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Leica SL Lightroom Presets

Leica SL Lightroom Presets Download

Finally I bring you my 4 favourite MrLeica Adobe Lightroom presets for the Leica SL camera. I say 4 and as like my Panasonic Lumix S5 LR preset pack, I could not chose 3 so the download bundle is 3+1 free (4)!

NEW! 4 Lightroom presets for the Leica SL camera

As I shoot more colour photos than I did in the past, I included 2 colour Lightroom presets in additional to the 2 black and white LR presets.

  1. MrLeica Leica SL Col-Old
  2. MrLeica Leica SL Col-Pop
  3. MrLeica Leica SL B&W1
  4. MrLeica Leica SL B&W2
Voigtlander 50mm APO (B&W edit)
Leica SL + LeicaSL-B&W1 preset (Finished in Photoshop)

How I edit photos with Lightroom presets

As someone with never enough time in the day, I need my photo editing process to be as streamlined as efficient as possible. After 10+ years of model photography my approach is now as follows.

  1. Be happy with the viewfinder image before pressing the shutter
  2. Check white balance if shooting with B&W preview
  3. Shoot in camera RAW
  4. Upload all RAW files to Adobe Lightroom on the computer
  5. Apply a MrLeica LR preset to the first image
  6. Paste preset across all images in Lightroom (“Sync”)
  7. Quickly review the images and fix exposure / as needed
  8. Export all images small size
  9. Send all images to the model
  10. Export a few favourites, full size to edit for Flickr / Instagram
  11. Open these in Photoshop, add a border/ fix skin if needed/ etc
Leica Vario-Elmar-R 35-70mm f4 Review
Leica SL + LeicaSL-B&W1 preset (Finished in Photoshop)

Two colour presets for the Leica SL camera

1) MrLeica Leica SL Col-Old LR preset

This Lightroom preset was developed to give a lower saturation look. It can suit portraits and I especially like it for travel photography. The preset gives a reduced contrast flatter finish and I found it worked great with my winter images from Poland. (*Most portraits in Poland were shot in B&W with artificial light as there was very little daylight).

Swipe to see the original RAW file vs. with Col-Old preset applied
Example photos – Leica SL RAW files + Col-Old LR preset

2) MrLeica Leica SL Col-Pop Lightroom preset

Normally if I shoot colour I tend to go for something with a bit more pop. I tend to prefer colour images with more saturation and vibrancy so this Leica SL Lightroom preset works well for that look. I found that I used this LR preset a lot when we had blue skies and sunshine in Tenerife but it can brighten up a grey winter day too.

Swipe to see the original RAW file vs. with Col-Pop preset applied
Example photos – Leica SL RAW files + Col-Pop LR preset

Example photos are shot with modern Leica M mount lenses including the Voigtlander APO-Skopar 90mm f2.8, Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 50mm f2 and the compact Voigtlander Ultron 35mm f2. I also used a modern Sigma DG DN L mount lens and vintage Leica R lenses. (To give you an idea of the lens sharpness and rendering).


Two B&W Lightroom presets for the Leica SL

Often my Leica preset packs have one high contrast black and white preset and one lower contrast B&W. For the Leica SL camera it was less clear cut so I just named the the B&W presets “One” and “Two”. They were developed independently and do give different looks.

1) MrLeica Leica SL B&W1 Lightroom preset

The first Leica SL black and white preset was developed to process all my Tenerife trip images.

Swipe to see the original RAW file vs. with B&W1 preset applied
Example photos – Leica SL RAW files + B&W1 Leica LR preset

These example photos were shot with both modern Leica M mount lenses and older Leica R lenses on the Leica SL.


2) MrLeica Leica SL B&W2 Lightroom preset

My second Leica B&W preset for the Leica SL came after my trip to Poland. I was able to develop this LR preset and pretty much paste it across the 3000+ images from the trip. (I later went back through them and flipped some to colour but that’s normally how I use my presets).

