Although Leica has been remarkably active introducing a number of new models recently, the maker rarely introduces a new system. Only two systems have been introduced in the past seven decades since the iconic coupled rangefinder M of the 1950s, followed by the 35mm SLR R, and more recently with the medium format S.

Although the R system came to an end, the new T system takes Leica on another journey. It combines the firm’s engineering and optical skills resulting in a camera with a unique character. Although the body is made from a single block of Aluminium alloy, designed in collaboration with Audi, it’s the simplicity of it all that impresses. The same can be said of the M and the S. Each camera operates like a film camera, only with the convenience of digital. Save perhaps a handful of scene modes there are no superfluous features, only those

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