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Leica T (Typ 701) specifications

Price
MSRP$1850/£1350
Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Body materialAluminum
Sensor
Max resolution4944 x 3278
Other resolutions4928 x 3264 (max JPEG), 4272 x 2856, 3264 x 2160, 2144 x 1424, 1632 x 1080
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor size notesNo anti-aliasing filter
Sensor typeCMOS
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 125-12500
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes (2 slots)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsSuperfine, fine
File format
  • JPEG
  • Raw (DNG)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Lens mountLeica T
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3.7
Screen dots1,300,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic (optional)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.7×
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
  • Scene
Scene modes
  • Sport, portrait, landscape, night portrait, snow/beach, fireworks, candlelight, sunset
Built-in flashYes
Flash range4.50 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes
Flash modesAuto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction
Flash X sync speed1/180 sec
Continuous drive5 fps
Self-timerYes
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p)
FormatMPEG-4
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMINo
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n with smartphone control
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionBP-DC13 lithium-ion battery and USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA)400
Weight (inc. batteries)384 g (0.85 lb / 13.55 oz)
Dimensions134 x 69 x 33 mm (5.28 x 2.72 x 1.3)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSOptional
GPS notesBuilt into optional EVF
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eastwestphoto
By eastwestphoto (1 hour ago)

This is a lousy review from Andy Westlake- Most old leica fans want to know if they can use an older leica M mount lens on this camera? If so how does a 50mm perform on it and what angle of view will cover the chip entirely without vignetting the chip? What size is this chip? m4/3, or APS-C? DPreview is a manufacturers review forum for New camera, new lens and they are so biased against photographers who adapt old lenses to new mirrorless cameras, its disgusting and obvious bias. I would match my leitz Leica summicron 40mm F:2 CL lens against any NEW lens made for this camera in zoom and a manual lens test would of allowed me to understand, distortion, chromatic abberation and image quality of JPEG and contrast. After all Mr. Westlake, we do buy bodies and use our old lenses! Wake Up! Don@Eastwestphoto

1 upvote
Daniel Lee Taylor
By Daniel Lee Taylor (1 hour ago)

There are Leica M adapters for virtually every mirrorless body on the market. If you're willing to accept a cropped view you have plenty of choices: Sony NEX, Fuji X, Samsung NX, even EOS M.

If you want FF grab the Sony A7.

1 upvote
yehudakgtbnet
By yehudakgtbnet (1 hour ago)

Beautiful???

0 upvotes
Daniel Lee Taylor
By Daniel Lee Taylor (1 hour ago)

I don't get it. This is an EOS M with an optional EVF but without IS, the 11-22 UWA, or EF lens compatibility...at 12-20x the price depending on which component you're looking at.

Who in their right mind would drop thousands of dollars to buy this thing? For the money you could have a Sony A7, and I dare anyone to suggest that IQ would be better with the Leica T.

Leica has made some great cameras and lenses in the past, but lately it seems like the red badge means "sucker."

3 upvotes
Maklike Tier
By Maklike Tier (2 hours ago)

Wait......so you put your eye to the viewfinder, and if you half-press the shutter button, nothing happens?

Whaaaa-t?

0 upvotes
stevens37y
By stevens37y (2 hours ago)

"solid block of aluminum"
They should use titanium. Looks and feels much better.

1 upvote
Sir Corey of Deane
By Sir Corey of Deane (1 hour ago)

I'd want solid gold for the price!

0 upvotes
SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (3 hours ago)

The camera market is simply evolving to resemble many other sectors of the consumer goods market - watches would be a typical example. The function of any given watch is almost identical to any other. An inexpensive quartz watch is likely to be more accurate than the most expensive chronometer-grade mechanical example from Rolex, Patek or Omega. No one questions this any more. These products are primarily signifiers and their function secondary.

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5 upvotes
GeorgeP71
By GeorgeP71 (3 hours ago)

The last Leica review was in 2009. The CONS outnumbervthevPros. And the review gave it ( Highly Recommended) ???