Swipe to see the original RAW file vs. with B&W2 preset applied
Example photos – Leica SL RAW files + B&W2 Adobe LR preset

Sample photos captured with the new Voigtlander Heliar 50mm f1.5 and Voigtlander APO-Skopar 90mm f2.8 lenses. See those posts for lots more B&W images edited using only this preset.


Lightroom presets for Leica SL camera download

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Leica SL Lightroom preset bundle includes:

  • MrLeica Leica SL Col-Old
  • MrLeica Leica SL Col-Pop
  • MrLeica Leica SL B&W1
  • MrLeica Leica SL B&W2 (FREE!)

Need more Lightroom presets for your Leica SL?

Even though I develop my Lightroom presets to suit a specific camera file they can be used with any camera. When I first bought my Leica SL camera I didn’t have time to make presets before multiple model shoots so I found myself using the MrLeica Pansonic Lumix S5 presets on the Leica files. They worked great so if you are looking for a wider selection of presets to use see that post.

Leica R Lens Portrait
Leica SL + LeicaSL-B&W1 preset (Finished in Photoshop)

Are you a Leica CL user?

If you use the APS-C mirrorless Leica CL I can confirm that these presets work fine on that camera too. For the Voigtlander 90mm f2.8 APO-Skopar video and the Voigtlander Heliar 50mm f1.5 video I used the Leica SL and CL cameras. To obtain a consistent look across the images I applied the Leica SL Lightroom preset to all files from both cameras.

All MrLeica Custom Presets – Download Here

My Leica Lightroom presets currently include:

Add your own signature look

If you like my Lightroom presets but you have your own signature look I recommend that you save the preset as a new file called MrLeicaXXX-v2 or “improved” etc. You can apply my Leica SL preset as a base edit then increase/ reduce sharpness, contrast, saturation, vignetting to taste. Going forward you can then use your version 2 preset and hopefully that will speed up your editing.

50mm Voigtlander Heliar f1.5
Leica SL + LeicaSL-B&W2 preset (Finished in Photoshop)

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Leica SL + LeicaSL-B&W2 preset (Finished in Photoshop)

Lumix S5 Lightroom Presets (Leica Look Portraits)

Lumix S5 Lightroom Presets (Leica Look Portraits)(x40)

Following my Panasonic Lumix S5 review I did for YouTube, here are a series of sample photos using my Lumix S5 Lightroom preset pack. I have used the S5 Lumix with Leica L mount lenses, Leica M mount lenses and Leica R mount lenses so here are examples with each setup.

Panasonic Lumix S5 Review (As a Leica user!)

Using the Lumix S5 with Leica M + Leica R lenses

Portraits with the Lumix S5 cameras

As a portrait photographer / model photographer, I was interested to try the Lumix S5 camera with a variety of lenses. I split this article down by lens mount and at the end I share the Lightroom presets for the Lumix S5 camera that I use. All photos in the blog post were shot with the Panasonic Lumix S5 with the featured Lightroom presets applied.

Leica L mount lenses + Lumix S5 – Portraits

I need to add more examples using the Lumix S5 with Leica L mount lenses but here are two. One is using the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90mm f/2.8–4 ASPH lens and the other with the Panasonic Lumix S 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6. Click any image in this post for full details.

Panasonic Lumix S5 Portrait
Leica 24-90mm f4 SL Portrait

Lumix S5 with Leica R lenses – Portraits

The Lumix S5 camera accidently introduced me to Leica R lenses and from that I then bought the Leica R6 film camera (See Leica R6 YouTube review). The following photos were shot using the Panasonic Lumix S5 with Leica R lenses. Lenses including the Leica Elmarit-R 135mm f2.8, Leica Summicron-R 50mm f2, Leica Summicron-R 35mm f2, possibly the Leica Elmarit-R 24mm f2.8 (though I tend to use that more for non-portraits). I also use two Leica R zoom lenses. The Leica Vario Elmar-R 80-200mm f4 ROM lens and the Leica Vario Elmar R 35-70mm f4 Macro ROM lens. Again click any image to see the lens used. (My most used lenses for portraits are the 35mm Summicron R lens and 50mm Summicron R lens).

