It's black, it's sleek, it has build quality and style just picking it up makes me appreciate and I think it's a thing of beauty. It's the final part of my (Not much change from £7000) Leica T (Typ 701) mirrorless interchangeable 'set' the APO-Vario-Elmar-T 55-135mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH lens. For me the most innovative, aesthetically pleasing quality camera / lens system I've ever bought, owned and used. This is my camera, my luxury item, my indulgence. I care little for cars, so I don't want a Ferrari (Good job really!) I wear black jeans and T-shirts pretty much all the time so clothes are not a priority, but I do love cameras. And despite seriously depleting my bank account, I've had a huge smile on my face ever since this arrived yesterday.
You'll be unsurprised to learn that it's an optical gem and it delivers stunning sharp images with that extraordinary Leica T colour. This is the camera system that I always wanted, stylish, classy, a joy to use and delivering superb images. It also takes camera minimalism to new levels, is crammed with unique and never seen before features and it's a thoroughly modern camera, but imbued with the philosophy of one of the oldest and most respected camera makers out there. Other cameras may be full of scientific and technological marvels, but everything in the Leica T has the philosophy that photography is essentially an art at it's core. All the innovation is to make the picture taking process as simple as possible. Pick up the camera, compose, take the shot. Everything is secondary to that.
The screen and viewfinder give the sharpest, clearest and brightest images I've ever seen from a camera and it's a case of setting things up with the pared down touchscreen menu and a case of getting on with the important business of making pictures. It IS an inspirational camera for me and takes the ART of point and shoot to new levels. It's a camera and set of lenses I could get seriously pretentious about (Really!!) but I really do love it. Suddenly, everything else is second best. And the fact that lots of people think I've got more money than sense, am besotted by the red dot or any of the other anti-Leica propaganda that pervades the photographic internet means nothing to me. Because for those who criticise Leica gear and those of us who buy it, the simple fact is that we get to go out and use it and they don't.