Leica has a reputation for top-quality cameras and top prices too....
The TL costs a cool £1450, but this is affordable for a Leica camera – the M costs £5000 and the SL, £5870.
The TL is identical in size to the T, which it replaces, though its edges are now slightly chamfered (sloping). Its internal memory has been doubled to 32GB and it has the same 16MP APS-C sensor as the T. It’s not the highest resolution, but this could mean cleaner pictures at high ISOs. There are six TL (APS-C) optics available and seven SL (full-frame) lenses for the T mount. But with lens prices starting at £1280, you’ll need deep pockets.
A large 3.7in touchscreen sits on the back, though it’s surrounded by a large border, so doesn’t make the most of this space. Adjusting settings relies predominantly on finger gestures and tapping to navigate the user-friendly touch menu system.
Dials and buttons are sparse, but this lo-fi approach gives it a very modern feel. Leica is keen to stress a better performance in the continuous AF mode.
There’s no built-in electronic viewfinder, but an optional Visoflex hotshoe EVF is available for £360.
The TL looks sublime, but its 5fps burst rate and lack of 4K video hinder its value for money.
Screen can’t be flipped or tilted
EVF costs extra
5fps max burst
No 4K video