Leica Camera AG has officially announced that it has discontinued the line of CL and TL cameras.
"In recent years, the overall photography market has seen a decline in sales of compact and system cameras with smaller sensors," said the official Leica statement. "In comparison, the segment of cameras with full-frame sensors is developing particularly positively and shows continuing market growth.
"This development has prompted Leica Camera AG to discontinue its CL / TL2-System cameras, in order to realign itself strategically with these market changes. Going forward, the company will primarily focus its attention on the production of full-frame cameras.
"Nevertheless, the company’s confidence in the high-quality performance of the CL / TL2-System remains unchanged – which is why Leica Camera AG will provide owners of the CL / TL2-System with another six years of comprehensive customer care from the date of purchase.
As ever, delivering a first-class customer experience through products that are superior in both construction and performance, continues to be the company’s primary aim."
It is always sad when a camera manufacturer announces the discontinuation of a camera, but two cameras in one swoop is a hard pill to swallow for CL and TL owners. However, Leica will still service your cameras – and if you want to buy a new one today, you'll still have your warranty, and six years to know that your camera is still serviceable. That's a lot more than other manufacturers give for a lifecycle of a camera, let alone just to service one.
So, if you are in the market for the APS-C sensor Leica CL or TL2 cameras, then now really is your last chance to get these unusual cameras.