Leica T unveiled: Hands-on first impressions review

Leica has revealed an entirely new system camera in the form of the sleek and sophisticated Leica T. Michael Topham takes a closer look

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The new Leica T, announced today, represents a big departure from the look and feel of the M series, an all-new range that Leica hopes will be as popular as the 'M' series ever was.

Lacking a built-in EVF, the Leica T has a 2.4-million-dot tilt-and-swivel EVF available as an optional accessory, mounting via the hotshoe.

The Leica T has an ISO range of 100-12,500. It also shoots full HD video and is the first Leica system camera to feature built-in Wi-fi.

The camera launches alongside two lenses: a Vario-Elmar-T 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph (priced £1,250) and a Summicron-T 23mm (equivalent to 35mm) f/2 Asph, costing £1,350. The EVF (Visoflex Type 020) costs £400.

It will be possible to use M lenses with the Leica T with purchase of an additional adapter.

Features of the Leica T also include an ISO range of 100-12,500, full HD video and built-in Wi-Fi - a first for a Leica system camera.

WDC's Managing Editor and Amateur Photographer's Deputy Technical Editor Michael Topham has had some hands-on time with the Leica T, and you can read his first impressions over on Amateur Photographer.

The Leica T will be out May 26, available in black or silver, and will cost £1350 body-only. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom will be bundled with the kit.

Two more lenses are due to be showcased at the Photokina trade show later this year: a Super-Vario-Elmar-T 11-23mm f/3.5-4.5 Asph and Vario-Elmar-T 55-135mm f/3.5-4.5 Asph.
 

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