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Leica CL 35mm rangefinder camera kit.

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Leica CL 35mm Rangefinder Camera Kit.

All cameras come with six months warranty.

Included in this kit:

  1. Leica CL 35mm Rangefinder Camera. S/N: 1333799
  2. Leica 40mm f/2 Summicron-C Lens with Lens Hood. S/N: 2633523
  3. Leica 90mm f/4 Elmar-C Lens with Lens Hood. S/N: 2577878

Description:

The Leica CL is a 35mm compact rangefinder camera with interchangeable lenses in the Leica M/Mount. It was developed in collaboration with Minolta who manufactured it. It first appeared in April 1973 and was released in the Japanese market in November 1973 as the Leitz Minolta CL.

The Leica CL has a vertical-running focal plane shutter, with cloth curtains, giving ½ to 1/1000 speeds. There is a through-the-lens CdS exposure meter mounted on a pivoting arm just in front of the shutter, like the Leica M5.

The exposure is manual and the shutter is mechanical. The shutter speeds are visible in the finder. The finder's framelines are for a 40mm, 50mm or 90mm lens. The 40mm frameline is always present and the 50mm or 90mm frame line is automatically selected upon mounting of the appropriate lens.

The CL comes with the Leica 40mm f/2 Summicron and the 90mm f/4 Elmar making it a very versatile little camera, these two focal lengths will cover anything from landscape photography to portraiture.

Overall the Leica CL is a really classy camera, while boasting many characteristics of the classic Leica aesthetic it also comes in a lot cheaper than some of its m mount counterparts paving a great path for someone looking to get into higher end rangefinder cameras.


Review:

 

The Leica CL was a collaboration between Minolta and Leica. Focusing with this lens and camera combination is great in good lighting. Regardless, this is and always has been a fantastic camera and will perform well no matter what lens you put on it, providing you’re aware of the framing. The ease of use really has to do with two big things: whether you want to use the meter or not and if you know how to use a rangefinder. 

The CL was a camera that sold very well and perhaps too well. In fact, it’s rumoured that sales were so good that they discontinued the camera because it ate into the sales of the Leica M5.  The thing about rangefinders is that they’re only as good to focus with as the light that they’re typically around. If you’re in the dark or there isn’t a whole lot of light coming into the rangefinder, you’ll be harder pressed to focus.. read more

Specifications:


Lens mount: M mount bayonet


Shutter: 1/2 to 1/1000 second, Bulb mode (works even with a dead battery)


ISO/ASA: 25 to 1600 


Focusing: rangefinder


Shutter speed control: manual dial


Flash: X synch at 1/60th of a second, hot shoe (no PC connection)


Viewfinder: bright line view projected parallax corrected framelines for 40mm, 50mm, and 90mm lenses

References:

https://www.thephoblographer.com/2017/03/17/vintage-camera-review-leica-cl-leitz-minolta-cl-minolta-cle/

https://www.lomography.com/magazine/336402-lomopedia-leitz-minolta-cl

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leica_CL

https://www.japancamerahunter.com/

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