Well, it is certainly turning out to be the year of new glass at The Vision House.
Leica have long been known for their still cameras and have established a dedicated lens division focusing on cinema glass.
CW Sonderoptic was founded in 2008 and already have produced two complete sets of cine lenses.
The Summicron-Cs are the second complete set of lenses that have been released and The Vision House set consists of 18mm, 25m, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm & 100mm. We also have on order the 15mm, 40mm and the 135mm to round out the set.
At a uniform T2 across the full range, the Leica Summicron-C range is roughly the same size and weight as that of the UltraPrimes.
With a large image circle of 36mm the Leica Summicron-C range allows coverage of the new range of sensors coming into the market. They are one of the few full range lens sets that can cover RED 6k full frame.
The lenses have been designed to deliver a neutral look. The purpose behind this is to allow the cinematographer to shape the look of the shot rather then having to factor in a specific look that the lens delivers.
Also in the same shipment was the +1 MacroLux Diopter. A few years ago, Arri/Zeiss ceased production of the fantastic Master Diopter set. To this day, it is one of the best Diopter sets that have ever been produced. The Leica MacroLux looks like it is very much picking up where Arri/Zeiss left off.
The clamp on diopter (hopefully the first of a full set to be released in the future) is a 95mm clamp on design so it can be used on other lenses sets. With very little light less (almost a negligible number) it is a very handy bit of kit for any close focus or macro work. We do hope that Leica will release a +2 as well at some point in the future to further enhance the close focus factor.
Interested to see how the Leica Summicron-C lenses could fit into your next project?
Give The Vision House a call and organize a time to come in and have a look.