CW Sonderoptic, sister company to Leica Camera, has reinvented a classic creative tool to bring a wealth of new looks to existing lenses and will debut it at NAB 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.

Leica MacroLux

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 secret of the Leica Cine MacroLux”, said Gerhard Baier, Managing Director of CW Sonderoptic, “is not just about what happens in focus, but what happens out of focus. Using the Cine MacroLux on wide or mid-range focal length lenses throws the background further out of focus and accentuates beautiful elements like focus fall off and bokeh.”

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.

Visit CW Sonderoptic and Leica Camera at NAB booth C1315 to check out all their new products, including the new Summicron-C 40mm and 15mm lenses, the Leica SL camera and the SL PL Mount for using cine lenses. For more information, visit

About CW Sonderoptic GmbH

CW Sonderoptic GmbH is an internationally active manufacturer of premium lenses for movie and television productions and operates under the Leica brand name. The company currently manufactures two product lines for global distribution, the Summilux-C (T1.4) and Summicron-C (T2.0) lenses. CW Sonderoptic GmbH is positioned in the premium segment of the respective markets and delivers innovations that set new standards in creative imaging. The headquarters of CW Sonderoptic GmbH are located in the city of Wetzlar, in the state of Hessen, Germany.

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