with the Leica SL

3 Days in Istanbul with the Leica SL At the end of December 2015 I travelled to Istanbul to test the new Leica SL camera. My friend Sarah came along and assisted with the reflector. We stayed at the 5 star St Regis Hotel in the upmarket Nisantasi district. Part of the Starwood group, the hotel's high levels of service included a complimentary butler service! I can definitely recommend this hotel, the staff were superb...

The SL is Leica's latest flagship 35mm digital camera. It's also their first camera in many years which uses autofocus lenses. On this trip I used it with my manual focusing M mount lenses. I will write up a full hands on review in due course and post it on my blog here. But for the moment I can confirm this is the best camera I have ever used with Leica M lenses. In addition to photographing a local model and exploring some great parts of the city, we visited the amazing Blue Mosque

I photographed the enigmatic local model Busra Gürler in the St Regis and in the grounds of the Kempinski Hotel, also known as Ciragan Palace. I used the Leica M 35mm and the 50mm Summilux ASPH Lenses

Post-shoot selfie

Some street portraits

Next we visited the Istanbul Modern

and photographed some traders in the grand bazaar #leicacamera #leica #istanbul #turkey #travelphotography #travel #portraits #photography #StRegis #spglife #starwoodhotels #style