonic L offerings, though I do not doubt that they are excellent. I loved shooting an M but there were a lot of limitations if it was one’s only camera. After all these years (and with the long awaited arrival of common sense), I decided enough is enough so no more changes. Do I like the S1, yes I do. Enjoy!! Use these two a lot on my M-E and M6 film camera. Do not remember the one I bought. That is a tough pill to swallow but now that the S1 is out I feel more and more will get a small taste of what the SL is like. Nope, can’t shoot THIS lens on a Nikon or Canon Works amazing on the SL… My Camera of the Year 2020. Although the S1 is a fairly complex camera (500+ pages for the user manual). I think cameras have achieved a sort of “nash equilibrium” at 24mpix and generally excellent performance from all ILC cameras. Last 2-3 years you’ve cost me a bloody fortune! thanks for the wonderful article Steve. The Leicaflex SL Mot was a variant of the Leicaflex SL that could take a motor drive, and lacked the self-timer and the meter switch in the advance lever. Anyway, just wanted to share some of my love for the SL and now the S1. But going back to the SL… I feel its time is nearing the end for being able to buy it as there will be an SL2 coming, and reports say this year. The last image was taken with a beautiful Zeiss 50 f/1.5 Sonnar. It produces a medium format type of look. Most never shot with one, especially with M lenses yet there was so much hate coming at the SL. Leicaflex SL Mot. The way that camera deals with noise is beautiful. It was huge, it was expensive and the glass was also quite large. $5,995 No Longer Available. The SL is an alternative, if a rather costly and heavier alternative, to the lightweight TL. That’s another story for another day when the SL2 is official. A $2000 Sony might produce similar images but I find no joy in using the equipment. The SL is really a do everything rig, at least for me. This would outsell everything else in their lineup, guaranteed. The higher resolution sensors will only further expose the shortcomings with rangefinder alignment etc. I just love that 24MP sweet spot. The Panasonic S1 on the other hand is crazy good in the darkest of situations. The only thing I blew was the white balance. Your review of the SL and Panasonic have given me two alternatives. You can get better performance in specific areas in one camera over another, you can get higher resolution from some cameras, but overall, a modern 24mpix camera and good lenses could keep most any still photographer working today happy for a lifetime. I pitted the GFX50s against the Leica SL in the following video: You’ve probably forgotten about me. Leica Specialist. Taller, but thin. Steve once again you demonstrate that it is the photographer and not the camera! My advice is don’t keep changing cameras for the latest new thing every year but spend that money instead on a trip that inspirers you to take photos and enjoy using the camera you already own. Expose correctly and you can get 51,200 ISO shots at night with acceptable noise levels, if you like the 1600 film look. The image rendering of the S1 is great but if you compare it against the SL, I find the S1 rendering more “sterile” the SL paired with Leica glass has something special that I can not reproduce on the S1 (with Leica M glass). The Panasonic S1 Camera Review. We can either crop half the frame away, or apply keystone correction, and we still have a very good file that can be enlarged to big sizes. I’ve owned countless cameras from Canon, Sony, Fuji, Mamiya and yes Leica. I have been using the SL for several years and really enjoy it. some may say CL is it but butt aaaand its a Biiiig BUTT CL ain’t FF. With Leica SL, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 4096 x 2160 at 24p fps and save in and MPEG-4 formats. When I look back at my old SL images it brings a smile to my face. What EF to SL adapter do you use Steve? You may hate it, or hate shooting manual lenses but for me it is like therapy to do so. So the SL2 that may be coming this year may have that 47MP sensor! The Leica M Monochrom Review Part 1. With all of that said, the SL is not the greatest in low light. I’d take the 50 AP without question of hesitation. As I get older I start to realize that newer is not always better. No auto focus, and I cannot change the aperture. It will take a while before other needs pile up sufficiently to make today’s 24mpix cameras feel limited and obsolete. They were sharper, and had less vignetting on the S1 over the SL. Microscope