Leica CL with APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 1:2.8/60mm asph lens

Who would’ve thought this small buy can do like a big guy like Leica M10? As an owner of several Leica camera including Leica M10, I added Leica CL in my collection last year (as soon as it was available). The main purpose of Leica CL is to backup my main M system. Since I also bought M Mount adapter, I could carry both Leica M10 and Leica CL and use the same M lens for both.

The mere possibility of Leica M10 failure at an important moment forced me to make this decision. However, over time I realized that Leica CL is more than just a backup. It produces such a great image, often times, I can’t tell the difference between photos from Leica M10 and Leica CL.

With this said, I wanted to try a Macro lens. As we all know, Leica M has a Macro lens adaptor, but it has some limitations. Since I trust Leica CL to the same degree as Leica M10, I wanted to give it a try.

APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 1:2.8/60mm asph

APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 1:2.8/60mm asph lens is manufactured in Germany like the M lens while other TL lenses (except Summilux 35mm) are manufactured in Japan (through a third party). For some reason, lenses from Germany performs better than lenses from Japan.

Leica CL, APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 1:2.8/60mm ASPH
Leica CL, APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 1:2.8/60mm ASPH

Basically 90mm equivalent(full frame) focal length makes the depth of field very shallow even at F/2.8. But since this lens has the macro capability. I can get very close to the subject, in this case, a tulip.

Leica CL, APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 1:2.8/60mm ASPH
Leica CL, APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 1:2.8/60mm ASPH

This lens produces very sharp image yet, the overall feeling from a photo is very smooth.

Leica CL, APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 1:2.8/60mm ASPH
Leica CL, APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 1:2.8/60mm ASPH
Leica CL, APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 1:2.8/60mm ASPH
Leica CL, APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 1:2.8/60mm ASPH
Leica CL, APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 1:2.8/60mm ASPH
Leica CL, APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 1:2.8/60mm ASPH
Leica CL, APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 1:2.8/60mm ASPH
Leica CL, APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 1:2.8/60mm ASPH – High contrast B&W JPG setting

As a Leica user, we don’t have many options for the Macro lens. Leica Q has the Macro capability as well, but I prefer Leica CL + 60mm Elmarit-TL lens combination much better. With Q Macro setting, I see slight distortions around the edges as it’s 28mm focal length basis, but 60mm seems a perfect fit for non-distorted output as a Macro lens.