Leica Builds Upon Groundbreaking Mirrorless Camera System with Further Refined Leica TL Camera
(From Steve: This is very similar to the original T, but with 32GB internal storage, faster Af-C, new Titanium finish (in addition to Black and Silver), new features in iOS app…seems to be the same as the original in all reality)
November 8, 2016 – The Leica TL is the newest model from Leica Camera, further expanding the TL–System. Based on the Leica T, which since its introduction in 2014 has constantly evolved in aspects of software performance, usability and flexibility, the new Leica TL continues this innovative camera concept with additional features and design changes including:
· Upgraded internal Storage: 32 GB
· Faster Auto Focus performance, particularly in AF-C Mode
· New Color option: titanium anodized finish
· New design: curving chamfered edges on the titanium model
· New features in the iOS app
· New Android app
· New accessories: functional and stylish camera protectors and neck straps
· New lens compatibility for the legacy Leica R-Lenses via the R-Adapter L
· New Optical Image Stabilization function available with Leica SL OIS lenses
PROGRESSIVE CAMERA BODY & CUTTING EDGE ACCESSORIES
The trademark of the Leica TL is the unique design of its extremely compact body. Each camera is precisely crafted from a single block of aluminum in the Leica factory in Wetzlar, Germany. This use of premium materials and an elaborate manufacturing process give the Leica TL-Camera an unmistakable look, feel and solidity.
The operating concept of the Leica TL is clearly laid out and intuitively easy to handle, using its 3.7” touchscreen display as the primary control center. The large LCD and control layout enables precise and reliable assessment during subject composition and in playback mode, with most functions controlled by a simple tap on the screen. The remaining controls are four strategically positioned physical dials and buttons, which ensure that users can concentrate fully on composing their pictures – without any unnecessary distractions. The fully customizable MyCamera menu of the Leica TL offers even greater flexibility, even in quick and spontaneous situations. The photographer always has fast access to the most frequently used features and personalized pre-sets.
In combination with its high-performance image processor, the large, APS-C-format, CMOS image sensor of the Leica TL guarantees exceptional image quality and delivers brilliant photos with outstanding contrast, fine detail resolution and natural color rendition – even in unfavorable lighting conditions.
Thanks to its integrated Wi-Fi module and its ability to create its own mobile hotspot, the Leica TL can conveniently transfer stills and videos wirelessly to smartphones, tablets, laptops or desktop PCs from nearly anywhere. Users can share their pictures and videos by email, on Facebook or via other social networks. A free Leica TL app for iOS and Android devices will be available with the release of the camera, and in addition to wireless transfer, the app will allow users to use their smart device as a remote electronic viewfinder – making remote control of shutter speed and aperture settings possible.
The Leica TL will be available in three color options, including silver, black and titanium. The silver and black editions are identical in design and construction, while the titanium option is distinguished by a beveled edge (chamfer) enveloping the top and bottom plates for added comfort and an alluring design. Functional camera accessories, such as the new high-quality protectors in Nappa leather, and color-coordinated carrying straps in stone-gray, black, red and cemento, round off the TL-System portfolio.
DYNAMIC AND CROSS-SYSTEM COMPATIBLE LENSES
All Leica TL-Lenses impress with exceptional imaging performance at all focus distances with the unique ‘Leica look’ and signature bokeh. Developed by optical design specialists in Wetzlar, they offer the exceptional imaging performance for which all Leica lenses are known. The combination of optical and precision engineering expertise, and the use of the finest materials in their construction ensures their constant quality and reliability in use.
The TL-System currently comprises six lenses – three prime lenses and three zooms – that meet the needs of every photographic situation:
· The two fast prime lenses, the Leica Summicron-TL 23 mm f/2 ASPH. and the Summilux-TL 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH., are classic focal lengths for reportage and street photography
· The APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60 mm f/2.8 ASPH. is an ideal lens for finely detailed close-up photography and portraiture.
· The three compact zoom lenses, the Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-TL 11–23 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH., Vario-Elmar-TL 18–56 mm f/3.5–5.6 ASPH. and APO-Vario-Elmar-TL 55–135 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH., cover an entire range of focal lengths equivalent to 17 to 200 mm in 35 mm format, and deliver outstanding images with rich contrast from corner to corner of the frame.
Thanks to the L-Bayonet mount shared by the Leica TL and Leica SL, SL-Lenses can also be used without an adapter on the Leica TL. Leica once again carries forward its fundamental principles of cross-system compatibility and sustainability, which is now also reflected in uniform product designations for the L-Bayonet. Appropriate adapters are also available for using Leica M and R lenses on the camera.
