The rumors have ended and the real story of the new Leica T can be told. As I said before, I don’t like to participate in the rumor mill, even though many of them proved to be correct. I rather waited to get the official input from Leica, so here it is:
Leica has been praised for a century for it's precise engineering while understanding the importance of design. We have created tools that are the perfect balance of purpose and emotion. At the heart of this praise stands the perfect blend of form and functionality with the Leica T-Unibody. Painstakingly made by hand and machined from a single, solid block of aluminium, the Leica T is a camera with a sleek and tactile finish and two high-performance lenses to create images that allow man and machine to live in perfect harmony.
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Leica presents an entirely new camera system that is radically new yet brilliantly familiar. The new Leica T system celebrates 100 years of tradition and innovation.
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A HANDFUL OF PERFECTION
Built according to the traditions of the art of engineering. The Leica T-System is the world’s first camera with a body made completely of aluminium. Machined from a single block of solid metal and polished by hand for 45 minutes. The outcome: the innovative and groundbreaking unibody – unique in both look and feel.
Outstanding picture quality
A large APS-C sensor with 16.5 megapixels ensures colour fidelity, the finest details and pictures with exceptional brightness and clarity, even in unfavourable lighting conditions. And even on large-format screens. And for pin-sharp videos in full HD resolution. Top performance at the press of a button. Fast, precise and almost silent autofocus. Exactly like the newly developed image processor, which instantaneously displays the results on the big touchscreen display.
Leica lenses enjoy an exceptional reputation. And no wonder – Leica has more than 150 years of experience in the development of precision optical instruments. The T-System is built using our vast know-how and dedication to perfection. The result? Exceptional imaging performance that’s visible in every picture. For the incomparable Leica bokeh.
Masterpieces of optical design
For photographers around the world, Leica lenses are synonymous with exceptional imaging quality. A seal of excellence that is also earned by the lenses of the Leica T-System. That’s because they benefit from 150 years of experience in the development of precision optical instruments, are masterpieces of optical design and the best lenses in their class. They are constructed with perfectly harmonised glass types, inner mechanisms planned out down to the tiniest details and constitute our fastest and quietest autofocus system. Two of these lenses are available to you today and will be followed by others at the beginning of 2015. To ensure the best equipment for the best pictures.
SUMMICRON-T 23mm f/2
The Summicron-T has a focal length of 23 mm – in terms of 35 mm format, this corresponds to 35 mm – the focal length of the legendary Leica lenses for reportage photography. A truly classical focal length that lets you realise the pictures you see in your mind’s eye and exploit the potential of creative expression! Just as legendary is the maximum aperture of f/2, with which you can bring to life the unmistakeable Leica bokeh. And create your own iconic photos.
LEICA VARIO-ELMAR-T 18–56 mm f/3.5–5.6 ASPH.
No matter whether you’re shooting landscapes, documentaries or portraits, the Leica Vario-Elmar-T, the all-round lens for the T-System, lets you capture rich-in-detail, high-contrast photos that are sharp from edge to edge and corner to corner, even in unfavorable light. This compact standard zoom covers a range of focal lengths from 28 to 85 mm and guarantees pictures with the wonderful signature Leica bokeh.
Additional lenses will become available in 2015
Sharing has never been so easy
The integrated Wi-Fi module lets you transfer pictures directly from your Leica T to a smartphone, tablet PCs or computer. With the ease of wireless communication. You can also share your pictures quickly and easily on social media or by email with the Leica T app for iOS or the Browser Gallery on Android devices. Particularly practical: With the remote function of the Leica T app, you can, for example, use your smartphone or tablet PC as an electronic viewfinder and shoot with your Leica T by remote control.
Simple and brilliant
The generously sized 3.7" touchscreen with maximum detail resolution takes up almost the entire back of the camera. Handling is particularly intuitive. Simply touch the screen to focus and compose your picture, and check and review your pictures with a swipe. Simply clever: Set up the menu of your Leica T to meet your personal needs. Then just call up your favourites in the MyCamera menu. You decide what you need.
Lots of memory
Forgot to bring along a memory card? No problem – just use the built-in 16 GB memory of the Leica T. Of course, the camera also features a slot for SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards. We really did think of everything. To let you think about nothing but your pictures.
It’s all just a click away
The Easy-Click system of the Leica T is unique in the world of cameras. It stylishly and conveniently connects accessories like the carrying strap and the wrist strap to your camera. The accessories are attached by a stainless steel pin that is simply pressed into the click-lock mechanism on the body of the Leica T. Removing them is also as easy as can be: the accessories are just as easy to detach, with a quick and easy movement.
The lenses of the Leica M-System are arguably the best 35 mm lenses in the world. Thanks to the M-Adapter T, more than 20 of them can also be used with the T-System! The sensor for six-bit coded M-Lenses ensures that the Leica T knows which lens is mounted and can provide full support for functions like exposure metering, aperture priority exposure and manual control.
Entirely new angles
The high-resolution Visoflex electronic accessory viewfinder was designed exclusively for the T-System. Its tilt-and-swivel function lets you shoot from all sorts of angles, opening up new possibilities to expand your creative horizons. A sensor detects the user’s eye. A look through the viewfinder turns off the camera display. As soon as you take it away from your eye, the display comes back to life. Just as practical: integrated GPS that can be activated whenever you need it.
As more details become available, we will of course report on that. Meanwhile, read all about the Leica T on the Leica Camera AG website:
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