Leica SL2 Mirrorless Camera First Look

Leica SL2 Mirrorless Camera First Look:

So, guess what?  I got a call yesterday from the Leica Boutique at Bergen County, and one of the owners, Bob, told me my Leica SL2 had finally arrived :).  So, I dropped everything, and drove right out to New Jersey to pick it up.  I’m definitely writing a review for it but for now, I thought I’d just write up a short post about it.  Don’t think of this as even a first impressions post, since I haven’t even taken many pictures with it yet.  Think of this as a first look like what the title says :).

When Leica first announced the SL2, I was very excited about it but at the same time, I knew I would have to trade in my beloved SL.  I bonded with my SL over the years, and I was super happy with it.  At times, I wondered if I even needed a new one.

Well, the new SL2 is pretty cool to say the least :).  What I love about Leica cameras in general is that each camera generally has a long shelf life, so when a new model comes out, there are real, noticeable improvements.  When I first picked up the SL2, I was surprised at how comfortable it was to hold.  You can’t really see it in the pics but Leica did a great job with the revised grip.  The camera is only a little bit lighter than the SL but I swear you can feel the difference.  Maybe it’s just the grip; I think the grip makes a huge difference on this camera.

There are a few other improvements that I noticed right away as well.  For one, I liked the four button menu system on the SL, and didn’t see why Leica needed to change it to the three button system but I have to say, its a good decision. The menu system is even easier to navigate through now versus the old one, and that’s saying a lot considering Leica menu systems are usually excellent.  I’ve said this about previous Leica bodies before but I’ll say it again: going through the menu system is so simple and direct.  You can probably get away without even reading the manual.  It’s also worth mentioning that the shutter button has better feel, and the shutter sound is quieter and more refined.  Lastly, what I really love is the face detection, which has definitely been improved.

So, I might do a first impressions post on the new SL2, if I can get time to shoot some images soon but if not, you can definitely expect a big, BIG review of the camera with tons of images.  I never wrote a review for the SL, so I’m definitely looking to make up for that with my SL2 review.  So stay tuned, and thanks for stopping by.  Have a great weekend!

2 comments… add one
  • Tom P

    Congrats on the SL2, Patrick! I was at BCC yesterday, and Bob mentioned you already picked yours up. It’s definitely on my radar. Relevant to you, though, I did purchase the 50mm Summilux-SL, based upon your glowing recommendation, the incredible images you’ve shared, and the fact that it doesn’t seem to leave your camera! I only recently purchased the SL + 24-90 kit, and have been using with that lens, plus a few of my M lenses. I couldn’t be happier. Anyway, I can’t wait to follow your new adventures with the SL2. Best of luck with it. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Patrick

      Hi Tom!

      Good to hear from you, and congratulations on the 50mm! I’m always glad to hear someone buying the 50mm because I know a lot of people get turned off by the size lol. To me, it’s the best lens that Leica has ever created. That’s how much I love it. It’s funny because I bring my entire SL kit with me on shoots but the only lens I usually use is my 50mm.

      The 24-90mm is a great purchase too! I’m usually not a fan of zooms but I’ve made two exceptions: I have the Fuji XF 18-55 because it is a great lens, and the price was right with the kit, and, of course, the Leica 24-90mm. The Leica zoom is incredible. The optics are better than what I can get from my M lenses but I have the versatility of a zoom. When I originally bought the SL, there were no other lenses except for the 90-280mm, so I bought the 24-90mm with plans to trade it in when the primes were released. I ended up keeping the zoom it :).

      If you ever have any questions or you just want to talk shop, you know how to reach me! I hope you enjoy that SL kit of yours, and come back from time to time to let me know what you think! Thanks for the holiday well wishes, and happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

      Best,

      Patrick

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