GET REAL

0 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (3 hours ago)

Um, score isn't based on the number of pros and cons (eg. a few important pros outweigh a bunch of minor cons) and the Leica X1 only got a "Recommended" badge, not a "Highly Recommended"

0 upvotes
crisotunity
By crisotunity (3 hours ago)

Flash X sync speed: 1/180 sec
If this camera is so well-machined, how come it doesn't get you to 1/250?
Beyond the aluminium, what exactly are you paying for? Where is the innovation?

Looking forward to a shoot-out between EOS M and this Leica :-)

2 upvotes
AngryCorgi
By AngryCorgi (3 hours ago)

"This, you can't help but feel, is the kind of camera that Apple might make, if it were so inclined."

Except that Apple wouldn't allow it to be all form and very little function. The GUI would be intelligent/intuitive and it would operate briskly. People would complain because the Apple version would have proprietary ports that needed special cables, but it wouldn't be a functional flop like this thing is.

0 upvotes
GeorgeP71
By GeorgeP71 (3 hours ago)

Overpriced like all other Leicas

1 upvote
groucher
By groucher (4 hours ago)

Should be a good caver's camera - a bit of grit, mud, water, bashed around in a tackle bag. Don't like the silly touch screen though - will it work with muddy hands?

0 upvotes
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (4 hours ago)

You can realize what the world of photography is coming to when a lens is described as a "peripheral". Once the heart of a system, lenses are now humbled down to the category of accessories. Oh well.

2 upvotes
electrophoto
By electrophoto (5 hours ago)

My dentist still loves it. He says it goes well with his Porsche Cayenne GTS...

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4 upvotes
corbus
By corbus (4 hours ago)

My german podiatrist likes the camera. She says it's is level with here old Wolksvagen...

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1 upvote
SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (3 hours ago)

Also likely to prove very popular amongst proctologists and spelunkers.

0 upvotes
JulesJ
By JulesJ (5 hours ago)

Interesting, but the slow startup is not so great.

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0 upvotes
electrophoto
By electrophoto (4 hours ago)

No - you have clearly NO CLUE what you are talking about.
This is LEICA... there is a higher sense with EVERY thing the T does...
Slow startup? NO - it gives you the time to contemplate the shot you're about to take. It will make you a much more reflected photographer - taking you to the next level.

{Sarcasm off}

5 upvotes
stevens37y
By stevens37y (3 hours ago)

It is not supposed to be switched on.

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2 upvotes
GSD_ZA
By GSD_ZA (2 hours ago)

But it looks great, doesn't it!

0 upvotes
Thorgrem
By Thorgrem (5 hours ago)

I think it's a very nice camera. To bad it's way to expensive, and to bad the lenses are even more expensive. If Leica just made a unique m4/3 body with reasonable price and some good but expensive m4/3 lenses they would actually have a change of (financial) success.

0 upvotes
electrophoto
By electrophoto (4 hours ago)

And they could sell Leica Red-Dot stickers for 130$/piece so you can stick it on these low life m4/3 lenses and turn them into something special.

0 upvotes
badi
By badi (4 hours ago)

Since there are already some panasonic-leica lenses (m4/3), it really makes sense what you say. And probably they would have made more money that way too :)

1 upvote
Olymore
By Olymore (2 hours ago)

No they wouldn't. Because then people would compare the Leica with the other cameras and lenses in the system and would question why they are paying four times as much for similar or marginally better IQ and poorer performance in other respects.
They want you to buy Leica lenses for their cameras, not Olympus or Panasonic and they don't want to dilute the brand.
In addition, Leicas have always been 3:2 aspect and the smaller sensor and aspect ratio crop that most Leica users would use would probably be a compromise too far as far as traditional users are concerned.

0 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (5 hours ago)

I wonder if Leica will consider make matching toilet paper for this camera?

C

2 upvotes
Johannes Zander
By Johannes Zander (5 hours ago)

I don't think you want red dots on your toilet paper.

