Leica SL Typ-601 Field Test Part I: The big SL goes to the Big Apple


posted Friday, October 14, 2016 at 4:26 PM EST


Our man in Manhattan Eamon Hickey is at it again, this time toting the largest of the digital Leica's in the SL Typ 601. With 35 years experience in photography, including having shot a number of Leica cameras in the past, Eamon was a natural to test this modern, upscale street camera.

And just how did it fare in the big city? We've just received Eamon's Leica SL Field Test Part I, and it's chock full of interesting insight into the controls and ergonomics of this intriguing camera. Pairing it not only with the native 24-90mm autofocus lens, but also with an M-series 50mm f/2 Summicron manual focus lens, he brings us a variety of images and shooting experiences in and around town.

SUMMICRON-M 50mm f/2.0: f/3.5, 1/50s, ISO 6400

VARIO-ELMARIT-SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH OIS: 42mm, f/13, 1/50s, ISO 50

"The SL's extremely high build quality was obvious from the first time I picked it up. It's just a superbly constructed, rock-solid camera with impeccable fit and finish, and the 24-90mm lens feels every bit its match. I had no way of testing the Leica SL's weather resistance, but based on the feel of the camera's construction alone, I wouldn't hesitate to use it in conditions as wet as a moderate rainstorm."

Dive into Eamon's Field Test Part I for all the details!

Leica SL Field Test Part I