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A Hands On Look At The New Leica T, Is It Worth The Money??

By Anthony Thurston on May 14th 2014

The new Leica T system was announced just last week, and it received a lot of attention for several reasons. First, it is a completely new system from Leica, this means new lenses and a completely new mount. Second, as far as Leica cameras go, this actually has a fairly inexpensive price tag. Lastly, the solid aluminum uni-body is a unique design feature that is sure to draw some comparisons to 2008 when Apple introduced the first unibody Macbooks.


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In typical fashion the guys over at The Camera Store TV got their hands on the new Leica T, and have just released their field test and review of the new camera. As usual, it’s very through, and have plenty of image samples and analysis from Chris Nichols. Check it out below…

I think it is safe to say that I will not ever be purchasing one of these, but for those of you Leica junkies out there it seems that, while flawed, this new Leica T is still a great buy. If you are interested in pre-ordering one you can do so now over on B&H.

What are your thoughts on the new Leica T? Did this hands on review sway your initial thoughts on the camera either positively or negatively? Leave a comment below and lets discuss.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. John Cameron

    Hold on, the article shows a Camera Store video and you suggest people purchase at B&H?

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  2. Will

    This camera is certainly a beautiful piece of design work. Supposedly each one is hand-polished for 45 minutes. Unfortunately, it’s also grossly overpriced when you look at image quality and comparable camera systems. At $1,850 just for a body, it is one of the most expensive crop-sensor cameras on the market, and I just read a review last week with side-by-side comparisons showing that the image quality is just slightly better than a Canon EOS M. I have also read that the autofocus system is inconsistent and that it starts to get noisy at ISO1600. I know that it’s almost a cliche to say this about Leica products at this point, but this really does seem like a camera for anyone who is more interested in how their camera looks than how it performs. At that same price point, one could get a Fuji X-Pro1 and one of the higher-end lenses to go with it, or for a little less you could get a new full-frame Sony A7. But, I’m sure there are plenty of Leica enthusiasts with a stable of Leica lenses who will be more than happy to shell out the cash for the little red dot.

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