9 upvotes
electrophoto
By electrophoto (4 hours ago)

as long as it's not touch-screen operated and takes 5 seconds to unroll.

2 upvotes
Preamp
By Preamp (2 hours ago)

Please use both sides. The advantage is on hand.

1 upvote
backayonder
By backayonder (6 hours ago)

okay Leica if no one is going to buy this camera I will volunteer to try it out and report back

0 upvotes
BobYIL
By BobYIL (7 hours ago)

Pay $1.850 to have privilege to live with the Leica quirks.

2 upvotes
0MitchAG
By 0MitchAG (4 hours ago)

$1.85? It must be a Hasselblad at that price!

0 upvotes
Alexander Vienna
By Alexander Vienna (7 hours ago)

I hope they correct the firmware!!!

1 upvote
electrophoto
By electrophoto (4 hours ago)

I hope they fix LEICA

2 upvotes
grimescene
By grimescene (8 hours ago)

Full touchscreen controls isn't exactly unique is it? Doesn't the Samsung NX2000 have only three buttons?

0 upvotes
quezra
By quezra (2 hours ago)

This is exactly it. Galaxy NX was a "bold" move by putting a full open source OS into a ILC. But that "boldness" was hampered by an almost exclusive requirement to use a touchscreen. Here Leica has that exclusive requirement to use a touchscreen, but nothing else about the camera does anything daring. It's just a NEX-3 wrapped in aluminum

0 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (9 hours ago)

Barney, you said it all when you said it.

-grinz-

Carl

0 upvotes
Photoman
By Photoman (11 hours ago)

I suppose it's time for Leica to make one fail (does the M8 count as a fail?). Once the firmware is sorted it should be fine. Remember the Fuji X100 GUI was a dog when it was first released. Maybe the engineers drank to much at the New Leica Wetzlar openning!

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tommy leong
By tommy leong (11 hours ago)

hope it uses Sony mount ;)

would be awesome if they had a full silver lens to match

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0 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (3 hours ago)

It doesn't, it uses a new custom mount.

0 upvotes
adegroot
By adegroot (11 hours ago)

IQ is everything; and this camera ain't got it.

9 upvotes
badi
By badi (5 hours ago)

I suppose that by IQ you understand pixel peeping. In this case, you're right, it's not up to the competition.

But if IQ means image quality - you know, pleasing image, nice in focus and out of focus areas, accurate color rendering, etc ... than is more difficult to make such statements :)

4 upvotes
audijam
By audijam (11 hours ago)

read...

NEXT!

0 upvotes
Vegasus
By Vegasus (11 hours ago)

This is a nice product, all aluminium, nice design, high res screen, amazing buttons and dials but all of these back to the lens and sensor.

0 upvotes
SammyToronto
By SammyToronto (12 hours ago)

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but this thing doesn't look beautiful to me. It may be built like a tank, but it looks like the average Sony/Samsung mirrorless camera and less attractive than the average Fuji/Olympus mirrorless camera.

Now, I'm not talking about performance, status, heritage or any of that, but purely on the aesthetic level this Leica underwhelms.

13 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (12 hours ago)

Maybe it looks better in person, but in the picture it is ugly, especially with the EVF which does not match the silver body (and neither are the black lenses).

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (11 hours ago)

ST:

It be plenty good aesthetically--unless you don't like the industrial look.

0 upvotes
Drofnad
By Drofnad (6 hours ago)

Amen, you said it. (That red badge makes reviewers go nuts. (Somehow, the ol' D-Lux4 was supposed to be soooo lovely vs. the LX3, though it lacked the functional element --a grip-- of the cheaper camera (one could pay even MORE to add the grip!).)

0 upvotes
The Customer
By The Customer (13 hours ago)

I've already read enough about the camera, on line, to know that if I could afford one, it would almost certainly be my daily shooter. Beautiful!

