Leica SL - Lowlight and general use

The Leica SL is Leicas second mirrorless, and first full fram mirrorless camera. When saying mirrorless I mean one without a mirror or physical shutter, with a detachable lens. Because if     we´re gonna get geeky, every Barnack and M Leica is mirrorless.

The SL feature a 24mp CMOS censor capable of shooting 11fps and with a 50-50 000 ISO range. This suits me well, as I like to do photography in the dark at times. I had a loaner for about 48 hours, and the first thing I did was to go to my local skatepark after dawn, to test out the AF and higher ISOs. 

Emil staring at his phone (ISO 40 000)

Emil staring at his phone (ISO 40 000)

Skaters (ISO 25 000)

Skaters (ISO 25 000)

These images were all shot on ISO´s between 6400 and 50 000.

Jason (ISO 50 000 pushed)

Jason (ISO 50 000 pushed)

Emil (ISO 25 000 pushed two stops on him)

Emil (ISO 25 000 pushed two stops on him)

The next lot here is shot within the same range, and pushed afterwards. This is because a high shutter speed and small aperture is pretty ideal for sports, and also to help the AF a bit. The autofocus is blazingly quick in “normal” lighting, and I was actually surprised about how accurate and quick it was in almost complete darkness. And the best thing was, it didn't miss focus once! Not even when i tried to shoot it at 2.8. 

Jonathan Krabbe (sequence shot at high-speed burst) 

Jonathan Krabbe (sequence shot at high-speed burst) 

I tested the SL against the Sony A7s a bit and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Even though the A7s goes all the way to ISO 402 000, the SL was cleaner at 50 000. When pushing the SL one stop in post, to 102 400, it was about the same as the A7s. I find that the color noise on the A7s is way worse, but that might just be a preference thing. 

The SL-system with the current 24-90 and 90-280, as well as the yet to be released Summilux 50/1.4

The SL-system with the current 24-90 and 90-280, as well as the yet to be released Summilux 50/1.4

The lens selection at the time of this review consists of a 24-90/2.8-4 and a 90-280/2.8-4. There is a 50/1.4 on it´s way, to be release later this year. As well as there are options for adapters to M, S and everything else you can adapt to those mounts. It does take T lenses natively as well.

Cigarette

Cigarette

So to wrap it all up, if you come from a Leica M and want an Autofocusing camera or a Leica S and want a smaller, faster camera,  this is really the way to go. The camera is simply stunning, with a small yet ultra-high qualityselection of lenses.

Thanks to Bresson AS for lending it to me.