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  1. 75mm APO Summicrion-SL, cropped from landscape to portrait
  2. I recently repurchased the SL2-S as I missed the images from it. Last time around I had the 35, 50 and 90 APO Summicron-SLs and the 50 Summilux-SL. I rarely used the 90 but I used the 35 and 50mm lengths almost equally (I know most people don’t gap a 35 and 50). This time around I went with the 35 and 75 APO Summicron-SLs. I’ve never shot a 75, though, and I’m second guessing myself and wondering if I should return it for a 50 instead. I like the idea of more background blur and subject separation but don’t know if it will be a lens I will enjoy. I used a 50 for a very long time - I have
  3. Last time I was in Positano and Ravello I took my Q2 and my a7r iv with a 15mm 5.6, 24 1.4, 50 1.4 and 100 2.8 STF. I used the Q2 for 95% of my photos. The only thing I didn’t love about the Q2 was taking photos at night in dimly lit areas as I’ve always found anything over 3200 ISO with the Q2 to be noisy. Not an issue if shooting anything without motion because of the IBIS, but if I had to do it again I would take my Q2M and a Q2 (which I sold for a SL2-S) and use the Q2M in dimly lit areas in certain conditions. Even on my last trip 75mm crops were useable. So I would agree with the Chi
  4. Can you stack a polarizer on top of a color filter to increase contrast and remove reflections/glare?
  5. Love the Princeton campus architecture.
  6. Does anyone use their SL2/SL2-S for product photography with stacking? What lens and setup are you using (manual/automated focus rail, lighting, etc)? I currently own the 35 Summicron-SL, 50 Summilux SL and 90 Summicron-SL. I would just focus stack, but I believe focus breathing may be an issue. This would be for medium sized products, not necessarily macro. Is it worth investing in a L-Mount bellows?
  7. How much space do you have to work in? The Sigma 105 1.4 is a stellar lens. It does have an issue when shooting with the sun behind the subject, though. It's also "slightly" larger than most lenses.
  8. What is the current firmware version of the 50mm Summilux-SL? I just picked up a preowned example and it's showing firmware 1.1 for the lens in the camera settings.
  9. I used the 50 Lux S 95% of the time on the original SL. When I got back into Leica with the SL2 I shot the 50mm Summilux-SL and the 50mm APO Summicron-SL side by side and ultimate decided to keep the APO Summicron-SL. They are different lenses in the way they render. When I was comparing them I was doing a fair amount of photography with high contrast subjects, lots of detail and texture and was going for that look in my monochrome conversions. The 50 Lux was falling slightly (and I mean very slightly) behind in that regard, so I sold the 50 Lux-SL and keep the the APO Summicron-SL.
  10. Can someone who knows far more about this than I do comment on something I was once told - that phase detect autofocus systems do not perform as well with sensors that lack an anti aliasing filter? I have no idea if this was accurate information.
  11. SL2-S, 35mm APO Summicron-SL, f/2, 1/60, ISO 1600, -1.0 EV
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    I was thinking about something this morning. My primary reason for keeping both the SL2 and the SL2-S was that I like the highly detailed, high contrast monochrome conversions that I get with the SL2. I totally forgot about multi-shot. I also wonder if Gigapixel AI could work for those types of images if originally shot at 24Mp with the SL2-S.
  13. You don't have to answer this, but do you find the that the files from the original SL have more of a special and unique character than those from the SL2? I know some photographers (a few who make a living from photography) who sold their original SL, but after initially using the SL2, then found and repurchased an original SL again. If you do see and prefer the difference I think you may want to to at least rent the SL2-S (or borrow one from your local Leica store for a few hours) and play with your own files a bit to compare the two cameras side by side (the SL2 and SL2-S). The SL2 has
  14. I still don’t understand why, but I seem to get better AF performance (more images in critical focus) in Field rather than point. You would think point would be more precise. Does anyone have the same experience?
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