Leica CLFilm Camera

Leica CL

  • Camera Type for Leica CL


  • Film Type for Leica CL


  • Manufacturer of Leica CL


  • Origin Country of Leica CL


Size & Weight

  • Camera Size for Leica CL121 x 76 x 32 mm
  • Camera Weight for Leica CL365 g
  • Camera Build Material for Leica CLMetal


  • Camera Focus Mode for Leica CLManual Focus
  • Camera Focus Type for Leica CLRangefinder


  • Camera Shutter Speed Range for Leica CL1/2 – 1/1000
  • Camera ISO Speed Range for Leica CL25 ISO – 1600 ISO
  • Camera Exposure Modes for Leica CLManual, Aperture Priority
  • Camera Exposure Meter for Leica CLCenter-weighted
  • Camera Viewfinder for Leica CLRangefinder with 40mm and 90mm frame lines

Lens & Accessories

  • Camera Lens Type for Leica CLInterchangeable Lens
  • Camera Lens Mount for Leica CLLeica M-mount
  • Common Camera Lenses for Leica CLLeica Summicron-C 40mm f/2 is a common lens for the Leica CL Leica Summicron-C 40mm f/2Leica Elmar-C 90mm f/4 is a common lens for the Leica CL Leica Elmar-C 90mm f/4
  • Camera Flash for Leica CLLeica CL Flash No Built-In Flash
  • Camera Common Accessories for Leica CLLeica CL Ever Ready Case is a common accessory for the Leica CL Leica CL Ever Ready CaseLeica CL Wrist Strap is a common accessory for the Leica CL Leica CL Wrist StrapLeica M-Adapter L is a common accessory for the Leica CL Leica M-Adapter L


  • Camera Battery Type for Leica CLPX625
  • Battery Life for Leica CLApproximately 1 year
  • Battery Replaceable for Leica CLReplaceable


Use Cases

  • Camera Use Cases for Leica CL
    Street Photography
    Travel Photography
    Portrait Photography
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Description for Leica CL Description for Leica CL

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.

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Description for Leica CL Pros and Cons for Leica CL

Compact and lightweight design

High-quality construction and build

Interchangeable Leica M-mount lenses

Excellent image quality

Advanced metering system

Accurate and reliable autofocus

Expensive compared to other film cameras

Limited selection of native lenses

No built-in light meter

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Description for Leica CL Potential Problems and Fixes for Leica CL

Light Meter Failure

The CL's light meter can fail or become inaccurate over time. Regular calibration and careful handling can help prevent this.

Shutter Speed Inaccuracy

The shutter speeds can become inaccurate, especially at higher speeds. Regular servicing is recommended.

Viewfinder Haze

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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