The New Leica CL and Smallest Wide-Angle APS-C Lens

Modern tech, classic looks. That’s what you’ll find in the Leica CL Camera. As a modern counterpart of the Leica TL2, this version boasts a balance between state-of-the-art tech, mechanical precision and compact construction.

This compact APS-C shooter borrows the 24-megapixel sensor, 49-point AF system, and Maestro II processor from the sleek TL, then wraps it in a modern interpretation of the company’s classic rangefinders. One of the notable features of the Leica CL is its electronic viewfinder with EyeRes technology. This new viewfinder offers an impressive viewing experience and numerous advantages, as the final image is visible in the viewfinder before the shutter release is pressed.

Notable features include the control dials and small LCD display located on the top plate which are fully customizable. In addition, the black and white LCD screen between the dials displays settings, battery and exposure indicators, while the back of the CL flaunts a fully touchscreen control system.

While it’s compatible with all TL and SL lenses, as well as standard M- and R-mount glass via adapter, it’s perhaps best paired with the new Elmarit-TL 18mm f/2.8 pancake. Compact and lightweight, the new Elmarit-TL 18 mm f/2.8 ASPH. holds the title as the smallest wide-angle APS-C pancake lens currently available in the market. When mounted to the Leica CL, the camera and prime lens are small enough to fit into a coat pocket or small handbag – providing incredible images everywhere you go. Travel photography is easy with this light and dynamic lens.

The Leica CL and Leica Elmarit-TL 18 mm f/2.8 ASPH will both be available from Leica stores, boutiques and dealers at the end of November. The Leica CL body, in black anodized finish, will be $2,795.00 while the Prime and Vario Kits will be $3,795.00 and $3,995.00 respectively. The new Leica Elmarit-TL 18 mm f/2.8 ASPH, in black or silver anodized finish, will be $1,295.00.