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Fun with Leica SL2

scott kirkpatrick

Well-known member
Panorama of Ein Kerem, just southwest of Jerusalem:

U1020999 1 Panorama by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr SL2 SL SC 50, 5 or 6 shots

The gold domes are part of a complex of Russian church and convent, relatively recent, and being overshadowed by a highway and light rail line that need to cling to the steep hillside above it. The big church across the town is dedicated to John the Baptist, who is said to have been born, lived and preached here. There are signs of earlier structures beneath the big church dating to the the first century CE.
 

scott kirkpatrick

Well-known member
Xploring use of my XPan lenses on L-mount

I just got Kipon's XPan to L-mount adapter, and I have a second-generation (it's pure Fuji) X-Pan with 45 and 75 lenses that cover the full 65mm width of its frame. So how do these 6x7 not particularly fast lenses work on the SL2? My short answer is that the color rendition is nice, the lack of vignetting is calming, but the SL2 doesn't make IBIS available to a non-Leica adapter. And the 45, with a 1 stop center-reduction filter installed to even the response across the full 6x7 frame, becomes an f/5.6 lens. But here are a few examples from the 45:

U1040442 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

U1040447 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr

U1040452 by scott kirkpatrick, on Flickr
 

DaveS

Member
Hi Scott, actually you can use IBIS on a SL2 with any adapter, you set the Camera to choose either a M lens or R lens that is close to your 3rd party lens. (IE set menu to 90mm F2.8 R for my 100mm Nikon F2.8 E) and turn IBIS on, and away you go. It even guesses the aperture for the meta data. Here is an adapter for Nikon, along with 2 shots from it. The night time shot is handheld at 1/13 sec F2.8.

The focal length you choose helps the SL2 to know what kind of IBIS settings to use. Also, I've found a lot of Nikon manual focus and Canon FDn manual focus lens work really well and are super light and compact to use.

SL2 w Nikon 100.jpgSL2 w Nikon 13 sec handheld w IBIS.jpg


Regards,

Dave

SL2 w Nikon 100 1.jpg
 

scott kirkpatrick

Well-known member
I guess I was lazy, and didn't dig into the menus. Just putting the lens on didn't cause the camera to ask for additional information. Does the SL2 remember the profile assignment the next time you start up? Or the next time that you replace a lens which identifies itself with a third party lens?
 

DaveS

Member
Yes it seems to. I went back and forth with a SL lens and third party adapter (‘dumb’ one with no contacts) and it remembers the R lens I set up. Even with battery swapping it remembers.

But if you change the 3rd party lens to a different focal length don’t forget to change it yourself or the IBIS may not stabilize correctly.

Have fun!

Dave
 
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