It wasn’t just the lenses . . .

. . . it was also that brick of a camera. It just took some time to figure that out.

Yesterday I put the M10 next to the SL2-S and was almost taken aback by the difference in size. The M10 is actually not much bigger than a CL with grip attached. There’s no urgency to dump the SL2-S off, which is fortunate since new copies can now be had for well below 4K Euros. At the same time, it’s hard to believe that this camera will ever get a bump in popularity down the road the way the M9 has.

Out with the M10 for some street shooting today, unwilling to stray far from shelter due to iffy weather, I realized why I liked the camera in the first place. Menu operation is nimble, same as the CL; whereas the SL2-S sometimes reminds me of the a7rIV’s “press and wait” buttons. While the SL2-S’s EVF is light years better than the SL 601’s in terms of brightness, I find the often-criticized Visoflex 020 to be plenty bright at all times when left on “auto.”

One priceless feature in the M10 is exposure effect on half-press of the shutter button, which keeps me from over-tweaking it and leaves me with a brighter finder for framing and focusing. Outdoors with the SL2-S, adjusting exposure was an ongoing battle, and permanent exposure effect too often made for a dim finder in bright sunlight. To be fair, these are but a few niggles with an otherwise fantastic camera that produces topnotch raw files.

Still, it’s nice to be out and about with a camera that wears well, almost as though it’s not there, and balances well with native lenses . . .

. . . and doesn’t leave me with a crick in my neck at the end of the day!

M10/35mm Summicron-M v. 4
M10/35mm Summicron-M v. 4