Camera News: Leica SL2 Announced, Sells For 6 Grands

Leica Sl2

Leica announced another exclusive and expensive photographic gadget, the Leica SL2.

The Leica SL2 is available beginning November 21, 2019. If you have $6000 to burn you may preorder the Leica SL2 at B&H Photo or Adorama. We recommend you get a Canon EOS R instead.

Leica SL2 at a glance:

  • 47.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Maestro III Image Processor
  • 5.76m-Dot 0.78x-Mag. EyeRes OLED EVF
  • 3.2″ 2.1m-Dot Touchscreen LCD
  • 5K/DCI 4K Video; HLG & 10-Bit Recording
  • ISO 100-50000, Up to 20 fps Shooting
  • Contrast-Detect 225-Area AF System
  • 5-Axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization
  • 187MP Multishot, Dual SD UHS-II Slots

Leica press release:

A NEW ICON: LEICA CAMERA ANNOUNCES THE NEW LEICA SL2, SUCCESSOR TO THE TRAILBLAZING LEICA SL

Building on the foundation established in 2015 with the visionary Leica SL-System, Leica Camera proudly introduces the Leica SL2, the storied brand’s new icon and next evolutionary step towards building the perfect all-purpose camera. By listening closely to the valued feedback of photographers and existing SL owners, Leica made many efforts to push the envelope of technological innovation and performance while respecting its heritage of design and legacy. In addition to a technical marvel of pure performance and unmatched build quality, the Leica SL2 is also a joyous experience to use with improved ergonomics and more comfortable grip married to the well-established, simplified three-button control layout, further unifying the Leica design language across multiple product lines. While cutting-edge new features such as in-body image stabilization unlocks newfound potential from legendary Leica M-Lenses, it simultaneously augments the growing selection of SL-Lenses which are some of the finest optics Leica has ever produced. The Leica SL2 is the natural evolution of the innovative Leica SL, serving as a groundbreaking embrace of the future of digital photography and videography while paying homage to its respected history and lineage.

Crafted with conscience

The SL2 is the only mirrorless camera designed and crafted in Germany, with an unmatched all metal solid construction and elegant leather wrap to withstand the time and deliver years of photographic pleasure, thanks to the sustainability guaranteed by consistent firmware updates.

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Nikon, Leica And Olympus Will Not Attend Photokina 2020

Photokina 2020

Well, this comes as a surprise. A big player like Nikon not going to attend Photokina 2020?

That’s what a Photokina 2020 press release unveils (emphasis mine):

“We look forward to strong demand and applications from both the new and the classic segments of companies like Canon, CEWE, GoPro, Sony, Panasonic, Kodak Alaris, Sigma, Tamron, Carl Zeiss, Hasselblad, Hahnemühle, Arri, Rode Mikrophones, DJI and Insta360”, says Christoph Werner, Vice President of Koelnmesse. These are contrasted by cancellations, including from Leica, Nikon and Olympus.

It’s not just Nikon to let us puzzled. Leica is a traditional German camera manufacturer and maybe it is even weirder that they do not partecipate to Photokina 2020. Wonder if there are more, untold reasons that motivated Nikon, Leica and Olympus to not attend Photokina 2020.

Leica’s “Tank Man” Photo Wasn’t Shot With A Leica But With A Nikon

Tank Man

You might have heard about the outcry that a Leica promotional video caused in China.

The short flick published by Leica (see below) shows a news photographer covering the protests around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989. The promotional video shows the photographer hiding and running from policemen and then taking the iconic picture of “Tank Man”. At the end the Leica logo in shown. But it seems there was no Leica camera involved.

As renowned German newspaper Der Spiegel reports, none of the photographers covering the protests and the crackdown were using a Leica. Jeff Widener (AP), Charlie Cole (Newsweek), Stuart Franklin (Magnum) and Arthur Tsang (Reuters) have confirmed to Der Spiegel that they used Nikon cameras and not Leicas.

And here is the Leica promotional video:

All this mess caused the term “Leica” to get banned in China, which is weird since Leica partners with Huawei. Reuters reports that people searching for the term “Leica” in China receive warnings that they are violating laws.

Btw, Der Spiegel‘s article about the Leica video is titled “Real Photographers use Nikon” :-)

World Press Photo 2019 Winners Used Canon and Nikon, A Few Fuji, Sony and Leica Insignificant

World Press Photo

World Press Photo is likely the most prestigious photojournalism contest. This year’s winner have been announced (nr. 1 is Crying Girl at the Border), and along with them information about the gear they used.

Spanish site Photolari collected all metadata and published some interesting statistics about the photographic gear used at World Press Photo 2019. These statistics show a few interesting things. Let’s first see the ranking:

World Press Photo 2019 brands:

  1. Canon 46.4%
  2. Nikon 36.6%
  3. Fujifilm 10.5%
  4. Sony 2.6%
  5. Leica 2.6%

No surprise Canon and Nikon rank first (last year Nikon was 1st and Canon 2nd). The ranking shows that Sony still has a hard time with professional photographers, being used by a meagre 2.6%. Even Fujifilm does better with a respectable 10.5%. No surprise either that almost no one uses Leica.

Mirrorless is taking over, isn’t it? Let’s see the camera system ranking:

  1. DSLR 71.1%
  2. Compact cameras 8.9%
  3. Mirrorless 4.4%
  4. Unknown system 15.5%

As expected, full frame system dominate with 73.3%, followed by APS-C with 11.1% (does this figure contain the 10.5% Fuji cams?) , 15.5% are unknown sensor size.

Among the most used cameras we find the usual suspects (in this order): Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Mark III, Nikon D5, Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Nikon D850, Canon EOS 6D, and then more Canon’s and Nikon’s and some Fuji’s. Only one persone used a Sony a7R II and another one a Leica Q.

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[via Photolari]

Here Is Another Overpriced Leica Camera You Can Buy For 5000 Bucks

Leica Q2

At a glance:

  • 47.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Maestro II Image Processor
  • Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens
  • 3.68MP OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Touchscreen LCD
  • DCI 4K24p, UHD 4K30p, Full HD 120p Video
  • ISO 50-50000, up to 10-fps Shooting
  • 35mm, 50mm, and 75mm Crop Modes
  • Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi
  • Weather-Sealed Construction

Ladies and gentleman, here is another overpriced piece of gear, the Leica Q2.

If you really have $5000 to waste for this toy, then you’re welcome to buy the Leica Q2 at B&H Photo and Adorama in the US, and Park Cameras in the UK. Who wouldn’t want a camera with a “Maestro” image processor and that lets you go unnoticed on the streets.