With the CL’s AF having captured at least some shots with the Lumix 70-300mm that appeared to be focused with critical accuracy, I decided to try some using manual focus to see if I could get that result most rather than some of the time.
The results took me by surprise. With MF, the 70-300mm was noticeably sharper than the AF shots I took with the CL that I had thought were accurately focused. Instead of a reprieve, it’s certain banishment for the little camera. One thread of consistency that seemed to exist with all of Leica’s L-mount bodies that passed through my arsenal is that they were able to autofocus reasonably well with their native lenses, but less so to varying degrees with lenses made by other alliance members.
Having realized some time ago the need for every camera in my arsenal to be capable of shooting long with accuracy, it’s time to make it happen. Having missed the boat on R7 pre-orders, which probably turned out to be a good thing, I clicked on R10 and expect it to arrive the latter part of the week.
My first thought was that, at the very least, the R10 would be a lighweight 429 grams of backup insurance when I travel. But after reading about its AF capabilities, it’ll probably see a considerable amount of action in good light, as the RF 100-400mm will yield a 640mm field of view at the long end, creating a package that weighs just a hair over 1.1kg.
Emotion about the end of the line for the CL and Leica bodies in my arsenal in general? Nope, not a whit. Stop and think a minute: did Leica give a flying crap about how their devoted customers would feel when it finally became clear there was no successor in the pipeline? There’s your answer.
Got no need for cufflinks, either . . .