Dials and buttons are the utmost simplicity with a readout screen on top of the body. I wasn't prepared to like this camera as much as I did, particularly the econometrics, but at a body price of $7450 I don't think I'll be rushing out to add this one to my arsenal of equipment any time soon.
|While there are only going to be very few dedicated lenses initially available for the SL, it also accepts all other important Leica lenses -- Leica M, S, R via a dedicated adapter. The kit lens -- if you can call a $4950 lens a "kit" lens -- shown here is a very practical focal length Leica 24-90mm f/2.8-4 Vario-Elmarit.|
Fuji didn't have too much new to announce at the show. They did show their new 35mm f/2 lens and the 1.4x teleconverter.
The 35mm f/2 Fuji lens. At $399 it is a smaller, weather-resistant, less expensive alternative to the current Fuji 35mm f/1.4. Reports coming in make mention of its quick and quiet auto focus and high image sharpness. It weighs just a tad less than the f/1.4 model, and does not focus quite as close (13.78" or 35cm for the f/2; 11.02 or 28cm for the f/1.4), but the magnification is not that far off.
Fuji's XF1.4X TC WR teleconverter has a limited use, currently working only on the 55-140mm f/2.8 zoom. It is also intended for the 100-400mm telephoto zoom and 120mm macro coming out in 2016.
Among the other do-dads I saw and liked were straps and a messenger bag with a really unique fastening system -- all perfect for a Fuji-X or Leica camera system.
Cecilia straps come in a variety of width from just the strap itself up to a 1.5" neck band. They are made of leather and also come with Peruvian woven designs. The leather was very supple, a perfect accompaniment to a Fuji X camera.
Celicia also makes leather wrist straps of the same leather.
One of the most inovative camera bag fastening designs I have come across lately is made by Peak Design as part of a Kickstarter project.
|The Peak Design Everyday Messenger bag features a unique, brushed metal clasp. Pull the square loop down to unfasten the top. Simply touch the loop to any of the four fasteners and the top flap locks with a distinct snap. The bag is rather large for a small camera system. I only wish they made one or two smaller versions.|
The GigaPan Epic Pro is something I have been considering for some time to use in my panorama work. It is a very precise machine for taking multiple pictures to stitch into ultra-high resolution panoramic images. Considering what it does, the $995 price tag, it is a reasonable enough. What has kept me from jumping in is the size. It is a large, extra piece of equipment to lug around. It does have a dedicated accessory back pack, but when I add in the camera, tripod, and lenses, the total package is getting quite cumbersome to transport.
ProDrone. One of the nicest things about it is that it folds up into a very compact package for portability, and opens up in an instant ready to fly.
|The ProDrone folds up into a compact 169.5 x 240cm package.|
As for lenses, I've had my eye on the new Zeiss Milvus lineup for Nikon, in particular the 50mm f/1.4 or f/2 macro so I can use them for creating panoramas. These lenses are hitting the market now so I will be testing them out soon.