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By TorpilleI would like to share my experience with the Leica CL after one year of use.
The first idea was to find a replacement for my Canon 6D after 6 years of loyal service.
Why change to a Leica CL, you ask?
- To gain in size and weight and really take my camera everywhere.
- to benefit from EVF technology
- to make full use of the lenses of my Leica T, which I love but is not the most efficient camera available.
- to use my M lenses much more easily than with the T.
- to finally have a single ecosystem
The observation is simple: the CL is an excellent daily camera especially with the Zoom 18-56 mm, when the light is there ...
- The EVF is of good quality.
- The image quality is very good, as is the ISO management.
- The weight and size are very nice.
- The Thumb support greatly improves ergonomics and allows to limit the movement of the focus slider.
- Only the autonomy is a real weak point and 2-3 batteries are essential.
- Wifi is very slow and for my part almost unusable, I don't have enough patience !
Concerning the TL lenses, I am more reserved :
The Elmarit-18mm was part of the kit, I will discard it because I'm not too comfortable with this focal length, but the image quality is good and I recommend it to anyone who likes to shoot with 28mm.
The Zoom 11-23 is very good, the color rendering is excellent, but for specific and occasional use. I only use it very rarely.
For my use, the zoom 18-56mm at my preference on the CL, the quality is good, and the weight perfect. It is really the ideal partner of this camera because it is very versatile.
I don't need the 55-135mm zoom and haven't tried it. (Same for the Elmarit TL 60mm)
The fact remains that, at this stage, a luminous lens is missing, a real all-purpose optic, usable indoors and for street photography :
I used the TL-35mm for a few months, but I didn't keep it. The lens is heavy and the 50mm is not my favorite focal length. But clearly the image quality is superb.
The Summicron TL- 23mm, which I had with the T, I didn't have a very good experience with it and I sold it.
But here it is, 35mm is still my favorite focal length and one year after selling the TL-23mm, I ended up buying one to give it/me another chance.
What motivated me besides the very low price at which it is possible to find it in new condition, is the fact that it is possible to use it with the SL, of course with a reduced resolution but what a result!
So much so that I don't think I'll go for the Sigma 45mm for the SL.
Whether with the CL or the SL, we are very close to the Summicron-M 35mm.
This brings us to the use of the CL with the M lenses :
The use is simple and efficient, the quality of the images is up to the M.
An advantage is also that an M 50mm becomes a 75mm, ideal focal length for portraits.
On the other hand, I much prefer the ergonomics provided by the SL for the use of the M optics (the EVF and the joystick really make the difference).
To sum up, I will continue to use with pleasure the Leica CL with the 18-56mm zoom and the 23mm to have a light and luminous equipment
if needed and hope to have a software improvement of the WIFI.
By badmuts32For sale my TL summicron 23 mm lens. Slight traces of use. Glass is in excellent condition, no scratches no haze. I have used the lens on my CL camera. This lens is for sale because I also own the TL 11 - 23 lens and the SL 24 - 90 lens. It is a private sale, so no warranty.
By HJKrahtzWeiß jemand warum mit der M keine Doppelbelichtung möglich ist. Welche Programme sind hilfreich, um damit eine Doppelbelichtung zu erreichen/2 Fotos gezielt übereinander zu positionieren. Mit jeder DSLR ist es bekanntlich kein Problem gezielt Doppelbelichtungen durchzuführen.