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Leica launch new 35mm lens for T Camera System portfolio

Leica, the premium German camera manufacturer, today launched a new a new 35mm prime lens with a “classic” focal length which, Leica hopes, “will become the reference lens in the APS-C category”. An  addition to the Leica T Camera System portfolio – the Leica Summilux-TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH “delivers maximum sharpness, and superb resolution and colour reproduction when shooting wide open, throughout its aperture range, and at all distances,” Leica said in a statement. Developed in Wetzlar, Germany, the lens remains compact due to an internal focusing system, allowing the overall length of the lens to remain unchanged when focusing. As suggested by the ‘TL’ in its name, the Leica Summilux-TL is the first of two new prime lenses for the Leica T Camera System. The lens is fully compatible with the bayonet mount of the Leica T, as well as the L-mount of the Leica SL-System. The second TL lens, the Leica APO Macro-Elmarit-TL 60mm f/2.8 ASPH., will be made available from Autumn 2016. The Summilux-TL 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. comes in a choice of …

2016-03-23T14:04:11+00:00

Leica SL (Typ 601)

Exclusive test: first impressions of Leica’s brand new professional system camera

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In a world where we expect quite different things from a compact system camera and a single lens reflex camera, it might seem a little odd to name one of the former in remembrance of one of the latter. But perhaps we need to learn not to expect the expected from Leica – a company that seems to ignore what the rest of us consider logical. The new Leica SL (Type 601) is indeed a mirrorless camera, much in the style of the Olympus OM-D, the Panasonic GH and the Fuji X-T bodies, but while other brands do all they can to distance themselves from the ‘old fashioned’ SLR, Leica seems to be embracing it. By using the name ‘SL (Type 601)’, Leica suggests that this 2015 body is in some way a descendant of the Leicaflex SL – a film SLR born in 1968 that in turn fathered the R3 in 1976. The camera is substantial indeed, lacking all hints of the miniaturisation that we have come to associate with compact system cameras. None-the-less, …

2015-10-20T18:14:31+00:00

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