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|Capture some beautiful memories with the Minolta CLE camera and have a collection of candid photographs to cherish. This Minolta camera with customized lens kit renders excellent performance with 28mm and wide angle lenses. With an outstanding finder and display, this Minolta film camera assists in capturing the most perfect shots. This Minolta camera with customized lens kit features live off-the-film metering as well as TTL flash exposure, giving proper lighting condition to your pictures. The lightweight compact design of this Minolta film camera aids in portability. Get the Minolta CLE camera and click excellent pictures of every occasion you want to cherish.|
|Model||CLE with Customized Lens Kit|
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An almost miraculous item...meter is DEAD ON, camera is simplicity itself. Only grouch is that it is a little tough ergonomically at times because the shutter speed dial design makes for an awkward attempt at setting exposure compensation. Should you need to do so. As I noted, the AE and aperture priority work very, very well. Also, you need to get used to peering through the viewfinder at the right angle or the rangefinder patch fades out. These are not big issues and they they probably have to do with Minoltas very successful attempt to put as much into such a small unit as they do. Loading film takes something of a surgical touch, since you have to slip the end of the leader into the notch in the spool in such a way that the leader is snagged by the very last hole at the end. You get used to it, it's still better than the M3.
The Minolta m-rokkor 40mm, with which my camera came, is a fine lens, a superb lens, and one need not get crazy trying to decide if the Minolta or Leitz versions are better. If people need to look that hard in order to decide, as they seem to do, then it really doesn't matter which one you choose.
I chose the CLE because it seemed a good way to use my Zeiss biogon 28mm lens with a film camera without buying an external viewing unit for the M3, or buying a M6, a considerably more expensive option. In fact, I think that the CLE works best with a 28mm lens. The image fills the viewfinder window very nicely. Not that the 40mm lens doesn't work very well on the CLE, it does. Given the relatively low .58 magnification, however, the 90mm frame comes up very small.
This is a great, great camera, it's a shame that Leica didn't know how to deal with success. At least Minolta had the guts to continue production whether Leica approved of it or not.