The Leica CL: First Impressions

I began using the Leica TL lenses and initial "Leica T" the day it arrived at our store in Rancho Mirage three years ago. At the time I was regularly using the Fujifilm X-T1. That quickly changed as I fell in love with the Leica TL glass. I believe this is some of the best glass on the market. The TL and TL2 are unique. I love using them for their simplicity, and Avangard approach to mirrorless photography. I find myself handing my camera off to my daughter all the time because it is just that easy to use. The TL camera body had one major thing missing that I am sure many TL users would agree with. There is no EVF built into the camera. I normally shoot the TL2 without the use of the EVF because the added bulk was annoying and ruined the compact form factor that I loved the TL for. I never thought it would be possible to get an EVF into the camera body and retain the small footprint of the camera. Then comes the Leica CL, the CL is a more "functional" approach to the TL system. It is just the basics, and finally, it features a superb built-in EVF. I have been using the CL now for a couple days, and have taken it out for a full day of photography. So, without any further ado here are my initial thoughts on the new Leica CL.

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Introducing the “Leica Store SF” Edition Leica Q

Camera West opened their doors to the photographic community in Monterey California in 2000. Sean and Diana Cranor brought Camera West to the central California coast because they saw a need for a knowledgeable and well-rounded camera store in one of the most popular photography destinations in the world. Camera West's goal was simple: provide fine photographic products and offer the best service and support to its customers. After only a few years in their small space, Camera West expanded and opened the first "Shop in Shop" Leica boutique in the USA. Thus began Camera West and Leica's ongoing partnership. After several years in the Monterey and Carmel area, Camera West looked to reach the San Francisco Bay area and opened a store in Walnut Creek California, which encompassed a second Leica Boutique. Later, the Monterey store moved to Southern California, to the Palm Springs area. Camera West Rancho Mirage was formed with a new Leica Boutique built to serve the Southern California region. Camera West further solidified their relationship with Leica by opening the Leica Retail flagship store in San Francisco.

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The Oberwerth Richard & Casual Line of Bags

Ok, I admit it, I'm a camera bag extremest. I probably have a dozen different camera bags that are in my closet that I have collected over the past several years. I have Thinktank, ONA, Billingham, Peak Design, and now Oberwerth bags. All different sizes, all different purposes, and might I add ALL great bags. I might have too many, but I buy all of them for a different reason. What can I say, I love a good camera bag!

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The Leica Q Now in Silver!

Announcing the new Leica Q in Silver Anodized finish! The Q in Silver finish is a new addition to the available finishes for the Leica Q. We will begin to ship these from our Leica Store SF, and Camera West stores beginning in December. The specifications and features of the Q have been retained, but only the finish has been changed to silver. The black grip along with silver finish make for a stunning contrast!

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Introducing the Leica TL2

Three years ago Leica gave us the Leica "T" which would later become the TL. The TL camera was Leica's initial foray into the crop sensor mirrorless interchangeable lens game. I remember the first time the T camera came out I got it in my bag with the 23mm Summicron, and though slightly frustrated with the speed of the camera, the refined aesthetics and positive mechanics of the camera made me want to shoot with it. The T camera had a simplistic form that I had never experienced in any camera before. After the launch of the T camera, there were a plethora of firmware updates that brought the camera up to speed with its autofocus, user interface, and overall operating speed. During this time we also saw new lenses such as the 35mm Summilux, 11-23mm Vario-Elmarit, and 60mm Macro come to the Leica TL lens selection.

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Review: Leica M-P Titan

Following in the tradition of Leica special edition cameras, the Leica M-P (typ 240) Titanium set is the third titanium set that is made almost completely out of titanium. A successor of the highly sought after M7 and M9 titanium sets the M-P is poised to become one of the most interesting and collectible Type 240 cameras.

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