Following the release of the TL2 in July, Leica have introduced a further camera for the TL system: the Leica CL. Its technical specifications are largely identical to those of the TL2; in terms of design, however, the new APS-C camera reflects the iconic lines of Leica’s classic cameras with integrated viewfinder.
The CL’s basic technical data corresponds to that of the TL2: APS-C sensor with 24 megapixels; ISO range of 100 to 50.000; and an L bayonet mount – making the CL compatible with the six TL lenses that have been released to date. To accompany the launch of the CL, Leica simultaneously introduced the super-thin Elmarit-TL 18 mm f/2.8 Asph ‘pancake’ lens.
Aside from the exterior design, the main difference between the CL and the TL2 is the new camera’s integrated electronic viewfinder, offering exceeding clarity with a resolution of 2.36 megapixels. In addition, the CL features a smaller display, measuring 3 inches as opposed to the TL’s 3.7-inch screen. Similar to the Leica Q, the CL’s display offers only a limited number of touch functions – allowing users to select the focus point, focus-and-release via finger tap, as well as record and replay videos at a quality of up to 4K.
The CL is operated via two settings dials on the top plate, both of which are equipped with a pressure point. Without having to move the eye away from the viewfinder, the photographer is able to conveniently set all relevant parameters – such as selecting auto modes (aperture/shutter priority, program mode, full auto mode incl. auto-ISO, manual mode, video), exposure and ISO value, autofocus mode etc. – whereby the main settings are shown in a small display on the top plate of the camera.