In late 2019/early 2020, Leitz Cine’s much anticipated Leitz Primes and Leitz Zooms began making their way into the crowded market of full frame lenses. As larger sensor cameras such as the Alexa Mini LF, Sony Venice, and Red Monstro became the new standard on recent productions, many were anxiously waiting for the full frame follow up to the popular Leica Summilux-C lenses to arrive. With the addition of these beautiful new primes as well as two brand new high end zooms, Leitz has certainly made a splash into the new world of full frame optics.
Leitz Primes are available in the following focal lengths: 18mm, 21mm, 25mm, 29mm, 35mm, 40mm, 50mm, 65mm, 75mm, 100mm, 135mm, all at a fast T1.8 aperture. A 180mm T2 Leitz Prime has been announced and will be available at a later date. In the meantime, the Cine Visuals exclusive 180mm Leica Cine T2 is a perfect companion to fill out the telephoto end of the set.
Leitz Zooms, with a constant T2.8 aperture (no ramping), are available in the following focal length ranges: 25-75mm and 55-125mm. The zooms are color matched to the Leitz Primes. Even though they are designed to work perfectly together, these zooms should help fill a significant gap in the full frame market. There are still not very many high quality, compact zooms that cover full frame sensors and the Leitz Zooms could fit nicely on productions that are shooting with other lens sets.
The Leitz Primes and Zooms have already caught the eye of some of the industry’s leading cinematographers. Academy Award nominee Matthew Libatique, ASC chose the new Leitz lenses to shoot the short film/commercial “Wake Up” for HP, directed Olivia Wilde (video below).
When XFinity brought back the iconic film character E.T. for a special holiday reunion short promo, acclaimed cinematographer Lance Acord, ASC also turned to the new Leitz lenses (video below).
- Full Frame Coverage (Mini LF, Venice, Monstro)
- PL or LPL Mount
- 114mm Front Diameter (112mm thread)
- Image Circle: 46.5 mm
- 15 blade iris – circular shape through all stops
- Breathing is minimal
- Distortion is exceptionally low
- Chromatic aberration is not visible
- Support for Cooke/i and Arri LDS-2 data
- Primes and Zooms are color matched
As productions begin to return in the second half of 2020 and the Leitz factory continues to ship more finished lens sets across the world, the Leitz Primes and Leitz Zooms are sure to grow in popularity.
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