Exquisite lines and, from the footage I've seen about its creation, craftsmanship! I especially like the colourful body skins -- very stylish and high-tech while still conveying a playful air! I think that's what appeals to me the most about this camera, the feeling that it's been designed for people who want to fit precision, performance, and Leica's rich tradition in their pockets, while still being able to have fun. It's a camera that says, "Hello friend, let's play!"

2 upvotes
AlanG
By AlanG (12 hours ago)

Those colorful skins may not have been so well thought through. This comment is copied from a Leica forum....

Looks are indeed great but what a disappointment in use. It not only is very hard to put on or to remove, but you have to do this every time to acces the SD card or USB port or to replace the battery. On top of that I did not figure out yet how to remove or put on the T snap without detaching the strap (left side)

So every time you need to charge the battery you need to do the following :
- search for the "pin" to detach the strap (where do you guys put the pin so that it is always with you and does not get lost )
- detach the strap left side
- detach the lens
- try to remove the T-snap (good luck to do that in less than half a minute)
- put the lens on or a body cap to prevent dust on the sensor while charging
- remove, recharge battery and replace
- detach lens again or body cap
- put the T snap back on
- attach the strap left side
- mount the lens

1 upvote
John Driggers
By John Driggers (8 hours ago)

Methinks you replied seriously to a post meant as satire...at least I hope so.

1 upvote
GrahamJohn
By GrahamJohn (13 hours ago)

I suspect the Leica executives will be chuckling away at the comments of the plebeian masses who see the Leica T as a piece of bling and not a serious instrument. In truth it IS a piece of jewellry for the likes of people who buy Rolex instead of Timex, or AudioNote instead of Yamaha. Leica doesn't cater to the masses nor cares that most can't afford it. There will be enough dedicated Leica lovers to keep the production line going and it will be around for a while. They are catering to a niche market and I wish them good fortune.

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SuperAttilio
By SuperAttilio (10 hours ago)

I own a Leica Monochrom, Leica M6, a couple of Leica lenses, along with another 13 cameras and around 20 lenses: 35mm and medium format. I suspect I can afford several tens of "Leica T". Now, I find it extetically "ordinary" and - from a shooting experience point of view - a piece of junk. I was at the Leica Singapore event that introduced it to their customers. Shall we stop this paranoia that if you don't like a Leica it's just because you can't afford it? If a camera is crap, I just say it's crap: don't care about the price tag or how "status-symbol" it is. A Leica must provide outstanding shooting experience. That's all I care about. My camera of choice, at the moment, is my Sony A7r, which I use with M lenses and Nikkors. And the company that really excites me for what it's doing right now is Sony (A7s, 50mpx sensor on new Hasselblad CFV and new medium format fixed lens), not Leica.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (9 hours ago)

Both of you, well said.

0 upvotes
sixtiesphotographer
By sixtiesphotographer (8 hours ago)

The Rolex/Timex comparison isn't quite right, at least for mechanical watch aficionados. People who pay gobs of thousands of dollars/Euros for a top tier mechanical watch do so because they love an all mechanical hand made watch - even more so if it has "complications" such as a (mechanical) perpetual calendar. Yes, a $15 quartz watch will do the job and be far, far more accurate, but it is the love of seeing just how well a mechanical watch can be made that interests horologists. I might also say that in this realm, Rolex is not even in the top tier -- maybe in the third tier of what is desirable.

Yes, there are many who will buy Rolex just for the name or as jewellery, but it has other desirable qualities as well. This Leica T does not.

0 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (6 hours ago)

All three of you, well said.

0 upvotes
UnitedNations
By UnitedNations (13 hours ago)

Fuji X100T is coming out soon. With its expected improvement over the x100s, why even bother with a Leica camera anymore which is way over priced for what it delivers?

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (12 hours ago)

I'm sure that Leica would make the (entirely reasonable) point that the T has an interchangeable lens mount :)

4 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (12 hours ago)

Yep, it is more of a Sony NEX-5r/Samsung NX300/Fuji X-A1 variety, only many times more expensive, much slower, a year or two too late and its screen does not tilt.

