While the ‘true’ Leica photographer may already have frowned upon my praise of the Leica SL and the Leica CL, it gets worse from here for those people. Yes, I just acquired a (relatively) cheap zoom lens with autofocus from a non-Leica brand. The reason: I wanted a relatively cheap zoom lens with autofocus. Leica doesn’t make one for the SL and the 24-90 is lovely, but way too heavy for my taste. And now there’s a new kid in town: Panasonic.
I’ll keep it very short. The Panasonic Lumix S 24-105/f4 doesn’t look as sexy as Leica lenses do, but it could be worse. Also, ergonomically, it’s a joy. Autofocus seems to be pretty quick and the good thing is, just like with the native SL lenses, if you switch the lens to MF, it still focusses automatically when pressing the joystick. Perfect!
I’ll keep you posted.