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I took the Sl out for an initial spin to take some of the central London night lights. I've been shooting a Sony A7r II and an M240 with M lenses and was hoping that the SL experience would be better than either. My feelings are somewhat mixed. I tend to shoot such scenes in one of two ways: * using a table top tripod, placed on a suitable support -- London is not short of street furniture -- at ISO 100, f2.8-5.6 * hand held, auto ISO, near wide open (the fast Leica M lenses tend to suffer from bad purple fringing wide open, but improve significantly even one stop down) Starting with the shooting experience: I like to use both focus peaking and the level. This is hard to do on the SL without multiple button clicks because focus peaking is a separate viewing mode, rather than being something that you can switch on and off in any of the different viewing modes (information modes). This is a fundamental problem, because I need to fiddle with the bottom right button to switch between the level and focus peaking (without that much indication of which mode I am in). I then have to fiddle with the bottom left button and the joy stick to get me to the place I want to focus on, at the right magnification. The absence if a tilting screen makes this even more wearing. Leica are not known for changing the user interface aspects of their products in firmware revisions, but I certainly hope that they address this fundamental usability problem in future releases. As it is, the supposedly technocratic Sony, a camera not known for the ergonomics of its user interface, will be providing a more natural, intuitive one than the Leica. On the plus side, both the screen and the EVF are excellent. Even in the dark, where the Sony and M240 struggle to help you with focusing ( because of the accompanying noise) the SL excels. I was gratified to find that infinity focus was infinity focus with the M-T (not M-L, as it is referred to in the manual) adapter. (With the Sony, I tend to find myself focusing at a marked 5m or so to get infinity focus.) The exposure metering is excellent. Night pictures look like slides of yesteryear. Exposure is, if anything, a bit under, for highlight protection. I have yet to do much processing, but suspect that +1/2 or +1 would be a better compromise, as the shadow performance of the SL is not class leading. By comparison both the M240 and the Sony need about -2 night to preserve any highlight detail. The colour balance of the EVF was not completely accurate, in comparison to what I was seeing, but the results were pleasing enough. I like having GPS (as I do with the M240's multifunction grip, but don't have with the Sony). It's not hard to add GPS data with Photo Mechanic after the event, but having it removes the chore. Similarly, getting the lens spec directly into the picture metadata removes the further chore of getting the right profile correction applied by Lightroom. I have not compared lenses or resulting images with the M240 or A7r II in any systematic way, but the results are pleasing for the weight, which is what counts to me. The Batis lenses for the Sony are bulkier and heavier, but the body is lighter, so it's much of a muchness. The produce great results (clean pictures from wide open) and have AF. The absence of image / sensor stabilisation is a pity. I can get great results at 1/f shutter speeds on the Sony; the SL allows the setting of 1/2f shutter speeds in its auto ISO settings, but would probably benefit from a 1/4f setting. It would also be good to be able to set a minimum ISO to avoid drifting into ISO 50, if you don't want to. Although the camera has a touch screen (unlike the Sony or M240), it appears to be largely wasted (unless you are using the AF lens, perhaps; which I don't, because it is too heavy, bulky and expensive). Anyway, the upshot is that it's not (yet) a more pleasurable camera to use than the M240, or even the Sony, for M lenses, but the pictures look good to me. After all the rabbiting, here's a sample pic: https://www.flickr.com/photos/14315820@N03/23519536246/
As a former Fuji X100 and Sony RX1 shooter - and for my profession currently using Canon 5DSR + TS/E lenses - A week ago I bought a Q as a study-shot/carry-around camera. I doubted between the RX1R2 and the Q but a couple of things enticed my to go for the Q. Very fast and snappy overall performance. If not it would be a deal-breaker. If I press a button I expect a reaction when I press that button and not 0.5 sec later (if I wanted a reaction 0.5 sec later I would have pressed it 0.5 sec later ). The seamless integration of the mechanical/electronic shutter up to 1/16.000. So no need for ND filter, screw-on (horrible cumbersome) or integrated (less horrible cumbersome). In-body EVF and not a popup ‘afterthought’. Very good lens/sensor quality. That it’s apparently using (a lot of) maestro processing to get the picture right doesn’t really bother me. We live in a digital age, and keeps the package compact and affordable. A fast 28mm lens for a bit more FOV compared with a 35mm. Longer battery life. 24mp, although 42mp gives more cropping possibilities but most of the time 42mp is simply too much and more demanding to get sharp pictures. Sleek and clutter free design. The dynamic range is better on the Sony but it is still not enough to lure me in. Things that bothered me when using the camera for a couple of days are; JPEG or DNG+JPEG are the only recording options. That’s odd and very annoying because LR can’t skip certain filetypes during import. I would love to see the possibility of only DNG. I think the separate JPEG is needed (or at least used) for preview. It shows on the LCD when the JPEG resolution is set to minimal and zooming to the max. Looks horrible low res. Unable to use the LCD for chimping or the menu settings when EVF-only is selected. The programmable FN button misses the one useful function: switching between LCD and EVF, User Profile selection. I would love to see a menu option that drops ALL JPEG related settings from the menu - and while we’re at it: also video related settings (menu hygiene). Then also add a RAW histogram please! How useful is that vs how hard can it be? On the plus-side; The eyelets to attach the camera strap are positioned a little to the frontside of the body. This causes the camera to hang almost perfectly vertical in stead of tilting over in a 45 degree angle (like most cameras). Much more comfortable when hanging over one’s shoulder! Touchscreen to browse photos and AF point selection. Nice! Tripod thread in line with the lens. Dedicated ISO button. Smart macro-setting design. Overall I am very pleased with the camera. It does a very good job in not standing in the way when taking photos. A clean, complete and well thought out package, impeccable engineered. Now the waiting in vain starts for a Leica Q 50mm f/1.7…