Some people complain about the resolution of the Leica SL. They think that 24MP is not on par with today’s standards. Although I always disagree with that, – in fact I prefer a sensor with slightly lower resolution because it keeps the files manageable and delivers better IQ at high ISO – yesterday we saw our own work printed on 2 by 3 meters. Yes, that is 6 square meters.
A few months ago my wife was asked to participate in a project. Artist Roos Tulen asked twenty different photographers to shoot her, mostly nude. Anita agreed and invited Roos to our house. A few weeks before, Roos realized that I could shoot her as well and asked if we could do a ‘duo shoot’. We agreed and set up our mobile studio that I use for my corporate headshots.
We selected two different images and sent them to Roos to be printed. Yesterday was the festival with the exposition and we were very excited to see our images on these gigantic prints, but also the prints of the other photographers.
Long story short, 2 by 3 meters is not a problem at all for the Leica SL. In fact, the prints looked stunning. When viewed close up, you could still see loads of detail. The images were shot with the Summilux-SL 50/1.4 ASPH and I have to say: on prints like these, you can tell why this lens is regarded as one of the best 50mm lenses ever made.