Leica SL2 Review

December 12, 2019 | Gavin Stoker |

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 47 megapixel JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 10Mb.

As we mentioned in our intro, the shots we managed to get out of the Leica SL2’s sensor, when combined with our 24-90mm f/2.8 to f/4 zoom, we felt were simply stunning in terms of detail and richness.

The price and the build here had our expectations (and imaginations) raised, but we were able to achieve images with this camera, even handheld in low light with the aid of the self timer to avoid contributing camera shake, the likes of which we have rarely witnessed before.

Shooting autumnal scenes on standard settings provided plenty of opportunity to test for natural colours and sharpness, and here too the SL2 didn’t disappoint. Detail is razor-sharp and it really is like you are viewing the world in high definition, closer than ever to what the human eye can deliver for us.

We also shot at night with the SL2 and were almost able to drag more detail out of the darkness than even our eyes could deliver. Even at top whack ISO 50000 equivalent setting on this camera, we got results that, while admittedly soft around the edges and grainy, displayed fine grain, rather than big painterly blobs destroying the outline of objects, while colour fidelity was also faithfully retained.

If you’re looking for a camera and lens line up that puts quality above all else, then, provided you’re prepared to put hand in pocket, then you can’t go far wrong with the Leica SL2.

Noise

There are 11 ISO settings available on the Leica SL2. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting.

JPEG RAW

ISO 50 (100% Crop)

ISO 50 (100% Crop)

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ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12500 (100% Crop)

ISO 12500 (100% Crop)

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ISO 25000 (100% Crop)

ISO 25000 (100% Crop)

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ISO 50000 (100% Crop)

ISO 50000 (100% Crop)

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Long Exposures

The Leica SL2's maximum shutter speed is 60 seconds in the Manual mode and there's a Bulb mode for up to 30 minute exposures, which is great news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 30 seconds at ISO 50.

Night

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