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We recently took the opportunity to purchase a new old stock Leica TL camera body. It appears an odd choice for a new purchase, after all it was superseded with the TL2 several years ago and since then, the whole Leica APSC system has been discontinued.
As purchasers of the Leica Q2 Ghost edition by Hondinkee, we missed out on the very collectible set that included a matching silver thumb grip as one of the extras. Our search for one turned up nothing more than a standard black version which I was not interested in. My enquiries to both Leica and Hodinkee could not help as it was not available as a spare part. I could not even locate a third party option.
I originally purchased this lens shortly after it was introduced several years ago and enjoyed using it so much I decided, bizarrely, to sell it. Other than to help finance a new SL 75mm APO lens, I had no other reason to part with it and suffered seller’s remorse as soon as it had left the house. It is the only Leica lens I have ever sold on and I view this moment of madness as a lesson in needlessly purging equipment in an effort to keep further outlay minimised.
Continuing with my renewed interest in zoom lenses, we recently purchased Leica’s APO Vario-Elmar 90-280 f2.8-4 telephoto zoom lens. We took it out in the field a few days ago to start to familiarise ourselves with it. Below are some of the images taken during its first use. We will post a wider review of our experiences when we have used it for a few months.
We have very recently taken delivery of Leica’s 16-35mm f3.5-4.5 ASPH Super-Vario Elmar Lens. November in the UK has been typically very dreary with grey overcast skies on many days. A short break in the weather allowed us to get out and try the lens for the first time. Below are the pictures taken from this session. The lens was used on a Leica SL2/S body and we will post a deeper review when we have used it more.
A few weeks ago we took delivery of our first 35mm sensor size camera, a Leica SL2-S. Like all new cameras there is a learning curve and we have not yet spent enough time understanding the menu items and customisation of its controls. Over the coming months we will familiarise ourselves and produce a commentary of our thoughts. Here are the first pictures taken through the SL 75mm f2 lens, the locations being Matlock and Matlock Bath.