However it does show something about Leica that they did push the non-photographic virtues of the camera in their initial presentation of the camera and give off the impression that this was for well-heeled poseurs. Because let's not forget that the price of this is not that steep for people who have invested in top end Canon and Nikon gear. There are bodies and lenses more expensive that the Leica T and the zoom in the DSLR world. And it makes just as much sense for someone 'downsizing' from a big DSLR outfit to pick one of these rather than Fuji or m4/3. Certainly there wouldn't be much financial saving, but if all those posts about peoples 'conversions' from the DSLR camp to smaller and lighter are true, then that doesn't seem to be the priority.
And just where was all the publicity about how good the screen and EVF are? It was the first thing I noticed when I picked the camera up and took some pictures with it in the shop. I saw endless articles about the body and that interminable polishing video, lots of comments about the price but very little about just how it improves the picture making experience. It took me a while to track down some user experiences that made me think I should look at the camera. A couple of people have suggested that Leica's aren't for enthusiast or even professional photographers, but for people who are capable of buying luxury items with no financial hardship, are interested in photography and like buying the 'best.' But why is that the case? Look at the price of the Sony RX1 when it first came out. The Leica T outfit I've bought is a bargain compared to that and significantly more versatile.
And while I'm on the question of Sony, the Leica T app. for my iPad lets me do more things than the corresponding Sony offering, PlayMemories. And it's easier and quicker to download and doesn't require me updating the camera. So Leica have an (unlikely I know) advantage there also. This IS a camera for both professionals and serious amateurs and a pretty unique one at that. It's quality across the board, in terms of design and handling, operational features and image quality, including great high ISO performance. It also gives access to a whole range of m-mount lenses and I bet before long some chinese factory will have turned out some Leica T to Nikon, Canon and everything else adapters.
There are also going to be, what I suspect will be pretty spectacular (IQ and price!!) lenses for the system. There are already wide-angle and telephoto zooms coming out and I can see Leica planning some fast primes as well. Expensive yes, but still probably cheaper than their m-mounts.
And returning yet again to the price, I'll repeat again that because of the way that Leicas hold their value, they are far better long term investments than any other camera brand. And Leica aren't in the habit of introducing marginally upgraded versions of previous models. Just look at Olympus and the money grabbing E-PL7 which is a supremely pointless upgrade motivated only by greed and the assumption by Olympus that they can yet again milk and manipulate their fanboy base. And in the well-off sections of the world £3000 for a camera and lens isn't that much. I know people who spend £100 every Saturday night going to the pubs and night spots in my local city centre. They aren't rich and they have pretty average jobs and incomes. But that's £5000 a year and what do they have to show for it?
So the Leica T is a 'photographers camera' though you would be hard pressed to find anybody else who is making that point. I am in the process of putting together a video analysis of why that is the case and hopefully I'd post that before too long. However in the meantime be assured that the Leica T isn't just an exercise in style over content and that there are innovative and class leading features as well, some of which like the EVF and screen are pretty basic to how we use digital cameras and deserve to be more widely publicised.
One final point. If the camera was just a good looking prestige brand I wouldn't have bought it. I might have wanted too because it is VERY attractive, but I wouldn't have. Because I don't have £3000 to spend on something like that. However, I do have £3000 to spend on a seriously useful camera with several features that will help me enormously in how I make a living and will replace a lot of gear that I'm currently reluctant to use and almost have to force myself to take out to get some value from it. And that is exactly what the Leica T is for me. I will use it a lot.
Indeed I've used all my Leicas a lot. For example I was desperate for the X-Vario to work because it was such a great camera for me, but ultimately I was struggling so much with the viewfinder and screen that I almost had to sell it. I have incidentally almost bought another one many times even allowing for those problems. However, these are the areas where the Leica T really shines and yesterday I was using the screen as much as the EVF and it really is superb. So the T will be around for a long time, I know that already, because it's such a good camera, such a pleasure to use and helps rather than hinder me do what I do. And all the BS about the polished aluminium and red dot is just that, BS. Unfortunately Leica are just as guilty about promoting the luxury brand aspect of their products as those who criticise them, but as with the Leicas I've owned in the past, the T is much more than a shiny metallic object of desire. It's also a damn fine picture making device as well.
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