Very Short Review: Leica CL + Leica 40mm f/2.0 Summicron C.

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Reasons why I bought it?

My reasoning was that smaller would be better, but that is not always the case. I was also thinking of maybe buying a second Leica M mount body, on which I could mount a small super-wide-angle like the Voigtlander 21mm Color-Skopar p-type, and then use it with slide film for landscape pictures. The CL seemed like a good candidate because of it's small size and low price point for an M mount body, and the 40mm (and the 90mm Elmar-C) came with it.


Reasons why I sold it?

My first thought when I got the CL in my hands, is that it didn't feel like a true Leica. It had too many parts that were made of plastic, and it doesn't feel very solid. This made me decide to sell it. Also, I thought it would be too much of a hassle to carry a second Leica body around just for landscapes, when I didn't travel much at the time. I did try to test it, and I even put film in my CL, but before I found the time to shoot some pictures I got an offer for it and sold it with the 40mm Summicron C.

I liked the 40mm Summicron C but I didn't have a function for it as I already had a 35mm, and I didn't want to go any narrower than 35mm at the time.

General Thoughts

The CL uses a little too much plastic for my taste. The 40mm Summicron-C on the other hand, feels like a true Leica lens, even though it wasn't! It was actually made in a Minolta factory in Japan together with the other Leica 'C' lenses, and Minolta M-Rokkor lenses. It's also the smallest and lightest lens that has ever carried the Leica name. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of the CL or it's lenses. Nevertheless, I thought I would write this short piece because the CL line-up is such a strange and interesting part of the Leica family, and it would be a shame not to mention it.

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