Leica has literally spent a century putting out some of the industry’s most innovative, impressive, completely solid photography equipment. That’s why the immense quality of the T System (announced this morning) is hardly a surprise, but a welcome addition to their amazing portfolio of products.
With its impressive (even for Leica) set of optics, the Leica T (the first in the T-System series) takes Leica into a brand new era of photography.
The Leica T at a Glance:
- 16MP APS-C sensor
- 18-56mm F3.5-5.6 and a 35mm equivalent 23mm F2 prime lenses announced (the 11-23mm F3.5-4.5 wide-angle zoom and 55-135mm F3.5-4.5 telezoom are expected down the line).
- Milled from a solid billet of aluminum
- Optional electronic viewfinder (with built-in GPS)
- Touchscreen, 3.7″ LCD
- Available M Lens adapter for M lenses (reads the 6-bit encoding)
In collaboration with AUDI Design, the typical design language of Leica cameras was revisited and reinterpreted. With its timeless and sleek design, the Leica T picks up the unmistakeable attributes of Leica product design and develops them systematically – with clean lines, smooth surfaces and formal minimalism. One of the camera’s outstanding features is its compact and solid body. This is manufactured with innovative precision techniques from a single block of aluminium at the Leica factory. The use of premium materials and their processing in an elaborate manufacturing process are unique in the history of camera construction and lend the Leica T an unmistakeable look, feel and solidity. Its substantial weight and a newly developed operating concept underline its user-friendly handling and, together, these features ensure an incomparable photographic experience.
Two lenses will initially be available for the market launch of the Leica T-System. The Leica Vario-Elmar-T 18–56 mm f/3.5–5.6 ASPH. is ideal for creative experimentation with various perspectives and focal lengths. For expansive landscapes, documentary pictures or portraits – whatever the genre, this standard zoom lens offers exceptional flexibility in every situation. With a focal length equivalent to 35 mm in full-frame format, the fast and compact Leica Summicron-T 23mm f/2 ASPH. offers a truly classic Leica focal length that is ideal for reportage photography. The Super-Vario-Elmar-T 11–23 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH. wide-angle zoom and the Vario-Elmar-T 55–135 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH. telephoto zoom are scheduled to appear in time for presentation at photokina 2014. Developed by Leica optical designers as precision tools, all Leica T lenses offer the exceptional imaging performance for which Leica lenses are famed.
The combination of a newly designed high-performance processor and sensor ensures outstanding picture quality in every situation. The Leica T features a large, APS-C-format, CMOS image sensor with over 16.5 megapixels (effective 16.2 MP) that, due to its size, performance and imaging characteristics, represents the ideal solution in the compact class of the Leica T. It ensures brilliant pictures with outstanding contrast, finest detail resolution and natural colour rendition – even in unfavourable lighting conditions.
Availability is expected for May 24th.