Dialed In: New Leica CL APS-C Mirrorless Gives You Plenty of Control

November 21, 2017

By Greg Scoblete

Leica is expanding its portfolio of mirrorless cameras with the new CL and adding a new ultra-compact prime lens to the fold as well.

The CL has largely the same imaging specs as the TL2. Where they part company is the design. Where the TL2 was pared down with almost no external buttons and dials (and no markings), the CL has all of the above, plus a viewfinder and a top LCD status display.

The CL boasts a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor with a native ISO range of 100-50,000. It can burst at 10 fps for 33 RAW+JPEG images or up to 140 JPEGs.

It uses a contrast detection AF system with 49 points and face detection.

Additional features include:

  • 4K/30p and full HD/60p movie recording
  • 1/8000 sec. top mechanical shutter speed
  • silent electronic shutter
  • Wi-Fi
  • 220 shot per charge battery, per CIPA

The CL accepts TL and SL mount lenses directly and Leica R and M lenses with an adapter. It will ship at the end of the month for $2,795. A Prime kit that includes the new 18mm f/2.8 ASPH lens will cost $3,795. A Vario kit with the 18-56 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens will set you back $3,995.

The newest member to Leica’s growing family of APS-C lenses is an ultra-compact prime lens.

The Elmarit-TL 18 mm f/2.8 ASPH is the smallest wide-angle APS-C pancake lens currently on the market, according to Leica. It measures in at just 20.5mm long.

The lens stops down to f/16 and can focus on objects as close as .3m from the front of the lens. The 18mm lens can be mounted to Leica’s APS-C mirrorless cameras as well as the full frame SL.

Look for the Leica Elmarit-TL 18 mm f/2.8 ASPH at the end of November. It will ship in either a black or silver anodized finish for $1,295.