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17 hours ago, hoppyman said:

Matt, to continue that discussion, I would like to add some comment/opinion from here.

Why would a mirrorless S require an adapter? Do you mean if a new body was made more compact rather than continuing the current form? For me the ergonomics of the current body are excellent and it’s much more comfortable to use in extended sessions than the SL for example. I agree that a new lens range seems impractical/unlikely given the assumed proportion of Leicas market filled by the S.

My speculation is that an SL2 might be more likely than a smaller S body. For the bulk of my shooting, I find the large optical finder of the S superb, while the single AF point a limitation. I experimented with the optional screen too but effectively it’s the same focus recompose limitation and with the precise location of the crosshairs no longer indicated. For me the screens and Liveview in the S are not suffuIciently precise for MF  ( coming from M RF cameras)

regarding heat dispersal, I haven’t observed any issue with the SL in rapid sequences. I shoot much more with the S however. I don’t use the continuous mode but single shots perhaps 2 -3 seconds apart in groups of maybe 20 shots, say 1000 plus over 3 hours typically (dancing and the like)

cant comment on testing performance in corners or with lenses other than the 70 and 120. I do recall Peter Karbe some time ago saying that the  lenses could outresolve the next generation of sensors too.

 

Mirror will mean shorter flange distance of the Sensor design, unless Leica is stupid enough to follow Sigma's path of creating a mirror camera (SD Quattro/H) and kept the same flange distance and making the camera just as big as before without the benefit of the OVF ( Maybe that's the reason Sigma and Leica pair up now) Hahhaha.

So if it's mirror-less camera, the flange shorter, you will need a physical adaptor to increase the distance between your lens (The old Leica S lens with flange of 40something) to the theoretically new mirrorless S camera with shorter than 40 something flange.... thus adapting the older lens to the new body. Being mirrorless has some benefit though in terms of lens design, it will allow more light into the sensor... or so Nikon Z and Canon R has us believe in their marketing literature.

For me, the best new is the SL mount that is open to Sigma. The foveon sensor is the best color sensor I have ever used, and having a short flange really open it up to all sort of possibility and even adaptation of Leica lens.

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+1 to the comment above on the Foveon sensor. Foveon’s image quality really stands out from Bayer filter sensors in terms of colour depth and “naturalness”, imho. When paired with SL Summicrons, it could hopefully be “the” benchmark for full frame in terms of image quality.

 

 

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16 hours ago, Jon Warwick said:

+1 to the comment above on the Foveon sensor. Foveon’s image quality really stands out from Bayer filter sensors in terms of colour depth and “naturalness”, imho. When paired with SL Summicrons, it could hopefully be “the” benchmark for full frame in terms of image quality.

 

 

Can't wait!

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