Central sells quality name brand new and refurbished microscopes for all applications. After reviewing my library of ‘old’ SL images, the fundamental conclusion is that overall, the SL delivered more consistent & better results than my M’s. Sleek, sexy, smooth, solid, minimal and beautiful. Will be returning the S1R this week. C1 : Cinema 1 …… Buttons buttons moooore buttons 4K60. The SL is promoted as a camera system for professional applications. As you can see in my Leica Q2 review, that camera also uses the 47MP sensor and it was not very good in low light. I reviewed that lens on the SL, but I just bought one of those cheap $30 adapters from Amazon. Another with the 24-90 SL zoom, 1st image. The smallest one that does is the Hadley Pro, which would fit the SL. I had one until Oct 2018, loved it and only used it with Leica M glass, had a 50mm limited edition f1.4 on it most of the time. It seems that the UK Leica dealer has always a big selection of second hand SL models. The Leica Q2 and the Leica SL2 are two enthusiast cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in March 2019 and November 2019. I have been using Leicas M for some decades now, and I was glad to be reassured that M lenses work very well on the SL. Large and easy to rotate to dial in the perfect focus for your eyes. However if I’d bought the M I’d have been in trouble. It’s wide open for any lens. The 2nd was with a 50 f/3.5 Voigtlander M mount lens, the last two with a Nikon 58 1.4. Mirrorless Central – My reviews of all Mirrorless Cameras. Since the Canon doesn’t have manual f stop ring how do you set the f stop on the 50mm Also one of only two TL lenses made in Germany. I rarely shoot in extreme light or speed situations. I am getting older as well and with me my eyes, so manual focus is not as accurate as it used to be. Steve you have used this camera with a Nikon mount Voigtlander 58mm f1.4. What is the reliable source to buy? I have a few M lenses that I am using and would like to stick with them. The SL body IMO is nicer as well. For me, the magic lies with using these small, manually focused lenses. I have been shooting Nikon and Leica and Hasselblad since my first Nikon in 1980’s and my first Leica a M6 in 1997. The EVF was the best of the best at the time (now surpassed by the Panasonic S1) and shooting manual focus M lenses was so much fun but also gave back amazing quality. The Leica SL (Typ 601) is a full-frame mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera announced by Leica Camera AG on 20 October 2015. However here’s the rub; about 18 months I suffered a detached retina in my right eye losing a considerable amount of vision. Also shoot RAW & JPEG as the JPEGS may surprise you from the S1 (they are much nicer than the SL JPEGS). Your approach to photography, cameras and lenses resonates with me. Even the Leica 25 1.4 TL mount lens is amazing on the S1. Since going with an X1D I’ve been leaving my M10 at home and using a Q for backup. Do not discount it as anything lesser than a Sony or Nikon or Canon. The color, contrast and bokeh of this lens is outstanding. Most of the smaller Billinghams don't have this. The only wide angle I have is a 15mm Voigtlander and it does great on the S1 without any issues I have seen. It is largish, especially with native lenses, so some users might prefer using the SL with M lenses, as I do. A Look at the NEW Sigma 35 and 65mm Contemporary DG DN f/2 Lenses on a Panasonic S5. The motor drive was as large as the camera body itself, marked LEICAFLEX MOTOR, and was probably only made in black. I fell in love with the SL once I truly learned it’s simple control setup, which took a day or two for me to fully get used to. Love this camera with M lenses, and of course you can also shoot native glass. Once I did though, I found it such a joy to use. Will I sell the SL? YES, an M with built in EVF is my dream camera! These are just my first impressions as I only have this camera for a couple of days. Any ones that you recommend? Vous recevrez ainsi toutes les infos importantes sur les nouveaux produits Leica, sur les services exclusifs et les événements proches de chez vous, directement dans votre boîte de messagerie. The diopter is brilliant, just twist the dial behind the massive viewfinder. The lens is truly a heavyweight for M lenses, but with the Leica SL it feels just right. When I bought both Leica’s I knew they’d bring out MK 2 versions but very importantly I knew I’d be happy with these two models for years to come, perhaps for ever. I have read many comments