PRICING & AVAILABILITY
The new Leica TL camera and accessories will be available worldwide from Leica Stores, Boutiques and Dealers beginning in November. The camera bodies will retail for $1,695, while the TL lenses start at $1,650 for the Leica VARIO-ELMAR-TL 18-56 mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH., and culminate at $2,995 for the Leica APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60 mm f/2.8 ASPH.
Technical Data LEICA TL
Camera type: Digitale APS-C System-Camera
Lens connection: Leica L bayonet fitting with contact strip for
communication between lens and camera
Lens system: Leica TL and SL lenses, Leica M lenses using Leica M
Adapter L, Leica R lenses using R Adapter-L
Sensor: CMOS sensor, size APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm) with 16.5/16.2 million pixels (total/effective), format aspect ratio 3:2
Resolution: JPEG: 4928 x 3264 (16 megapixels), 4272 x 2856 (12.2 megapixels), 3264 x 2160 (7 megapixels), 2144 x 1424 (3 megapixels), 1632 x 1080 (1.8 megapixel), DNG: 4944 x 3278 pixels
compression rate: optional: JPG superfine, JPG fine, DNG + JPG superfine, DNG + JPG fine
Video recording format: MP4
Video resolution/frame rate: optional: 1920 x 1080p, 30 fps or 1280 x 720p, 30 fps
Video-recording time: Uninterrupted video recordings are possible up to a maximum length of 29 minutes.
Internal memory: 32GB
Storage media: SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, multimedia cards
ISO range: Automatic, ISO 100 to ISO 12500
White balance: Automatic, presets for daylight, cloud, halogen lighting, shadow, electronic flash, two manual settings, manual color temperature setting
Autofocus System: Contrast-based
Autofocus metering methods: Single point, multiple point, spot, face detection, touch AF
Exposure modes: automatic program, aperture priority, shutter speed priority, and manual setting, Scene program/exposure modes: Fully automatic, sport, portrait, landscape, night portrait, snow/beach, fireworks, candlelight, sunset
Exposure Metering: Multi-field, center weighted, spot
Exposure Compensation: ±3EV in 1⁄3 EV increments
Automatic bracketing: Three pictures in graduations up to ±3EV, adjustable in 1/3EV increments
Shutter speed range: 30s to 1⁄4000s
Picture series: Approx. 5fps, 12 pictures with constant picture frequency, then depending on memory card properties
Flash modes: Automatic, automatic/red eye reduction, always on, always on / red eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync/red eye reduction
Flash exposure compensation: ±3EV in1⁄3EV increments
Flash synchronization: Sync time: 1⁄180s
Guide number of
built-in flash unit: for ISO 100: 4.5
Recovery time of
built-in flash unit: Approx. 5s with fully charged battery
Monitor: 3.7″ TFT LCD, 1.3 million pixels, 854×480 per color channel
Self-timer: Selectable delay time 2 or 12s
WLAN: Complies with IEEE 802.11b/g/n standard (standard WLAN protocol), channel 1-11
Encryption method: Wi-Fi-compatible WPA™ / WPA2™, access method: Infrastructure mode
Power supply: Leica BP-DC13 lithium ion battery, rated voltage 7.2V, capacity 985mAh (min.) (based on CIPA standard): approx. 400 pictures, charging time (after total discharge): approx. 160 min Manufacturer: Shenzen Eng Electronics Co., Ltd., Made in China
Connections: Micro USB port (2.0 High Speed), Leica flash interface with integrated connection for optional accessories; battery charging via USB connection possible with max. 1A
Charger: Leica BC-DC13, input: AC 100-240V, 50/60Hz, 0,145A (100V)-0,08A (240V), automatic reversing, Output: DC 8,4V 0,65A, Weight: approx. 90g, Dimensions: approx. 96x68x28mm Manufacturer: Panasonic Energy (Wuxi) Co, Ltd.
Body: Leica unibody aluminum design, two removable covers for carrying strap and other accessories, ISO flash shoe with center and control contacts for connection of more powerful external flash units, for attaching the Leica Visoflex electronic viewfinder
Tripod thread: A 1⁄4 DIN 4503 (1⁄4“)
Dimensions (WxHxD): 134 x 69 x 33mm
Weight: Approx. 384g / 339g (with/without battery)
Items supplied: Camera body, carrying strap, 2 carrying strap release pins for detaching the carrying strap, battery (Leica BP-DC13), charger (Leica BC-DC13) with 6 adapter plugs, USB cable
Software: Leica App (free download remote control and picture transfer in Apple™ App Store™/Google™ Play Store™)