First impression of “T” hands-on.

11th May 2014
Solidly built: stunning to look at: fits well in the hand (my hand at least): heavier than it looks: but lenses smaller and lighter than expected: overall feels around the same weight as an X Vario: very large touch screen: two unlabelled dials that are programmable: really good EVF (called Visoflex - round of applause here) with dioptre correction, auto eye recognition (could be quicker to turn on), and a fairly good firm clip to fix in the down position (we must wait to see if it stays down in actual use). This must have been in development for quite a number of years!

There are a few aspects which I don’t like - sorry to rain on the parade! For example, while the new concept of strap fixing is neat & ingenious, it spells commercial suicide to every other strap maker at least for the moment. How about Leica producing the fixings with an eye ending a la M? Meanwhile, I can’t wait for some clever person to produce something to adapt my favourite strap to fit the camera - I just don’t like the standard strap! And why, when there’s a grey leather ½ case is there not a matching grey leather strap? Bad slip-up here Leica! Generally though these are minor quibbles. I like it.

From a variety of images taken by Jono Slack using pre-production firmware, and printed out , you can see that the quality, detail, and rendering of colours is extremely good - well up to Leica’s usual standard. There is a little bit of CA however that can be noticeable. Let us hope that this disappears on the production firmware.

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