Leica’s expensive — however attractive — CL digicam is the closest factor you will get to an unique transportable luxurious shooter with out spending greater than a used Toyota Corolla. The CL, which launched final yr, is basically a pared-down M collection digicam that has gotten rave reviews over the previous yr. Now, in time for Noel, Leica is providing a Avenue Equipment that features the CL together with a Leica Summicron-TL 23 mm f/2 lens. This flat pancake lens provides you a “tried and true 35 mm equal focal size for the quintessential reportage type of taking pictures” and may suffice for road pictures taken on the wing whereas wandering the darkened alleyways of sure Central European cities.
Now for the unhealthy information. Leica is historically a number of the costliest and best-made digicam gear in the marketplace, and that is no completely different. When you get a digicam that ought to final you properly into the subsequent millennium, you’ll pay a mere $four,195 for the privilege, making it significantly lower than the M collection however significantly greater than the digicam in your telephone. The bundle saves you a little bit over $800 in case you bought every merchandise individually.
That mentioned, it’s good to see a bundle like this nonetheless exists for a stable, fantastically wrought digicam, a pleasant lens and even a leather-based carrying strap. Apart from, isn’t the creation of photographic artwork well worth the value of admission? As famous Leica lover Henri Cartier-Bresson mentioned, “Au fond, ce n’est pas la picture en soi qui m’interesse. Ce que je veux c’est de capter une fraction de seconde du reel.” Preach, brother.