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Leica SL2 Hurts Me on the First Shoot with APS-C, but it was my fault probably and the 28/2 APO is super nice

The Leica SL2 arrived late today due to a FedEx delay. I set it up in a hurry, but as it turns out that joystick is ultra sensitive and I failed to notice that I had clicked it and turned "35mm" into "APS-C" in the menu. Or did I click it? I just don’t know, but I presume I did, unknowingly.

So I unwittingly shot all my first images in APS-C crop mode. There is NO INDICATION you are in APS-C crop mode when shooting in uncluttered EVF view, so I didn’t notice. Though I should have noticed that it didn’t seem wide enough (I noticed but not quite consciously). Me bad, but camera has some responsibility for making a critically important setting barely readable to my aging eyes—it just does not need to be that tiny, and textual at that. I want that APS-C setting ripped out entirely as I have zero use for it, and I don’t want to screw myself by accident again.

UPDATE: it turns out that in APS-C crop mode, you actually *do* have the entire sensor capture. I didn’t realize this until I had processed the images. In Adobe Camera Raw, enter crop mode and delete the crop and voilà you have the entire frame.

Anyway, the Leica 28mm f/2 APO-Summicron-SL balances beautifully on the SL2 and the brilliance and 3D pop at f/2 of the 28/2 APO is pretty incredible. I guess you do get what you pay for and the 28/2 APO delivers. But I intend to fully explore the performance envelope in full frame, and in demanding ways. OTOH, if it’s so well done, why does it require correction for both LACA and distortion?

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Examples

Below, I have not worked out the correct white balance and tint yet and the SL2 does a poor job at AWB (+20 points too much magenta, at least at dusk), so images below are a quick season-to-taste. But in general the color looks terrific both in the EVF and with captures.

I’ll post more examples soon, and I have the 50/2 APO and 35/2 APO coming too.

5504 size is full resolution (APS-C). Login to see that full size.

f2 @ 1/50 sec handheld IBIS=on, ISO 6400; 2021-09-02 19:51:41
LEICA SL2 + Leica 28mm f/2 APO-Summicron-SL ASPH @ 42mm equiv (28mm)
RAW: LACA corrected, distortion corrected

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f2 @ 1/200 sec handheld IBIS=on, ISO 100; 2021-09-02 19:15:48
LEICA SL2 + Leica 28mm f/2 APO-Summicron-SL ASPH @ 42mm equiv (28mm)
RAW: LACA corrected, distortion corrected

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f2 @ 1/50 sec handheld IBIS=on, ISO 100; 2021-09-02 19:16:41
LEICA SL2 + Leica 28mm f/2 APO-Summicron-SL ASPH @ 42mm equiv (28mm)
RAW: LACA corrected, distortion corrected

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f2 @ 1/15 sec handheld IBIS=on, ISO 100; 2021-09-02 19:36:48
LEICA SL2 + Leica 28mm f/2 APO-Summicron-SL ASPH @ 42mm equiv (28mm)
RAW: LACA corrected, distortion corrected

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f2.2 @ 1/15 sec handheld IBIS=on, ISO 100; 2021-09-02 19:24:58
LEICA SL2 + Leica 28mm f/2 APO-Summicron-SL ASPH @ 42mm equiv (28mm)
RAW: LACA corrected, distortion corrected

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