Some Leica shooters are "lazy photographers – but not in a bad way!" says Leica exec

Leica SL System product manager, Steffen Rau, sat at a desk holding a Leica SL3
(Image credit: James Artaius)

Few people think "mirrorless specialist" when they think about Leica, but in some ways it has already bested some of the biggest names in the post-DSLR era. 

When it launched the original Leica SL in 2015, Canon was still pushing the EOS M system, Nikon had thrown its weight behind its ill-fated J series, and Olympus… well, Olympus still made cameras. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.