A pre-production 25 mm and 75 mm Leica Summicron–C lens was revealed for evaluation by an expert group of Cinematographers and Camera Assistants.
Kameralabor returns to Munich on Feb 21 and 22. AFC Micro Salon is on Feb 22-23. Hopefully we’ll get our hands on, and eyes to, these lenses in Paris.
Here are some details we heard from a reliable source.
Summicron-C lenses are not intended to be replacements for the top-of-the-line Summilux-C lenses, nor should they be expected to have equally draw-dropping performance–although participants in the tests said performance was superb. Just as Cooke has 5/i, S4/i and Mini S4/i, and ARRI/ZEISS has Master Primes and Ultra Primes, it appears that Leica also seeks to appeal to different production markets.
Summicron-C lenses are T2.0. (Summilux-C lenses are T1.4)
Summilux-C lenses remain the high-end, top of the line.
Summicrons are smaller, and will be less expensive.
We do not know pricing. I look forward to learning more.