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First roll with the Leica CL – Derelict barns

I shot most of my first roll with the Leica CL this afternoon. Me and Alex were driving back from a meeting along the road from a town near by called Pershore. There is a barn on the side of the road that I’ve spotted as possible subject matter more times than I can count, but have never been in a position to stop. Today I decided it was about time I made the time, and with the Leica CL and 50mm Summicron, loaded with a roll of Kodak Ultramax 400, I shot a good few shots. 

Initial thoughts on the Leica CL are a little mixed. I love the size, but I’m not sure about the position of the shutter button. I find the view through the finder bright, but I’m not sure the layout of the view though the finder isn’t a bit confusing… And am yet to get on with what amounts to an upside-down light meter! Why would the needle move up for underexposure and down for overexposure, it’s just confusing! These contradicting feelings toward it are generally partnered with an overall like of the camera though, I just hope I can get to grips with it a bit better!

As for the photos, nothing mind blowing I’m afraid, but I’m reasonably happy with them. The sun was high and the air quite clear by the time we were shooting, which was a shame as earlier in the day their was a haze that I feel would have added a little something to the atmosphere and feel of the shots. Anyway, here are the shots …

First roll with the Leica CL

First roll with the Leica CL

First roll with the Leica CL

First roll with the Leica CL

First roll with the Leica CL

First roll with the Leica CL

First roll with the Leica CL

First roll with the Leica CL

First roll with the Leica CL

First roll with the Leica CL

First roll with the Leica CL

First roll with the Leica CL

My Leica CL album on flickr can be found here

Cheers for reading

Hamish

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Jake
    April 9, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Thoughts on Minolta CLE?

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      April 10, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      Hi Jake,
      I’ve not tried one sorry, so couldn’t say.
      Assuming you are looking at getting one, what is the specific attraction to it for you?
      Hamish

    • Reply
      Matt
      April 14, 2018 at 9:45 pm

      Jumping in, the Minolta CLE is a stunning little camera, especially with the 40MM Rokkor. I almost regret selling it, but I was keen to get an M5 so it had to go. Are you considering buying one?

      • Reply
        Hamish Gill
        April 15, 2018 at 8:43 pm

        I had a brief run-in with a CLE – it quickly jammed… That experience sorta put me off, but I might try again

        • Reply
          Matt
          April 15, 2018 at 10:30 pm

          Hamish,
          One worry that expedited my cle sale was worrying about the prospect of failing electronics. So few repair people and of course parts are now available should a fairly elderly camera suddenly die.
          Matt

  • Reply
    jojonas
    April 21, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    I can see why you’ve had your eyes on those barns, you’ll have to visit them when the weather lends a bit more to the atmosphere!

    Looking through the flickr album I find a bunch of images that would be more interesting to discuss. Namely, how you felt about the spot metering indoors vs outdoors and was it a recalibrated body or did you use old batteries.

    Ohyeah, you mentioned the shutter button but nothing about the shutter speed selector. How did you feel about that one?

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      April 22, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      The body was recalibrate by Leica.
      I like the spot meter, but then, I like a spot meter … more and more in fact!
      I shall publish a full review at some point matey, keep an eye out for that.

      • Reply
        jojonas
        April 22, 2015 at 1:48 pm

        I’ll be looking forward to it 🙂
        spot meter was a big reason for me to buy a olympus OM-4

  • Reply
    Ned
    January 25, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Hi Hamish,
    Your recent comment on the Leica CL was a bit of a coincidence, because I keep getting drawn back into buying one – again. Have you had a chance to evaluate your 40mm Cron on the CL?
    As I mentioned in a previous post, I sold my CL + 40mm Cron because the lens performance underwhelmed me. But forum posts keep mentioning how good the 40mm Cron is (given its price), which made me think, was mine a bad one – or was it me? I loved the CL handling, but the lens is a big question mark, so I would be very interested in hearing your opinion, as I have found your reviews to be very honest based purely on how you see it.
    Out of interest, the other 2 cameras that I had at the time were a Minolta TC-1 and a Pentax with the SMC-M 50mm 1.7. The Cron came a poor third to those 2.
    (Sorry, I don’t use FB, Twitter, et al)
    Cheers,
    Ned

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      January 25, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      Hi Ned,
      I’ve not shot an great deal with it yet, ploughing through the second or third roll at the moment.
      I suppose it depends on the criteria, was it “sharpness” you felt lacking?

  • Reply
    Ned
    January 26, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Soft, neutral, came to mind. No great resolution or contrast. Maybe I am being unkind, but I would liken it to lacking personality, doing most things okay, but? Before happy users of the 40mm Cron feel obliged to leap to it’s defence, this is just how I experienced it, as I said earlier, maybe I had a bad one or maybe it was me!
    I tried a Minolta TC-1 as a replacement for my expired Rollei 35 and went out and shot the same film type on the CL and TC-1, on the same trip.
    When the prints came back, the CL was as before, but the Minolta was “wow”. Couldn’t stand all the automated whirring and zizzing though, so it went back.
    I have been a Pentax shooter for a long, long time and my reference is the SMC-M 50mm f1.7 and as with all top make 50mm primes, it is very sharp, an excellent lens. Unbelievably cheap, too.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      January 26, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      I don’t know the Pentax, but the Minolta is a stunning lens!
      Your sure exposure was correct? The CL meter needs 1.35v batteries, and will over expose with 1.5v I believe. That difference in exposure could result in flatter exposures depending on the film…?

  • Reply
    Ned
    January 27, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Yep, exposure was fine, MR-9 adapter from my Rollei.
    No need to move the review up your priority list, I am in no great rush.
    GAS is well controlled.
    Cheers

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