Leica has announced the new TL2 camera, representing the next generation of the company’s TL-System. The mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera improves on the original TL, featuring a newly designed sensor, with a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS Leica Maestro II series image processor and UHD 4K30 and Full HD 1080p60 video recording for high-quality stills and video.
Autofocus speed has been improved in the form of a 49-point Contrast-Detect AF system, with the TL2 seeing a max 20 fps frame rate and a max continuous burst rate of 7 fps. An electronic shutter supports speeds of 1/40,000 seconds. The camera features an L-bayonet mount, making it compatible with the complete TL-System of lenses (and SL lenses), which currently is made up of three primes—the Leica Summicron-TL 23mm ƒ/2 ASPH, the Summilux-TL 35mm ƒ/1.4 ASPH and the APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60mm ƒ/2.8 ASPH—and three zooms—the Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-TL 11-23mm ƒ/3.5-4.5 ASPH, the Vario-Elmar-TL 18-56mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 ASPH and the APO-Vario-Elmar-TL 55-135mm ƒ/3.5-4.5 ASPH. New Leica adapters also make the camera compatible with the M and R systems of lenses.
Leica cameras (and Leica photographers) are all about eliminating distractions when shooting. The TL2’s MyCamera menu and UI are designed to make accessing settings more intuitive, with icons grouped according to related functions. The camera maintains the 3.7-inch 1.3M-dot LCD touch-screen of the TL, but Leica says responsiveness has been improved.
The TL2 supports wireless transfer of files to smartphones, tablets and desktops/laptops and wired transfer via the camera’s integrated HDMI 1.4 and USB Type C 3.0 ports. The Leica TL app for iOS and Android means devices can be turned into remote viewfinders with remote control of various features. Accessories include leather camera protectors and color-coordinated carrying straps.
Built from a single block of aluminum in Leica’s factory in Germany, the new TL2 is available now in silver or black. It’s priced at $1,950 (the TL is priced at $1,695).
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See the press release below.
Leica Camera Unveils the Evolution of the TL-System with the Leica TL2
Perfected features and persuasive performance meet nuanced design in this new generation
July 10, 2017 – Leica Camera launches today the latest in its TL-System: the Leica TL2. An evolution and refinement of its predecessors the TL and T, the new Leica TL2 embraces increased speed, ease of handling and flexibility, and leads the pioneering camera system into a new generation with additional innovations and new design aspects. With the TL2, photographers are able to easily capture life’s most valuable moments and experiences with precision and accuracy, thanks to these advanced features.
Brilliant still pictures and video footage
At first shot, photographers will notice the refinement of the TL2. A new sensor, developed specifically for this camera, and high-performance image processor work in tandem to guarantee outstanding picture quality with higher dynamic range, excellent contrast, and color definition, along with exceptional sharpness and the finest resolution of details. Even the smallest components stand out, allowing users to shoot any subject and make the photos their own. The Leica TL2 impresses similarly with its video capabilities. The camera’s various video recording modes, up to 4K resolution, make the TL2 a formidable tool for video capture as well.
Quiet and quick
One of the highlights of the Leica TL2 is its enormously improved autofocus speed and accuracy. For instance, the camera focuses sharply on subjects in around 165 milliseconds (CIPA standard; Leica standard zoom lens at its wide-angle setting), which is up to three times faster than the previous model. The new Leica Maestro II series image processor not only plays a significant role in its faster autofocus and shortened start-up times, but also boosts the speed of the camera’s continuous burst function. Another new development is an electronically controlled shutter feature that enables silent exposures at shutter speeds up to 1/40,000s. The mechanical shutter of the TL2 can achieve a continuous burst rate of 7 frames per second. Now with this added electronic shutter capability, the camera can reach a maximum of 20 frames per second.
Connectivity with and without a cable
Photos and videos can be conveniently transferred by wireless connection to smartphones, tablets and desktop PCs thanks to the integrated Wi-Fi module of the Leica TL2, which also allows for mobile hotspot setup and easy sharing via email and social media. Data can also be transferred lightning-fast by a wired connection, with the camera’s integrated HDMI 1.4 and USB Type C 3.0 ports. The USB-C port also enables recharging of the Leica TL2 without a battery charger – for example from a laptop computer or an external power bank.
With the Leica TL App, available for both iOS and Android devices, smartphones or tablets are transformed into remote electronic viewfinders and offer remote control of various exposure-relevant parameters such as the shutter speed and aperture. The Leica TL App also makes it much easier to capture photos and video from unusual angles, with a self-timer and longer shutter speeds.
Modern, intuitive and versatile controls
Leica’s commitment to eliminating distractions and focusing on the essentials is showcased in the TL2 camera controls. The MyCamera menu and user interface groups icons according to related functions and thus creates a seamless user experience. Photographers will notice that this function makes handling easier and more intuitive than ever while on the go. The menu can be further personalized to meet individual preferences and particular needs, meaning that the photographer always has fast access to all frequently used features and pre-sets.
Furthermore, as a continuation of Leica’s commitment, the TL2 features significantly increased touchscreen fluidity and responsiveness, to make using the camera even faster and more enjoyable. At the heart of this, a bright and clearly laid-out 3.7″ LCD touchscreen display enables both composition and reliable and convenient assessment of subjects before and after exposure. The only other controls are four ergonomically positioned physical elements that are intuitive in their operation.
