The other night, The Significant Other and I headed to the Nuremberg Fairgrounds to visit the “Frühlingsfest”, the Spring Fun Fair. After a two year, Covid induced hiatus, Franconias largest Fun Fair was finally on again. And a good opportunity for me to try once more the low light capabilities of my new Leica SL2-S. And I must say, I had a fair evening …
The Nuremberg fairgrounds are behind the Dutzendteich next to the Nazi party rally grounds, the torso of the never fully completed congress hall visible on the right of the frame. Walking to the fair I was able to capture reflections of the main attractions in the water of the Dutzendteich with a beautifully colored evening sky behind.
Shooting with the Leica SL2-S and the Vario-Elmarit-SL 1:2.8/24-70 ASPH in low light is totally fun. The amount of light the Leica glass captures is incredible. Add the IBIS (in body image stabilization), and taking pin sharp images even with low shutter speeds of up 1/4 sec (it was the lowest speed I used this evening) to capture motion blur with sharp backgrounds is no more a challenge.
The colors that the sensor of the Leica captures and renders are just beautiful and realistic, even in low light. The images in this post are all converted from the RAW files, but there is not much difference to the out-of-camera jpgs shot in Vivid mode.
Also the black and white rendering of the full frame Leica is as good as I could wish for, as is the high ISO performance. While the camera can shoot up to ISO 100000, everything up to 12500 is totally usable. And 6400, as in this photo above, is hardly generating noise I need to be concerned about. This allows me to shoot with AUTO ISO of 6400. And this, combined with the IBIS, gives me the peace of mind of just being able to snap away without having to worry about unsharp or too noisy images.
The images above and below are good examples, why it is important to be able to shoot handheld at low shutter speeds to obtain the desired motion blur effects, while still having the contextual objects pin sharp.
A bit of photography combined with good food and a beer, a fair evening for sure 🙂
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