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  1. Just a quick word of caution on drawing definitive conclusions based on image comparisons right now. In my experience, once Adobe rolls out official support for a new camera, image quality often improves by a noticeable margin. Color fidelity is the most obvious, as is the behavior of color gradation in highlight roll-off. And to a lesser degree, noise handling usually improves as well. My takeaway is that quality will only get better from here once official camera profiles roll out.
  2. I'm not sure dithering is the correct term here. Leica isn't interpolating the 14-bit data to make it 16-bit. The data from the A/D converters is 14-bit. The container to hold the image information is 16-bit. Imagine a water glass that is 16 cm tall. You fill it with water to the 14 cm mark. The water is your digitized sensor data and the glass is the DNG container. As to why, this method might result in more flexible manipulation in post processing, or it might simply be a matter of convenience. I actually have covered this information before, specifically when I interviewed the head of
  3. I can shed a little light on this. Both cameras capture a 14-bit image, stored in a 16-bit DNG container. Both are capable of 15 stops of DR, more than any other still camera.
  4. Definitely not what I would call my full review, but rather an overview of the S3, along with a selection of sample images I shot with the S3 and various lenses in Patagonia: https://www.reddotforum.com/content/2020/03/leica-s3-64mp-medium-format-camera-now-shipping/
  5. Yes, you can power the camera over USB Type C. It works with a battery bank like you'd use for a phone, from a simple USB wall charger, or from a V-mount USB breakout. I covered this in my overview video. Here's a screen grab with the charge light illuminated indicating USB power. Supplying power was my myCharge 6700mAh battery pack.
  6. Yup. Full review coming soon on Red Dot Forum. Stay tuned.....
  7. I'll throw my hat in the ring. I published a hands-on 'first look' video discussing the main differences between SL (Typ 601) and SL2. Will be posting a full, in-depth written review shortly and hopefully a longer form video review in the near future.
  8. I never use the lens shades. First thing I do when taking a new lens out of the box is to put the hood back in the box and seal it up. Seriously. I don't use any lens hoods for my SL lenses, TL lenses, or S lenses. Of course, I do use the metal, screw-on shades that are part of the newest M lenses. But that's it. Why not: I lose them. I often use a 4" filter holder or a polarizer, both of which necessitate me removing the hood. I see absolutely no need to do so from an image quality perspective. These lenses are so flare resistant that the hood serves little purpose.
  9. LOL. I was thinking the same....which is why I'm currently working on a 16-35 SL review.
  10. I would second this. With the S2, I felt that 1/(2x focal length) or even 1/(3x FL) would be necessary in many cases to get really sharp results. Sure, I had my rare 1/30 shot that was tack sharp, but more often than not, I aimed for much higher speeds. On the S007, I can nail just about every handheld shot at any reasonable shutter speed. The mirror and shutter dampening are just so much better. I even wrote an article on it Night Shooting with the Leica S (Typ 007)
  11. I really hope so. But.... the incredible S007 sensor never was scaled down. The M10, SL, and Q used a different sensor architecture which was better suited to Live View operation.
  12. The only accurate statement is the second one, and partially so. This is a closed alliance, not a partnership. New members might be added in the future if the alliance members agree that it would be beneficial. 1) Leica is definitely not considering selling Sigma and Panasonic products. 3) The L-mount is proprietary Leica technology, used under license to L-mount alliance members. No one else can offer L-mount technology. If you'd like the full details, and not speculation or rumors, go to the source. I interviewed Stephan Schulz, product manager for Leica professional products
  13. I only saw the 4K video on the rear LCD and honestly didn't try to move the camera laterally to test for rolling shutter. From what I could see on the LCD, it looked nice, but I would definitely want to test this once the camera gets closer to final release.
  14. Just to clarify: This isn't marketing speak. The people that I spoke to regarding the new sensor architecture are engineers. While they were reluctant to share too much technical information, they were more than confident in making image quality claims based on extensive internal testing. So, yes, the S3 will be pushing close to 16 stops of DR, will have 2 stops better ISO performance and improved color. All while offering a sizable jump in resolution with lower power consumption. Win, win. I took a look back at interviews I conducted last Photokina and they said that they weren't goi
  15. Okay, so this took a little longer to post than I expected with recent travel and other testing, but... Here's my take on the 75 SL with lots of sample images and a head-to-head comparison with the 75 APO M. Leica APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPH Review
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