The Leica CL is a compact 35mm film rangefinder camera introduced by Leica in 1973. It was designed in collaboration with Minolta, making it the only Leica camera that was not entirely manufactured by Leica. The CL features a Leica M bayonet mount, allowing it to use a wide range of Leica M lenses. It has a built-in light meter and a rangefinder focusing system. The camera has a solid build quality with a metal body and a leatherette covering. It offers full manual control and has a shutter speed range from 1/2 to 1/1000 seconds. The Leica CL is a popular choice among photographers who prefer a compact and lightweight camera with the renowned Leica quality.
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The Leica CL is often compared to the Leica M series cameras due to its similar design and compatibility with Leica M lenses. It is smaller and lighter than the Leica M cameras, making it more portable and suitable for street photography. The CL has a TTL (through-the-lens) metering system, which provides accurate exposure readings. It uses a mechanical cloth focal plane shutter and requires a battery for the light meter to function. The camera has a bright and clear viewfinder, allowing for precise focusing. The Leica CL is a reliable and durable camera that is still highly regarded by photographers today.
The CL's light meter can fail or become inaccurate over time. Regular calibration and careful handling can help prevent this.
The shutter speeds can become inaccurate, especially at higher speeds. Regular servicing is recommended.
The viewfinder can develop haze or fungus over time. Keeping the camera in a dry, cool place can help prevent this.
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