Leica CL: The compact film camera that killed the Leica M5

03rd March 2018
Leica CL: The compact film camera that killed the Leica M5
by William Fagan and Mike Evans
The recent introduction of a modern Leica CL has focused attention on the original CL from the 1970s. ‘CL’ stood for ‘compact Leica’, a compact rangefinder camera, which was manufactured in Japan by Minolta for Leica between 1973 and 1976. Minolta also sold a version of the camera called the Leitz Minolta CL and later Minolta developed a more advanced version called the Minolta CLE.

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