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Leica Summilux-C Cine Lenses have Shipped:

Band Pro Film & Digital Is proud to announce that the first sets of Leica Summilux-C Cine Lenses have shipped from the new Leica factory in Wetzler, Germany.

Otto Nemenz International in Hollywood, CA, took delivery of several production sets of eight lenses each. “The lenses are already out working on productions,” said Otto Nemenz, president of Otto Nemenz International. “Everyone that has used the lenses likes them and the demand for the Leicas is very high.”

The Leica Summilux-C lenses, distributed exclusively worldwide by Band Pro, are the first cine lenses produced by legendary imaging company Leica Camera. They also represent the new generation of lens design with special physical characteristics, such as identical external dimensions and location of focus and iris ring, as well as imaging advancements, like ultra high resolution and optimization for new digital sensors which reveal more lens imperfections than traditional film.

Just check out the Leica Summilux-C Cine Lenses in action thanks to Band Pro and Harris Savides ASC.

“The new Leicas are the perfect answer to this new challenge,” said cinematographer Florian Ballhaus, who field-tested the Summilux-C lenses on his recent feature film Gambit (CBS Films). “In the world of digital cinematography with its clean, sharp images, there is an increased spotlight on the choice of lenses. The Leicas have a wonderful character while being perfectly predictable with their gentle Leica look that one expects from the still lenses we all know and love. They are as sharp as you want them to be but the focus falls off quite gently. I found myself using less filtration with them because they render skin tones so beautifully. I was very impressed with how uniquely they handled highlights and flairs.”

Band Pro President and CEO Amnon Band had this to say, “These are in every way the lenses that we’ve been waiting for. When Leica first approached us with this project they had some very high design and performance ambitions for these lenses. All I can say is they’ve delivered.”

Features:
ULTRA-HIGH OPTICAL PERFORMANCE FOR DIGITAL & FILM CAMERAS WITH COVERAGE FOR 35MM CINE & DIGITAL

Patent-Pending Multi-Aspheric Optical Design
Very High Resolution
Extremely High Contrast
Exceptionally Low Chromatic Aberration (full image)
High Relative Illumination (minimal shading)
Unmated Flat-Field Illumination across the Entire Frame
High Relative Illumination (minimal shading)
Even Image Quality over the Field of View
Even Image Quality throughout the Focus Range
Linear Iris with Closed Position
Front and Rear Filter Capability

USER-FRIENDLY FOCUS SCALE ADVANCES
Patent-Pending Small Diameter Focus Scale, with:
Expanded Focus Mark Spacing in Critical Focus Range
Constant Focus Mark Spacing
All Lenses in Critical Focus Range

COMPACT, LIGHTWEIGHT ERGONOMIC DESIGN
Small Diameter and Short Length
Lightweight 1.6-1.8kg (3.5-4.0 lbs).
Rugged Titanium Lens Mount
Distinct Titanium Finish
Easy to Handle, Transport & Store

Scoot on over to Band Pro for full details.

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