The best lenses in its class
The comprehensive portfolio of lenses in the Leica TL-System offers an ideal range of focal lengths for all situations and types of photography. The system currently comprises of six lenses – three prime lenses and three zoom lenses – that meet the needs of every photographic situation. The two fast prime lenses, the Leica Summicron-TL 23 mm f/2 ASPH. and the Summilux-TL 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH., are classic focal lengths for reportage photography, and the APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60 mm f/2.8 ASPH. complements them ideally as a lens for finely detailed close-up photography and portraits. The three compact zoom lenses, the Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-TL 11–23 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH., Vario-Elmar-TL 18–56 mm f/3.5–5.6 ASPH. and APO-Vario-Elmar-TL 55–135 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH. cover an entire range of focal lengths equivalent to 17 to 200 mm (equiv. in 35 mm format) and deliver exposures with rich contrast and sharpness from corner to corner of each frame.
Developed by optical design specialists in Wetzlar, Germany, all Leica TL-Lenses offer the exceptional imaging performance and iconic “Leica look” for which Leica lenses are famed. The combination of optical and precision engineering and use of the finest materials in their construction ensures their constant quality and reliability in use.
Sustainability guaranteed by cross-system compatibility
A major nuance and advantage of the TL2 – and a demonstration of Leica’s fundamental principles of cross-system compatibility and sustainability – is its compatibility across the Leica lens portfolio. The camera features an L-Bayonet mount, which allows it to fit seamlessly with all TL and SL lenses without an adapter. Should users choose to use lenses within the M or R systems, Leica has also created new adapters that make this possible, as well. This opens up the camera to an exciting range of lenses across Leica’s product portfolio – a veritable playground of lenses available to the user.
Signature design refined, in two color options
The TL2 camera design is a refinement of the hallmark compact body introduced by the original TL. Each camera body is precisely honed from a single block of aluminum, carefully crafted in Leica’s factory in Germany. For the TL2, Leica has added an ergonomically pleasing chamfered edge with physical touch and ease of use in mind, which means that photographers can enjoy prolonged comfort when out shooting.
The Leica TL2 will be offered in a choice of two different colors: silver and black. Functional camera accessories, such as high-quality protectors in Nappa leather, that stay on the camera when changing the battery, and color-coordinated carrying straps in stone-grey, black, red, yellow and cemento, are ideal complements to the TL system portfolio for both protection and exhibiting a user’s personal flair.
The Leica TL2 will be available from Leica Stores, Boutiques and selected Dealers starting July 10, 2017.
Digital APS-C system camera
Leica L bayonet with contact strip for communication between lens and camera
Lenses with Leica L-Mount, Leica M/R lenses using the Leica M-Adapter L/R-Adapter L
APS-C sized CMOS sensor (23.6 x 15.7 mm) with 24.96/24.24 million pixels (total/effective), aspect ratio 3:2
DNG: 6016 x 4014 Pixels (24 Megapixels), JPEG: optional 6000 x 4000 Pixels (24 Megapixels), or 4272 x 2856 Pixels (12 Megapixels), or 3024 x 2016 Pixels (6 Megapixels)
Photo file formats/compression rates
Optional: JPG, DNG, or DNG + JPG, DNG optionally uncompressed or compressed (lossless)
Video recording format
Video resolution/frame rate
3840 x 2160 p (4K) 30fps, 1920 x 1080 p (FHD) 60 fps or 1280 x 720 p (HD) fps or 1280 x 720 p (HD) 120 fps (SLOMO)
Video recording time
Depending on ambient or housing temperature video recordings are possible up to a maximum length of 29 minutes, maximum file size is 4 GB, if a recording exceeds this limit, the respective part is automatically stored in another file
SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, multimedia cards, UHS II-standard is supported
Automatic, ISO 100 to ISO 50000
Automatic, presets for daylight, cloudy, halogen lighting, shadow, electronic flash, two memory slots for manually metered settings, manual color temperature setting
Autofocus metering methods
Single point, multi-zone, spot, face detection, touch AF
Automatic program, aperture priority, shutter speed priority, and manual setting, Fully automatic, sport, portrait, landscape, night portrait, snow/beach, fireworks, candlelight, sunset, digiscoping
Exposure Metering Methods
Multi-zone, center-weighted, spot
±3 EV in 1⁄3 EV increments
Automatic exposure bracketing
Three pictures in graduations up to ± 3EV, adjustable in 1⁄3 EV increments
Shutter speed range
30 s to 1⁄40000 s (up to 1⁄4000 s with mechanical, shorter with electronic shutter)
Approx. 7 fps (with mechanical shutter) and 20 fps (with electronic shutter), 29 pictures at full speed, then depending on memory card properties
Adjustable with attached, system compatible flash
Flash exposure compensation
±3 EV in 1⁄3 EV increments
3.7” TFT LCD, 1.3 million pixels, 854 x 480 per color channel
Selectable delay time 2 or 12 s
Complies with IEEE 802.11b/g/n standard (standard WLAN protocol), channel 1-11, encryption method: WiFi-compatible WPA™/WPA2™
Leica BP-DC13 lithium ion battery, rated voltage 7.2 V, capacity 985 mAh (min.) (based on CIPA standard): approx. 250 pictures, charging time (after total discharge): approx. 160 min
Micro (type D) HDMI port, HDMI 1.4b standard is supported, USB type C port, USB 3.0 Super Speed standard is supported, battery charging via USB connection possible with max. 1 A, accessory shoe with Leica flash interface with integrated connection for optional accessories
Leica unibody aluminum design, attachment system for carrying straps and other accessories, ISO accessory shoe with center and control contacts for flash units or Leica Visoflex electronic viewfinders
A 1⁄4 DIN 4503 (1⁄4“)
Body dimensions (WxHxD)
134 x 69 x 33 mm
Approx. 399 g/355 g (with/without battery)
Scope of delivery
Camera body, carrying strap, 2 release keys for removing the dummy plugs or e.g. the carrying strap, battery (Leica BP-DC13), charger (Leica BC-DC13) with 6 adapter plugs, USB type C cord
Leica App (free download in Apple™ App Store™/Google™ Play Store™)
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