100 Years of Iconic Photography
While Leica’s place in history was cemented by not only the war photographers that used it to document life on the frontline in World War II and Vietnam, but for being the camera of street photographers the world over (it was the choice of ‘Father of Photojournalism’, Henri Cartier-Bresson), it’s good to see that the German brand rests not on its reputation but on where it’s going.
The Leica T Series was created to celebrate 100 years of the company and minimalism is key in both form and function. The result of a design collaboration with Audi, it’s the first camera ever made from a single block of metal.
Clutter is kept to a minimum and the T Series has four main control elements. The idea is that this is a camera you can take from the box and use instantly. There aren’t too many functions, but there aren’t too few either. The customised ‘My Camera’ section on the large touch screen allows you to rearrange and delete settings, completely customising each and every shot. The APS-C sensor is a 16-megapixel Sony chip and there are four high power lenses available.
Crucially for a modern photographer, shareability is a key element in the camera’s DNA and the Leica T comes with both Wifi connectivity and a sidecar mobile app that you can download free, allowing you remote control of the camera through your Smartphone. All of which means that whether taking images of inner city conflict that will be seen the world over, or just a shot of your lunch to annoy people on Instagram, the Leica T is a camera that will take you there with minimum fuss and maximum style.
From May 25, approx. Dhs15,000