Our regular readers know that we have a pretty good track record as to future Leica products. Now Leica Forum posted Leica’s official invitation for the unveiling of the German boutique camera maker’s latest addition: the long expected mirrorless system camera with interchangeable lenses. This wouldn’t be THEME without giving you a bit more meat on the bone. I’ve seen the proper EXIF with lens information. The camera will be called Leica T (Typ 701) and no, it doesn’t come with the M8’s 1.33x crop factor. The T’s CMOS sensor will use APS-C’s 1.5x crop factor that has become most brands’ digital standard by now.
As mentioned in earlier articles on Leica’s future mirrorless system camera with autofocus (!), the Leica T is a further development of the X Vario (which is, in essence, a Panasonic concept). The T is, as the X Vario, designed in collaboration with Panasonic. The Leica-branded T camera and zooms will be made by Panasonic, albeit better expect a “Made in Germany” engraving. Leica builds the prime lenses.
Looks like one of the standard primes is a reasonably fast 56mm (84mm equivalent in 35mm), but this has yet to be confirmed.
Disappointed about the sensor size? Absolutely want full-frame? An A7R with red dot? The T’s most likely the size allowing the system to be as compact as possible. Lenses will already be bigger than the M glass you’re used to. Electronics and possibly a (hopefully ultrasonic) lens motor have to be built in.
Will the T be EVIL? Doubt it. Again, it’s an X Vario offspring. Expect a third-party accessory viewfinder. Branded as Leica.
Price? Expect something in the range of $3-4k for starter kits. The X Vario was initially listed for $2,850.
More to follow. Stay tuned on THEME for when I’m in a position to give away tidbits about form factor, etc. Let’s hope for true mini M: a compact M philosophy in design, functionality and operability. I however doubt this’ll happen. Don’t forget. It’s a Panasonic with a red dot.