The Leica CL was designed by Leica and produced between 1973-76 by Minolta for the Japanese market. While at the time many Leica user turn their noses up and dismissed the CL because of the Minolta connection, it seems they missed out because this is a super little camera that deserves to carry the Leica name.
The CL is a compact rangefinder 35mm camera, the smallest of the M camera's, this feels great to carry around and will even fit in some pockets, it really is compact!
This is a manual camera with shutter speeds of 1/2 to 1/1000 sec, and the shutter speeds is clearly displayed in the view finder which is very handy. There is a through-the-lens exposure meter built into the camera for which you match the needle up inside the view finder. The shutter speed dial is mounted on the front of the camera and can easily be operated with the right finger whilst looking through the viewfinder, a great little feature which works well when using the exposer meter.
The mechanics on this are great. the focusing is excellent, with split image and merge, easy to use giving sharp results. The cloth shutter is quite and smooth, the film wind on lever glides nicely. Maybe not as quite as an M4 due to it's smaller size, but quite enough. The CL in your hand feels quality and well made as a Leica should.
I found the results excellent, sharp with good contrast, easy to carry and use. Altogether a super little camera and a must for any fans of Leica.
This Leica CL is available to buy at Cambrian Photography