Leica CL system


Leica CL

35mm MF film rangefinder camera

Also known as: Leitz Minolta CL
Announced: 1973
Mount: Leica M
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)
Dimensions: 120x76x32mm
Weight: 365g

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

Leica M mount lens lineup

Lenses found: 3
Wide-angle prime lenses
Leitz Wetzlar Elmarit-C 40mm F/2.8 1972 
Leitz Wetzlar Summicron-C 40mm F/2Pancake lens 1972 
Short telephoto prime lenses
Leica Elmar-C 90mm F/4 1973 
  • 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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