Looking back at 2014, it would be difficult to talk about the advancements in mirrorless camera systems without mentioning the Leica T. This is Leica's first foray into mirrorless cameras outside of their famed rangefinders, and they went about it in a pretty unique and very Leica way.
The Leica T is machined from a solid block of aluminum, and then polished by hand for 45 minutes before being assembled. The result is a stunningly beautiful and incredibly solid feeling camera, which takes minimalistic design to a whole new level. You will not find any buttons on the rear of the camera — just a large 3.7" touchscreen with which you access all the necessary settings and adjustments.
On top of the Leica T, you'll find two programmable control dials, a movie record button, and the shutter button surrounded by the on/off switch. That's all there is to the Leica T — all functions are handled by the touchscreen, which is an entirely new way of thinking about mirrorless camera systems. This is a modern and forward thinking camera, and a huge departure from Leica's traditional and tactile control past. That said, the design is very much Leica, and as beautiful as anything they've ever created.
The Leica T uses an all-new lens mount, with only a few lenses available currently. They are selling a Leica M to Leica T adapter, which will allow you to use any M-mount lens, and it can even read the 6-bit coding for corrections and EXIF data information. In addition, Leica is selling an external viewfinder that attaches via the hotshoe and includes a GPS antenna internally that allows you to geotag your photos as you take them. Clever.
I could go on for hours about the Leica T because it's just such an exciting camera. It shows that Leica is indeed thinking outside the box, and is willing to take steps forward in ways that may have seemed like blasphemy to purists just months ago. This is, in a lot of ways, the camera of the future. I am a Leica purist, and I'm still absolutely thrilled about it.
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