Since buying the Leica SL2s in early 2021, it has remained my most used full-frame camera. It’s an incredible camera that keeps things simple for photographers while also reminding us that we don’t need a whole lot of fancy tech to shoot great photos. Additionally, it’s also an incredibly durable camera. But I’m not going to lie — I thought that it was suffering from issues with the abuse I give it. After this latest firmware update though, it seems like everything is working as it should. So, we updated our Leica SL2s review to include the latest firmware update.
Here are the updates from our Leica SL2s review. You can read the entire thing right here:
Update September 2023
Firmware 5.2.0 for the Leica SL2s brings some very minor changes and updates to the camera. Here are the exact details:
PHOTO & VIDEO NEW
• New battery type (BP-SCL6) is supported.
No longer limitation for lenses with higher current consumption.
• New M lenses are supported
• Bugfixes in the firmware
Overall, this seems very minor. After the Leica SL2s was updated, we had to assign our settings to the right buttons and customize the camera to exactly how we wanted it. This is common when updating Leica cameras. Once this was done, it seemed like there was less lag with the camera — which is a problem that occurs every now and again. This is especially the case for when it is writing images to the card as it might sometimes freeze up for a few seconds. After the update, I didn’t see this happen anymore.
Additionally, the camera seems to start up faster than it did previously.
As for the batteries, I’m a bit shocked to see this update. Apparently, some problems could result from using the newer, higher-capacity batteries. However, I never found that to be the case when I tested them. They always worked pretty flawlessly as I’d expect a Leica product to function.
If you’ve been a Leica SL2s user who thought that perhaps your camera was experiencing some issues around wear and tear to the performance, then consider this new firmware update. It feels like things are fixed and the camera just simply functions well.
Leica’s updates are great, but there’s still more that I’d want. I still believe it should have a multiple exposure mode, a shutter-down function to protect the sensor when powering the camera down, and the creative looks that the Leica Q3 lets you boast.
Hopefully, Dr. Kauffman and the others will feel a bit giving.