Leica Elmarit-R 135mm Portrait
Leica Summicron-R 50mm Lens
Lumix S5 Portraits
Leica Summicron-R 50mm Portrait
Summicron R 35mm Portrait
Leica Summicron-R 35mm f2 Portrait
Summicron R 35mm f2 B&W
Leica 80-200 Portrait
Leica M3 + Canon 50mm f1.4
Leica Elmarit-R 135mm f2.8 Portrait
Leica M3 Photographer
50mm Summicron R Portrait
Lumix S5 + Leica R 50mm
Leica Summicron 50mm Portrait
Summicron 50mm Portrait
Leica Summicron R 50mm f2
Summicron-R 50mm f2 Portrait
Leica Summicron-R 50mm f2 Fashion
Leica Summicron-R 50mm f2 Portrait
Leica 135mm f2.8 R Portrait
Leica 135mm f2.8 Portrait
Leica 80-200mm f4 Portrait
Leica 80-200mm Vario-Elmar-R f4
Leica 135mm f2.8 R Lens

Lumix S5 with Leica M mount lenses – Portraits

As a Leica M shooter for many years I was interested to try some of my favourite Leica M lenses on the Lumix S5. I wont list every lens but a few of them include the Leica Summicron 90mm f2 Pre-ASPH, Leica Elmar 90mm f4, Voigtlander Ultron 35mm f1.7 and Voigtlander Heliar 50mm f3.5.

Voigtlander Ultron 35mm f1.7
Leica Elmar 90mm f4 LTM Headshot
Leica Elmar 90mm f4 Portrait
Leica 80-200mm f4 Portrait
Leica Summicron 90mm f2 Pre-ASPH
Voigtlander Heliar 50mm f3.5
Leica Summicron 90mm f2 Pre-ASPH
Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1.5 II
Lumix S5 + Leica M Lenses
Leica Summicron 90mm f2 Portrait
Leica 90mm f2 Portrait
Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1.5 II
Summicron 90mm f2

Lumix S5 Lightroom Presets (Leica Look LR Presets for Lumix)

So as a long term Leica camera user, how did I make myself like the files from the new digital Panasonic Lumix S5? I developed my own Leica look Lumix S5 Lightroom presets inspired by my Leica digital files and to a lesser extent my film photography. Each time I process a new set of Lumix S5 RAW files through LR I try existing Lumix presets I made and if they don’t work for the look I want I make new ones. From the 15+ Lumix S5 LR presets I had, over the next two months I found I was using a few more than other. In particular, 2 different B&W Lightroom presets and two colour LR presets.

Lightroom Presets for Panasonic Lumix S5 (x3 +1)

For all my other Lightroom preset packs for Leica cameras I had two B&W and one colour. With the Lumix S5 I seem to be shooting a lot more colour so I had to narrow it down to four LR presets. Two colour, two black and white. This means when you buy the Lightroom Presets for Lumix S5 you get the standard 3 presets + 1 free!

>> Download: Lightroom Presets Panasonic Lumix S5

Leica Look Presets for Panasonic Lumix S5 (x3 Bundle)
Summicron 50mm Portrait
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Leica Look Lumix S5 Lightroom preset bundle includes:

  • MrLeica Lumix S Colour
  • MrLeica Lumix S B&W 1
  • MrLeica Lumix S B&W 2
  • MrLeica Lumix S Colour 2 (FREE!)

**Lumix S5 Lightroom presets are also suitable for the Lumix S1 / S1H cameras

MrLeica Lumix S5 Lightroom Preset – Colour 1

Lumix S5 LR preset Colour 1 has more of a pink tone to it. Here I share the before and after in Lightroom and the final edit from Photoshop (I often add photo borders and polish up a bit in Photoshop!).

Lumix S5 Lightroom Preset Download

MrLeica Lumix S5 LR Preset – Colour 2

My Lumix S5 LR preset Colour 2 has more of a green tone. Here are before and after photos with the preset applied to a RAW image and a seperate example photo.

