After a four-month break (the last launched model was the Leica Q (Typ 116) in June), Leica has decided to define new standards of digital photography and it presented the market with the new full-frame mirrorless SL system, whose first representative will be the Leica SL (Typ 601). This MILC camera with the new type of mount is followed by three new SL lenses - Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 ASPH, Leica Apo-Vario Elmarit-SL 90-280mm f/2.8-4, and Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH.
The Leica SL (Typ 601) is a full-frame mirrorless camera with the new SL-mount and it is equipped with a 24MP CMOS sensor, which was borrowed and adapted from the said Leica Q. Thanks to its Maestro II processor, the Leica SL brings a 49-point contrast-based AF system that is claimed to be the fastest on the market. The speed of this mirrorless camera is also illustrated by its continuous shooting rate - 11 fps.
The new Leica SL (Typ 601) also boasts superb 4K video (4096 x 2160 at 24 fps), while framing is accomplished through a fixed 3" 1,040,000-dot LCD touch screen, as well as a built-in 4,400,000-dot SXAG electronic viewfinder with 0.8x magnification (the first viewfinder featuring the Leica EyeRes technology). In addition, there is a 1.28" monochrome status LCD, located on the top panel. Data can be easily transferred via compatible smart devices thanks to built-in Wi-Fi, together with location information due to built-In GPS, whereas the battery autonomy is 400 shots. There is no built-in flash, but there is a hot shoe for external flash units.
Aside from stunning internal performances, the Leica SL (Typ 601) also sports impressive exterior. With its sealed body made of aluminum, which is resistant to dust, moisture, and splashes, the SL camera is ready for all circumstances. The control buttons are made in a minimalistic style found on the Leica T - they are pretty soft - and there is also a joystick for quick AF-point selection.
As for the new SL lenses Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 ASPH, Leica Apo-Vario Elmarit-SL 90-280mm f/2.8-4, and Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH, they bring superior optical design that Leica lovers are used to. Like the new SL (Typ 601), they are sealed and durable, which will be the case for all future SL lenses, too. When it comes to Leica lenses of other mounts, the company is preparing an adapter that will come out in 2016 and that will make almost every Leica lens ever made compatible with the SL-mount. What is also important to point out is that by introducing the new mount, the existing crop-sensor T-mount will be renamed TL.
The Leica SL (Typ 601) and Leica Vario Elmarit-SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 ASPH will be available for sale from November 16 for $7,450 (body-only) and $4,950, respectively. The price and availability of the Leica Apo-Vario Elmarit-SL 90-280mm f/2.8-4 and Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH lenses are still to be announced.
The news was taken from LEICA.