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The Attractive New Leica TL2 Arrives

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Leica Camera has expanded the popular TL-System with the Leica TL2. Featuring a new 24MP sensor, it offers 20 fps (electronic shutter) shooting and 4K video at 30 fps (Full HD at 60fps). The original TL clocked in with a 16MP sensor and 5 fps shooting with full HD video at 30 fps. According to Leica, the TL is “the only system in its class that combines groundbreaking design, craftsmanship, and instinctive use for the most enjoyable experience in photography.” The new TL2 is available in black or silver.

The new sensor and video capabilities are only part of the story. The ISO is boosted from 12500 to 50000, and the startup is faster, at 600 ms. There are now 49 autofocus points—a large jump from the TL’s 9. The touchscreen is 8x faster than the previous camera’s interface. New functions include focus peaking, DNG only mode, and slow-motion video. Like the TL, it has 32GB of internal memory, and a MyCamera custom setting mode.

LEICA TL2

Also released with the new TL2 is a silver-anodized version of the M-Adapter L that allows the fashion-minded shooter to shoot a silver TL2 with silver M lenses and avoid a potentially unsightly black adapter between the camera and lens.

And, if you want to hear what the shutter sounds like, head to Leica’s Twitter feed for some audio stimulation.

Are you excited about the new Leica TL2? Let us know in the Comments section below!

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The original TL did not ship until March 2017 even though it was promised in December 2016. Having bought one, I am disappointed that a TL2 is offered only 4 months later. If Leica wasn't finished with the redesign of the T until now, why did they put an interim product on the market? It does not seem fair to the loyal consumers who pay a premium for Leica quality.

BTW, I am enjoying my TL. I have small hands and the fit and feel are perfect for me.   

To all of you people who complain about a very good camera at the price that doesn't interest you and you would never buy.... WHO CARES. You shold join all of the people who are on the streets afainst an elected Prisident... Change the system... Try this... Buy the camera you want/need and write about it and remember: The next model is always the "Best Camera".

Don't any of you people test a camera before you buy it? You know a few shots in the stor a few in daylight... HUH?

What I would like/need is a tilt monitor and to comment, maybe I am wrong, but I didn't see if it shot RAW, which I think it does. That is my main interest in any camera. I am waiting for the next Nikon D-750, a D-760, which I would recomment to eveone looking for the best body at the best price, ($2200) if they don't add 4K and raise the price another $1,000. The main features and the tilt monitor and built-in flash, which I use as Flash-fill is all I need. There is nothing on the market to beat it. The Canon 6D, is also a great choice for the cash, but without the features I need. Sony has filally come out with some very good choices, but too expensive and too late for me.

Those of us who spend a lot of time post-processing are not so concerned about lack of an EVF. Just shoot often and crop a lot.

No Thanks, I'll stick with my MP!!!

No kidding. It is FF against an APS-C. 

I have an LX6, wonderful camera but I agree with all the comments, it is a pain in sunlight without a viewfinder

A price of $2,000 and no EVF?  That means I can't frame about 30% of my shots. Not for me.

No it's an A6k which don't shoot 24fps. Rich man toy.

I agree with all the naysayers re no EVF. I've never been able to use the rear screen of any camera I've owned for satisfactory composition and clarity of sigh, especially for outdoor shooting (where I do most of my photography). Leica lenses are great, no question there, but this camera -- in my opinion -- has no future, at least not at my house.

A $2,000 camara from of all people Leica without a viewfinder is  pure heresy. What were they thinking. This goes back to the Leitz/Panasonic LX 5,6,7 series wehere they made you pay for a cip on. They finally smartened up with the LX100

No viewfinder!?! Aww, come on! Help me here! No EVF? No deal : (

To all of you nay-sayers, it happens to be an excellent camera. If you look at it objectively, the absense of a built in EVF gives you the option of using ewither the expensive EVF ( type 020) or if you are using only the 23mm Summicron, an inexpensive Olympus clip on OVF works very well and keeps the camera small. The touch screen makes all funtions readily available and if you set it up right, which I did, you rarely have to go into the menu except to choose one of three custom combinations. It is very well made and the finish is suberb.

I have the T ( typ 701 ) and it makes a great and very fast street camera, and according to the specs the new TL2 looks like a great update. Incidentally, my clip-on EVF called the Visoflex typ 020 has a more brilliant view and a faster refresh rate than either my Olympus Pen F or my wife's Sony A6000. My other Leica is an M9P and with the M to TL lens adapter, all of my M mouynt lenses fit and the Leica T makes an excellent backup to the M9P. I will admit that the button-less concept of the camera takes some getting use to, but anyone that has an iPhone will have no problem adjusting. I am looking forward to getting my hands on the new TL2.The TL didn't have enough improvements to justify an upgrade, but the TL2 hassome useful changes.

