Leica expands its lower-cost options with Leica TL: Faster and more versatile than Leica T


posted Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 4:00 PM EDT


Leica has announced the Leica TL, the successor to the Leica T. The T released in 2014 and the Leica TL sticks with much of the same specs and features, but does include a few new tricks.

The TL has double the internal memory (expanded from 16GB to 32GB), improved autofocus (particularly with regard to continuous autofocus) and optimized compatibility with other Leica camera systems, including SL lenses with OIS functionality and Leica R-system lenses when using the R-Adapter L. Wireless functionality has been improved with new social sharing options on Leica's smartphone apps, available on iOS and now newly available on Android.

Considering it's built on the same platform as the T, the TL's imaging performance shouldn't come with many surprises. The TL uses a 16.3-megapixel APS-C sensor, offers up twin-dial controls, has a large 3.7-inch touchscreen display and can be used with an optional electronic viewfinder. Dimensions remain relatively compact, at least within Leica's line of cameras, with the TL being 134 x 69 x 33 millimeters and weighing approximately 384 grams. Speaking of the TL's physical construction, the camera is machined from a single block of aluminum.

The TL-system is relatively new, so it's lens offerings aren't expansive, but they do cover a wide range of focal lengths and types of lenses. There are three prime lenses: a 23mm f/2, 35mm f/1.4 and macro 60mm f/2.8. Three zoom lenses include: 11-23mm f/3.5-4.5, 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 and 55-135mm f/3.5-4.5 optics. Altogether, 35mm equivalent focal lengths are covered from 17 to 200mm. Of course, as mentioned above, SL-lenses can be used without an adapter and Leica M and R lenses can be adapted to the TL.


The Leica TL will be available in three finishes when it launches in mid-November: black, silver and titanium, all anodized. The Leica TL will cost just under US$1,700. There are also leather protectors and neck straps available in stone gray, black, cemento and red color options. US prices for these accessories $150 and $95 respectively. Find out more in our Leica TL preview!