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Leica C2

Leica C2

Although Leica is often associated with expensive collector cameras, the company also produced some relatively inexpensive cameras. One of these cameras is the Leica C2.

It’s every photographer’s dream to own a Leica camera. 

However, what happens when you can’t afford the highly prized Leica rangefinders. Do you give up on your dream?

No!

Although Leica is often associated with expensive collector cameras, the company also produced some relatively inexpensive cameras. One of these cameras is the Leica C2.

First produced in 2002, the Leica C2 was a 35mm compact point and shoot automatic camera. As the second born of the Leica Cx series, the camera came with most of the features of the C1, with a few added improvements.

Here’s a breakdown of these features.

Features of the Camera

The first thought that’ll come to mind when you first hold the Leica C2 is how light and compact the camera feels.

If you have small hands, you’ll love this camera the moment you hold it. It’s lightweight nature also makes it the perfect camera for when you don’t want a bulky load wearing you down.

And that’s just a start.

It comes with a Leica Vario Elmar 35-70 mm f/4.6 /8.6 lens.  Thanks to this 2X zoom lens, the C2 can take stunning and sharp images. 

In addition to the incredible lens, the Leica C2 also comes with an automatic multi-zone focus system that’s never wrong. With a range of 2ft- infinity, all images you take with this camera are bound to be sharp.

And that’s not all!

The camera also comes with an electronic flash, which turns on automatically in low light conditions. You can also choose to either switch the flash on or off. It all depends on your scene and preferred exposure.

It is also a very quiet camera. If you’re a covert shooter, the C2 is perfect for you. With this camera, you’re less likely to attract your subjects’ attention, making it great for street shots.

And as if that’s not enough!

The Leica C2 also comes with a date stamp feature, which gives your photos a vintage feel.

Design and Physical Build

Although not built by Leica, the Leica C2 was a well built and attractive camera.

The white aluminum casing and minimalist design approach make this camera a joy to look at. The aluminum casing also makes this camera relatively light, especially when compared to Leica rangefinders made from brass.

All controls are ergonomically placed and are easy to use.

Shortcomings of the Camera

Compared to Leica rangefinders, the C2 is not a lifetime camera. The fact that it’s fully electronic means that the camera can fail at any time.

The lack of control over exposure, focus, and shutter may also be a shortcoming. If you’re someone who loves to play around with exposure, aperture, and focus, the Leica C2 is not ideal for you.

Final Thoughts

Although not as impressive as Leica rangefinders, the C2 is an incredible camera

It’s lightweight, compact, aesthetically pleasing to look at, and easy to use. Perfect for both beginners and more experienced photographers who enjoy the flexibility and freedom that a point and shoot camera gives.

If you’re such an individual, then you’ll love the Leica C2.

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