Today, CW Sonderoptic, Leica Camera's sister company who makes the incredible range of Leica Cine lenses, has announced new mount options and three new lenses in its Leica M0.8 Cine Lens lineup. The M0.8 lenses utilize some of the best Leica M-mount lenses and optimize them for use as cine lenses.
Both the aperture and focus rings get replaced with standard 0.8 pitch cine gearing, new round metal hoods enable matte box compatibility and aperture click stops are removed. Currently, the range includes the 21 Summilux, 24 Summilux, 28 Summilux, 35 Summilux and 50 Noctilux. Moving forward, three new M lens designs will round out the lineup: 50 Summilux, 75 APO-Summicron and 90 APO-Summicron.
In addition to the new lenses, CW Sonderoptic is also rolling out interchangeable M mounts for ARRI Alexa Mini and Amira cameras, as well as Sony Venice FF. The ARRI mount is available now for $1,100. The mount can be swapped out just like the PL and EF mounts, but be aware that cameras will require a one-time hardware replacement of the cover-glass frame and front cover before use. This modification provides room for the rear of the optics, and can be done by ARRI Service or ARRI trained technicians. The Sony Venice FF mount is still in development, with an expected ship date in Summer 2018.
The Leica M 0.8 lenses are expanding their camera compatibility with interchangeable M mounts for ARRI’s Alexa Mini and Amira cameras as well as the SONY Venice FF camera. CW Sonderoptic GmbH, manufacturer of the Leica cine lenses and sister company to Leica Camera, are uniquely positioned to bring this creative opportunity to cinematographers.
“For decades cinematographers have dreamed of being able to bring the iconic look of Leica M lenses to their moving picture work,” said Gerhard Baier, Managing Director of CW Sonderoptic. “Expanding access for the M 0.8 series to Sony and ARRI cameras offers more choices to an industry of artists that thrives on choice and options. There is nothing like the M 0.8 lenses on the market today.”
The Leica M Mount for ARRI Alexa Mini / Amira cameras is available now directly from CW Sonderoptic’s worldwide sales channels for 790 Euros/1100 USD. The mount can be swapped out just like the PL and EF mounts. Cameras require a one-time hardware replacement of the cover-glass frame and front cover to provide room for the rear of the optics before use. This service can be done by ARRI Service or by personnel who have completed ARRI’s Advanced Service Training.
The Leica M Mount for SONY Venice FF cameras is currently in development by CW Sonderoptic and is expected to be available in Summer 2018 with pricing to be determined.
The family of Leica M 0.8 lenses is growing with the addition of three new focal lengths: 50mm f/1.4, 75mm f/2.0, and 90mm f/2.0. They join the previous five M 0.8 lenses: 21mm f/1.4, 24mm f/1.4, 28mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4, 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux. The three new lenses are expected to begin delivering in Summer 2018 with pricing to be determined.
“From the beginning we thought of expanding the M 0.8 line with longer focal lengths and the feedback from the market echoed that,” said Seth Emmons, Director of Communications. “We’re very happy with the set as it looks now. It’s small, super-fast, and full of character. We’ve already seen a number of great commercial projects as well as two feature films shot in France that will be coming out soon. The images are as striking as you would expect from classic Leica optics.”
The eight Leica M 0.8 lenses can currently be used on all RED cameras with interchangeable OLPFs, including the Monstro 8K sensor, when using a custom CW Sonderoptic OLPF. The lenses can also be used on the ARRI Alexa Mini and ARRI Amira with the new M mount, which is available now. The M Mount for Sony Venice will be available in Summer 2018.