The Leica SL is a big camera... with a big list of pro features... and a really really big native lens. To review it properly would require an equally big article. Which is exactly why this isn't a proper review. Instead, this article looks only at one particular aspect of the Leica SL — its ability to work with adapted M-mount rangefinder lenses.
Recently, the mad scientists at Lomography surgically removed the Minitar lens from their cult-classic LC-A camera, tarted it up by grafting on a Leica M-mount bayonet, and sent it into the night to tempt us weak and sinful lens addicts. I'm only human. I succumbed. And here, for the benefit of other weaklings, is my report from the stone-cold morning after.
This is ULTRAsomething's second installment in the "Sensibility Series." It features thousands of words, grouped into hundreds of sentences — a handful of which are actually about the topic it purports to discuss: the Leica M Monochrom (Type 246). I should also mention that it's populated with over a dozen actual photos — and not a one of them falls into the category of "pretty marketing shot" or "test shot." Undeterred? Then read on.
What if Jane Austin had the opportunity to test and compare Leica's new Type 246 M Monochrom camera against both the existing Monochrom and the M Type 240? Would her first published work have been a tale of romantic fiction? Or would it have been something closer to this?
Fuji and innovation go hand-in-hand. My Hasselblad Xpan? A creation of Fuji's. My pocketable, point-and-shoot Medium Format camera? Also Fuji. My next digital camera? Well, Fuji's new X100T has certainly warranted a meticulous examination — nearly 5,000 words worth of meticulousness! So is that lump in my pocket a new Fuji X100T? Or is it the big wad of cash I saved by deciding not to purchase one? Read the article to find out.