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Old 09-21-2008   #41
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Yes, It's the original CLE grip.

And Bob, relax, :-). You will receive your CLE in a few days. This one is another one I have.
I wasn't worried, just curious.

Which other grips will fit on the CLE? I am finding the ZI grip on my ZI is really helpful since I always carry the camera in one hand with no strap. I imagine something like that on the CLE would be helpful.
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I wasn't worried, just curious.

Which other grips will fit on the CLE? I am finding the ZI grip on my ZI is really helpful since I always carry the camera in one hand with no strap. I imagine something like that on the CLE would be helpful.
DearBob,

As I know, our dear Joe (back alley) modified his ZI grip to fit on a CLE. Can't find the thread discussing it.
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the zi grip fits perfectly.
the opening on the bottom to access the film rewind button needs to be enlarged.
i used a knife and then some sandpaper.
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the zi grip fits perfectly.
the opening on the bottom to access the film rewind button needs to be enlarged.
i used a knife and then some sandpaper. check out the very first photo in this thread.
Joe: Will the Bessa grip fit? It is cheaper. I never flinch when buying film or glass. It is only when it comes to buying things like lens hoods or grips that I realize I just want functionality.

BTW, the ZI grip is a permanent fixture so I wouldn't try swapping it from one body to another.
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Bob, I use the ZI grip myself too. For me, its a cheaper alternative then to hunt for the original grip on ebay. A friend who has the original grip commented that the ZI grip looks better. I did not modify the access to the film rewind as my mobile phone has one of those stylus, which allows me to reach the hidden button
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bob, iirc, the bessa grip does not fit.
but the cle with grip is a great fit in the hand.
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I have come to like grips, and have them on all my cameras for which I can find them. Some like the CLE grip have the added advantage of a strap lug, and I do prefer vertical carry over a shoulder. The CLE grip isn't all that common, but a couple years ago I found one for my original CLE that I bought new, and a few months thereafter I lucked into a used CLE on eBay that came with a grip too... very pleased to be well fixed for grips!
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I know im in the minority in not liking grips, I just feel they increase the size of a camera im trying to keep compact. I even had to special order my Luigi cases without the slight bump grip! LOL
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OK, I will be on the lookout for a used/abused scratched or dented (i.e. cheap but functional) ZI or similar grip.
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occasionally used grips pop up here in the classifieds, maybe post a wtb ad as some folks like to try a grip and then discover it's not for them and the grip goes into a drawer.
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Just curious. What is that hood on the Rokkor in this picture?


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Old 12-24-2008   #52
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I know the better solution to use this lens is to get a ZI/Hexar RF/Leica M.

Unfortunately, I only have CLE....
I will find another body for this lens someday.

When I put hex 50/1.2 on CLE, it comes out 40mm frame line.
For me, it's easy to guess the 50mm view.

Yes,it blocks rangefinder about half and is really hard to focus at first.

But once you get used of it, you'll find it isn't that hard.
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(Shot with a D300 )

Ha ha ha! Just shows some cameras are better suited for USING and some are better suited for POSING

Just teasing - I love my Leicas even though my D300's are more practical sometimes... (Even owned a CLE once)
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Ha ha ha! Just shows some cameras are better suited for USING and some are better suited for POSING

Just teasing - I love my Leicas even though my D300's are more practical sometimes... (Even owned a CLE once)
In my defence, I had my CLE for years before I had anything digital and used it a lot. It has also served as a gateway drug for my recent Leica habit

The CLE does not get used so much now but I can not bring myself to part with it.

The D300 however is in a class of its own for macro.
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I finally found a body for the Rollei Sonnar. After some days with the CLE I have to say I love its size and handling.

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some fine looking combos.
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Here's my version of it. The lens(es) should be black, I know. But the other one at the rear was the first one...
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My CLE wears a leicagoodies.com sling as do all my RFs. I'm addicted to that system--safe, secure, cheap.

Just be sure to take off that easily lost deco ring around the rewind lever, clean the threads of it and the mating surface on the body, put a little Loctite on the threads of the ring and screw it back on tight. I've seen a lot of CLEs w/ missing deco rings! You're SOL to find a new one if yours is missing.
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Just curious. What is that hood on the Rokkor in this picture?
Dear Michael, Sorry that I just saw the question.

The hood is not a dedicated hood by Minolta. It's a generic hood for 40.5mm thread. I got the hood from Japan and It's a perfect match for the 40mmm Rokkor.
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and show another pic of the Rokkor40mm lens with the hood, for your reference.

