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Leica CF 22 Flash

B&H # LECF22 MFR # 18694 USA
Leica CF 22 Flash

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Product Highlights

  • Compatible with Leica TTL
  • Guide Number: 72' at ISO 100 and 35mm
  • Coverage: 24 & 35mm (Full Frame)
  • Manual Power Settings of 1/1 & 1/8
  • Recycle Time: 6-8 Seconds
  • Runs on 2 AAA Batteries
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You Pay: $278.99

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Optimized for use with the D-LUX, V-LUX, and DIGILUX series of point-and-shoot cameras, the CF 22 Flash from Leica is an exceptionally compact unit with a guide number of 72' at ISO 100 and 35mm. It offers standard coverage of 35mm for full frame cameras, but can be set to 24mm with the use of the included diffuser. It also offers manual power settings of 1/1 and 1/8. Additionally, it runs on 2 AAA batteries and has a recycle time of 6-8 seconds.

With the DIGILUX 4 the flash offers 35mm equivalent coverage of 7.4mm and 5.1mm
Manual power settings of 1/1 and 1/8
Battery life of about 35-100 shots
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 72.18' (22 m) ISO100 at 35 mm position
Exposure Control Manual/TTL
Angle of Coverage 56° Horizontal
40° Vertical
Wide-Angle Adapter: 75° Horizontal
Wide-Angle Adapter: 55° Vertical
Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/8
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head None
Swivel Head None
Recycle Time Approximately 6 - 8 seconds
Flash Duration 1/300 - 1/45000 sec
Flash-ready Indicator Yes
Power Source 2x AAA Alkaline, NiCad, Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.3 x 3.3 x 1.3" / 58.0 x 85.0 x 32.5 mm
Weight 3.53 oz / 100 g
Leica CF 22 Flash
  • Wide Angle Diffuser
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    LeicaCF 22 Flash
     
    4.6

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (10)
    • Good power output (10)
    • Consistent output (8)
    • Lightweight (8)
    • Fast recycling (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill flash (9)
      • General purpose (9)
      • Portraits (7)
      • Night photography (4)
      • Photojournalism (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Good flash unit

      I use the unit with a newly purchased D LUX 5. I read the previous reviews on this site before buying. I find it to be an excellent addition. I disagree with one...Read complete review

      I use the unit with a newly purchased D LUX 5. I read the previous reviews on this site before buying. I find it to be an excellent addition. I disagree with one comment about some suggestion of "cheaply" built or words to that effect - it's certainly no diffrent in materials than the actual camera itself and in typical "German" fashion, very "Bauhaus" - outwardly simple but with elegance of purpose and look. I have been comparing simiilar "shots" using the built in falsh with this unit and I DO feel with the latter, a better "suffused" and even light so by me - it was a worthy buy. I suppose one criticism would be cost - I mean you are paying near half again as much as the camera itself for a flash unit. I have other high end NIKON SLR digital camersa where this ratio is far, far less for the same equipment "coupling"

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good flash but not good design

      I agree with all the reviews concerning the quality of this small flash. I consistently use the diffuser that is included in the box. I am unhappy with the how this flash is mounted...Read complete review

      I agree with all the reviews concerning the quality of this small flash. I consistently use the diffuser that is included in the box. I am unhappy with the how this flash is mounted to the body. When the CF22 is in the hot shoe it covers the mode dial and makes it very difficult to adjust. Not a well thought out design.

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      4.0

      Strong compact flash

      By SFshooter

      from San Diego

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful Output

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use

        Comments about Leica CF 22 Flash:

        For its size the CF-22 has quite a bit of power. Well suited for fill-flash work with the D-lux 4. Allows you to keep ISO at 80 for cleanest results. Box includes wide angle diffuser. Wish the box also contained a larger diffuser (like a small version of a gary fong diffuser) so you could really soften the light more, or even find a work-around to use it as a bounce flash.

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        • No

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        3.0

        Good flash but not good design

        By FCBsociMark

        from Fairfax, VA

        Comments about Leica CF 22 Flash:

        I agree with all the reviews concerning the quality of this small flash. I consistently use the diffuser that is included in the box. I am unhappy with the how this flash is mounted to the body. When the CF22 is in the hot shoe it covers the mode dial and makes it very difficult to adjust. Not a well thought out design.

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        5.0

        Wonderful addition to my camera

        By Naturalist

        from Baltimore, MD

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Recycling
        • Powerful Output

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Photojournalism
          • Portraits

          Comments about Leica CF 22 Flash:

          I need this product to brighten group pictures in dim lit rooms. It allows me to get brighter photographs, especially when the subjects are against a white background. I enjoy the product totally.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Powerful Little Flash

          By Richz

          from Hazle Township, PA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Recycling
          • Lightweight
          • Powerful Output
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash
            • Portraits

            Comments about Leica CF 22 Flash:

            I've used the Leica CF-22 Compact Flash unit on both my Leica D Lux-6 and my Leica V Lux-4 cameras. I must say I am very pleased with it. It gives me that added punch when flash photography is needed. On My V Lux - 4 I used the CF-22 as a fill flash in a natural light portraiture. I was happy I made the purchase.

