FAST & FURIOUS

BOBBY TONELLI AND THE LEICA SL

 
 
 
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Robust. Water-resistant.

Over the past three seasons, we filmed exclusively in the Philippines in some unique locations.  Because we film at the beginning of the monsoon season and weather is erratic, I needed a camera system that wasn’t going to break if I was caught in the rain. 

While Leica carries a name that is synonymous with luxury, that doesn’t mean you need to baby this Leica.  The build quality of the Leica SL allows it to be used in some rough terrain.  Case in point: we were shooting in mountainous terrain while the rain was coming down on our 4 x 4 extreme challenge.  While other photographers were covering their cameras in plastic, I was out there in the rain, at times covered in dirt to get the right shots with only the lens hood protecting the glass.

For many of these pics I used the Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90-280mm f/2.8-4 which is a beast of a lens, and rightfully so, but if you are okay with the additional weight, you will find that the lens has a good balance with the body, especially when you need to capture fast-paced moments.  I did get some dirt in the grooves of the lens, but simply using a compressed-air can to get it out worked wonders, and I was on my way.