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Where to Rent Leica Thalia Large Format Lenses

CW Sonderoptic has shipped the first sets of production-ready Large Format Leica Thalia lenses to the following rental companies: ARRI Rental, RVZ, Ljud & Bildmedia, TCS, Keslow Camera and Otto Nemenz International. Yves Angelo, AFC, SBC, is shooting now with RVZ’s Leica Thalias on RED 8K VV cameras for his latest feature film. Comments include “Skin kindness and awesome bokehs.” read more…

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La La Launch Leica Thalia Cine Lenses

Tuesday, March 28. A group of cinematographers gathered at the Leica Store and Gallery in Beverly Hills for the worldwide launch of the new Leica Thalia Large Format Cine Primes. An ARRI Alexa with a case of XPL mounted Thalia lenses and a Panavision DXL camera with PL mounted Thalias were there to test. Videos shot with Thalia lenses by Colt Seman,… read more…

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Leica Thalia Large Format Cine Lenses

Large format cinematography gets more interesting today with Leica Thalia. CW Sonderoptic introduces nine new prime lenses that cover all formats from Alexa 65, Panavision DXL, RED 8K VV, Full Frame, to Super35. Leica Thalia primes ship with stainless steel PL mounts. An XPL version will be available for ARRI Rental. Thalia lenses have front diameters that are all 95… read more…

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Leica Cine MacroLux +0.5, +1, +2

A year ago, at NAB, CW  Sonderoptic presented the Leica Cine MacroLux +1 diopter. Now, there are two additions to the close-up family:  +0.5 and +2. All three diopters (+0.5, +1, +2) share the same optical design, coatings, mechanical housing, and 95mm front diameter clip-on and stackable rings. The Cine MacroLux diopters clamp onto the front of any Summilux-C or Summicron-C prime (except 135 Summilux-C)  because they all share the same front diameter: 95 mm. read more…

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Leica Lens Service Training

Oli Laperal, Jr. writes about his lens service course at CW Sonderoptic: “Having attended lens service training at Angenieux, ARRI, Cooke, and ZEISS, learning more about the Leica CW Sonderoptic cine lenses was most welcome. When Osamu Tsukada, Asia Regional Sales Manager of CW Sonderoptic invited me to attend a lens technical service training seminar in Wetzlar, Germany, I did not hesitate…” read more…

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Leica M 0.8 Full Frame Lenses

From Leica: another decisive moment. Leica Summilux-C and Summicron-C lenses were the result of repeated requests from cinematographers for legendary Leica optics in dedicated Super35 format cine lenses. Now CW Sonderoptic, sister company to Leica Camera, is bringing the iconic characteristics of Leica M Full Frame lenses back to the cinema world with new Leica M 0.8 lenses. read more…

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Leica Cine MacroLux +1 (x3)

Leica Cine MacroLux +1 is no ordinary Diopter, as we saw at NAB. You could do the almost unthinkable: stack 3 of them together (to achieve +3) and still maintain great image quality. Thee MacroLux is a spherical doublet that exhibits no spherical aberrations, no color fringing, and almost no light loss. Its coatings are color matched to the rest… read more…

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Rainer Hercher joins CW Sonderoptic – Leica

Rainer Hercher has been named General Sales Director of CW Sonderoptic for their line of cine products — including Leica Summilux-C and Leica Summicron-C lenses. Rainer said, “The Leica brand has a rich history of creating fantastic image-making tools, but the cinema side of the business from CW Sonderoptic is relatively new. I look forward to introducing these products to more cinematographers and directors in the global market.” read more…

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Andreas Kaufmann, Leica Camera

Interview with Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, Chairman of Leica Camera, on the Leica Summilux-C cine lenses and the Academy Scientific and Engineering Award. Leica Summilux-C lenses got a Sci-Tech Oscar on Saturday. As the lenses were developed, I had interviewed most of the cast of characters involved in developing them. But we had never really discussed the point of view of Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, Chairman of Leica Camera. Here is his interesting narrative on how these lenses came about.

 

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Leica and CW Sonderoptic Report (PDF)

Special Report for Photokina 2014. Revised and updated through September 2014: all about Leica, CW Sonderoptic Leica Cine Lenses, Summilux-C, Summicron-C, Still Moving Pictures (stills shot by cinematographers with Leica cameras), Oskar Barnack’s motion picture camera, history, tour of the factory, and a look at the new Leica Headquarters in Wetzlar. 96 pages.  Copyright 2014 Film and Digital Times. Text and photos not to be used without permission. Best viewed in Adobe Acrobat with View-Page Display set to Two Page View, and Show Cover Page in Two Page View. read more…

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Leica Summicron-C Lens Update

Leica Summicron-C lenses are here. Just as Leica still camera lenses come as f/2 Summicron and f/1.4 Summilux models, there are now two lines of Leica Cine lenses. The two product lines offer a choice of aperture, performance, and price. The new Summicron-C lenses are T2.0. Leica Summilux-C lenses are T1.4. .The Summicron-C lenses are about 30% shorter and 20%… read more…

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Denz PL to Leica M Adapter

Seen at IBC and PhotoPlus Expo NYC, this new adapter from Peter Denz turns the Leica M into a superb Director’s Finder. The PL-to-M mount adapter provides extra support for heavy PL lenses. It attaches to the latest Leica M 240 in place of the camera’s existing base. (If you’re concerned about warranty, better check in advance.) A sliding cover… read more…

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