Leica Summicron R 35mm f2 Portrait

MrLeica Lumix S5 Lightroom Preset – Black & White 1

Again here are before and after photos using the Lumix S B&W LR preset –

MrLeica Lumix S5 LR Preset – Black & White 2

I found my B&W preset 1 didn’t suit all the models so I developed B&W 2 to give me more options –

How do I process my Panasonic Lumix S5 RAW files?

I import all my RAW files from the Lumix S5 camera into Adobe Lightroom. I then apply one of the 4 presets shown above. For many photoshoots that gives me a 90% finished image. I then fine tune the look of one image using the slider controls in Lightroom and then paste “sync all” across all images. I will then scroll through the images to correct the exposure if I was working in changing lighting conditions. Finally I export all images small JPEG size and send to the models via WeTransfer for them to download. It’s that easy!

The presets don’t work for me?

There might be an occasion where I take photo and non of the 4 presets look quite right. The beauty is I can pick the closest LR preset to the look that I want and then fine tune from there and perhaps save the preset as a new “MrLeica Lumix S LR Preset – Col1B” for example. Done!

Leica Look Lightroom Presets for Lumix S cameras

I developed these Lightroom presets to give me photos that I am happy with from the Panasonic Lumix S5 camera despite being a Leica shooter. As many of the Panasonic Lumix S cameras have a similar sensor, say the Lumix S1 for example, these presets should give you a great starting point for any Lumix S camera.

More MrLeica Custom Leica Lightroom Presets:

If you like my Lumix S LR presets you may also enjoy some of the following –

>> Click HERE to get access to any of the above presets

Note – Lumix GH5 Users (LR Presets Available)

Please note I also have Panasonic Lumix GH5 presets available as I used the Lumix GH5 before getting the full frame Lumix S5. Write to me if you would like them made available to download too.

**I also still have all my Lumix GH5 lenses + Speedbooster so if you use a Micro 4/3 camera get in touch if you’d like my lenses! (Ideally UK based)

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Leica Q Lightroom Preset B&W – 28mm Portraits

Leica Q Lightroom Preset B&W – 28mm Portraits

This is a short article to share my Leica Q portraits from the recent YouTube camera review I did (also embedded). All portrait images were edited with my MrLeica B&W Leica Q Lightroom preset. Examples photos showing the before and after LR preset included below.

Leica Q Lightroom Preset B&W
Leica Q + Leica Q LR Preset B&W + Photoshop to finish

28mm Portraits – Leica Q

When you think of the ideal focal length for portraits the first lens that comes to mind is probably not 28mm. Personally I tend to prefer 50mm for my model portraiture but equally I was interested to see what I could achieve with the Leica Q. Here are a series of photos of the lovely Astrid (Bame agency) during a model test shoot in London. All photos are shot with the Leica Q fixed lens, the Leica Summilux 28mm f1.7 ASPH lens at f1.7.

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MrLeica Leica Q Preset for Lightroom

All the photos shared above are Leica Q RAW files converted to JPEG, reduced size in Lightroom, with my B&W Leica Q Lightroom preset applied. The Leica Q black and white preset is designed to give me images which have that classic Leica look and are influenced by my B&W film photography scans from the Leica M3 and so on. Modern digital sensors cannot replicate film so this is not trying to emulate film but hopefully it gives the images more of the “organic look” that I love.

Leica Q Portrait (From YouTube Video)
Leica Q + Preset + PP to finish

Leica Q Images – Before and After Preset

To help demonstrate the effect of this Leica Q preset here are a series of screenshots from Lightroom showing before and after. On the left is the unedited RAW file, on the right is the final images (*Pre any retouching in Photoshop).

More Leica Q preset example photos to show some variety..

Leica Q LR Preset – Now available to download!

The Leica Q LR preset (B&W) is now available to download from the MrLeica Shop for the usual price of £4.99. If I buy a Leica Q camera in the future I will look to make multiple presets available as I do for the Leica CL, Leica M8 and Leica M240.

