Unlocking the Power of Flash with Leica CL: On & Off in a Flash!

Piper O'Shanassy01 Jan 2023

The Leica CL offers a unique range of capabilities when it comes to photography. One of the most important features on this camera is its ability to control the use of flash, which can make all the difference in terms of capturing perfect shots. In this blog post we'll be looking at how you can easily turn your both on and off your flash for better images with your Leica CL. Keep reading to find out more!

The Leica CL is a well-known camera that offers great quality images and video. One of the features it provides users with is flash control, allowing them to adjust how much light or shadow they would like for their photos or videos. In this blog post, we will discuss how to turn on and off flash using your Leica CL Camera. We'll take you through all the steps necessary so you can make sure your photos are perfect in every way!

What is Leica CL?

The Leica CL is a classic rangefinder camera that was introduced in the 1970s. It's known for its super-sharp images and unique features, such as being able to switch between 35mm film or digital capture with no hassle. For those new to photography, one of the most useful features on this model is the ability to turn off and on flash quickly using a single button located at the top right corner of body near shutter release. By pressing it just once you can change from having fill-in flash enabled (which adds more light) to ‘speedlight mode’ which uses only available ambient light instead – very handy when trying out different looks!

How to Turn On Flash on Leica CL

When it comes time to take the perfect shot with your Leica CL, you may wish to use the flash for low light situations. To turn on the flash on your Leica CL camera, press and hold down the “Mode” button until a menu appears on screen. From there select ‘Flash On’ from this list of options by using either arrow buttons next to Mode or with touch/tapping at center portion of LCD display depending upon setting. You can also choose between Auto Flash mode (which activates when necessary), Red-Eye Reduction mode, Fill in Flash On and Fill in Flash Off modes whenever needed while taking pictures; but please keep enough distance between subject and lens according to manufacturer's instruction manual. When ready simply click shutter release button half way then full depression will activate built-in electronic flash system! And if you ever want to shut off any external hot shoe connected flashes after activation just repeat same process as above but instead pick 'Flash Off'. It's that easy!

How to Turn Off Flash on Leica CL

Turning off the flash on your Leica CL camera is a fairly simple process. First, locate the “Mode” button located just below the lens mount and press it once to access Flash settings. On this screen you will see four options; Auto Fill-Flash, Slow Sync., Red Eye Reduction, and Off - select ‘Off’ by using either of the two dials surrounding your thumb grip or with up/down arrow buttons depending on which version of CL you have. Once selected simply tap shutter release button twice to confirm selection and return back to shooting mode without flashing enabled!

Tips for Using Flash on Leica CL

Using flash photography can be a great way to add depth and contrast to your photos, but knowing how to control the intensity of light it produces is key. With Leica CL cameras, you have the ability to adjust both when and how strongly the built-in flash will fire. To turn on or off your camera’s flash, first press “Menu” then select “Flash Settings” from where you can choose automatic (the default setting), forced firing which turns on every time no matter what conditions are present or slow synchronization which allows slower shutter speeds while still using the flash. Once this decision has been made then use "on" for turning the Flash Control switch located at top of your LeicaCL body in order for it activate. Changing up those settings can help you perfectly capture whatever scene nature provides!


To conclude, the Leica CL has a built-in flash that provides users with creative lighting possibilities for their shots. It’s easy to use and turn on or off. All you have to do is press the Flash button at the top of your camera body twice; once will toggle between Auto/Forced On and Off modes and twice more will activate Fill In mode which fires only when it detects dark shadows in your scene. Once you become familiarized with this process, controlling your flash should be second nature!

Piper O'Shanassy

Piper O'Shanassy

Piper grew up with a love of animals, which quickly turned into a love of photographing them. She shares her tips and tricks on photography, and hopes she can help you shortcut your expansion of a passion.

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