To celebrate the company’s 100th birthday, Leica has launched a new T lens system and a new Leica T camera which is a compact interchangeable lens camera.
The Leica T features a minimalist unibody design made from a single 3.5-pound block of aluminum milled into shape and polished by hand for 45 minutes into a 3.35-ounce frame before being assembled into the final Leica T body; a level of craftsmanship that’s expected from the famous German camera maker.
The camera uses a 16-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 100-12500. It’s capable of 5fps continuous shooting and 1080p full HD video recording at 30fps. It’s equipped with WiFi connectivity for image sharing as well as remote control and live-view via an iOS app.
The Leica T features only a few physical controls all found on the top of the camera – an on/off switch, a shutter release button, a video record button, and two dials for adjusting exposure settings. The top of the camera is also where a standard hot shoe can be found. The rear of the camera has no physical controls at all and features the camera’s large 3.7-inch 1.3-million dot 16:9 LCD touchscreen where most of the camera’s settings can be adjusted.
The camera’s touchscreen interface features an icon based menu, akin to a smartphone, instead of the list menus usually found on digital cameras. An optional electronic viewfinder, the Visoflex, and a uniquely designed camera strap that simply clicks and locks onto the camera are available for the Leica T.
At launch, the camera will only have two T lenses available – an 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and a 23mm f/2 prime lens. Both lenses will cost around $1,750 each. Leica did announce that a lens mount adapter for Leica-M lenses for the Leica T will also be sold to alleviate the lack of T mount lenses until more are released; 11-23mm and 55-135mm zoom lenses are expected to be revealed at Photokina this September. The lens mount adapter will be sold for around $395.
The Leica T camera body is now available for pre-order at $1,850. The silver version of the Leica T will start shipping on May 26 while the black version is scheduled for release sometime in July.