FAST & FURIOUS
BOBBY TONELLI AND THE LEICA SL
One of the things that makes Leica Camera so special besides the illustrious history in photography, is the image quality.
In the film days we didn't have sensors or processors to dictate how an image is rendered, but the type of film used and the lens. Leica lenses always had a ‘fingerprint’ that made it special. Call it that "Leica look" photographers sought after.
Fast forward to today, that fingerprint is still lusted after, and while lens technology has advanced from years past, Leica continues to set a standard which others have only tried to achieve.
Before using the Leica SL Typ 601 on Celebrity Car Wars, I only used the SL once during its launch event in Singapore. At that time, it had one lens, the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH, which showcased the future of Leica lenses in a very robust and large size. But anyone who shot with that combo recognized the resolving power and optical advancements Leica has achieved, and the future of the SL line looked very promising. Fast forward to today, we now have the Leica APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPH and Leica APO-Summicron-SL 90mm f/2 ASPH lenses for the SL. Smaller in size, and more manageable for longer days of shooting, but at the same time creating images that maximizes the 24-megapixel full frame sensor. When you nail that shot, you see clarity, tonal rendering and fall-off that, in my opinion, comes close to medium format quality.
Yes, the SL lineup of lenses are that good, and no one told me to say that. :)