Leica continues its modernization with the launch of the SL, an amazing imitation reflex at several crossroads.
With the Leica SL, formalized two weeks before the Salon de la Photo, the German manufacturer returns to the camera market with its interchangeable lens format and in Live View. But compared to Leica SLR 1950s, this Typ 601 is a hybrid. It is devoid of mirror and therefore has an electronic viewfinder.
SL inherits the characteristics of all kinds of Leica cameras.
Photo 14-bit and true 4K video
For starters, it borrows electronics Q, the full compact fixed lens format. It has a 24 million pixel sensor without low-pass filter and a chip of the Maestro II family, with whom he reached a maximum sensitivity of ISO 50000, photography DNG 14 bit to 11 i / s films in true 4K at 24 frames / s or Ultra HD up to 30 frames / s.
He inherits also the bayonet Leica L. It can therefore be used directly targets for hybrid Leica T, with an APS-C crop of 10 million pixels, or new SL objectives in full format. Devoid of mirror, it can also use the famous M lenses for rangefinder cameras, using an adapter, as well as systems of S, R and even PL (cinema).
A sight of a record definition
Ergonomics on it is taken by DSLR format of the series S. The viewfinder and provides magnification 0,80x. It is not an optical viewfinder, but it is the most defined EVF market. This viewfinder “EyeRes” totaled 4.4 million points, a resolution of 1440 x 1024 pixels. We find also the modern and streamlined ergonomics, with a monochrome monitor screen and a 3-inch touch screen and 720 x 480 pixels, surrounded by fully customizable soft keys.
The milled aluminum housing finally embarks full connectivity with GPS, 802.11n single-band Wi-Fi, an entrance and a 3.5mm audio output, HDMI output 4: 2: 2 10-bit, two SD slots, with a UHS-II, and a USB 3.0 port.
This Leica SL Typ 601 will be available in France from November 16, for the tidy sum of 6900 euros. A first Leica Vario Elmarit-SL-24-90 mm f / 2.8 to 4 1.1 kg will be sold simultaneously at a price of 4300 euros. A 90-280 mm f / 2.8 to 4 and a 50mm f / 1.4 will follow in the third and fourth quarter, for undisclosed prices.