An interview from the 2016 National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas 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 introduces two new lenses in the Leica Summicron-C cine lens family, the highly anticipated 40mm T2.0, the previously unannounced 15mm T2.0 & The Leica Cine MacroLux +1 diopter.
Both the 40mm & 15mm Summicron-C lenses share the iconic Leica “creamy sharpness” image quality that sets Leica cine products apart from other lenses with their favorable, natural treatment of skin tones without sacrificing clarity and resolution. They also maintain the compact, lightweight and reliable build quality of the other focal lengths. While all lenses have matched focus and iris ring locations and 95mm front diameter, the 15mm lens is slightly longer like the 135mm. These lenses bring the growing Leica Summicron-C family of primes to 11 focal lengths, all T2.0. The Leica Summicron-C 40mm lens is expected to deliver in June 2016 with the Summicron-C 15mm to follow in October 2016.
The Leica Cine MacroLux +1 diopter offers cinematographers and lens owners a creative way to get different looks and extend the performance of prime, zoom and anamorphic lenses with 95mm front diameters. The diopter, a secret weapon of classic cinematography for decreasing the minimum focus distance of lenses, has been reinvented for single sensor digital cameras. Often diopters are thought of as a tool for tabletop work on longer lenses, but the creative possibilities extend well beyond macro imaging into the world of the wide and the beautiful.
The modern lens design of the Leica Cine MacroLux creates a high performance optic with no perceptible light loss, spherical aberrations, color fringing or centering issues. This means that in an interview setup with a close background you can create more separation without distorting the subject. It is also useful for creating separation when shooting at a deeper stop.The custom coatings offer a high resolution and contrast along with a color temperature matched to the natural, neutral look of the Leica Summilux-C and Summicron-C lenses, although it also pairs well with other lenses, including anamorphics.
Not only does the Leica Cine MacroLux quickly clamp onto the front of the lens, but the mechanical design also allows for two or more to be stacked to increase the effect. Regular or clamp-on matteboxes can be used as well. An innovative double-screw tightening system allows it to be safely and securely attached or removed from either side of the camera.
For more information please visit: www.CW-Sonderoptic.com