LensVid Exclusive: Talking with Leica at Photokina 2016

During Photokina 2016 we had a chance to interview Stefan Daniel and Steffen Skopp from Leica (this is actually our third interview with  Stefan Daniel who we first meet in Photokina 2010).

During the interview we talked about the Leica SL introduced last year and how important it is to Leica as well as some of the less known features of the camera (which we also have a chance to play with a little bit).

The Leica SL with a Cine lens – advanced 4K video


Skopp talked about the new 50mm f/1.4 lens and about the new line of lenses that Leica will introduce for the SL in the next year or so (he claims that they will be sharper than anything Leica – and maybe anybody else, has at the moment). These lenses will have completely new designs and will come with f/2 apertures (35mm, 75mm and 90mm) as well as a zoom 16-35mm f/3.5-f/4.5.

The future 16-35mm lens for the SL


We also asked Stefan Daniel about how Leica has been doing in the past few years with the big decline of the photo industry and according to him the company was unaffected (or at least was able to compensate with the release of new products like the SL).

As we mentioned in the video we had a chance to try the SL with the 90-280mm lens and it was a joy to use (although this combo is big and heavy). We were not just impressed with the image quality but also with the AF speed and accuracy (remember Leica – at least historically, is known for its high quality manual focus lenses).

One of the most interesting things that we learned from this interview was not done by Leica (although we are sure it had some part in it) but by Novoflex which created two very special AF adaptors for the SL from Nikon and Canon (these are not cheap – they will cost around $850) but if you are A Canon or Nikon shooter with lots of high quality lenses and want to get an SL – this might be a good investment (we didn’t have a chance to try it – but maybe in the future we shall have a talk with Leica and ask them if they can loan us one for some testing).

This video is just one of the first among over 20 videos and interviews that we took during the show (many more to come in the next days and weeks) and you can find them on our special channel on Youtube and on this link on LensVid.

Special thanks to Manfrotto  – LensVid’s sponsors for Photokina 2016.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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