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Testing the Leica SL2 + Leica 28mm f/2 APO-Summicron-SL, Leica 35mm f/2 APO-Summicron-SL, Leica 50mm f/2 APO-Summicron-SL

re: Panasonic S1R
re: Leica SL2

Deferring Canon EOS R5 review

The Canon EOS R5 and lenses I wanted to test were simply not available at this time, so I canceled the order because I think it’s critical to test the three Canon RF zooms against each other (14-35/4L, 15-35/2.8L, 24-70/2.8L). Maybe in October I can get them all together so as to do it right.

Leica SL2

Leica SL2

Anyone out there willing to lend me the Panasonic S1R for a few weeks? And BTW, is anyone interested in seeing the many Panasonic S lenses tested that I have not covered?

I will be over in the Eastern Sierra, leaving in ~1 week. (abort that due to forest closures but maybe things will reopen September 18. So it will have to be coastal redwoods and garden stuff for now.

Multi-shot high-res mode

I don’t yet know if the Leica SL2 multi-shot high-res mode is as capable as with the Panasonic S1R, in particular the Mode 2 of the S1R,. which is vital for viable outdoor images.

I went through the entire Leica SL2 manual, and I could find no mention of multi-shot high-res mode, nor can I find any focus stacking or focus bracketing support. Apparently it was too much trouble for Leica to keep the manual up to date—the SL2 firmware 2.0 update notes *do* mention HighRes mode.

Leica 28mm f/2 APO-Summicron-SL

Multishot — With Multishot the user can create photos with a resolution up to 187MP. One photo will be taken at normal resolution (47MP) and one at high resolution (187MP).

The SL2 has mode choice as with the S1R, and it’s unclear if it’s the troubled Mode1 or similar variant that would be useless for field work—hopefully it is equivalent to Mode2 on the S1R. But at least it does the smart thing in recording both a single-shot image and the composite 8-shot image.

Focus stacking missing

The Panasonic S1R has focus stacking support, but the Leica SL2 lacks it. Which makes me think that my impression of the Panasonic S1R was spot-on 3 years ago and ditto for 2021: the SL2 is like a dumbed-down version of the S1R. The S1R can do focus stacking and has far better button and controls, particularly for use with gloves. And the S1R has a lot of other nifty features.

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Leica 50mm f/2 APO-Summicron-SL

Lenses

I requested the Leica SL2 and 4 lenses, but due to the extreme prices of this gear, my loaner budget could not accommodate more than one Leica SL lens—update: B&H has generously gotten the Leica 50mm f/2 APO-Summicron-SL on its way to me also.

No Leica 35mm f/2 APO Summicron-SL but a local reader can lend me one for a few days for some coverage.

The Leica 50mm f/2 APO-Summicron-SL plus Leica 28mm f/2 APO-Summicron-SL. are a good combination to shoot with, and the Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art will offer some interesting perspective vs the Leica 28/2 APO.

I’ll doa little Leica M lens work just to see if the Leica SL2 can make the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon and a few Leica M lenses perform acceptably, hopefully with less stopping down than on the Panasonic S1R.

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