The TL2 packs a 24-megapixel APS-C-sized
image sensor with an ISO range of 100-50,000.
It uses a contrast-detection autofocus system
with 49 AF points. According to Leica, it can
acquire focus three times faster than its
predecessor, the TL.
It’s able to burst at up to 7 fps using a
mechanical shutter and up to 20 fps using an
electronic one. On the video front, the TL2
records 4K video (3840 x 2160) at 30p. Full
HD recording is also available up to 60p.
You can mount both TL and SL series
lenses directly to the TL2 and Leica offers
adapters for both M and R series lenses as
well. You’ll find Wi-Fi for wireless remote
control and image transfers.
As we noted, the TL2 cuts a rather minimalist
figure with no external markings on anything
and not all that many buttons or dials to
play with. You get a programmable function
button on the top of the camera, plus two
dials to adjust shutter speed and aperture.
The Spartan design shunts most of your
fiddling to the 3.7-inch touch screen. It’s
responsive enough, but pushing so much
functionality into the display can slow you
down and means a slightly higher learning
curve when you first start playing with it.
On the plus side, there’s a customizable
“My Menu” function so you can keep your
most-accessed features quickly accessible.
The camera is a solid unibody block and
feels great. It’s very slim and sleek. Beyond
a few more external controls, we found
ourselves pining for a built-in EVF—especially
for one as sharp as the EVF used in Leica’s SL.
You can buy an accessory EVF though that also
includes a GPS chip for geo-tagging images.
The TL2 has a USB-C port for fast image
transfers and for recharging the camera’s
battery while it’s still in the body—a nice touch.
Another nice bonus: There’s 32GB of internal
memory, in case your SD card taps out.
JPEG images from the TL2 can look a little
wan but the RAW files have plenty of latitude
to pump up the saturation. On balance,
images looked sharp and color-accurate
straight out of camera.
We were very impressed with the low-light
capabilities of the TL2. Shooting at a fall
pumpkin blaze in near darkness with only
We go hands-on with Leica’s TL2, Kodak’s PixPro Orbit360 4K
and Canon’s 6D Mark II. BY GREG SCOBLETE
GEAR & TECHNIQUES PRODUCT REVIEWS
BELOW: The TL2’s DNG files are fairly flexible in post
so you can add a little Children of the Corn contrast
to your cornstalks. Before, below and after, right.
design of the
most of your
work is done
on the camera’s
Design has always been one of Leica’s hallmarks. With the TL2, the company has steered
directly against the prevailing current in mirrorless camera design. Where rivals festoon
their mirrorless bodies with dials, knobs, wheels and buttons, the TL2 cuts a more austere
figure. Is less more? Let’s have a look.
NOTES FROM THE
TIPA TEST BENCH
PDN is a member of the Technical
Image Press Association, which
has contracted with the testing
lab BetterNet for camera evaluations. Below is
an excerpt of their lab test with the Leica TL2.
The Leica TL2 reproduced the color chart with
very low saturation. The average saturation is
93.29 percent which is really low. Nevertheless
some colors appeared very saturated: The dark
blue nuances show a very wide shift into the
magenta area of the color space. This is also
noticeable in our standard test box shot.
Skin tones are reproduced nearly perfectly and
the white balance system reproduced the gray
pattern exactly. The exact reproduction of skin
tones is also noticeable in our portrait shot.
The Leica TL2 delivers high-resolution images.
The camera reproduced the ISO 12233 chart with
3792 of 4000 lines per picture height. This result is
based on two additional factors. The first factor