APS-C and the Leica CL and TL
Today we continue our adventures with Leica, and focus on the APS-C line of Leica cameras. Joining me for this segment is Maike Harberts, Product Manager of APS Systems. As with all product managers we met during our visit to Leica, Maike shows an overwhelming passion for her product line of APS-C cameras.
Leica was very kind during our visit and showed us the newly-released CL camera. This camera compliments the Leica TL nicely. Other APS-C cameras also use the same lenses. Now, speaking of lenses, the CL can use any of the Leica lenses simply by using an adapter. While the lenses for the TL and CL offer a wide range of optics as well as AF and AE capability, I think many users are going to enjoy mounting M glass on the CL.
The TL needs an optional viewfinder that attaches to the accessory shoe. It also has an innovative tile-based menu system. You select any option you want in the tile menu, and you are then presented with the setting controls. It’s actually really clever.
The Leica CL has a built-in viewfinder. The beauty of this, as I show in the video below, is that the viewfinder is set to the very left. This is great as it keeps your nose off the rear screen. The CL goes back to a more rational menu system, which is very easy to navigate.
The CL has a retro design based on older Leica camera designs. This cool retro look is implemented well. There are two dials with customizable buttons, which operate differently based on the shooting mode you have chosen.
On Friday I’ll have a more complete overview of the CL camera, along with sample images.
In the meantime, please enjoy the third video in our Leica Story series, and learn a little more about Leica and the APS-C format cameras.
Thank you Maike for taking the time to sit with me and show off the products you have been working on.
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