YouTube: Leica Q

If you’ve not already seen the video, here is the related YouTube episode for more on the Leica Q camera –

YouTube: Leica Q2

I also tested the Leica Q2 camera. See how it compares to the Leica Q here –


Cheap 28mm Lenses for Leica M Cameras

Video looking at the new 7Artisans 28mm f5.6 vs TTArtisan 28mm f5.6 lens

Additional MrLeica Custom Leica Lightroom Presets:

Thanks to Leica UK

A special thanks to Leica UK and the amazing guys at the Leica Mayfair store on Duke Street, London. They kindly loaned me the Leica Q camera to test. I was interested to see if the Leica Q could offer me something that the Leica CL and Leica M240 can’t.

Leica M8 Lightroom Presets (Leica Look Lightroom Presets)

Leica M8 Lightroom Presets (Leica Look Lightroom Presets)

As requested here are my Leica M8 Lightroom Presets which are now available as an instant download bundle!   I use the Leica M8 LR presets for some Leica CL camera photos too!.. even though I developed the specific Leica CL LR Presets

Leica M8 Portrait with Noctilux

Leica M8 Lightroom Presets

3 Lightroom presets that I use the most for my own Leica M8 photography

Leica M8 Lightroom preset bundle includes 3x LR presets, 1x colour, 2x black and white:

  1. MrLeica Leica M8 B&W Vintage1
  2. MrLeica Leica M8 B&W1
  3. MrLeica Leica M8 Colour1
Leica M8 + 28mm

Leica Look Lightroom Presets

3 Leica M8 LR presets to apply to Leica M8 RAW files.  That is what I made the profiles for specifically but you can still try applying them to any photo to see if it gives you the Leica look!

I think the famous Leica look is a combination of Leica lenses (mostly) and Leica digital camera sensors (less so).  The Leica M8 and Leica M9 CCD sensors were very different to the mass-produced CMOS sensors found in many modern digital cameras (including the Leica M240).  They give a more filmic hybrid look unlike most digital photos.   It was a huge disappointment “upgrading from a Leica M9 to a Leica M240.  (See my Learning to love the Leica M240).  I finally developed LR presets that brought the lifeless M240 RAW files back to life. (I will try to share these when I get chance).

Leica M8 LR Presets

Why 3 presets?  Leica M8 RAW DNG files (colour) already have a vintage look straight from camera (perhaps similar to my Leica CL colour wedding preset but more filmic looking).  The “Leica M8 Colour1” preset gives a more saturated, higher contrast modern looking colour profile.  The two Leica M8 Lightroom presets that are B&W might look quite similar if the images are viewed small size.  Where they differ the most is when photos are viewed large.  The “Leica M8 B&W Vintage1” preset gives a much more grainy appearance than the “Leica M8 B&W1” preset that has a smoother more modern look.

Film vs Digital

Leica M8 Camera Presets – Preview Photos

Before and after preview photos from Adobe Lightroom (screenshots) to show the effect of each LR preset.  Images on the left show the RAW DNG Leica M8 files “Before” and pictures on the right are with the Leica M8 preset applied “After”. (Please note I was not using an IR cut filter for any photo as I didn’t have one to fit the lens I used for most photos).

All featured Leica M8 photos were shot during my latest trip to Poland.  Full Poland blog to follow.

1. Leica Lightroom Presets: MrLeica Leica M8 B&W Vintage1

Up close the “Leica M8 B&W Vintage1” preset has quite a vintage look

Leica M8 Lightroom Preset Leica M8 Lightroom Preset - B&W
2. Leica Lightroom Presets: MrLeica Leica M8 B&W1

The “Leica M8 B&W1” offers smoother skin and a perhaps a slightly more modern look yet still the filmic look of the Leica M8 CCD sensor. (Perhaps the appearance of a fine grain modern film emulsion vs the more classic film grain look of the “Leica M8 B&W Vintage1”.  (Despite owning digital Leica cameras I shoot film as much as possible so my Lightroom presets tend to have a film influence).

Leica M8 Lightroom Preset - B&W
Leica M8 Lightroom Preset - B&W