5 upvotes
Michael_13
By Michael_13 (6 hours ago)

Why even bother about X100T when there are excellent µ43 cameras with a great assortment of lenses?

You see, you prefer Fujis, others prefer Leicas. There is no 'best camera' for everyone.

0 upvotes
Richard Franiec
By Richard Franiec (13 hours ago)

Barney,

Since you have the cam for testing, could you drop it on concrete pavement to see if the premium price for " body carved from solid block" of T6061 Al alloy machined in Portugal is worth the expense?

R.

6 upvotes
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (13 hours ago)

It's expensive, sure, but you save $30 by not having to buy one of Richard's handgrips.

5 upvotes
NCB
By NCB (13 hours ago)

OK, you go out and snap away with the T just as you might with say a Sony CSC, and it's not the same. DPReview didn't like the Nikon Df either, for much the same reasons. I have the Df. It's a dream of a camera and I wouldn't be parted from it.

Not all of us go around with our digicam glued to the eye and snapping at everything which moves. For a start, you miss a lot of good scenes that way. Some of us take our time. I see a scene which has got something and mentally frame the possibilities before ever I get the camera out. I turn it on and twiddle the odd setting, if necessary, before it gets to the eye. There's nothing in the operation of the T which you've run through which would put me off. In the slightest.

I want sharp pics with the right colour and exposure. The JPGs might be a tad flat; seeing what alternative settings could do would be useful. But the colours are superbly natural. The T has distinct attractions.

Expensive? Not for a Leica. Or other options for that matter.

3 upvotes
AlanG
By AlanG (11 hours ago)

I don't see why you can't use any camera as slowly and methodically as you would want. But if the camera won't work as quickly as you need, you are out of luck.

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TCMercury
By TCMercury (9 hours ago)

Exactly. I also tend to take my time, even in street photography, but that doesn't mean I'd want to remove the option to speed up if a cycle race suddenly went thundering past.

0 upvotes
PhotoKhan
By PhotoKhan (13 hours ago)

The sample photos look excellent.

3 upvotes
whtchocla7e
By whtchocla7e (13 hours ago)

As a proud owner of the Hassy Lunar, I find this Leica thing repulsive. It looks cheap and I wouldn't want to be seen carrying it out in public.

8 upvotes
b craw
By b craw (14 hours ago)

Okay, I'm pretty clear about many thinking this model a status symbol (and perhaps Leica cameras on the whole). And performance criticisms - fair. Criticism of price and value - fair. But at the end of the day some will choose this camera. And that will be dependent on a range of justifications. So long as a modern camera can produce good image results (as I'm sure this one can), then handling, tactile qualities/build, interface are relavent in relation to the depth of one's pockets. And I know quite a few less than wealthy but pretty successful art photographers who simply preference feel, and feel it part of the photography experience to a degree that they are willing to pay a premium (even without trust funds). They are talented individuals - not dumb or misinformed in any way. And their accomplishments are evidence of this. Many comments paint all Leica users as something akin to surgeons, casual photographers, whom want to walking about with expensive, chic gear. That is naive.

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munro harrap
By munro harrap (13 hours ago)

Years ago we all used Leicas, usually a pair to be able to have a wide and standard lens without having to change lenses. They were reliable, fast and everything could be prefocussed using the depth of field scales on the lenses- which were accurate. There was, as now with Ms, no autofocus.
You will be able to do this with primes on this thing. But they are again starting people on an unecessary expensive upgrade path as Leicas as such are now all full-frame.
In three years time they'll make this full-frame like they did the M8 with the M9, so unless you want to fork out for lenses and a full-frame body all over again just buy a Nex7.
Mind you this is at least without those dreadful wooden handles Hasselblad came up with, but then it has no decent grip and is a mere 16MP.
A name does not make it a Leica- there are dozens of Leicas that do not merit the cachet the name somehow has.

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b craw
By b craw (13 hours ago)

I can see some merit in concern for the longevity of this system. But, ultimately, that is highly dependent on less than water tight speculation. Still, a fair point.

