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Leica CL Black

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    CL

    Posted by Patrick on May 15th 2022

    This is my second Leica camera, a replacement or upgrade of my D-Lux 109 which was stolen along with my beloved Nikon Df. Before, I didnt understand the Leica philosophy and concept. After using both the D-Lux 109 and CL, I realize the simplicity and straightforwardness of Leica cameras. In addition, the ability to use M-mount lenses is an added bonus. Nevertheless, both M-mount and L-mount lenses are very good in sharpness, details and micro-contrast; some are exceptional. The compactness and light weight of the CL simply encourages me to bring it everywhere all the time, both during travel and everyday life. The camera and lens combo is light enough for me to hold it with one hand when not shooting. This allows me to just use a wrist strap instead of a neck strap most of the time. The two control dials on top along with the function button on the back are barely adequate to control the often use settings, fortunately the quick menu supplements that. The build quality is very good, despite being not weather sealed; it operates fine under light rain and sea sprays. The smoothness of the body looks good but makes it a bit uncomfortable to hold for long time. I solved this issue by adding a half case and thumb rest, the thumb rest also improves stability when using slower shutter speeds. The high ISO performance isnt groundbreaking but pretty good for a smaller APSC sensor, comfortable up to 3200 and usable at 6400; anything higher than that will need semi-aggressive noise reduction in post processing. The EVF is very good, better than Sony and on par with Fuiji; not as good as the Leica SL (havent tried the new Q2 yet) and Nikon Z. To make it the perfect camera for travel, it needs weather sealing, phase-detect auto focus capability, lens or sensor stabilization and some faster zooms with variable apertures of f2.8 - 4. I earnestly hope Leica isn’t abandoning the CL and the whole APSC system as many rumors are suggesting. Success with the Fujifilm X system and Nikon’s nostalgic Zfc strongly illustrates the market for APSC is still there despite being very competitive. If Leica can execute their APSC strategy correctly, they can surely carve out their own territory, just like the Leica Q has been.

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  • 4
    CL

    Posted by Patrick on May 15th 2022

    This is my second Leica camera, a replacement or upgrade of my D-Lux 109 which was stolen along with my beloved Nikon Df. Before, I didnt understand the Leica philosophy and concept. After using both the D-Lux 109 and CL, I realize the simplicity and straightforwardness of Leica cameras. In addition, the ability to use M-mount lenses is an added bonus. Nevertheless, both M-mount and L-mount lenses are very good in sharpness, details and micro-contrast; some are exceptional. The compactness and light weight of the CL simply encourages me to bring it everywhere all the time, both during travel and everyday life. The camera and lens combo is light enough for me to hold it with one hand when not shooting. This allows me to just use a wrist strap instead of a neck strap most of the time. The two control dials on top along with the function button on the back are barely adequate to control the often use settings, fortunately the quick menu supplements that. The build quality is very good, despite being not weather sealed; it operates fine under light rain and sea sprays. The smoothness of the body looks good but makes it a bit uncomfortable to hold for long time. I solved this issue by adding a half case and thumb rest, the thumb rest also improves stability when using slower shutter speeds. The high ISO performance isnt groundbreaking but pretty good for a smaller APSC sensor, comfortable up to 3200 and usable at 6400; anything higher than that will need semi-aggressive noise reduction in post processing. The EVF is very good, better than Sony and on par with Fuiji; not as good as the Leica SL (havent tried the new Q2 yet) and Nikon Z. To make it the perfect camera for travel, it needs weather sealing, phase-detect auto focus capability, lens or sensor stabilization and some faster zooms with variable apertures of f2.8 - 4. I earnestly hope Leica isn’t abandoning the CL and the whole APSC system as many rumors are suggesting. Success with the Fujifilm X system and Nikon’s nostalgic Zfc strongly illustrates the market for APSC is still there despite being very competitive. If Leica can execute their APSC strategy correctly, they can surely carve out their own territory, just like the Leica Q has been.

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