Leica CL: The M companion that always delivered
Before the turn of the century, when film was the only way to capture a photograph, Leica’s mighty M6 ruled the roost. Like any great superhero tandem – Batman and Robin, Thor and Hulk – I would occasionally turn to its more diminutive partner, the CL, when I wanted to sling something ultra compact and light over my shoulder. With the beautifully smooth Summicron 40mm, it was no bigger than an average fixed-lens compact 35mm, but the results were incontestably up to Leica level. The compact CL was different from but every bit as good as its big brothers in the M lineup, built to the standards that Oscar Barnack and Ernst Leitz demanded from the get-go.
The new digital CL is cut from the same cloth. In APS-C format, the feel, functions and results are every bit Leica. No detail was overlooked and, like a classic Leica, there is nothing extraneous. Beautifully sleek and simple, the camera will always do what you want it to do, sans post-graduate degree in menu and computer navigation.
Announced with the CL is the Elmarit-TL 18mm f2.8 ultracompact lens. With an angle of view equivalent to 27mm, the 18mm is the perfect companion ready to capture life as it unfolds around you. Street, people, architecture, landscapes, like its grandaddy film CL, when you sling the camera and 18mm over your shoulder, you will certainly not be disappointed with the results.
Click here for a PDF outlining the major features or, better yet, drop by the boutique to experience this striking addition to the Leica lineup of digital cameras.
Noct you average lens !!
Leica lovers, our cup runneth over. November has been an especially bountiful month. First the CL, now this: an M-Noctilux 75mm F1.25 ASPH!
Rumours were true. The engineers in Wetzlar have outdone themselves in designing and manufacturing extraordinary cameras and lenses that are more than a cut above what is being produced on the other side of the world. Here's the lowdown on this astonishing optic.
Building on the legacies of the beloved, elder-statesman Summilux 75 and the legendary Noctilux 50, the M-Noctilux 75mm F1.25 ASPH is ultra sharp, but with an eye-pleasing roundness and natural look that gives a dimensionality only Leica optics can achieve. Even at f1.25, the contrast is there; beautiful, but not overpowering, yielding remarkable tonality, natural colours and faithful skin tones.