New Leica T Mirrorless Camera Machined from Solid Block of Aluminum
New T model celebrates 100 years of Leica photography.
Leica has a new $1,800 camera body for sale -- relatively cheap if you're familiar with the high-end German camera maker.
The T mirrorless body comes in at under two grand, and it's body is fashioned from one solid piece of aluminum, making for some pretty unforgettable style and durability. The insides are equally impressive, including a 16 MP APS-C sensor, full HD video capture, and ISO up to 12,500. Integrated WiFi, and a 3.7-inch touchscreen give the traditional-looking camera a modern edge, too.
The downside: Most Leica glass won't work with the T camera out of the box. M-mount lenses can be used...after you shell out $395 for an adapter. Two T-mount lenses are currently available, though: a 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens, and a 23mm f/2 prime lens are both available for around $1,750. Other T-mount lenses are coming later thia year.
Cheap? Nope. Beautiful? Absolutely. Camera buffs, drop your thoughts in the forums.
Quite a few things are made from solid blocks of aluminum. They are not that expensive there is just a large degree of material removal. If you have access to a nice, modern CnC machine making things this way isn't some kind of exclusive artisan craft it's just more akin to an engineering part. Most of this cost will come from it being quite a small run. The design side of it is where are the money is spent. You aren't paying for quality, you are paying for exclusivity. If they made a run of 400,000 of these things they could probably charge a lot less.
The fact that their lenses won't even be compatible is just baffling to me, if they were going to make a precisely machined camera like this how could they not make it as universally compatible with their products as possible? Like i said this resembles an engineering part. With that it mind i would expect a little more... function.
$1800 is a lot to ask for an APS-C camera body with no viewfinder and a largely touchscreen driven interface, even if it is carved out of solid mithril by the
Dwarves of Moria Leica.
The lenses look undoubtedly worth every penny, because, well, it's Leica. Still, for the money they're asking you could get twice the amount of gear from Sony or Fuji or Olympus, all of whom are making really great mirrorless cameras.
Pretty much all leicas are rangefinders, aren't they? Even with the adapter, two grand is nothing compared to their other digital cameras.
Pretty much all leicas are rangefinders, aren't they?
They did have a line of SLRs, the R series and the Leicaflex, which never took off. Other than that, a lot decent compacts, but yeah their main thing has always been the rangefinder.
and a 3.7-inch touchscreen give the traditional-looking camera a modern edge, too.
Ugh... touchscreen is an ergonomic nightmare if you want to do any fast, efficient and serious photography.