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Thursday, 24 April 2014


I like the design. I am sure the lenses are terrific. I know the sensor is up to snuff since it's arguably the same as the excellent sensor in my X2. The new EVF is a step up from the X2/M EVF. The controls look great.

Black, 23/2 lens, EVF, leather half case, M to T adapter, spare battery. Sell the X2, the GXR, the M9 bodies. Get the wide zoom when it comes out. That'll do nicely.

This is just aspirational photo-bling and further evidence that Leica is slipping into "branding" a la Hasselblad and not innovating any longer. Sad.

On the subject of the lenses, the 23mm is absolutely stunning. I have one right here and the image quality with this lens is sensational. I also think that the T lacks an AA filter, something I am trying to confirm. Whether it does or not, the crispness of the images straight out of the camera is remarkable. It may be aimed at a slightly different market to hard-core photographers but the IQ is pretty special.
BTW, in the interests of full disclosure I am an Leica M-System Ambassador (in Australia) and have been using the T for the past three weeks.

If this camera had any name engraved other than Leica, would there be a single post not denigrating it as an overpriced, stale mess? Who would buy this instead of a Fuji or Olympus?

Leica innovations.

Not to pour salt into an open camera bottom, but how often was Leica an innovator? If you consider the M9 as an innovation then 2009 was the most recent. Nicely done, and a reasonable price (for Leica) offering good performance - sold as many as they made.

The M8 as innovation? Nope. The title of 1st interchangeable lens digital rangefinder belongs to the wonderful, slightly wacky Epson RD.

Then the S series. True innovation, announced 2008 shipped late 2009, $23,000 for the body, $5,000 more for the sapphire glassed body with extra tech support. Lenses? Ouch. Sell the car. Arguably the very best camera you could shoot with at the time ... and still going strong. Medium format from the innovator of 35mm. Alas, also the death of Leica reflexes and fine "R" lenses.

Another millenium innovation - the ingenious, high quality, expensive, interchangeable digital back for the R8/R9. Not because Leica wanted to .... they were forced to. They couldn't autofocus with the hardware they had, and the M8 wasn't here yet - so they advertised digital quality with no compromise! Genius! Until just a few months before the M9 was announced, they claimed they couldn't make a full frame digital RF, so this back was it.

Announced 2003, released 2005,it was about 4,500 Euros at launch. Huge development costs, high quality and price, early demise (sourcing problems), and birth of M8.

Innovation before the millennium? 1953 and 1954. The M3. The camera that was the greatest innovation since the original, early 1900s O series.

Leica maketh haste slowly, and that's good - very good. They had the opportunity to develop, over-develop, perfect and protect. They earned all the accolades of numerous famed photographers' dependence on their cameras and lenses. They tried to keep going forever like that.

This "T" camera, as well as all the Panasonic rebadges (film & digital), the X, they're bread & butter. The S series (still $22,000) is caviar. The M series ranges from hamburger to steak. And I for one hope Leica exists forever - they deserve to.

While not exactly pursuing the Hasselblad re-badge bull, it's more like Aston Martin. The famed automaker needing to meet it's corporate mileage and emissions requirements bought tiny, two seat, high mileage "smart car" city cars from Toyota. They installed an Aston grille and badge, a "bespoke" leather interior, and charged a bespoke price. It's a Scion IQ in tne U.S. at $16,000-$18,000. In the U.K. the Aston Martin Cygnet was 31,000 UK pounds or US $52,000. They started this program in 2009, intending to sell 2,000 per year, and apparently there are 148 on U.K. roads. You mean you'd rather have a BMW for the money? Aston just dropped the poor thing - which has now become an instant collectible!

Innovation sure is a bitch.


Just a follow up - the T has no AA filter. The images are super crisp, even at 200% on an MBP retina screen they look good.

Well, taking that I'm not a Leica lover (I've shot for many months with an M5 and found all this rangefinder thing is not for me), I still think that a camera body with great IQ and current technology and the option to use M series lens + an f/2 35mm equivalent FoV lens all at around 4000$ = very smart move from Leica. They will sold a ton of that.

The "DARTH VADER" appearance of this camera is quite sinisteringly eye catching.

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