Leica announces CL and 18mm f/2.8 L-mount lens
21 November 2017 | Category: General News
Leica has announced a new APS-C format compact system camera called the Leica CL (Typ 7323), with a price tag of £2,250 body only and the release date set for this month.
The Leica CL has the same 24-megapixel APS-C format sensor, Maestro II processing engine and 49-point AF system as the Leica TL2, which sits alongside the new camera.
According to Leica, the two cameras are technically equal but the CL has more classic styling while the TL2 is more futuristic. However, the CL has a 3-inch touch screen and can shoot 4K (3840 x 2160) video at up to 30fps or Full-HD (1920 x 1080) video at 60 or 30fps. There’s also Wi-Fi connectivity built-in along and Leica will issue a dedicated app to facilitate image transfer to smartphones.
In addition to the handling differences, the Leica CL distinguishes itself from the TL2 by the presences of a built-in electronic viewfinder. This is a 2.3-million-pixel (1024x768) device giving magnification of 0.74x.
Also on-board are a small collection of Film Styles (Standard, Vivid, Natural, B&W Natural, B&W High Contrast) give jpeg images a particular look.
In addition to the CL, Leica has introduced the Leica Elmarit-TL 1:2.8/18 ASPH, a pancake lens with the L mount that produces images comparable with those from a 27mm lens on a full-frame camera.
Constructed from 8 elements arranged in 6 groups, the 18mm lens has 4 aspherical surfaces to keep aberrations at bay and a closest focusing distance of 30cm.
The black version of the Leica CL is set to be available at the end of this month while the release date for the silver version has yet to be announced.