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The mirrorless Leica SL creates the best connection between photographer and subject. The revolutionary EyeRes viewfinder shows the finished picture – even before pressing the shutter release. Its speed and imaging quality set new standards. The time has come to discover the future of photography. Time for the new Leica SL.
4.4-Megapixel EyeRes Electronic Viewfinder
Mirrorless – without ifs and buts. The Leica SL is the world’s first camera conceived for professional photography to feature an electronic viewfinder. The EyeRes viewfinder technology developed especially for the Leica SL is superior to optical viewfinders in every respect. The size of the view is reminiscent of medium-format cameras. All decisive parameters – such as exposure, depth of focus, and white balance – are simulated in the viewfinder, and their precise effects can be optimally assessed. At the same time, in contrast to SLR cameras, the Leica SL is almost completely silent.
24 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
The Leica SL stands for excellent picture quality – even in difficult situations. The sensor of the Leica SL has 4.000 × 6.000 pixels and an ISO sensitivity range from 50 to 50,000. It is also capable of shooting continuous sequences of full, 24-megapixel resolution images at a speed of up to 11 frames per second.
11 Frames per Second Maestro II Processor
The decisive moment often exists for only a fraction of a second. The Leica SL responds instantaneously to your commands and translates them into perfect pictures. Every time. Thanks to its Maestro II series high-performance processor, the Leica SL achieves the best performance currently possible in the professional camera class.
The Leica SL offers you access to an enormous range of high-quality lenses. In addition to the lenses of the SL-System, you can also use Leica T mount lenses without an adapter. In fact, with the appropriate adapters, you have a choice of 145 different lenses.
Rugged Ready for Professional Use
The Leica SL was conceived to fulfill the special needs of everyday professional photography. From the elaborate construction with the finest materials to the precise finishing of all its components. Its chassis, machined from a block of solid aluminum, weighs only 847 g and offers perfect protection for the sensitive components inside the camera.
The Leica SL fulfills the highest expectations - even as a video camera. This function is supported by features ranging from a clear and simple handling concept that clearly separates still and motion picture functions to HDMI 1.4. video output.
SCULPTURE ON SKATE-BOARDS
by Fred Mortagne
Fred Mortagne had actually wanted to become a professional skateboarder. As a confessed devotee of analog photography, “French Fred” portrayed the stars of the scene in high-contrast images. In architecturally exciting settings, they appear as sculptures in motion, frozen in a moment of time – on skateboards.
The Leica SL is much more than a professional still-picture camera with video recording capability: it fulfills even the most stringent demands of moviemakers as a fully fledged video camera. This begins with a clear and simple handling concept that clearly separates still and motion picture functions and ends with HDMI 1.4 output.
This allows professional videos to be output in 4:2:2 10-bit format with 4K cine resolution and the production of professional videos in combination with an HDMI recorder.
As soon as the Leica SL is in video mode, the display shows only relevant information for video recording, such as safe area, aspect ratio, zebra function, or the recording level of the microphone. As you would expect from professional equipment, the exposure is always displayed as it is during recording. An optional audio adapter allows you to connect an off-camera microphone and the audio recording level can be set without accessing the menu. As when using the Leica SL for still pictures, you can also depend on the excellent quality of motion picture recordings and enjoy almost infinite creative freedom. In combination with the excellent Leica Summilux and Summicron Cine lenses, and by working with 4K resolution in Super 35 format, you gain access to possibilities that were otherwise known only to professionals in the production of movies for the motion-picture industry.
A superior system
Imaging quality, speed, and extremely rugged resilience: with record values in all areas, the mirrorless Leica SL finally puts an end to the need for traditional single lens reflex technology. In fact, it delivers conclusive proof that the mirrorless, full-frame camera is the technology of the future.
The light coming through the lens falls directly on the sensor, which delivers an uninterrupted live image to the electronic viewfinder. This live image takes all camera settings and exposure parameters into account and, if desired, also displays additional information. The viewfinder displays 100% of the subject. The image in the EyeRes viewfinder can be magnified, for instance, to assess sharpness and subject details. In contrast to an SLR camera, the scene remains visible in the viewfinder during video recording. The viewfinder image always remains bright and clear no matter how fast the lens may be. The view also stays bright when stopping down and makes assessing depth of focus much better and easier than with an SLR.
The next generation of viewfinder technology
The Leica SL is the world’s first camera conceived for professional photography to feature an electronic viewfinder. With a latency time below the threshold of perception and a resolution of 4.4 million pixels, this EyeRes viewfinder developed especially for the Leica SL offers an entirely new visual experience. As its image can be electronically brightened, the EyeRes viewfinder is superior to optical viewfinders in low or unfavorable light.
It also offers all the options and features that only an electronic viewfinder can. For instance, the viewfinder, with a size that is reminiscent of medium-format cameras, shows you how your final picture will look. The effects of all decisive parameters like exposure, depth of focus, and white balance are simulated and can thus be assessed before pressing the shutter release. Electronic functions like a dual-axis levelling aid, various grids, or Focus Peaking can be displayed in the electronic viewfinder to help you get the very best from your subjects. The Leica SL meets your professional video recording requirements with a zebra function for avoiding overexposure that can be added to the viewfinder image. The EyeRes viewfinder is activated in the simplest possible way – by looking through it. An integrated sensor switches it on and off to prevent unnecessary battery
Faster than any SLR system
Capturing the ideal moment is not only essential in sport photography. In combination with the LEICA APO VARIO-ELMARIT-SL 90–280 mm f/2.8–4, the Leica SL has the fastest autofocus of any professional camera – including SLRs. The full travel of the lens, from infinity to its closest focusing distance, takes place in less than 110 milliseconds.
This completely new telephoto lens construction features double internal focusing, in which two lens elements move towards each other. This enables extremely fast and almost silent autofocus and consistently high imaging performance from infinity to the closest focusing distance.
Of course, the Leica SL offers you a choice of AF-C or AF-S, depending on your subject, and the ability to switch from autofocus to manual focus using the ring on the lens at any time. The Leica SL controls focusing on the basis of 49 AF focusing segments with exceptional speed and precision. For very detailed work, the camera also offers the ability to set a single AF focusing point anywhere in the viewfinder image. Focusing can be set either by a simple tap on the touch screen on the part of the subject you wish to focus on, or automatically, by enabling the face detection feature. The Leica SL focuses sharply on the face nearest to the camera. Another useful aid is subject tracking. Here, when a particular object is marked with a focusing point, the focus is held on this object and follows its movement.
Photography with more than 100 Leica lenses
With the Leica SL, the choice of lenses you can use is almost limitless. In addition to the lenses of the SL-System, Leica T/TL mount lenses can also be mounted on the camera without an adapter. Dedicated adapters provide access to many other excellent lenses from past and present Leica systems.
For instance, you can take unlimited advantage of the exceptional performance of Leica S- and M-Lenses. In the case of Leica M-Lenses, 6-bit coding preserves all functions, such as exposure metering, automatic aperture priority exposure, and manual setting, to their full extent. Thanks to the Leica R-Adapter L, even the extensive range of proven R-Lenses can be used on the Leica SL.
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Exquisite build quality - above and beyond the M series (and that is saying a lot!). The digital menus takes some getting used to but once that is mastered then you have one of THE most useable and rewarding cameras out there. Excellent weather sealing.
Perhaps a larger pixel count for the 35mm full frame sensor? Try 30 or 36 mp - but that is only a very minor niggle.
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