Leica SL has been launched and it is not for YOU.
- Placement: Full-Format, between Leica M and Leica S System.
- Target: Big DSLR freelance still photographers who’re using S-System in Studio
- Lenses: some AF, some more adapted as MF (M, R, TL, S), Many to be developed, many more adapted
- Quality: equal to Leica Q sensor (slight improvement to Leica M 240), Heavy-Duty Body and water tight
- Size: huge, with huge Grip to hold well (not possible with M) the large AF tele-lenses planned and many mid-format S-Type Lenses or old R-type Lenses
- Top-Feature: Huge resolution EVF, 4K Video 24fps
- Price: adequate to Target and Placement, Price-complains only come from people who don’t understand what target group is being adressed by Leica.
In my view this is a huge solid ugly bastard (T-like GUI, S-Viewer, S-Display, S-Size, R-Lenses-redevelopment, Q-Sensor, S-Electronics). Ugly? Yes, it misses overall design quality, it’s just “cleaned up”. Consider the title, it’s an SL (L=light) compared to the compact mid-format camera Model S. It allows for a much more dynamic camera activity for S-Users. It’s NOT an upgrade for M or a switch-alternative for Nikon/Canon Pro-Consumer Full-format cameras, like D600, 5D or similar, even less a comparable option to Sony A7, regardless of the bullshit some bloggers write.
If you want a compact full-format camera system and somehow payable camera, take a Sony A7II.
If you want a real Rangefinder – M is it.
If you want a professional System for slightly more compact and dynamic still photography than with your mid-format solution, you buy a SL to the S model you already own.
If you want a compact full-format camera for spray-and-pray photography, take a Canon, Nikon
If you want a prosumer compact camera for great pictures, take an Fuji X (any that fits)
If you want a feature-list in a compact body, take a Sony A7RII or RX1RIII or whatever XIWAZ71R name the just gave their new model.
Here’s one far better and longer read: http://blog.mingthein.com/2015/10/21/premiere-review-2015-leica-sl-601/
The new Leica SL is not a competitor for the compact mirrorless market. This is and will remain the TL-System, based on Leica T and the more conservative Leica M System.
An expected System based on the new Q model might appear between or aside of the T and M, but that’s future talk.
End of next year M will receive a hybrid Rangefinder and probably use the SL sensor, if not a slightly improved one.