Having had the opportunity to test a Leica SL2-S full frame mirrorless system over the weekend, I have asked Big Girl to pose for an impromptu indoor portrait session. I wanted to do another test of the high ISO capability of the camera and find out how usable the files are in terms of noise when shooting at higher ISO. And, I have to say, the Leica performed admirably. But see for yourself…
With my Olympus mirrorless micro four thirds system, 1600 ISO almost was the maximum usable ISO in these kind of situations. I found out that the SL2-S has no problem with ISO up to 6400, which was all I needed in this late winter afternoon available light session, close to a window in our house. But see for yourself. These (low res) images are basically raw conversions straight out of camera.
I’m always amazed by the detail the 24mp full frame sensor is capturing. Having owned a Leica M (Type 240) for the past two years, I knew what full frame can do. But its sensor is ten years old. The modern sensor of the SL2-S renders the images just beautifully. Regardless whether it’s portrait photography or shooting low light street scenes.
Another benefit of the SL2-S is be the possibility for me to attach my four Leica M prime lens to the L-Mount of the SL with the help of an adapter. With the help of the amazing electronic viewfinder of the SL2-S, I can easily focus the manual rangefinder lenses with great precision and leverage the power of the magnificent Leica glass I do already own. Stay tuned for some images of old glass on a new camera.
So far I’m really amazed by the capabilities of the modern Leica full frame mirrorless camera. And I’m not even talking about the superior built quality and the simplistic, but fully functional user interface. But the camera also has its quirks. Like the fixed LCD screen. Like the price.
Have a great Monday!