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An interview from the 2015 Band Pro Open House with Seth Emmons of CW Sonderoptic. CW Sonderoptic designs and manufacturers premium cinema products including the Leica Summilux-C and Leica Summicron-C prime lenses. In this interview Seth recaps the year for Leica Summilux-C & Summicron-C lenses in cinematography and what to expect in 2016.

The Leica Summilux-C prime lenses present classical, faithfully humanistic images through design and manufacturing that push the envelope of modern capabilities. The Leica Summilux-C cine lenses are comprised of 11 focal lengths from 16mm to 100mm. At T 1.4 the Leica Summilux-C prime lenses are among the fastest modern lens sets available, but unlike traditional lenses they are designed to perform at their best when wide open.

Their unique design allows these cine lenses to be far smaller than any existing lenses below T2.0. At just 5.6” (142mm) long and weighing between 3.5 and 4 pounds (1.6-1.8kg), lens changes are easier and safer than ever, which is welcome news for camera assistants and hurried productions. Smaller lenses also result in smaller, lighter camera packages and cases as well as significantly smaller rigs.

The Leica Summicron-C prime lenses put the most modern design and manufacturing techniques into the service of creating a timeless set of lenses which manage to capture the creamy texture of the world without sacrificing sharpness and contrast. The Leica Summicron-C cine lenses are comprised of 9 focal lengths from 18mm to 135mm (with more to come). The T2.0 Leica Summicron-C prime lenses are built with high ASA/ISO digital cameras in mind, offering plenty of depth of field and performance while maintaining a compact size.

Advances in cine lens design allow the Summicron-C lenses to be smaller and more compact than other lenses with comparable performance. Only 4” (101mm) long and weighing between 2.9 and 3.4 pounds (1.3-1.6kg), these lenses are perfect for stabilized rigs, aerial cinematography, underwater cinematography, and stereoscopic 3D.

For more information please visit: www.CW-Sonderoptic.com

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