The Leica is back

Man refreshing in the heat at a fountain
1/1000 sec | f/4 | ISO 100 | 50mm

Finally an image in the familiar 3×2 full frame aspect ratio. The Leica is back. Fixed and cleaned. And I got a free new battery with it (100$ retail value). I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry. Probably both. Glad to have the camera back. Because the SL2-S can do things for me that my other cameras can’t do. Like shooting with manual M-Mount lenses with a 0.95 aperture. On the other hand I’m still disappointed by their service and handling of the matter, after my brand new Leica failed me 3 days into our Israel trip with a mechanical shutter defect. I picked it up yesterday and took it for a spin around the Old Town, shooting with the beautiful TTArtisan 50mm .95 lens.

Girl on a bike behind a fountain
1/1000 sec | f/4 | ISO 100 | 50mm

Photography with a .95 aperture prime lens has its challenges. When you own a lens like this, you want to shoot wide open. Focusing is not that easy, as depth of field is super shallow and the correct focus pane tiny. The lens is all manual, so in order to nail the focus, you need a great optical or electronic view finder. Or a Live View function with a high res LCD back screen. Both things that my only other M-Mount camera, the M240, doesn’t have.

Family at the fountain
1/1250 sec | f/1.7 | ISO 100 | 50mm

Then try shooting wide open in bright daylight. Many cameras are limited to a shutter speed of max 1/4000 sec, which is often not fast enough at large apertures. This can be mitigated by using a Neutral Density (ND) filter on the lens, but it is much nicer to have an electronic shutter that can handle 5-digit shutter speeds. Once more, impossible with my (almost vintage) M240, but the SL2-S has it. Using shutter speeds of 1/6400 sec, I was able to shoot with apertures of .95 and 1.2. And this was not even in bright sunlight, but in the warm evening light on this scorching hot day on the Streets of Nuremberg. Yesterday we did hit a high of 38 degrees Celsius in the afternoon.

Man passing a red Vespa
1/2000 sec | f/0.95 | ISO 100 | 50mm
Hans Sachs monument Nuremberg behind flowers
1/6400 sec | f/1.2 | ISO 100 | 50mm
Orange Piaggio Ape and a girl
1/6400 sec | f/1.7 | ISO 100 | 50mm

The TTArtisan 50mm .95 performed admirably on the SL2-S. I like the color rendering of the lens as well as the bokeh when shooting wide open. Manual focusing with the magnificent electronic viewfinder of the Leica is so easy, and with the electronic shutter I can shoot at .95 in bright daylight. It is a great lens (that I will review further), considering it costs a fraction of the “original”, the Leica 50mm .95 Noctilux.

Love Locks and Bokeh
1/800 sec | f/2.8 | ISO 100 | 50mm

So the Leica is back. I think I rather laugh than cry 😉

Have a great Thursday


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  1. Great photos. I’m sure you’re happy to have it back in working order. It was unfortunate that it broke down when it did. Hopefully it won’t happen again.

  2. I can understand why it’s a bittersweet reunion. There are some beautiful photos here and it must be a real pleasure to use that lens. But they should have done better!

  3. Glad to hear you got some little freebie.
    Over here that battery would be $285.
    But mostly, it’s good to see the wonderful images you get with it.
    Good luck with the weather.

  4. The photos are lovely, Marcus! I think it’s terrible that the lens broke in the first place, yet they were in no hurry to get the lens back to you. A free battery is a small consolation.

  5. It’s nice to know that the two of you have resolved your differences. That’s true love.

  6. Looking forward to seeing what you make with your new(ly restored/returned) Leica…

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