Leica Unveils Compact CL Mirrorless Camera and TL 18mm Lens

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Leica has seen fit to expand its mirrorless ranks, this time by creating the CL, a compact and intuitive APS-C camera with a built-in electronic viewfinder. Compared to its APS-C sibling, the TL2, the CL changes things up with more tactile controls and dials that will appeal to photographers who desire a more classic look and feel. It features an aluminum top and bottom, along with a magnesium-alloy chassis for a combination of durability and light weight. The camera has a leather wrap that provides a feel more reminiscent of Leica’s flagship M series. Alongside this new camera is a new lens: the Elmarit-TL 18mm f/2.8 ASPH. This ultra-compact pancake lens provides a 27mm equivalent focal length that will pair wonderfully with the versatility and size of the CL.

The main and most obvious differentiator of the CL is the built-in 2.36m-dot electronic viewfinder with 0.74x magnification, providing intuitive and fast operation for photographers. It also takes steps to provide more physical controls, including two dials on the top, each with a separate customizable button, and a top display for checking settings without needing to bring the camera back up to eye level. Beyond this, the CL is equipped with the latest tech for creating sharp images, including a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and the Leica Maestro II image processor, delivering fast shooting at up to 10 fps with either the mechanical or electronic shutter and the ability to record UHD 4K video at 30 fps. Another benefit of this imaging system is a 49-point contrast-detection AF system and a sensitivity range of ISO 100-50000. That isn’t all, since the camera also offers shutter speeds of up to 1/8000 second with the mechanical shutter and 1/25000 second with the electronic shutter.

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