Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2015/10/27

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Subject: [Leica] The SL
From: geneduprey2015 at (Gene Duprey)
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2015 12:45:49 -0500
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Same here as Doug, although my wife also hates you for this report. ;)

On Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 11:09 AM, Doug Herr <wildlightphoto at>

> Thanks for your observations, my wallet hates you :)
> Doug Herr
> Birdman of Sacramento
> -----Original Message-----
> >From: Akhil Lal <alal at>
> >Sent: Oct 26, 2015 6:07 PM
> >To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> >Subject: [Leica] The SL
> >
> >I had a chance to play with the SL at the Leica booth at PhotoExpo 2015.
> >Based on a brief encounter, some thoughts below.
> >
> >1.  Compared to my D800 + 24-70/2.8 G lens the SL was lighter and
> >(slightly) smaller. Remember Leica is positioning this as an alternative
> to
> >the big boy DSLRs, not the A7/ Olympus/Fuji cameras.
> >
> >Also note that  the 28-90 Leica R  and the Contax- Yashica 28-85 zooms
> were
> >not small and light.  At the present state of the art, small size is
> >incompatible with top quality optics intended for use on digital sensors.
> >See the new CZ lenses and the latest primes from Nikon. Or note the sizes
> >of the now discontinued Olympus Pro lenses for the 4/3rds system,
> >
> > 2. AF was lightening quick with the 24-90 zoom. As good as, if not
> better,
> >than my D800E under the same conditions.
> >
> >3. The 4MP finder was a surprise. Not as contrasty or clear as an optical
> >finder, but more than merely adequate. I predict that when EVFs reach 8-16
> >MPs optical finders will be a thing of the past.
> >
> >4. Manual Focusing was VERY easy on this finder, even without focus
> peaking
> >(which was outstanding).  I was able to focus a 35 /2 Summicron M,
> mounted
> >via the T adapter, very quickly, even at a working aperture of f8. Faster
> >in fact, than I can do it now on an M, given my eyesight. This was without
> >using  focus peaking!  FWIW, under the same ambient light conditions I had
> >much more difficulty  manually focussing my D800E with the zoom set to 70
> >mm.
> >
> > It was quite interesting to close down the lens from f2 to f8 and see the
> >changes in DOF on the EVF. The viewing brightness was adjusted
> >automatically.
> >
> >IMHO, the EVF is a non-issue.
> >
> >5. Did not pay attention to shutter noise or vibration, but it did not
> >obtrude.
> >
> >6. The R adapter will be just a tube, no auto-stop down with R lenses. The
> >attitude was if it focuses with M lenses at f8 it will do the same with R
> >lenses. On the plus side focus  shift, e.g. Noctilux  f1,will not be an
> >issue when lenses are focussed at working aperture.
> >
> >IMO, a purchase decision will come down to how well this camera works with
> >M lenses. If it is at least as good as an M9 when used with M wide-angles,
> >with none of the corner smearing or colour casts produced by other full
> >frame mirror-less bodies, then it might serve as a suitable platform for
> >both R & M lenses  and would be worth considering.
> >
> >Leica missed a trick by not using body based anti-shake.
> >
> >Akhil
> >
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