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Leica SL-system full frame mirrorless digital camera system


  • announced in Oct 2015
  • full frame mirrorless camera system with CDAF
  • made in conjunction with Panasonic which has also announced their full frame system based upon this mount - the Panasonic S full frame mirrorless system
  • Leica-M lens adapter supports 6-bit encoding coming in 2016
  • all lenses for the Leica T camera (APS-C format) can be used without an adapter on the Leica SL
  • lens mount flange distance is 20mm and diameter of 51.6mm for both Leica T and Leica SL (a little wider than the Sony FE E-mount full frame lenses)


Leica SL2

  • announced Nov 2019
  • 47mp full frame CMOS sensor (same as Panasonic S1R but more advanced microlenses in front of the sensor), 14bit, 225 CDAF points
  • weather protected to IP54 certification
  • body is now split into three parts, made up of an anodized aluminum top and bottom plate, while the main body is machined magnesium, main body section is completely wrapped in a leatherette material, similar to how the grip was on the SL
  • 5.76-megapixel EyeRes OLED EVF (same as Panasonic S1R)
  • fixed 3.2“ 2.1mp rear touchscreen
  • now with 5.5EV IBIS
  • 8 frame pixel shift 187mp HiRes mode
  • Maestro III image processor
  • 480fps control Intelligent-AF (iAF) subject tracking and face/body detection
  • Smart AF mode (automatic switching between focus priority and shutter release priority)
  • virtually zero shutter lag
  • 10fps burst mechanical shutter and up to 20fps burst with electronic shutter for 78 raw DNG files (4Gb buffer)
  • mechanical shutter to 1/8000th sec
  • electronic shutter to 1/40,000th sec
  • improved ergonomics thanks to a more comfortable grip, refined edges, and a simple 3-button control layout on the back of the camera that’s reminiscent of what’s found on Leica’s digital M rangefinders and same as the new Leica Q2
  • streamlined UI with new status menus (and dedicated menus for stills and video)
  • can now disable noise reduction during long exposures
  • 5K 24/30p video
  • Cine4K 24/30/60p
  • 4K 60p video
  • Full HD 1080p up to 180p
  • 10bit DCI 4K HDMI video out; 8-10bit internal recording.
  • zebras, focus peaking, safe overlays, and 3.5mm headphone and mic jacks
  • Activating Cine mode transforms the SL2 into a manually controlled cine camera - ISO becomes ASA, the shutter speed is marked in degrees on the rotary disk shutter, and the f-stops indicating the aperture ratio are replaced by T-stops
  • two UHS-II SD card slots with simultaneous recording of DNG and JPEG files
  • built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, USB-C port, and works with the Leica Fotos mobile app
  • 146 x 107 x 42 mm (5.75 x 4.21 x 1.65”)
  • 835 g (1.84 lb) Body Only
  • $US5995
  • issues
    • battery life
    • battery charger is large
    • no PDAF, so needs to rack the focus in and out which can create a wobble effect and impair the EVF experience and moving subjects may be problematic

Leica SL (Typ 601)

  • announced in Oct 2015
  • minimalistic design
  • weather-sealed body is cut from a single block of milled aluminum
  • 24mp CMOS sensor with 49 CDAF points (same as Leica Q camera)
    • CDAF “fastest on the market as at Oct 2015”
    • is optimized for use with all Leica M-Lenses
  • 11fps burst
  • shutter speeds from 30 minutes to 1/8000 second
  • ISO to 50,000
  • high-performance Maestro II series processor
  • 2 GB of buffer memory
  • built-in SXAG 4.4MP resolution EVF
    • Leica EyeRes technology
    • 0.8x magnification
  • 2.95“ touch-sensitive LCD with 1.04M pixels
  • top panel 1.28” monochrome status LCD
  • 'soft' contextual buttons
  • joystick is also provided for quick AF point selection
  • x-sync 1/250th sec
  • exp. compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
  • video:
    • 4096 x 2160 4K video at 24/30 fps, offering 4:2:0 internal recording or 4:2:2 over HDMI
    • Full HD video at 120fps
    • supports V-Log L gamma
    • in video mode, the display shows only relevant information for video, such as safe area, aspect ratio, zebra function and the recording level of the microphone
  • WiFi remote control
  • 2x SD card slots, primary slot is UHS II compatible
  • RAW DNG file format
  • USB 3.0
  • battery life 400 shots (CIPA)
  • built-in GPS
  • timelapse recording
  • AF assist lamp
  • 847 g (1.87 lb / 29.88 oz)
  • 147 x 104 x 39 mm (5.79 x 4.09 x 1.54″)
  • RRP $US7,450 body-only
  • reviews

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photo/leicasl.txt · Last modified: 2019/11/07 08:45 by gary1

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