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Leitz Minolta CLE




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The Leitz Minolta CLE (Compact LEICA Electronic) is a manual and automatic exposure, manual focus rangefinder camera that is an important part of the LEICA system,  introduced by Minolta in 1980.

This camera is the world’s first LEICA M with TTL automatic exposure.

Minolta CLE is a super lightweight camera with only 13.405 oz. (380.1g), or about 2/3 the weight of other Leicas. Leica and Minolta signed a technical cooperation agreement in June 1972. One of its results was the joint development of the Leica CL, a compact rangefinder camera introduced in 1973 and discontinued a few years later.

It was a new rangefinder body resembling the Leica CL. The Leitz Minolta CLE has an electronic focal plane shutter to 1/1000, and a through-the-lens CdS exposure meter with aperture-priority automatic or manual exposure, and automated TTL flash exposure.

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