Grip is not an issue in my handling of the camera.

16MP is my preference, considering sensor size.

0 upvotes
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (13 hours ago)

munro harrap says it well. After Nikon and Canon got out of RF cameras, a Leica M was standard issue for low light, low noise and sharp wide angles. These cameras were never cheap but they offered things you really couldn't get with a Nikon F or similar.

At the same time there were cameras like the Leicaflex, SL, SL2, R3, R4, etc that while being perfectly good cameras did not offer anything you couldn't get from any other SLR and the fact that they were Leicas and priced accordingly didn't change that at all.

2 upvotes
munro harrap
By munro harrap (14 hours ago)

Looks like a NEX 6 sensor in a NEX7 body robbed of a decent viewfinder to me.

2 upvotes
yonsarh
By yonsarh (14 hours ago)

I don't understand why some of you have negative comments. Infact,Leica T is not that bad. picture quality seems nice and if I have money, I would buy this camera.

0 upvotes
nunatak
By nunatak (14 hours ago)

put in perspective, the price/performance ratio of the Leica-T makes the criticisms of the Nikon V3 seem relatively trivial in comparison. i did not think that possible.

4 upvotes
coso dp
By coso dp (15 hours ago)

Not considering price it's basically a Canon EOS M in an awesome metal chassis.

6 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (15 hours ago)

It's faster at focusing and has a better sensor but I see your point.

7 upvotes
iAPX
By iAPX (15 hours ago)

Maybe a Sony a6000 with a M-lenses adapter is interesting too?

I thought about it, but not at ease with sony interface. Still seems to be a wise choice to do street photography, and probably much better than the Leica T (if you are not into fashion world. I am).

2 upvotes
67gtonr
By 67gtonr (15 hours ago)

@Richard, utilizing which AF mode on the EOS M, did you ever try the Touch Shutter? Which lens on the M, as they take different times to focus. Have you tried the EF-M 11-22?

0 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (14 hours ago)

@67gtonr - I've not used the 11-22mm (which I'm not sure has even been formally announced in the US) - I was comparing the 18-55 and 32mm to the 18-55 and 22mm.

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67gtonr
By 67gtonr (14 hours ago)

@Richard-Thank for your reply, I'll take your word for it then, as I can't see myself ever having the opportunity to try the Leica out myself, and the speed of the Canon M2 will also not come to play as it also is not sold through Canon USA.

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PhotoKhan
By PhotoKhan (14 hours ago)

@Richard Butler,

Is the focusing faster than the M2?
...or is it the case that, besides not listing it in the 2013 list of Canon cameras, DPR has actually decided it does not exist?

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (12 hours ago)

@PhotoKhan

I have no idea about the EOS M2 (and would love to know, since a faster-focusing EOS M would be a rather nice camera).

It's not so much that we've decided it doesn't exist, just that it's a little hard to get full images and info about it, since it's still Japan-only, so far as we know.

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PhotoKhan
By PhotoKhan (5 hours ago)

Yes, I understand the limitations (almost impossibility) of reviewing a camera that only exists in some selected Far-East countries.

But I feel you could list it in the Product Database, if for anything else, for the sake of completeness.

If and when the M3 is launched the DB will look strange without an M2 in-between the M1 and M3, don't' you think?

More "significant cameras market fragmentation" cases like these could emerge and you must decide if you want to be a global reference site or just a "regional" (no matter how widely) one.

0 upvotes
Marty4650
By Marty4650 (15 hours ago)

If someone tried to give me this camera as a gift, I would take it.

Then I would put it on ebay, and sell it for $1,850, since it is currently out of stock at Amazon. Then, I would use the part of the money to buy an Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens, and put the other thousand dollars in my pocket.

I would send a nice thank you note to the kind person who gave me that gift.

And Barney would take the camera too, if it wasn't for Simon's rule about accepting gifts from camera companies. In fact, I'd guess that Barney's own sense of integrity would prevent him from taking it without a rule forbidding it.

