The Leica T Type 701 mirrorless camera has been leaked on the web along with some information about two new T-mount lenses made by Panasonic.
This is not the first time that the Leica T Type 701 camera was mentioned by the rumor mill. The German company has been rumored to be developing a new shooter for a long time and it seems like we are finally getting closer to its launch, as a photo and some details have appeared on the web through the grapevine.
Leica T Type 701 camera with T-mount lens system to be announced on April 24
Leica has officially announced that it will hold a product launch event on April 24. This is the date when the Leica T will meet the public.
It consists of a brand new type of camera with an APS-C image sensor and a new T-mount interchangeable lens system. Nevertheless, the German maker will release an M-mount adapter, so that photographers can attach “M” lenses to their new T-mount camera.
The device will feature a built-in autofocus technology, but a rangefinder will not be included. Instead, the company will release an external electronic viewfinder.
Although consumers’ biggest gripe about Leica is the pricing of its cameras, it seems like the new T model will cost around $3,000. This is just a rumor so take it with a pinch of salt and do not draw any conclusions for now.
Audi designs the camera, Panasonic makes its parts, and Leica assembles it
The new Leica T Type 701 is rumored to have been designed by Audi. The parts of the camera are said to be manufactured by Panasonic which will deliver them to Leica in Germany. From there, the company will manually assemble it, in a process that will take 50 work hours.
This new shooter will be based on an aluminum unibody design, while a “black anodized” model will become official sometime in the future.
A pair of lenses, which will not feature aperture rings, will be available at launch. Both will be manufactured by Panasonic, but will bear Leica branding on them.
The Leica Vario-Elmar-T ASPH 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 will offer a 35mm equivalent of 27-84mm, while the Leica Summicron-T ASPH 23mm f/2 will provide a 35mm focal length equivalent of 35mm.
Leica rumored to announce X Type 113 camera at Photokina 2014
Another Leica camera will be released at a later date. It is called Leica X Type 113 and will most likely be revealed at the Photokina 2014.
The shooter will feature integrated WiFi, allowing users to take control over their shooter using a smartphone or a tablet.
The Germany-based manufacturer is not doing so well in terms of sales, but it seems like it is trying to get back on track. It remains to be seen whether photographers will give this giant their blessing or not. Stay tuned!