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Just picked this up today, a little overpriced, I feel like, at 60000 yen, but I needed something to replace my M4.
In fact, so far I think I like this camera better than the M4. Much smaller (especially with the 40mm), AE'd, and I can actually see the 28mm framelines, unlike the 35mm lines I can't see on the M4 because of my spectacles..
I'll just pray that nothing will go wrong with it, so far it seems to be functioning perfectly, I haven't gotten a roll back yet but shutter speeds are all spot on and the meter reads well. Everything's extremely clean, should be trouble free for at least a year or two right?


edit: oops picture didn't work. posting again. also, this one with the XA I also picked up today

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Congrats on that clean-looking CLE, disco! Seems to me 60000 Yen is pretty reasonable for camera and lens. The compact size and east-to-see 28mm framelines are definite advantages. Enjoy!
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Well, my package from South Korea arrived . . .



Now to find it a prime.
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The grip seems to be the original one. Rare to find. But the one for the 'new' Zeiss Ikon fits well too. I don't get why people put so much rubber on their camera... It's not a Leica, keep cool. It just looks like a small and modest point and shoot camera, I don't see who could be interested in... except perhaps with all that rubber on it !
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no problem with the collapsible on the cle -- i posted this question a while back before picking up the CLE and got mixed answers. the clearance is very close, but it doesn't actually touch the light baffle inside. the framelines for 40mm aren't ideal, but i've had no problem with framing. big improvement over the iiif i usually carry, although the reduced magnification might have a bit of a learning curve.

the grip is the original one. keh had it a while back.

gaff tape is great! adds traction, keeps corners clean. thinner than a half-case. not sure it makes the camera less obvious. don't really care. i keep my camera under a jacket when it needs to be inconspicuous. usually i'm setting up med or large format. that really draws attention.

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No problems with the collapsible into the CLE?

What grip are you using?
I suspect it has more to do with banging it around then to camouflage it. And given the chance, some people will steal the most useless stuff in the world.
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OK, picked up a 90mm Rokkor today for the CLE, shot a roll with lights, will drop it off at Citizens tomorrow for development. Everything on the camera looked good and the internal meter was generally close to my hand held light meter.





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I know, I've already posted a picture of my darling here, but I got a Canon 25mm f/3.5 today so I want to show it off again! The 25mm lens is very very thin/pancakeish. Viewfinder a bit on the big/heavy side but works kind of well on the CLE:



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Some pics from today with the combo above:
http://i39.tinypic.com/msnd5y.jpg (~ @ f/8)
http://i44.tinypic.com/24o4vu0.jpg (~ @ f/11)
http://i44.tinypic.com/2ec0yeu.jpg (@ f/3.5)
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nice cameras' i saw a cle today with what i think was a CV 40mm 1.4 on it. it looked nice and compact. i think i want one with a 28mm on it too !

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How are the 28mm framelines on the CLE when using glasses?
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They're fine.
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Fantastic!

I believe that someone already brought up that the CLE viewfinder can nearly handle 25mm
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Fantastic!

I believe that someone already brought up that the CLE viewfinder can nearly handle 25mm
True... The CLE's 28mm framelines stand out well from the edges of the window so you can easily see around them. Really a nice camera for 28mm lens use. Out of sheer gratitude for this I presented my CLE with a NOS Summicron 28mm!
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Here's a pix of mine with the Elmerit (Series II)



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True... The CLE's 28mm framelines stand out well from the edges of the window so you can easily see around them. Really a nice camera for 28mm lens use. Out of sheer gratitude for this I presented my CLE with a NOS Summicron 28mm!
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Now you've all done it I think I may start looking for a Leica CL and 40mm Summicron...

I find that the 50mm frame lines on my M3 at 35mm (with goggled Summaron on) are near impossible to see with my glasses (i'm a new glasses wearer). I had been looking at an M6 and a 35mm Summicron, but that's more $$$ than I would have available. But now, this provides a real alternative I had not considered.

A small, black, metred body with the 40mm Summicron would compliment the M3 nicely I think. All up that could likely cost just slightly more than a M6, and it's much more compact.

I had tossed up purchasing a 50mm Summilux for the M3 instead. Decisions, to go 40mm and be at F2 or to go for the Summilux 50mm or wait and get an M6. F1.4 vs F2.
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Your goggled Summaron will give you nice generous framelines on an M2/4/5/6/7 with .72x viewfinder; no need quite yet to give up on that great lens!

As you probably know, in regard to the CL, that it has both 40 and 50mm framelines, and is a very different animal from the Minolta CLE which succeeded it. IMHO the CLE is considerably superior...
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Thanks Doug, I will keep an eye out for both. The Summaron is a sharp lens, I really do like it - if I where to find an M2 for a good price I would definitely consider it.
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