over the years on forums from those who just hate on this camera because of the red dot. Zen : stills only. That said, I’ve been thinking of replacing the M10 with an SL primarily due to my aging eyes. Seems to end it 70 year run. No excuses anymore not to buy a Leica anymore, https://www.reddotcameras.co.uk/347-sl-system. I for now use these optics adapting them to the sony a7III, but the yield does not satisfy me too much. There is a Novoflex adapter but that is a $650 adapter. But when shooting the S1 it doesn’t feel anything at all like the SL and I still feel the SL has richer and nicer color than the S1. Here it was, the Leica SL + Noctilux combo, and first thing I notice is how the weight is balanced with the SL. Two with the lovely little 35 f2 Ultron from Voigtlander in low light. I played around with some SL and TL glass and can confirm the TL glass works on the S1 (at a lower res) the S1 kit lens works on the CL. The Q2 is a fixed lens compact, while the SL2 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The SL (Typ 601) was succeeded by the Leica SL2 in 2019. I would have a hard time justifying $3500 extra for a new body because the S1 is a fantastic camera. Used Leica APO-Summicron-SL 35mm f/2 ASPH (S/N 4788135) Leica Warranty Until July 2022 $4,795 A Look at the Leica 90mm Summilux f/1.5 Lens on the M10-R and 907x. New Sony V3 A7III and a7RIII firmware is out and it has Animal Eye AF! Yes, they are about the same size, same shape, use the same mount and are more similar than different with the EVF but the Leica to me just “feels” better in my hand. A very to-the-point answer was given by our own Rod Lawton. Except some exotic 6K and 8K video recording cameras, 4K is the new standard in consumer video world. Much thanks in advance. The Leica SL2 is hand-crafted in Germany, explaining just why why Leica is so expensive (Image credit: Leica Rumors). I am using a cheap one I found on Amazon but it is very limited. I have a few cameras here and they all get used for something specific but none give me the all out satisfaction of the SL (The Panasonic S1 gets close though) even after all of these years that it has been out. #1, 2 and 4 with the Leica 50 Lux, #3 with the 24-90 and the last one with the Leica 50 APO. The Leica SL's 24MP sensor turns in respectable performance in our dynamic range tests. Set those lenses wide open as well, and your S1 shutter selection to automatic to allow full sun shooting wide open. The joystick has a more confident click when pushed to expand the manual focus area, the sleek back without buttons makes it feel more comfy in my hands. I am planning to transition from my m9p to something. Dear friends and fellow photographers, it has […], Two months with my Leica Noctilux f/0.95 by Jim Main Hello again Steve, A few weeks ago I sent you and email explaining the story of my slightly off the wall buying experience of my […]. So I took the plunge and also bought the voightlander 12mm for architecture etc. Fot the first you would need very high resolution camera as the software interpolates while keystoning. Book now - The Leica SL Lens Experience Webinar at the Leica Camera UK. It is for those who want fantastic IQ from the world’s best lenses. Sold it several weeks back and got the Leica M10P… even nicer.. smaller … quieter… and with the little visoflex a SLR when desired but really a leica in the truest respect. They are better on the S1 and SL over the Sony. Correct me I misunderstood something. Thank you very much. You shoot architecture? Discover Photography Workshops for beginners and advanced Online Tickets Curated by Leica Akademie UK ... Leica will inform the participants with as much notice as possible on these occasions. Wide Open. It’s solid, and when I started shooting Leica M glass with it, like the 50 APO, the 28 Lux or the 90 Summicron I was blown away and said “THIS is what this camera is meant for”! While a wonderful camera, the gestalt does not compare to shooting with the SL. The Hasselblad 907x Continues to Impress. The SL is still very reliant in 2019 but it looks expensive today as it did when it came out. Above: Leica SL and 23mm Summicron-TL. #oceancitynj #photography #Leica #Leicacameras #leicaphoto #newjersey #photographer #author I am impressed by this 1st generation FF product from Panasonic. Are there corner/edge issues? If someone asked me today what my perfect “desert island” camera would be I think it would be the current SL body but with the new EVF and new 24MP sensor.
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