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Leica CL system

Discontinued

Leica CL

35mm film rangefinder camera

Also known as: Leitz Minolta CL
Announced: 1973
Mount: Leica M
Format: 36 × 24mm

Leica CL

35mm film rangefinder camera

Also known as: Leitz Minolta CL
Announced: 1973
Mount: Leica M
Format: 36 × 24mm

The LEICA CL (Compact LEICA) is the first compact rangefinder camera with interchangeable lenses and selective through-the-lens exposure metering. It was developed by Leitz/Leica in collaboration with Minolta. In the U.S. and Europe, the camera was sold as the Leica CL. In Japan it was sold as the Leitz Minolta CL. All cameras were manufactured by Minolta in Japan.

The camera features a bayonet lens mount identical with that of the LEICA M models. The two lenses specially provided for LEICA CL are 40mm SUMMICRON-C f/2 and 90mm ELMAR-C f/4. The lenses for the Leitz Minolta CL were branded as M-ROKKOR.

Camera lineup

35mm film rangefinder cameras with Leica M mount (1)
Model Sensor IBIS Year
Leica CL
Also known as Leitz Minolta CL
1973

Leica M mount lens lineup

Lenses found: 3
Standard prime lenses
Leitz Wetzlar Summicron-C 40mm F/2Pancake lens 1972
Leitz Wetzlar Elmarit-C 40mm F/2.8 1972
Medium telephoto prime lenses
Leica Elmar-C 90mm F/4 1973
  • Completeness of lens lineup
Enthusiast photography
50%

No dedicated lenses for landscape and architectural photography, distant subjects photography, wild nature photography.

Professional photography
40%

No dedicated lenses for professional wild nature photography, architectural photography with perspective correction, professional macrophotography.

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