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            5.0

            It works well

            By Kram-o

            from NJ

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easy To Use
            • Powerful Output

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Night Photography
              • Photojournalism
              • Portraits

              Comments about Leica CF 22 Flash:

              A great product for the V-lux 2. The price was reasonable for a Leica product.It enhances my ability to photograph great pictures wthe eith full flash or Fill.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Flash adds to D-Lux 6 Usefulness

              By Mike

              from Dallas, Tx.

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Fast Recycling
              • Lightweight
              • Powerful Output

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use
                • Portraits

                Comments about Leica CF 22 Flash:

                CF22 Flash adds significant range to flash capabilities vs. the D-Lux 6 built in flash. Many indoor events and gatherings require more lighting than the standard flash on the D-lux 6 is able to provide. The CF22 fills that void.It is compact and fits a small camera like the D-Lux 6 perfectly.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Couldnt get along without it

                By BobH

                from Goshen Indiana

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use
                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about Leica CF 22 Flash:

                  Great little flash unit Easy to use and works as advertised. the only con is that in wide angle shots, the lens blocks the lower part of the flash creating a small black arc in the bottom of the photo. Other than that, I love the thing

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Good flash unit

                  By Hank

                  from Newberry FL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Leica CF 22 Flash:

                        I use the unit with a newly purchased D LUX 5. I read the previous reviews on this site before buying. I find it to be an excellent addition. I disagree with one comment about some suggestion of "cheaply" built or words to that effect - it's certainly no diffrent in materials than the actual camera itself and in typical "German" fashion, very "Bauhaus" - outwardly simple but with elegance of purpose and look. I have been comparing simiilar "shots" using the built in falsh with this unit and I DO feel with the latter, a better "suffused" and even light so by me - it was a worthy buy. I suppose one criticism would be cost - I mean you are paying near half again as much as the camera itself for a flash unit. I have other high end NIKON SLR digital camersa where this ratio is far, far less for the same equipment "coupling"

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        Share this review

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Terrific flash!

                        By Jo

                        from Connecticut

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Low Light
                          • Night Time
                          • Special Events

                          Comments about Leica CF 22 Flash:

                          Love this Leica flash to go with my V-Lux1 Leica camera! Provides excellent shooting and is easy to use! Highly recommended!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          CF-22 works just fine on the GF1!

                          By george

                          from Salem, Oregon

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast Recycling
                          • Lightweight
                          • Powerful Output
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Fill Flash
                            • General Use
                            • Night Photography
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Leica CF 22 Flash:

                            Reviewed options on BH web site and always check out product reviews[...]This flash works wonderfully with my new GF1 greatly improving the flashquality. Small, light weight and very good production. I have nothing wrong with this product and would strongly recommend it to others who might be buying a GF1 or other 4/3 cameras.

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Little but packs a punch

                            By Dan the photo bug

                            from Los angeles, CA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast Recycling
                            • Lightweight
                            • Powerful Output

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Fill Flash
                              • General Use
                              • Night Photography
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Leica CF 22 Flash:

                              This flash is great! Since the built in flash in the camera is never adequate, it is nice that Leica has made available this shoe mount optional flash. As usual with Leica, the attention to detail is excellent, even down to the clever locking mechanism to lock it to the hot shoe. The only downside is the price, but that's because it is a Leica.

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                              (2 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              3.0

                              Yet to decide--keep the lights on.

                              By frys2go01

                              from Muncy Valley, PA

                              Verified Buyer

                              Comments about Leica CF 22 Flash:

                              [...] The CF22 Flash… I will discover this week- end. Shooting a rehersal and wedding. My 4 dogs kind-a find the flash annoying, but like the images. I will keep you info'd should there be problems (…excluding those I create).

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                              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              small power

                              By yachini

                              from israel

                              About Me Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast Recycling
                              • Lightweight
                              • Powerful Output
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                              • Not Interchangeable

                              Best Uses

                              • Fill Flash
                              • General Use
                              • Photojournalism
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Leica CF 22 Flash:

                              great light: sharp, but not too much.if it could only turn on it side or up&down it would have been perfect.

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                              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Looks cheap but performs

                              By billf

                              from San Francisco

                              About Me Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Powerful Output

                              Cons

                              • Slow Recycling

                              Best Uses

                              • Fill Flash

                              Comments about Leica CF 22 Flash:

                              The flash is constructed out of what looks like cheap plastic but the light is bright, neutral and even.

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