The SL2 has improved ergonomics thanks to a more comfortable grip, refined edges, and a simple 3-button control layout on the back of the camera that’s reminiscent of what’s found on Leica’s digital M rangefinders.i
The SL2 also introduces in-body sensor-shift image stabilization that provides 5.5 stops of stabilization while you use any lens, from native SL lenses to adapted M lenses.
Inside the camera is a 47-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 50-50000, “enormous dynamic range,” and a color depth of 14 bits per RGB channel. Leica says the sensor delivers an “unparalleled level of detail rendition and image quality.”
The Maestro III image processor working alongside the sensor allows for virtually zero shutter lag and 10fps shooting (and up to 20fps with the electronic shutter).
The ability of the suspended sensor to shift also allows for a new multishot mode — mount the camera on a tripod, and the feature snaps up to 8 frames in rapid succession with half-pixel sensor shifts in between each one. The resulting frames are then combined into ultra-high-res photos of up to 187 megapixels.
For video shooting, the SL2 can shoot 4K at up to 60fps and Full HD at up to 180fps. 10-bit footage can be saved directly to the memory cards. There are built-in headphone and mic jacks as well as an HDMI connector for external monitors.
“Activating Cine mode transforms the SL2 into a manually controlled cine camera,” Leica says. “ISO becomes ASA, the shutter speed is marked in degrees on the rotary disk shutter, and the f-stops indicating the aperture ratio are replaced by T-stops, which measure the actual amount of light transmitted through the lens,”
Durability-wise, the SL2 is IP54 certified, meaning it offers a high level of protection against particles and a good amount of protection against water.
On the back of the camera is a new 5.76-megapixel EyeRes electronic viewfinder above a 3.2-inch touchscreen with an improved resolution of 2.1 megapixels.
Other features and specs include the ability to turn off noise reduction during long exposures, a streamlined UI with new status menus (and dedicated menus for stills and video), two SD card slots with simultaneous recording of DNG and JPEG files, face/body detection, moving subject tracking with Intelligent-AF (iAF), the ability to fine-tune focus settings, and Smart AF mode (automatic switching between focus priority and shutter release priority).
Group portraits, landscapes, and architecture: Whenever the scene demands a wider view, the Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16–35 f/3.5–4.5 ASPH. is the perfect wide-angle lens for capturing it all. With a range of focal lengths from 16 to 35 mm, this high-performance lens expands the spectrum of the existing portfolio of SL zoom lenses into the wide-angle domain.
Fast and sharp when it matters
Together with the typical Leica, i.e. exceptional, imaging performance at all distances and apertures, the high-performance lens offers simultaneously fast and almost silent autofocus. For this, only one very light element is moved for focusing. A specially developed drive concept comprising a stepping motor and linear positioning enables very fast, almost-silent, and precise focusing without changing the overall length of the lens.
Reliable under all conditions
As is the case with all other components of the SL-System, the Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16–35 f/3.5–4.5 ASPH. is designed and constructed to meet the special demands of professional photography. Made in Germany, the robust construction of this lens and its AquaDura® lens coating make it ideal for use in even the most unfavorable conditions. Improved mount geometry and high-quality coating ensure optimum suppression of reflections and stray light within the optical system.
The newly designed optical system of the Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16–35 f/3.5–4.5 ASPH. contains a total of 18 elements in 12 groups. These include two asphericals for the correction of monochromatic aberrations and three elements made from glasses with anomalous partial dispersion for the correction of chromatic aberrations.
|Lens Mount||Leica L|
|Camera Format||Full-Frame (1x Crop Factor)|
|Pixels||Effective: 47.3 Megapixel|
|Maximum Resolution||8368 x 5584|
|Image File Format||DNG, JPEG|
|Image Stabilization||Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis|
|ISO Sensitivity||Auto, 100 to 50000 (Extended: 50 to 50000)|
1/8000 to 1800 Seconds
1/40000 to 1 Second
|Metering Method||Center-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Partial|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority|
|Exposure Compensation||-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)|
|White Balance||Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Warm White), Halogen, Shade, Tungsten|
|Continuous Shooting||Up to 20 fps at 47.3 MP for up to 78 Exposures (Raw)
Up to 20 fps at 47.3 MP for up to 100 Exposures (JPEG)
Up to 10 fps at 47.3 MP
Up to 6 fps at 47.3 MP
Up to 3 fps at 47.3 MP
5K (4992 x 3744) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p/180p
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160)23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
Full HD (1920 x 1080)23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p/180p
|External Recording Modes||
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) up to 59.94p
|Recording Limit||Up to 29 Minutes|
|Audio Recording||Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
External Microphone Input (Stereo)
|Audio File Format||AAC, AC3|
|Focus Type||Auto and Manual Focus|
|Focus Mode||Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)|
|Autofocus Points||Contrast Detection: 225|
|Viewfinder Type||Electronic (OLED)|
|Viewfinder Resolution||5,760,000 Dot|
|Viewfinder Eye Point||21 mm|
|Viewfinder Magnification||Approx. 0.78x|
|Diopter Adjustment||-4 to +2|
|Monitor Resolution||2,100,000 Dot|
|Monitor Type||Fixed Touchscreen LCD|
|Maximum Sync Speed||1/250 Second|
|Flash Compensation||-2 to +2 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)|
|Dedicated Flash System||TTL|
|External Flash Connection||Hot Shoe|
|Memory Card Slot||Dual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)|
|Connectivity||HDMI A (Full Size), USB Type-C (USB 3.1), 3.5mm Headphone, 3.5mm Microphone|
|Operating Temperature||14 to 104°F / -10 to 40°C|
|Battery||1 x BP-SCL4 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1860 mAh (Approx. 370 Shots)|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||5.75 x 4.21 x 1.65" / 146 x 107 x 42 mm|
|Weight||1.84 lb / 835 g (Body Only)|
|Focal Length||16 - 35mm|
|Aperture||Maximum: f/3.5 - 4.5
|Camera Mount Type||Leica L|
|Format Compatibility||35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor|
|Angle of View||105.6° - 64.6°|
|Minimum Focus Distance||9.84" (25 cm)|
|Magnification||0.13 - 0.27x|
|Maximum Reproduction Ratio||1:3.7|
|Optical Design||18 Elements in 12 Groups|
|Filter Thread||Front: 82 mm E82|
|Dimensions (DxL)||Approx. 3.46 x 4.84" (88 x 123 mm)|
|Weight||2.18 lb (990 g)|