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These full frame Leitz Primes have fast T stops of 1.8 and offer very high optical quality. They offer constant exposure and resolution across the whole image, impressive contrast, neutral white balance and pleasant subtle blooming in lens flares.
|Focal Length||Aperture||Close focus||Front Diameter||Weight|
|18mm||T1.8||35cm | 1'2"||114mm||3.2Kg|
|21mm||T1.8||55cm | 1'10"||114mm||2.7Kg|
|25mm||T1.8||55cm | 1'10"||114mm||2.8Kg|
|29mm||T1.8||35cm | 1'2"||114mm||2.6Kg|
|35mm||T1.8||45cm | 1'6"||114mm||2.8Kg|
|40mm||T1.8||35cm | 1'2"||114mm||2.7Kg|
|50mm||T1.8||47cm | 1'7"||114mm||2.7Kg|
|65mm||T1.8||65cm | 2'2"||114mm||2.7Kg|
|75mm||T1.8||75cm | 2'2"||114mm||2.8Kg|
|100mm||T1.8||120cm | 3'11"||114mm||2.7Kg|
|135mm||T1.8||120cm | 3'11"||114mm||2.9Kg|
|180mm||T2.0||150cm | 4'11"||114mm||3.1Kg|
Click here to read our detailed review of the Leitz Prime Lens Test to see what leading filmmakers think of these lenses.
The Leitz Primes, are a state-of-the-art lens set, gifting stunning images combined with a practical experience for filmmakers. With 12 focal lengths, ranging from 18mm to 180mm, hiring these cine lenses guarantees high-quality optics on-set as well as in post-production.
Refined, modern technology means the Leitz Primes ‘digital look’ means no breathing when racking focus, minimal distortion, and minimal chromatic defects.
The Leitz Primes give remarkable results in both natural and artificial lighting. They’re also an excellent choice for high-octane, action scenes, offering clear, atmospheric frames.
However, it’s in VFX and post-production where the Leitz Primes truly show their value. Across the entire range, high resolution and illumination is consistent, providing a clean image to build on, making their supreme colour rendition ideal for VFX-heavy productions.
Technically, each lens incorporates geared focus and iris control rings, sharing these positions across the entire Leitz Prime set, which removes the need to adjust the follow focus or lens control system. A built-in lens support foot removes strain from the lens mount, maintaining the optimal image-taking condition of these superbly crafted lenses.
Internally, the focus design on the Leitz Primes set includes a durable cam-follower with a non-rotating front, making them a perfect fit for quick changes between matte boxes. The 15-blade iris offers a beautifully smooth circular iris, giving natural-looking bokeh, and the 270° focus rotation provides extremely accurate focus marks and focus pulls.
Engineered to cover the VistaVision frame, the Leitz Primes project a usable image circle of 46.5mm in diameter and are compatible with almost every camera with a PL lens port.
Other than the 180mm lens, which has a maximum aperture of T2.0, every other lens in this set has a T1.8, minimizing concerns regarding exposure variations when cutting between lenses.
For 100 years, Leitz have been at the forefront of the optical engineering industry. Now cinema is firmly in its digital era, the Leitz Primes are an ideal choice for filmmakers today.
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The feature: Cyrano (2021) was filmed with the Leitz Primes, shot by cinematographer, Seamus McGarvey. McGarvey was initially concerned the lenses wouldn’t be appropriate for a period film, but states:
‘’When I saw the lenses on the ARRI Alexa Mini LF I was surprised by their unique attributes. The soft roll off of focus was very appealing and their warmth was pleasantly unexpected. They also have this flare characteristic that I really loved…The lenses seem to attract light and are a bit subject to blooming, which creates this lovely opalescence when you have hot highlights in the frame… When testing I found that I was able to use the Leitz Prime lenses like three separate sets of lenses by adjusting the lighting and filtration, creating looks from balmy nostalgia to high contrast horror scape with quite minor adjustments really.’
Anatomy of a Scandal (2022) on Netflix was also shot on the Leitz Primes by cinematographer, Balazs Bolygo.
Shift-4 has a selection of Leitz Cine lenses also available for hire:
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