Leica Camera has released details of its new TL system camera, which builds on the existing Leica T camera system with improvements to camera performance.


The Leica TL, silver model, shown with the Vario-Elmar-TL 18″“56 mm f/3.5″“5.6 ASPH. lens. (Source: Leica Camera.)

Like the Leica T, the TL features a 16.2-megapixel APS-C-format CMOS image sensor and high-performance image processor. It will be available in three colour options: the silver and black versions are identical in design and construction, while the titanium-coloured option is distinguished by a bevelled edge (chamfer) to the top and bottom plates. Each camera body is precisely machined from a single block of aluminium in the Leica factory. It is offered with complementary camera accessories, such as the new high-quality protectors in Nappa leather, which can stay on the camera when changing the battery, and colour-coordinated carrying straps in stone-grey, black, red and cemento.

A key upgrade in the new camera is the doubling of the size of its internal buffer memory to 32 GB. Other new features are improved autofocus, especially in AF-C mode, and optimised compatibility with lenses from other Leica camera systems, including SL-Lenses with OIS and Leica R-System lenses in combination with the R-Adapter L. The comprehensive portfolio of lenses for the Leica TL comprises six lenses ““ three prime lenses and three zooms.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 photography, and the APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60 mm f/2.8 ASPH. complements them ideally as a lens for finely detailed close-up photography. 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.


The Leica TL, titanium model, shown with the Summicron-TL 23 mm f/2 ASPH. and optional Visoflex viewfinder. (Source: Leica Camera.)

Integrated Wi-Fi plus a function for setting up its own mobile hotspot enables the Leica TL to transfer stills and videos by WLAN to smartphones, tablets, laptops or desktop PCs from almost anywhere and allows users to share their pictures and films by email, on Facebook or in other social networks. A free Leica TL app for iOS and Android devices is available with the release of the camera with revised functions plus additional options for sharing pictures by email or on social networks. It is now available for the first time for Android as well as iOS devices.

The RRP   for the Leica TL is AU$2450, with the neck strap selling for AU$120 and the leather protector for AU$170. For more information, visit http://en.leica-camera.com/Photography/Leica-TL/Leica-TL-System.