Tuesday, May 23, 2017

LEICA THALIA LENSES – POSSIBLE PRECURSOR TO A NEW LEICA MEDIUM FORMAT CAMERA?




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In an article about Leica’s new cine lenses, David Farkas from Leica Store Miami reports that the new line of Thalia lenses is based on the Leica S line of lenses.  The Thalia lenses are primarily meant for use on large format video cameras like the Arri Alexa 65 with an image sensor of 54.12 x 25.59mm.  That required for the Leica S lenses to be redesigned, rendering a larger image circle with an increase from 54mm to 60mm.

This made me think of the Leica S and where Leica might go with their medium format cameras in the future.  The Leica S definitely broke new ground by offering a larger image sensor in a relatively compact camera, no larger than some of the top of the line full frame DSLR cameras on the market.

But many see the end of DSLR cameras, to be replaced by full frame mirrorless designs.  Leica is leading this field with the Leica SL.  Unlike all other mirrorless cameras, the Leica SL is the only one offering a high resolution digital viewfinder that rivals the quality of an optical finder.

Leica’s approach to modern, professional digital cameras obviously was recognized by their competitors, with most of them scrambling to introduce mirrorless designs of their own.  Even medium format camera manufacturers have been taken notice, as evidenced by the introduction of mirrorless medium format camera by Hasselblad and Fuji.

The Leica S line of cameras, as good as it is, is approaching the possible end of its current design.  Many have been asking for a higher resolution sensor in order not to be lagging behind the competition.  But increasing resolution without increasing sensor size is creating a lot of other problems which are hard to overcome.

Obviously Leica could come with a larger sensor. But it is questionable if that could be fitted into the current layout of the Leica S.  Besides, it would also be a questionable move to come up with a greatly altered camera, maintaining a DSLR design.


Obviously, a larger sensor does require a larger image circle.  The redesigned S lenses for the Arri 65 cover a sensor size of 54mm in either direction.  That would allow the sensor to be increased from the current 30 x 45 size of the Leica S to 36 x 54, which is larger than the 32.9 x 43.8 sensor size of the Hasselblad X and the Fuji GFX 50 S.  Combine such a sensor with a mirrorless design like the Leica SL, and Leica would once again lead the field of compact medium format cameras.


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NEW LEICA CINE LENSES: THALIA, 15MM SUMMICRON, +0.5 MACROLUX AND M 0.8




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By David Farkas, LeicaStore Miami

During NAB Show 2017, I had a nice chat with Seth Emmons, the Global Marketing Manager for CW Sonderoptic. CW designs and builds the incredible Leica Cine lenses and they had quite a few new items on the roster for the show.

For all the details, check out the full 15 min video interview from the NAB show floor in Las Vegas.



First up, they launched an entire new line of lenses. The Leica Thalia Cine lenses are based on the Leica S lenses, with some fairly major modifications. The image circle has been increased from 54mm on the S lenses to 60mm on the Thalias. This was necessary to cover larger sensors, all the way up to the ARRI Alexa 65. Lens diaphragms were tweaked to create a completely circular opening at every T-stop, rendering perfectly smooth, round bokeh at all aperture settings. The housings were changed to fall in line with the Summilux-C and Summicron-C lenses, with 95mm front diameters and identical focus and aperture rings with the same degree of turning.

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100mm Leica Thalia Cine lens on ARRI Alexa 65

The Summicron-C line has been expanded with the addition of the 15mm Summicron-C, offering the widest focal length in the set. The new 15mm offers low distortion, excellent close focus and is the same size as the 135mm Summicron-C.

At the show, CW was also showcasing a customer modified lens line, known as the Classic Crons. With custom coatings from Duclos Lenses, and finished in silver chrome, the Classic Cron lenses offer a more vintage image feel, for when you just want more flare in your shots. These are available strictly as rentals from The Camera Division in LA, who created the lenses with CW.

The +1 and +2 MacroLux close up lenses get a baby brother. The +0.5 MacroLux rounds out the line, offering reduced minimum focus distance, while also allowing for mid-distance range as well. And of course, for extreme close-up work, the MacroLuxes can be stacked with almost no loss of quality.

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Leica 100mm Summicron-C with stacked MacroLux adapters on Leica SL with PL mount adapter and LockCircle Metal Jacket

Lastly, the M 0.8 Cine lenses, based on Leica M Summilux and Noctilux still lenses, are just about ready to ship. The lenses were on full display at the show and looked fantastic. Adapters will be available for RED and ARRI Alexa Mini.

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Leica M 0.8 21mm Summilux on ARRI Alexa Mini


If you are interested in any of the Leica Cine lenses, contact Leica Store Miami at info@leicastoremiami.com, or call 305-921-4433.


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