It seems Olympus' solution is to drive the lens' AF motor meaning all MF lenses are out and probably all other 𝜇43 lens manufacturers as well.
Still bugs me why only those supported three lenses ...
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Expensive indeed: triple the price for the Sony A7r Mark II
But then it should come with a cool 24-90mm zoom lens
If this price is correct, it better be MUCH better than the competition
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Correction: the article speculates that the camera with lens could list at three times the street price of a new Sony without lens. Leica lenses are never cheap, so the body alone might only be slightly more expensive than a Sony body.
If (...a big If) this camera is based off the Q, and uses similar materials, sensor, an production lines, I see no reason for the SL to cost this much. The Q costs $4250 USD (lens included, of course), so I imagine that Leica would bring to market a SL, o with a "kit" lens included for about the price of the M240, or around $7K USD ($4000-$5000 body, $2,500 $3,500 lens). Besides the S, the M line is their mature, premium camera lineup, with plenty of lenses from which to choose. I seriously doubt that Leica would release a 1st generation body at an unreasonable price, pricing even huge fans as myself out of the purchase. They were reasonably fair in pricing out the T system (lenses were too expensive, in my opinion) and the Q, so I suspect they will be wise in terms of pricing the SL aggressively, especially with viable competitors on the market and in a "similar" (albeit non-luxury) segment....
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For me, if it is more than €5000.- with the 28-90 "kit" lens, then I am out of the game - definitely!
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I decided to expand my Nikon SLR system. After playing with an F6 for a bit, adding a few lenses, and adding the D750 body, I'm delighted.
I'd planned to sell off all the Leica R gear ... two Leicaflex SL bodies, R8 body, ten lenses ... But I made the mistake of taking out the black SL and fitting the Summicron-R 90mm to it over the weekend. Can't bear to part with it ... I'll keep that body along with four lenses (19/2.8, 50/1.4, 90/2, 180/4). The rest will go.
I could equip a couple of my R lenses with Leitax Nikon mounts, but why reduce the functionality of these lovely lenses just to use them on a Nikon body? I'm perfectly happy using them to shoot on film. And I love the simplicity*and ergonomics of the Leicaflex SL body.
The new Leica SL .... I look forward to seeing exactly what it is when Leica formally announces it, then how it works, and with what lenses, etc. I'm tired of the hamster-wheel rumor speculation.
The camera I've been carrying most the past few weeks is a Polaroid SX-70.
Still, the SL with native lens makes for a steep entry fee into this new system.
Hopefully there will be adapters for M and/or R-glass.
Then it remains to be seen how it holds its ground in terms of IQ against the M-system.
Me ? I'm optimistic ...
At this time, is there anything we know for a fact? TIA.
With best regards, K-H.
Godfrey, are you sure this is a good time to sell R lenses? Some of them are Dr Mandler's finest achievements. IMO they render more pleasing images than any newer, more 'clinical' designs.
If I had 11 I'd keep every single one, in anticipation of newer mirrorless bodies – from Leica, if not Sony – that will let them display their fine rendering of tones.
I agree the A7 was clunky to use by hand, but now I can conveniently use the RII on a tripod. I'm more than pleased with 'middle aged' Leica and Contax SLR glass, particularly in the upper midrange and highlight zones.
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I'm in no rush, the R equipment isn't going anywhere for at least a few months. But I am trying to off-load some of the excess around here.
I can always change my mind... and often do. :-)
Have to say, few cameras have ever been made that were as beautiful and as nice in the hand as a Leicaflex SL. Whomever did the body design did very well.
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