SEPTEMBER 28, 2021, WETZLAR - New Full Frame Prime Lenses from Leitz Cine
Ernst Leitz Wetzlar, premium lens manufacturer for the motion picture and television industry based in Wetzlar, Germany, announces the development of a new line of cinema lenses, the LEITZ ELSIE prime lenses.

Purpose built for cinematography and made in Germany, the Leitz Elsie lenses are designed for full frame performance at a size, speed, and price point to serve a broad range of productions. The set features a consistent aperture of T2.1 across all 13 lenses from 15 mm to 150 mm. Relatively compact for full frame lenses, the Elsie lenses measure just 6.3” (160 mm) in length with a 95 mm front diameter on most focal lengths and an average weight around 4.4 lb (2kg). The lenses will only be available in LPL mount and will be priced around €19,000 per lens. The first five focal lengths are expected to begin delivering in Q2 of 2022.

“We chose to anchor our design to the LPL mount specification to create smaller and faster optics while still maintaining the Leitz standard in both image quality and mechanics,” said Rainer Hercher, Managing Director at Ernst Leitz Wetzlar. “We believe that cameras with shallow flange depths and interchangeable mounts are the future of cinematography. Lens designs have always followed camera formats and we expect other lens companies will follow our lead.”

Elsie Kühn-Leitz, daughter of Ernst Leitz II, inspired the name for this line of lenses. A lifelong humanitarian, Elsie risked her life during WWII helping Jewish employees of her father’s company and their families escape Germany. She also secretly provided food and aid to forced laborers installed by the Nazi’s at the Leitz factory before being caught and imprisoned by the Gestapo. After the war she was active with other charitable groups in Africa and Europe.

In honor of her work helping others, Ernst Leitz Wetzlar will be donating a portion of the proceeds from this line of lenses to the non-profit charity Ingenieure ohne Grenzen. Translated as “Engineers Without Borders”, the German-based organization works with communities in need across the globe to provide technical assistance and secure basic supplies for people in the areas of water and sanitation, energy, building and bridge construction, and others. A cornerstone of their work is partnership with local communities to adapt solutions for their local conditions and create jobs by training community members to continue the work after they are done.

More information about the Leitz Elsie lenses can be found at: https://www.leitz-cine.com/product/elsie

More information about Ingenieure ohne Grenzen can be found at: https://www.ingenieure-ohne-grenzen.org/

The Ernst Leitz Wetzlar GmbH is one of the world’s leading premium cine lens manufacturers based in Germany. The company distributes their lenses under the brand name 'Leitz'. With the development and production of these high-end quality, complex optical elements, the company has become one of the industry leaders in premium cinematographic optics within the last decade. The lenses are used in a large number of award-winning films and blockbusters, series and commercials worldwide. This achievement and the 'Science and Engineering Award' from the 'Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' are both validation and challenge to the people at Leitz, to continue with the development of high-end future film camera lenses, with the very same traditional technical precision, exceptional quality awareness and the deep passion for moving images to inspire filmmakers and enable them to realize their unique visions.

Laura Kaufmann
Leitz, Marketing Manager
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