Le­ica adds sPeed To sTyLe iN TL2

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LE­icA’S THird-gEN­Er­A­TioN

‘APS-C’, L mount mir­ror­less cam­era has been given some mi­nor cos­metic treat­ment on the out­side, but a ma­jor up­grade on the in­side. The new TL2 re­tains the smart, hewn­from-solid-alu­minium one-piece chas­sis and bodyshell in­tro­duced with the first model T, but now with cham­fered edges for a slightly smoother look. The most sig­nif­i­cant change on the out­side is the dele­tion of a built-in flash which, Le­ica says, con­sumer feed­back in­di­cated was rarely be­ing used. How­ever, the in­ter­nals in­clude a new sen­sor, processor and aut­o­fo­cus­ing sys­tem, mak­ing the TL2 sig­nif­i­cantly faster than its pre­de­ces­sors.

The CMOS sen­sor has an imag­ing area of 23.6x15.7 mm and a to­tal pixel count of 24.96 mil­lion (24.24 MP ef­fec­tive) to give a max­i­mum im­age size of 6000x4000 pix­els for JPEGs and 6016x4014 pix­els for RAW files. As be­fore, RAW files are cap­tured in the Adobe DNG for­mat, but there is now the op­tion of a stand-alone RAW mode (ei­ther com­pressed or loss­lessly com­pressed) rather than just RAW+JPEG. JPEGs can be cap­tured in one of three sizes. The sen­si­tiv­ity range is equiv­a­lent to ISO 100 to 50,000 and a new sen­sor-based shut­ter en­ables a top shut­ter speed of 1/40,000 se­cond. Ad­di­tion­ally, with the sen­sor shut­ter, the TL2 can shoot con­tin­u­ously at up to 20 fps at the max­i­mum im­age res­o­lu­tion. Us­ing the cam­era’s con­ven­tional fo­cal plane shut­ter, the top speed is 1/4000 se­cond and the max­i­mum shoot­ing speed is 7.0 fps. The new ‘Mae­stro II’ high-speed processor also en­dows the TL2 with 4K video record­ing in the Ul­tra HD res­o­lu­tion of 3840x2160 pix­els at 30 fps and Full HD record­ing at 60 fps.

The con­trast-de­tec­tion aut­o­fo­cus­ing sys­tem steps up to 49 mea­sur­ing points (ver­sus nine pre­vi­ously) and has a claimed speed of 165 mil­lisec­onds, which Le­ica says is three times faster than be­fore.

Cam­era op­er­a­tions are still pri­mar­ily con­trolled via a large 9.4 cm touch­screen mon­i­tor, but the menus have been re­designed to more log­i­cally group-re­lated func­tions and there’s the op­tion of cre­at­ing a cus­tomised ‘MyCam­era’ menu for quicker ac­cess to fre­quently-used items. There isn’t a built-in EVF, but the op­tional Visoflex (Typ 020) mod­ule can be fit­ted and also adds a GPS re­ciever. Other no­table fea­tures of the TL2 in­clude built-in WiFi, HDMI (Type D) and USB 3.0 con­nec­tions, 32 GB of in­ter­nal mem­ory, UHS-II speed SDHC and XC mem­ory card sup­port, auto ex­po­sure brack­et­ing, dual-de­lay self-timer and stereo mi­cro­phones.

The L mount bay­o­net lens fit­ting is com­pat­i­ble with Le­ica’s TL and SL se­ries lenses. There are cur­rently six TL se­ries lenses span­ning 17mm to 200mm (35mm equiv­a­lents). M mount lenses can also be fit­ted via the M-Adapter L which is now also avail­able in sil­ver as well as black.

The Le­ica TL2 body is avail­able in ei­ther a sil­ver or black fin­ish, and is priced at $2750. For more in­for­ma­tion visit https:// au.le­ica-cam­era.com

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