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So I recently bought preowned SL with the thought in mind that I want to built up lenses first over the next few years and then hop over to a current SL model probably SL3.

I got plenty of M glas and will buy the Leica 24-90 sometime next year when I am back home in Germany. 
 

In the meantime, I am able to get the TL 18-56 at around 1100$ preowned  alternatively Sigma 24-70 is in same range.

I know with the crop in pixels the TL lens on the SL is a bit of a waste but am sensing that the TL lenses on Sl2 kinda megapixels are an epic low weight option.

What to do? I know there are few threads on Sl18-56 but it doesnt seem that it ever really caught much interest.

Sigma users seem happy but if I get a 24–90 anyhow does this make sense?

Since the wide angles are on the map to appear do we think Leica would do a lower weight 24-70 themselves? Or is this to close to the 24-90?

Cheers

JK

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The SL zooms are so good I cannot see Leica reinventing them. The 18-56 is terrific... but if you want to run that small with a Zoom you’re almost better off getting a CL to go with it. Or just using your M lenses and cropping if required. 

I own (way) too many lenses and, having been experimenting widely recently, put the trusty 24-90 on for a birthday party yesterday. And, as always, I am blown away by how good it is. It is such a brilliant match for the SL or SL2 that I think anyone who owns the platform and has a use case for a Zoom owes it to themselves to at least try it. If it’s on your radar anyway I would hold off for the 24-90 and enjoy your M glass on the camera for now. Also, as wonderful as the SL is, don’t rule out an SL2 instead of buying more glass. It is a very worthy upgrade... IBIS is one of the best upgrades for my M glass that I’ve experienced to date. 

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Hi,

it is not just the zoom I am after but also Autofocus.

For size, I put a grip on the SL because I can use a wrist strap like you get for the S. 
For walking and taking pictures having a proper grip and the safety of a strap works out so much better for me then carrying it over the shoulder even with heavier lenses. 
 

My gut feeling is I will regret the Sigma even though it is a bit lighter than the Leica 24-90. My gut feeling is also should Leica decide to to a 24-70 2.8 I will regret the 24-90.

Cheers

JK

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I have all these lenses for my SL.

The 18-56 was purchased for 4K video and works wonderfully on the SL. I never use it for stills as the images are too small..

The Leica 24-90 is like having six primes the image quality is so good. When I am on vacation, where I know I may find images I want to print large, that lens and a couple of fast M lenses are all I take for still photography.

The Sigma 24-70 was similarly purchased for video for my Sigma fp, but makes its way on to the SL sometimes. I wanted constant aperture for video and autofocus when using the fp on a tripod. The lens is surprisingly good for the price, but I do see a visible difference in image quality compared to the Leica 24-90. Remember you are also getting image stabilization and weather sealing with the Leica zoom. Because of those differences, the slightly heavier 24-90 goes out with me much more frequently for still photography using the SL.

I don't plan on buying an SL2 partly because I would have to also spend money to upgrade my legacy M lenses to the latest versions. I bet the differences in image quality between the 24-90 and 24-70 would be even more evident with the sensor of the SL2. I will probably buy a second SL this year.

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Nice, but in what way "better"? Based on your link I think that the 18-56 has more of that intangible "Leica Look". Probably the quality of the bokeh and OOF falloff.

It must be a good lens for the price, especially for Video, but one reviewer's conclusion is:

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Overall, the 20-60mm lens is not critically sharp like lenses triple the price, but it impresses and lens distortions are controlled well, too. 

 

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vor 2 Stunden schrieb jaapv:

Nice, but in what way "better"? Based on your link I think that the 18-56 has more of that intangible "Leica Look". Probably the quality of the bokeh and OOF falloff.

here's a comparison in higher resolution:

http://www.vesta.uni-tuebingen.de/l_forum/temp/DS-1001.jpg

on the left the Pana S 20-60, right side Leica's T 18-56; for me the Pana is the clear winner especially in sharpness

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Somethings off with this comparison - my 18-56 is quite sharp. May be not quite M lens sharp, but very close. 

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There certainly is - it has obvious motion blur. It would end up in the bin, had I taken it. An 18-56 image should look something like this: Just look at the colour transitions and differentiation, the detail in the trees upper left, subtle contrast rendering. I see nothing close to that in the Panasonic images, good as they are. The focus was on the street light at the right.  Taken on the CL. 

 

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As a CL and SL2 user, having the 18-56, Pan 24-105, and Sigma 24-70 2.8 Art, as good as I find the 18-56 images (on the CL) I think the FF options are the better choice for the SL, and with no ibis on the SL I would take a look at the stabilised Lumix lens.  I have no doubt the Leica 24-90 is probably top of the pile if you can swallow the weight and the cost and have enough need of the best zoom in that range, but the 24-105 is not bad at all.

 

 

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On 8/2/2020 at 6:02 AM, Jk1002 said:

So I recently bought preowned SL with the thought in mind that I want to built up lenses first over the next few years and then hop over to a current SL model probably SL3.

I got plenty of M glas and will buy the Leica 24-90 sometime next year when I am back home in Germany. 
 

In the meantime, I am able to get the TL 18-56 at around 1100$ preowned  alternatively Sigma 24-70 is in same range.

I know with the crop in pixels the TL lens on the SL is a bit of a waste but am sensing that the TL lenses on Sl2 kinda megapixels are an epic low weight option.

What to do? I know there are few threads on Sl18-56 but it doesnt seem that it ever really caught much interest.

Sigma users seem happy but if I get a 24–90 anyhow does this make sense?

Since the wide angles are on the map to appear do we think Leica would do a lower weight 24-70 themselves? Or is this to close to the 24-90?

Cheers

JK

I think the new Lumix 20-60 is more useful than the TL lens. Quite small and light and with a very useful focal range. But still FF. And a lot cheaper.  Optically not perfect but good enough for walking around at the weekend or on holidays.

In the current difficult situation I think Leica will not make plans to replace the current zooms. So the Lumix 20-60 is really a small present in this bad Corona situation. If Panasonic had been clever, then they had brought it already at the beginning with the S1. But better now than never ...

I never liked the SL 24-90 (such a weight and so long at 90mm and such an ugly shade that completely destroys the design), the 24-105 is at least a bit lighter. The lumix 24-70 is far more expensive than the Sigma 24-70 which is optically more or less equal. But the 20-60 is really refreshingly new, and not such a long trombone....  🥳

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