Leica Unveils the New TL2… And It’s Not What Anyone Asked For.

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Leica has unveiled their rumored update to the TL, the TL2. The heavens opened, light shined down through the clouds from those very same heavens upon this wondrous marvel from Germany. Well… Not really. Actually, it’s quite underwhelming. Although the TL2 features upgraded specs such as USB 3.0, 20 frames per sec, 4k video, the new 24 MP APS-C sensor and the Maestro II processor, the TL2 is still lacking the single most desired and requested feature in the TL… A built-in EVF.

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Nikon LTM 35/f3.5 and 28/f3.5 Review

The Nikon LTM glass, classic by any standard. But how good have they held up? This is what I set out to discover as I collected good examples of these lenses and got to work. Testing for the 35mm and 28mm was conducted on the Leica M9-Monochrome and Leica SL with Leica adaptors.  I was let down by the 50/f1.4, finding it to be very soft wide open and what’s the point in having fast glass if you can’t shoot it wide open?

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Improved AF Tracking, Manual Lens ISO Limit Removed and More In Leica SL Update 3.0

 

Just some quick thoughts on the recently released SL 3.0 update. First, it went smoothly and seems to be running well. I’ve waited for this update before formally reviewing the SL and just glancing over the improvements, it seems that any issues I have had with the OS have been resolved. The biggest of which was the shutter speed limitations on manual lenses.

I shoot the Leica SL not just with the 24-90mm zoom, but with M glass. The limitations on shutter speed meant that I had to throttle down the ISO and in some cases use a ND filter to shoot with a fast aperture in bright light. One of the wonderful things about the SL is it’s extremely fast electronic shutter. That combined with the ISO speed of 50 means you should’ve been able to shoot very fast lenses like the 50/f1.4, 35/f1.4 or even the 50/f.95 in bright midday light wide open. However the SL limited your shutter speed with manual lens, making this feet impossible. Thankfully these shutter limits on manual limits are gone!  Continue reading “Improved AF Tracking, Manual Lens ISO Limit Removed and More In Leica SL Update 3.0”