Leica CL

35mm rangefinder system • Discontinued



The LEICA CL (Compact LEICA) was 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 featured a bayonet lens mount identical with that of the LEICA M models. The two lenses specially provided for LEICA CL were SUMMICRON-C 40mm F/2 and ELMAR-C 90mm F/4. The lenses for the LEITZ minolta CL were branded as M-ROKKOR.

Camera list

35mm film rangefinder cameras with the Leica M mount (1):

Leica M mount lens list

Table of contents
Completeness of lens lineup
    Enthusiast photography

    No dedicated lenses for reportage photography, travel photography, distant subjects photography, wild nature photography.

    Professional photography

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

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