Leica CL

Chasing a Hot Dog with a Leitz-Minolta CL – By Dan Castelli

Like many photographers, I have a camera that serves as back-up to my primary photography equipment. In my case, it’s the Leitz-Minolta CL with the 40mm f/2.0 M-Rokkor lens.

The CL has its quirks. There are dozens (hundreds?) of articles that can be accessed online that’ll give you an idea how radical this camera was in the Leica world. I won’t rehash the accounts here; that’s not the purpose of this story. I will say, it takes a bit of practice to develop the muscle memory to handle the CL, especially if you’re familiar with the workings of the Leica M series.

I found myself needing some hands-on time with the CL because of my infrequent use of the camera. So, long story short, I took a deep breath, put away both my Leica M2 & M4-P and started to use the CL for the summer of 2017. Let the learning curve begin!

Leica CL

5 frames with the Leica CL in Syria – By Grant Rayner

A year ago, in February 2020, I had the opportunity to travel through parts of Syria. As it turns out, I was lucky with my timing. This was early in the COVID-19 pandemic. While there were temperature checks at the border between Lebanon and Syria, there was no way of knowing that within months the situation would unfold to be a global pandemic.

My journey took me from Mar Mikhael in Beirut, through Damascus to Homs. From Homs through Al-Husn and then up to Aleppo (I had to take a major detour to the east, as it wasn’t safe to travel north along the M5 from Homs to Aleppo). From Aleppo, back to Damascus via Maaloula.

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5 Frames with the Cheapest Leica I Could Find & a Roll of HP5+ – By Lawrence Pitman

I’ve been shooting film for about a year and a half now, mostly when I don’t feel like using my Fuji X-H1 with, predominantly, the XF 56mm f/1.2. It started when I walked into a second hand electronics shop and asked the guy if he had anything in on a whim. He riffled through the boxes and out came a Pentax MX complete with the 50mm f/1.7 and a half filled roll of Fuji C200.

London Comic Con on Three Rolls of XP2 and a Leica CL – by Simon King

I’ve been photographing Comic Con for a while now, both to produce images for placement but also as part of an ongoing personal project, for which I’ve only recently realised a solid direction. In October I shot mostly with my M240, but also brought my CL and Jupiter 8 which I’ve been using for black …

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