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (15 hours ago)

Yeah the 'gift' thing is hypothetical. And it's not Simon's rule, it's pretty much just common sense :)

4 upvotes
Just another Canon shooter
By Just another Canon shooter (15 hours ago)

It would match my kitchen appliances.

4 upvotes
ThePhilips
By ThePhilips (14 hours ago)

Evidence that Leica T is manufactured by Panasonic is piling up.

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ARB1
By ARB1 (16 hours ago)

I wonder if I can just purchase the little red Leica sticker and put it on my Olympus OMD.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (15 hours ago)

Why not? Good PanaLeica lenses to use. But not the same sensor.

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qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (14 hours ago)

Sure you can, be prepared to shell out $1,000 for it.

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Valentinian
By Valentinian (11 hours ago)

Nah.... I wouldn't do that to my good old E-M5

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whywefight
By whywefight (16 hours ago)

"The pricing is bonkers by anyone's standards..." So please, what does this have to do with the shooting experience?

Start up time and selection of the autofocus point!? That's all!? No other complaints? This review would be a lot more convincing if it both mentioned pros and con's of the interface. But it is written with so much anger and so one sided that it cannot be taken serious. Someone appears to have chosen to dislike the camera because he cannot afford it. This is my clear impression.

I extensively tested the camera in a Leica store. Anyone who claims he cannot tell apart the two rear dials must be bonkers by anyone's standards. Please get real. Since the interface of this camera is completely new and vastly different from usual cameras, I expected a thorough discussion of the pros and con's. Instead you get to read this childish rant. I am very disappointed.

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (16 hours ago)

This is not a review.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (15 hours ago)

whywefight,

Check the date on the first impressions "review".

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (9 hours ago)

Boy's at DPR can't win them all that's for sure. Keep up with the honest shooting experience articles crew, they are great reads.

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (8 hours ago)

Thankye, kind sir.

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BJN
By BJN (7 hours ago)

I can take intelligent observations about a poorly designed interface seriously. I don't think I can take your "extensive" in-store test seriously, but apparently you don't care to share your own pros and cons.

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67gtonr
By 67gtonr (16 hours ago)

DPR praises Leica for doing something that Canon did with the EOS M two years ago, except that everything the Leica does the Canon does better!

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quezra
By quezra (16 hours ago)

Even focus speed? Ouch.

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67gtonr
By 67gtonr (15 hours ago)

Absolutely.

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67gtonr
By 67gtonr (15 hours ago)

With the year old firmware the auto focus speed is equal to that of the Nex cameras (prior to the A6000) according to those that use both.

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67gtonr
By 67gtonr (15 hours ago)

The EOS M also has Touch Shutter, wherein you touch the where at on the screen you want focus and the camera focuses and instantly captures the scene, this make the focusing even faster and something totally lacking on the Leica.

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PhotoKhan
By PhotoKhan (15 hours ago)

@quezra

Focus speed on the M2 is not a factor.

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Flashback
By Flashback (16 hours ago)

It's Leica glass stupid....

I remember, everybody rubbishing the earlier X1, but boy did it produce some beautiful images.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (15 hours ago)

While many Leica lenses are amazing, including m4/3s PanaLeicas and the X-Vario's lens, I'm not real impressed with the DNGs I shot with this T and the 23mm lens. They're good, not great.

For that price they should be great, perhaps something can be tweaked in the firmware to improve IQ, since other Leica X cams do excellent IQ.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (9 hours ago)

"For that price they should be great"

You know, that is a review in itself. Nuff said right there, done deal.

Carl

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caravan
By caravan (16 hours ago)

Good luck and enjoy to all who will buy it.

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BJN
By BJN (7 hours ago)

Good luck indeed.

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ThomasSwitzerland
By ThomasSwitzerland (16 hours ago)

The beauty of this Leica is that it is so useless in functionality. But the bright body got timeless style. It is not designed to make interesting pictures but to show off. Hence, it got its market.

