Leica Updates T Line with Firmware 1.4 and Two Prime Lenses


A week after launching the astounding full-frame SL Mirrorless Camera, Leica is showing its commitment to the entire newly coined L line of mirrorless cameras with a firmware update for the T (Typ 701) and two new APS-C format TL lenses: the Summilux-TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. and APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60mm f/2.8 ASPH. Fortunately, due to the use of the L mount on both the T (Typ 701) and SL (Typ 601) cameras, users will be able to use these new optics on both cameras, though the SL will need to be set to APS-C mode.

Update 1.4 aims to improve overall speed and performance of the T by shortening the start-up time, making the autofocus system twice as fast and more precise, and optimizing the touch control functionality. This ensures that photographers can better capture the decisive moment, without the worry of losing frames from sluggish performance. Another minor update is improved Wi-Fi stability so that users will not lose connection with their smartphone or tablet during use.

This firmware is easily installed by going to the Leica website and downloading an update file. Or, users can set up an appointment at a Leica Store where the staff will install the firmware and then provide a personal Leica T training hour with an expert.

Claimed to be the new reference lens for APS-C format image capture, the Summilux-TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. pairs a normal 52.5mm equivalent focal length with a fast f/1.4 maximum aperture to gain exceptional control over depth of field and low-light image capture. Leica’s technology, including the use of aspherical elements, grants it almost unrivaled sharpness and contrast with superb color rendition to ensure the utmost in image quality. Also, the lens utilizes an internal focusing system to maintain its overall length during use. It is expected to be available in Spring 2016.

Expanding the capabilities of the TL lens lineup, the APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60mm f/2.8 ASPH. is the first true macro available for the system. Equivalent to 90mm in 35mm format, the telephoto perspective ensures easy working distance when it’s at the optic’s minimum focus limit. Also, the f/2.8 aperture creates a unique look with shallow depth of field, as well as benefits low-light shooting. Utilizing an apochromatic design and aspherical glass, the 60mm is optimized for excellent imaging at all focusing distances and aperture settings with little to no distortion or aberrations. It is expected to be available in Fall 2016.

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