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Gavin Cato

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    2 x Leica SL2's, Q2, Sigma 14-24, SL35, SL 50 Lux, SL90
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  1. Well, I have the Sigma 14-24 L mount on my SL2. I can't do a fair comparison as my widest Leica lens is the 35/2. The Sigma is a very good lens. But the 35 knocks my socks off. It's pretty much perfect. I wish it was f/1.4 but that aside - I can't see any fault with it whatsoever. Likewise with my 50 & 90. I feel your pain $$ wise, they are staggeringly expensive. I'm eyeing the 90-280 at the moment and it's an awful lot of change.
  2. SL2 body with an M lens is still fairly compact. It ain't no Q2 but it's not enormous.
  3. I'm quite content with the SL2's but I'm a bit of a gear whore so you can bet if the SL3 came out I'd be selling those SL2's. I don't really regret selling any of my cameras except my Fuji X series setup. Such lovely files, some of my fave shots on that tiny little camera. It was worth so little I should have kept it. God riddance to my old Sony setup which was functionally incredible but always a battle colour wise. I'm a little curious about the 100mp Fuji but hesitant about how it'd fit into my current setup.
  4. I''ve found the 3.0 face/eye (whatever) af works beautifully on a single subject, but put a few people in the scene and it'll invariably grab the wrong one. The sony a9 was a bazillion times better here as you could use the center af to focus/recompose on a face, and it'd then stay on that face like glue. But anyway, no complaints here. I'll use the face detect stuff with portraits, and switch to another mode when there's a few people in the scene.
  5. I shoot weddings. I won't go higher than 3200 iso on my SL2's. I suspect everyone will have a different number here. For me the files at 3200 still print well in an album but 6400+ they fall apart.
  6. I do like the f2 lenses, especially the 90. But I do wish the 35 was a 1.4 Given the SL2 high iso isn't that great, I'd love a bit of extra light sometimes on the 35 indoors.
  7. They absolutely could, but Peter has a thing for using f2 on the L mount for some reason. I doubt it would be anywhere on the priority list let alone near the top unfortunately. I'd buy one.
  8. it's a stunning lens. I've used all the big 50's from canon/nikon/sony and this one is my fave. Certainly not the smallest or fastest but the images are amazing. With focus at 1.4, if you shoot people, toggle the face focus on. It's surprisingly accurate, I use it at weddings for close up portraits.
  9. I don't really see glare as a issue, that said it's a very expensive lens so there's probably some merit to putting something on it. So far I've been lucky. Lens still looks like new after 18 months.
  10. I use 2 x sl2 at weddings and I've never quite understood the battery complaining. I typically start shooting somewhere between 11:30am and 1pm, and change the batteries when the reception starts at 6pm'ish. Both cameras have usually shot about 1200-1500 shots each by then. This is pretty similar to what I used to do with Sony a9's.
  11. When we travel (rare due to covid!) I typically bring SL2 with the 50/1.4 and the Q2. I use the sl2 with the 50 for photos of the kids, and the Q2 for when I want to go super light and portable. If I owned the 28 I'd probably use that instead of the q2.
  12. Lucy, another option. Rather than the SL2-S, get the higher resolution 47mp SL2 with the 35/2 and crop to 50mm when you need it.
  13. I've been shooting weddings silently for years, starting with the Sony A7r2, then the Sony A9 and now the Leica SL2 (not the S model). Outdoor photos are completely fine with the SL2. As I said earlier the only time I see a warped image is if I accidentally press the shutter as I'm swinging the camera down to my belt clip to grab my other SL2. When shooting couples outside I never get any rolling shutter. I'm sure if I handed them a golf club and asked them to swing it around we'd see some but for normal shooting it's fine. Even shots of them walking to/from me are 100% ok. With the
  14. It is pretty quiet, but it's still louder than zero. During vows etc I'd rather be completely silent. Silent cameras are wonderful at weddings. I switch to mechanical in artificially lit indoor venues. But thankfully 90% of my ceremonies are outdoors.
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