If we had a stand-up comedian show, this camera could provide plenty of stories on how one might take pictures alternatively.

Leica delivers a big attention item. It differentiates the buyer from the rest of those “cheap” black plastic camera users. And you need the matching small dog or hand bag for this. So it stays in high ticket environments.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (15 hours ago)

It's far from useless, and I've shot with it.

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Tapper123
By Tapper123 (16 hours ago)

I wouldn't want one either. I don't even think it even looks particularly good.

I get the appeal of Leica rangefinders -- at least they offer something unusual compared to most cameras and the design is truly classic. But this T... strictly a fashion statement camera IMO. Much better off with a nice Fuji or Sony mirrorless.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (15 hours ago)

And the look of the box is the deciding factor?

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quezra
By quezra (16 hours ago)

How is making it so reliant on touchscreen in any way bold? Sony NEX-5N did it years ago. Samsung Galaxy NX did it the most recently. Even the upcoming Lytro camera is going to do it. I think DPR were desperate to say something nice about Leica, but honestly this isn't bold. It's a design choice that many have tried, and eventually rolled back in favor of more physical controls which a VF necessitates for tactile feedback.

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (16 hours ago)

It's bold for Leica.

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quezra
By quezra (16 hours ago)

That still doesn't make sense as a reason to praise it, since all previous attempts have been severely criticized (and this seems no different), then with products out long enough to see a successor, always rolled back (note the extra dials and Fn button on the NEX-5R). Minimalism might win design awards but it doesn't make for a functional camera. There's a litterbin of failed attempts that will demonstrate that, firmware update or not.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (15 hours ago)

q:

This is significantly different than most other touch screens like that on the Samsung NX300. (I pick the Samsung because I'm more familiar with that than the Nex 5n.)

It is very bold step.

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peterwr
By peterwr (14 hours ago)

As Barney says, it's bold <i>for Leica</i>. It also fits with Leica's design philosophy of longevity, inasmuch as it can be easily upgraded via firmware without either Leica or the customer having to replace the hardware. As it's basically just a (high-quality) shell with software and a lens on the front, Leica can go on banging these things out for years to come like they did their film cameras, without having to make major hardware revisions the way other manufacturers do, and yet frequently refresh and improve both new <i>and existing</i> cameras, possibly via paid-for upgrades.

Cost-effective from both Leica's and the customer's point of view.

Good move, I reckon.

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peterwr
By peterwr (14 hours ago)

OK, I give up. How *do* you do text formatting hereabouts?

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quezra
By quezra (2 hours ago)

Nope, I'm still not seeing how it's a "bold" move, even for Leica. It says to me Leica are increasingly targeting the ultra-rich rather than camera-philes. That's not bold, that's retreating from their core operations and moving into the high-margin world of jewellery and luxury where it is only craftsmanship that matters. Hasselblad have also gone down this route and become a laughingstock by rebranding Sony. It's not bold.

Touchscreen-only operations have been tried many, many times, and never resulted in photographer-friendly tools, only giving the familiarity to keep point-and-shoot upgraders happy. And touchscreens don't necessarily have any better longevity than physical controls - indeed they are all processor-constrained, as the start-up times would suggest. Just because now Leica's doing something doesn't change any of that. This is not a serious camera, it's a rich man's toy.

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Johannes Zander
By Johannes Zander (16 hours ago)

Another articel about this aluminium block.
I hoped the battery was already exhausted!

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nathondetroit
By nathondetroit (16 hours ago)

Was that a pun? If so, bravo!

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mb65
By mb65 (1 hour ago)

I saw the Leica T but did not use it. I found it beautiful but very big, being equipped with a APSC sensor and not having an integrated EVF. You can check yourself with CameraSize. Strangely the lenses and EVF are black. They do not match the alu body at all. A black version of the T is on the way but I could find any info about alu lenses. This is weird given the price tag.
As far as criticism about the specs and performance, I understand it has issues. But Leica does not need to sell so many, and it may still turn out to be a success.
Bye now, Mattia

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