James Evidon wrote:

To all of you nay-sayers, it happens to be an excellent camera. If you look at it objectively, the absense of a built in EVF gives you the option of using ewither the expensive EVF ( type 020) or if you are using only the 23mm Summicron, an inexpensive Olympus clip on OVF works very well and keeps the camera small. The touch screen makes all funtions readily available and if you set it up right, which I did, you rarely have to go into the menu except to choose one of three custom combinations. It is very well made and the finish is suberb.

I have the T ( typ 701 ) and it makes a great and very fast street camera, and according to the specs the new TL2 looks like a great update. Incidentally, my clip-on EVF called the Visoflex typ 020 has a more brilliant view and a faster refresh rate than either my Olympus Pen F or my wife's Sony A6000. My other Leica is an M9P and with the M to TL lens adapter, all of my M mouynt lenses fit and the Leica T makes an excellent backup to the M9P. I will admit that the button-less concept of the camera takes some getting use to, but anyone that has an iPhone will have no problem adjusting. I am looking forward to getting my hands on the new TL2.The TL didn't have enough improvements to justify an upgrade, but the TL2 hassome useful changes.

Think I'll stick with my iphone

I agree. I have a FUJI X-M1, great liitle camera for the price (No Deep Pass Filter) I can only use it indoors or dull days because of the monitor only, but, why should people who have no interest in using a camera without an EVF complain about it. The TL2 is probably the best camera for th money for anyone with a couple of Leica lenses and use it with the adaptor and/or as a back-up camera. And, so many people complain about settings and Q menue when most photographers use 3-4 different settings for all of their work. I set 200-400 for my normal shooting and set to 5.6-8. in low light at 1200-1600, without any flash. I have to say, I use flash fill for almost all of my shoots where the light is low and for portraits/snapshots... That takes care of almost everything. I don't think the people on most sites have any idea about Flash-Fill.

The idea of no viewfinder in the camera as sold is a non-starter. Maybe it's always cloudy and overcast in Germany but it ain't so here.

Funny you should have written this before I commented. I live in Germany, in a city with the 3rd most rain fall, so I see what you mean. But, I still have to say: Why comment against something that your wouldn't buy anyway. You should complain about the food you don't eat and the people your won't meet. Sorry, but who cares. Leica made this for the people who like it's features. The price for a body that takes Leica lenses is very good. Of course I would have to say: Get a Nikon/Canon/Sony DSLR or Sony CCS with a $1200+ 24/28/35, whatever and you'll be a happy man.

Well, gang, I was going to seriously look into this camera but after reading all this opprobrium, uh uh.  I'm a sometime photographer who at first thought the flap  about the viewfinder was overblown.  But then I realized that it's value, for me at any rate, is in keeping the camera steady by holding it tight against the body with the viewfinder top edge resting against the brow.

I'm with you guys, no viewfinder, no interest.  I'd rather do without the rear screen!

Why comment about something you won't buy... Why cares? Read my mail above.

I am sure Leica will offer an "add on" EVF at an exorbitant price.  I would not even think of buying this camera

without an EVF.  I have yet to see a rear screen look good in bright sunlight.  Besides, I dislike composing photos through the rear

screen of any camera.

I will not buy a camera without a viewfinder. EVER!

I still don't understand how a sophisticated upscale version of an expensive serious camera like a Leica, can be designed without a viewfinder. As a professional photographer, I would want to work as quickly and intuitively as possible, even with a small camera like the new Leica. In a bright environment, the LCD screen is practically useless for compostion and adjustments. I would not use this camera. 

Amen!  Finally, someone points out the critical flaw...the king has no clothes, or at least is not properly dressed, so to speak...

Leica continues to be tone-deaf to the market.   No EVF and just another over priced toy for the hobbyist.   Sure, the lenses are very good, but the body styling lacks sendibility and places style before function.   Can't see this camera going anywhere - yet another failure.

Total fail for Leica!  I bought a TL last year and sold it after only 1 week of use.  That slippery fish had terrible egromomics.  If I want ot use a smartphone interface, I'll use my iPhone.  No EVF for the new model.  Leica could have a best seller with this system if they just made it useable and not trendy.  It should have been based off the the Q egromonics, not a slippery, shiny status symbol that fits in ladies Louis Vuitton purses.

Leica looks foolish...what's the point of a big announcement and a big price increase...when all you are going to get is an 8 mp increase (16-24mp) which is good but not earth-shaking, and a beveled edge...and a little bit faster for several functions???  NO EVF--WHICH IS WHAT EVERYONE WAS HOPING FOR--DON'T THEY LISTEN.  And it is not any larger than the T or TL body which suggests they have too many bodies lying around unsold and they don't want to make any new ones--previous rumors suggested a 6mm height increase which suggested the incorporation of an EVF.  But now, even with the gratuitously increased price, if you want an EVF you have to invest another $500 bucks.

The TL2 should (and could) have been a Sony buster, but without the EVF it won't encourage anyone (myself included) to abandon either a Sony A6300 or A6500

what is EVF? Sorry!

Electronic viewfinder.

EVF is "electronic view finder".

Exe View finder

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