Leica TL camera now available for pre-order

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  • lobotomisedjournalist

    No viewfinder. Way overpriced. Why would anyone buy this rather than a Fuji X2 or Sony A6500?

    • Daryl

      Picture quality is good, not everyone needs a camera with a million menu options/capabilities and a 200+ page instruction manuals. Many people have excellent eyes, they’re artistic and creative but have zero technical skills. This camera or a Kodak Instamatic would be perfect for them.

      • That is true. I think the T/TL models are good solutions and should stay, the issue some readers are having is the lack of upgrades in the “new” TL model. It doesn’t mean they have to make it more complicated, but a 24MP sensor is a must at the end of 2016 I believe – they’ve been around for a long time already.

        • Daryl

          Sure, for us on the rumor site it is…..

      • lobotomisedjournalist

        A little bit of hyperbole there. I think most people find both the cameras I mentioned very easy and intuitive to use once they have been set up and customised for individual preferences.

        • Daryl

          The Instamatic was hyperbole, agreed. I see many photographers in the field that are fumbling with their cameras, struggling to set it or remember what button to push….Leica has made an effort to simplify menus, the T is right in line with these efforts. They made it a priority with the T.

    • Dario Sun Ferrini

      Got a LeicaT and a Sony A6000: they belong in differen Leagues!

      • lobotomisedjournalist

        Build quality, yes, but output? Usability? A built in viewfinder is an ergonomic and practical wonder that Leica acknowleges for its SL, but seems to have forgotten about for this one.

        • ZMWT

          It is quite good. Try it, and you will see the difference.

        • Les

          I think that the success of smartphone cameras shows that an eye-level viewfinder is not essential to many photographers.

          In a way, it’s “back to the future.” Pre-M Leicas and all pre-SLR cameras did not offer what we would now consider eye-level viewfinders. Either you framed your image with a viewing tube, or on a ground glass (which was conceptually similar to a rear LCD).

          • lobotomisedjournalist

            If you don’t recognize the many obvious advantages of an eye-level viewfinder, then we are talking about different kinds of photography. Ground glass was typically used with a tripod based camera, or as in the case of Rolleiflexes, tight to the body to stabilize it. Even so, the later Rolleflexes had eye-level sports finders for speed. A rear screen may have its uses, but as far as I am concerned it is also severely limited.

          • Les

            You are entitled to that opinion, and to your preferences. Nevertheless, a lot of photographers like the size and usability of a rear screen. There’s a market for that, even if that market does not include you.

        • Dario Sun Ferrini

          Leica T: the wheels for aperture/time are on the edge and how the strap connect to the camera is geniality: these details lets you shoot in every angle.. Autofocus is great (it’s able to gives you sharp flying Wasp!) but SLOW!

          Sony A6300: when the guides for autofocus becomes little dots, I find them very disturbing!

          Leica TL: why still 16MP?

    • Diana Chang

      I am a immature, friend suggested TL, Fuji and Sony models to me when I was looking for a camera. As soon as I saw the Leica TL design, I pre-ordered without hesitation. I would totally pay the overprice for a good industrial design.

  • K. Chae

    I love Leica and have used for a long time. With that being said, I really don’t like the current management and how they’re going about developing new products. Leica should be innovators, classic yet geared toward essence of photography. Their recent products have only disappointed me. I hope they do something with the rumored new M.

  • Jens Arnspang

    The Leica T and TL are very elegant cameras, taking apparently very good pictures and in Denmark priced at one tenth of a small car of an Asian brand; furthermore the Leica service is in general second to none.

  • John-F

    To Admin:

    I just had a look at the Leica Camera website for Leica TL lenses. To my surprise, all download info (lens tech data PDF files) is gone! In many cases, the download button itself is gone (or was never added maybe). What is going on?

    P.S. Are we ever going to get confirmation from Leica Camera as to the involvement of KonicaMinolta in the design of (a few) Leica T (now TL) lenses? See:
    http://egami.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2015-04-15 (18-56mm zoom)
    http://egami.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2015-03-25 (55-135mm zoom)

    For the record, I have nothing against KonicaMinolta (Minolta used to be a key partner of Leitz in the 1970’s and 80’s). As a Leica customer, I simply would like to know …

    Thank you

    • Probably just a temporary glitch. Regarding a confirmation from Leica – never 🙂

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