Capturing Life's Moments with the Leica SL2 and 28mm APO Summicron

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Capturing Life's Moments with the Leica SL2 and 28mm APO Summicron

In the world of photography, the Leica brand stands out as a symbol of precision, craftsmanship, and innovation. The Leica SL2, paired with the 28mm APO Summicron lens, embodies these qualities and promises a remarkable photography experience. Recently, I had the pleasure of using this remarkable camera setup during a memorable stay at the Ryder Hotel, where I explored the vibrant streets of a bustling city, capturing street photography and intimate portraits. In this blog, I will share my experience with the Leica SL2 and 28mm APO Summicron lens, as well as the moments I was fortunate enough to document.

A Luxurious Stay at Ryder Hotel

My photographic journey began with a luxurious stay at the Ryder Hotel, located in the heart of the city. The hotel's contemporary design, attention to detail, and impeccable service made it a perfect base for my photography adventure. The spacious and elegantly designed rooms provided a serene escape, allowing me to recharge between my photographic expeditions.

The Ryder Hotel's rooftop bar and lounge offered stunning panoramic views of the city, which I took full advantage of for capturing cityscapes during the golden hour. The hotel's warm and welcoming atmosphere was the ideal setting to prepare for each day's photography excursion.

Exploring the City Through My Lens

With the Leica SL2 in hand, I set out to explore the vibrant streets and neighborhoods of the city. The 28mm APO Summicron lens proved to be the perfect companion for capturing the essence of urban life. Its compact size and fast aperture allowed me to work comfortably in a variety of shooting conditions.

Street Photography

Street photography is a genre that requires quick reflexes and the ability to capture candid moments that unfold in the blink of an eye. The Leica SL2's lightning-fast autofocus and precise controls made it easy to capture these fleeting moments. The 28mm APO Summicron lens delivered stunning sharpness and incredible detail, even in low-light conditions, thanks to its wide f/2 aperture.

As I roamed the bustling streets, I captured the diverse and colorful characters that make up the city's tapestry. The lens's 28mm focal length was perfect for storytelling compositions, and its rendering delivered a cinematic quality to my images. The combination of the Leica SL2 and the 28mm APO Summicron allowed me to create images that felt both intimate and authentic.


While the 28mm APO Summicron is not traditionally considered a portrait lens, it proved to be a versatile choice for capturing intimate portraits. Its wide aperture allowed for beautiful background separation, rendering creamy bokeh that made my subjects pop against their surroundings.

I had the opportunity to photograph individuals I encountered during my explorations, and the results were breathtaking. The lens's sharpness and contrast, combined with the Leica SL2's superb color rendering, resulted in portraits that were both natural and full of character. The 28mm focal length encouraged me to get up close and personal, creating a sense of connection between the subject and the viewer.

Final Thoughts

My experience with the Leica SL2 and 28mm APO Summicron lens during my stay at the Ryder Hotel was nothing short of extraordinary. The camera and lens combination's exceptional build quality, ease of use, and image quality exceeded my expectations. Whether I was capturing the energy of the city streets or the depth of individual personalities, this gear allowed me to tell compelling visual stories with every click of the shutter.

The Leica SL2 and 28mm APO Summicron lens are the perfect tools for any photographer seeking to blend street photography and portrait work. They embody the Leica tradition of excellence, providing photographers with the means to capture life's moments with precision and artistry. My journey with these exceptional pieces of equipment at the Ryder Hotel was an unforgettable experience, and I look forward to creating more photographic memories with them in the future.