As we recently reported, the newly released Leica M Monochrom ‘Jim Marshall’ Set has just started shipping. We were able to briefly get our hands on one of the first ones, thanks to its very generous owner, and do […]
As we previously reported in early 2015, Leica began offering special upgrade pricing to owners of CCD-based M cameras who experience sensor corrosion. While some users have opted to just get their sensors […]
Today, Leica has announced a new special edition camera set. The Leica M Monochrom “Jim Marshall Set” honors the legendary rock and roll photographer with a unique full brass M Monchrom (Typ 246) and vintage-look […]
Today, Leica has released a major new firmware update for the SL (Typ 601): Version 3.0. This firmware incorporates a considerable number of new features, enhancements, stability improvements and bug fixes. Before […]
Great article.thank you so much for all the info.one thing I noticed with the electronic shutter when I set it to always on my shutter button does not work.it works fine in off and extended.
Mike, are you sure the shutter button is not working? Do keep in mind with the Electronic Shutter set to “always on” the camera will not make ANY sound when you take a picture…which is very odd at first if you aren’t used to it!
Thank you.i did not know that it makes no sound.when set to always on.
Jesse, that is something we plan on doing in a future post, it just requires more testing than we had time for. The SL’s auto focus has been improved with every major firmware update and 3.0 is no exception!
Thank you for this comment, I actually added a new section to the post about this change. Take a look!
Steve, to shoot a DNG only on the SL, you want to go to Photo File Format which is near the top of the Camera menu (one of the first settings you’ll see when you bring up the menu). Then you can select DNG!
Josh Well done ! I am impressed that our discussions actually made it into this firmware release . No time to test it this week ..but soon I will give you some feedback onAF tracking ….
Devin, from my testing here I do not see a difference in the behavior of the spot metering function in Manual mode whether Exposure Preview is set to PAS or PASM. The only difference I see with Manual mode is that in PASM, if you set your exposure manually, the live view will reflect that exposure even without the shutter half pressed. More testing is needed!
Devin, I’ll take a look at your awesome chart, thanks!
Steve, I’m not sure what you mean. On the SL, if you shoot DNG only (by selecting DNG in the Photo File Format menu), there is no JPEG file created at all. Are you seeing something different?
Josh, is there a way to turn off the joystick / focus point grid on the display other than a half press on the shutter?
Josh, exactly what is “extended mode” for the electronic shutter?
Josh, please disregard the joystick / AF focus point question. I just remembered how to turn it off.
Josh, on the right bottom corner of the live view screen there is a number which changes when the shutter button is half pressed. That number on my SL is 5K. When the shutter button is half pressed it changes to something that looks like L 33 . What are these numbers? I can’t find any reference to this in the manual. The screen images in the manual are all 633 or 634.
John, the 5K refers to the camera’s estimate of how many shots are remaining on the SD memory card (or cards). The L33 when the shutter is half pressed represents how many shots you have left in the camera’s buffer (33 shots in that particular case).
Scott, a 64GB SD card would be SDXC. I’ve always found SDHC (cards 32GB or smaller) to be a bit faster, in general. Interesting about the electronic shutter being a bit faster. I’ll have to check that here too!
There is no new firmware for the TL lenses in SL firmware 3.0, only for the SL 24-90mm and 90-280mm. And yes the lens firmware update does take quite a while!
During NAB Show 2017, I had a nice chat with Seth Emmons, the Global Marketing Manager for CW Sonderoptic. CW designs and builds the incredible Leica Cine lenses and they had quite a few new items on the roster […]
Today, Leica has released two new binoculars in their popular Trinovid line: the Leica Trinovid 8×32 HD and Trinovid 10×32 HD. Compared to the Trinovid HD 42 line, the HD 32’s are smaller and lighter and feature […]
If you read my pre-NAB announcement of Sound Devices new MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 mixer/recorder/USB interfaces, you’ll know how much I was looking forward to checking them out in person in Las Vegas. Starting at […]
On May 1st, prices on a bunch of Leica products are going up. For the most part, the increases aren’t major, and don’t impact all products across the board. The entire SL System is unchanged. S lenses remain the […]
Leica is delivering M10s, and has been since January. The issue is one of maximum production versus demand. The M10 is a hand-made product. It takes time to assemble, calibrate and test. As such, they can only make a limited amount per day. On the flip side, the demand is massive. Leica can’t just make 50,000 cameras in one go. If history is a guide, meeting the initial M10 demand will most likely take another 6-8 months.
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