Leica CL: Early Morning Walk on The High Line:
I woke up early this morning to go down to Chelsea to meet a friend for breakfast. I brought along the Leica CL I’ve been reviewing. Size wise, it is absolutely the perfect camera to carry along when you’re not out purely just for photography. I had the 18mm Elmarit-TL attached. I’m not a fan of the 28mm focal length, which this little lens essentially equates to in 35mm terms but nevertheless, it’s been a great little lens to carry along. It’s sharp, compact, and focuses very fast. It’s actually been mounted on the CL more than any other lens so far.
So, I took the bus to 14th st., and decided to walk on the High Line. I haven’t been on it in a long time. For those who don’t know, it’s basically an old railway that is above ground, and it has been converted into a long walkway/park. It basically goes through Chelsea. I used to walk on this a lot when it was first opened but it just got so crowded over time. However, I got there a little before 8am, and since it was so cold, there weren’t many people at all. Look at the photos and you’ll see: it was almost deserted.
Speaking of the photos, they were all taken with the 18mm Elmarit-TL f2.8 ASPH. I decided to convert them all into black and white. I haven’t processed much black and white lately, and I don’t know, it just felt right for these photos. I used Capture One to do all my processing.
On a side note, it’s been really cold out lately, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the performance of the CL in this type of weather. When I go out with the CL, it basically hangs around my neck the whole time because I’m trying to keep my hands warm in my pockets :). So, it’s been taking the cold and the wind head on basically. According to the specs, the battery only lasts about 220 shots but I have to say, the battery has been performing really well, especially in the cold.
I have seriously enjoyed using the Leica CL. I am a huge Leica fan; there’s no doubt about that but I won’t say I like something if I don’t. The CL to me has a lot of the traits that I would want in a Leica of this class and size. I hate to say this but in some ways, I prefer it over the M. It’s not perfect, and there are things I would like to see changed but that goes with every camera out there. I will talk more about this in my review though. Anyway, I am actually working on the CL review now, so I will leave you, and thank you for stopping by!