The Real Story of the Leica CL “Mount Everest” Set

We’re not talking about the digital Leica CL, but the original that was made with Minolta.

There are tons of stories of how Leica cameras have survived crazy encounters. Just recently, Photojournalist Gabriele Micalizzi was severely injured in Syria and was saved by his Leica Cameras. But what we’ve found today are affectionately called the Leica CL Mount Everest Set. Going for just under $10,000, these cameras saw an enjoyable part of history. In the 1970s, going to Mount Everest wasn’t anything like it is today. These days, you’ve got access to Wifi, toilets, and a whole lot more. But back then, it was all about pure endurance. And you needed gear that could keep up with you. The Leica CL itself has a fascinating history and was sadly discontinued for one of the worst reasons I’ve ever heard.

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