Leica T-Craft Camera with Style and Mistakes

TEST: With a hefty price tag and innovative touchscreen is addressed to those who wish to access Leica the quality feel of the camera inspires. But it also gives the possibility to use Leicaoptik on a smooth system camera that despite a few misses are right nice.

When the Leica sent the press release that the t would be launched, it came with a link to a video where they could see when enLeica T hand polished in 45 minutes.It also pressed on the body were milled out of a solid block of aluminum. It is fairly typical of the Leica, it is very much about craftsmanship, the materials and the time that has gone into the production of each camera. Many other manufacturers tend to press the new sensors, new processor, great software and everything else that improves picture quality. Leica seems to assume that you already know that the picture quality will be good when you see the Red agwnblog2.

See this introduction as a half-bitter or ironic bantering over Leica’s promotion. It’s just a fact that Leica is different from other manufacturers, especially from other manufacturers that sell compact system cameras.

Price threshold

It should perhaps be mentioned at the outset, the camera body cost around 14500 SEK, standard zoom 18-56 mm f/3.5-5.6 costs 14 000 kroons and the fixed 23 mm f/2.0 is located at 15 000 crowns. So for a package where you get the House and the standard lens, you shell out nearly 30 000 kroons. It provides a relatively high threshold for a normal Shutterbug to take over, if for no other reason than it is a big contrast to what similar cameras in the same class. But then you get isn’t the Leica optics and a House milled out of one piece of aluminum.

 

Feeling and button are

The back is completely exempt from buttons. Basically the whole camera apart from printable Pinal, this due to the printable screen on the back of the camera. The buttons are actually just two in number, partly the trigger with his on and off-wheel around, since even a direct button to start capturing video. The camera also has two entry wheel on the rear top of the page, but since it is the end to physical controls. The rest is adjusted and is set via the touch screen.

Say what you want about the need to mill out of a camera from a piece of aluminum, and then Polish it by hand in 45 minutes, but it gives the camera a fairly solid sense, maybe not right polerandet but the aluminium body. Standard cameras usually have a thinner shell in a particular metal alloy or plastic and that gives a certain feeling. Here is the larger part of the body, except the screen and memory card door, solid metal. Unfortunately, the memory card cover of plastic and feels not as rich or luxurious as the rest of the camera, but to get wifi ‘n work so can’t the whole camera be in metal Plastic cover also hides a usb socket through which you can connect the camera to a computer and empty it 16 gigabytes big internal memory if you do not want to use a memory card. Actually quite a big advantage if you have a habit to forget memory card or bought for the small ones. Actually it is strange that not more manufacturers throw into a slightly larger buffer for those times the memory card is full or you forget it in your computer.

Although the lack of buttons gives the camera a futuristic and clean look, something that is quite important for a camera in this class and for this money. But what does it do for the handling of the camera, it becomes good or feels the most like a gimmick?

Initially, I think it is a bit cumbersome, some things are not as intuitive as when there are several buttons that do specific things. If you are in a mode other than manually, you can choose to use the left input the wheel to adjust the iso, exposure compensation, white balance, Flash mode, af/mf or self-timer. But which of these options you use, choose via a menu which is displayed by the symbol for the entry wheel on the screen. Would you therefore change both iso and exposure compensation, you have to enter the menu and change the input setting wheel. Or go into the» big «menu of the camera which is accessed via a button on the screen to the right of the live-view ‘ n together with a button program selector menu and an information menu with which you can choose which components you want on the screen or the electronic viewfinder, which is available as accessory. It’s a little annoying because it would go faster with more physical dedicated buttons.

Common tasks in the menu system does not differ significantly between Leica T and a normal camera. Smartphone Generation think certainly it is very smooth with a touch screen, but if you are used to a camera with physical buttons is different only in that you press on the screen, not the buttons.

Something that puzzled many of us on the editorial team was how to look at the pictures you have taken. A feature that is very basic and important to be able to look at their photos and see if you need to adjust their exposure or check the sharpness. Normally, there is a fairly clear button with a» play «-symbol that makes it simple to find the function.But at Leican there is no such. Instead, you get back the captured images and videos by swiping your finger across the screen vertically. But there is nothing at all to suggest that this is the way to do so, it all gets very ointuitivt. Probably the most ointuitiva and osjälvklara I have experienced in a camera’s menu system, unfortunately. When I handed the camera to the other and asked them to check if they can get the images have several given up and handed the camera back after a couple of minutes.

The screen itself is pretty good, it’s sufficiently high resolution to be able to assess the sharpness of images and responsivity is perfectly okay. Not in the class with a really good smartphone or tablet, but it interferes with itself is usually not on the. Sometimes it takes a couple of tries to get the play mode to look at the pictures. But otherwise takes care of the well.

 

Focus on focus

A clear disadvantage of the lack of buttons, or just how the system is structured, affects the focus menu. If you want to move the focus point, you have to enter in the menu with a few clicks, nothing that can be done with the camera in the eye. And when you took the picture and may want to move the focus point again, well then you have to key into the menu once again. Personally I got tired of it after about a time and let the focus point in the Middle, focused and composed since. Nothing that makes the camera unusable, but it feels quite tiresome and out of fashion.

The autofocus is capably fast, not in the vicinity of the fastest in its class, but it works as long as you’re going to photograph is not especially fast. Series shooting is also not especially quick so it’s not a camera for the sport enthusiast. The focus point is pretty big so it’s easy to miss what you want to focus on, something that can be annoying if you use for example the fixed 23 with large aperture, depth of field will be quite short, so it is easy to end up wrong.

Leica has an adapter that allows one to use lenses with m-mount lenses, a nice thing because there are many fine lenses with m-mount lenses. The adapter is also not especially big so it does not build on the lenses. On the other hand, you get to cope with manual focus, however, it is not a big problem because you can quickly choose to enlarge three or six times and thus having a good track of where the focus is sitting.

Leica has done well with the image quality for Color noise is very low even at high iso, which means that it works well in low light. Nor is it any disturbing noise reduction smears out the fine details. The quality of lenses is also high, which gives fine sharpness and corresponding blur. However, this causes the out highlights lighter than several other cameras. Compare it with Sony, for example, a77-2 that we tested in the last issue of Camera & image, the difference is not more than noticeable.

Leica has also decided to let their standard modes for jpg be extremely flat in contrast, the weakest contrast we’ve seen actually. Although it is possible to adjust these modes to customize them to suit your preference and taste. Even the more color saturated vivid mode is a bit fishy, it gives a higher saturation but also another color balance which feels a little strange. Otherwise, the automatic white balance functions well, it got scammed a few times in the foam Strip lights but otherwise gave it a neutral and good results.

One advantage of such is that it uses dng as raw formats. This means that you can always open files in Photoshop. Although it is an older version, it is not so many manufacturers who embraced the dng format, but it’s gratifying to Leica.

If you want to shoot, you’re so ready to do, however, is not the quality. It is not terrible, but it’s nowhere near as sharp as the better cameras in class.

Conclusion

Yes, what do you get for their hard-earned money if you buy a Leica for a style and handcrafted good camera that delivers good image quality to it that do not need the fastest camera with superb autofocus. Because it can be equipped with m-lenses also provides access to a very nice lens. But you buy it enough in the first place for the Red agwnblog2 with the squiggly Leica logo. Are you just looking for a modern, fast camera in this class, you can get better and smoother variants for less money.