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Band Pro Leica Summilux-C

Apr 28, 2010 12:00 PM, By Dan Ochiva

Lighter-weight, more compact PL-mount lenses.

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Band Pro Leica Summilux-C

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At NAB, Band Pro made the day for many a DP by debuting its long-rumored mystery lens set, the Leica Summilux-C. That's right; this wide-ranging set of PL-mount primes comes from none other than Leica, one of the golden names from the very earliest days of still photography.

Band Pro had encouraged Leica to introduce this more compact, lighter-weight set of T1.4 close-focus primes (said to be in development for three years) to offer more alternatives to B4-mount Zeiss DigiPrimes.

From its beginnings, Leica made its name for quality lenses, and these aren't going to break that tradition: The glass employs a new multi-aspheric design and high-precision cine lens mechanics that is claimed to provide "unmatched" flat-field illumination across the entire 35mm frame, even while it suppresses color fringing in the farthest corners of the frame with no discernable breathing.

DPs will like the convenience of the lenses' uniform length, 95mm threaded lens front, advanced distance focus scales, and similar location of focus and iris rings. All that means when on set, it's quick and easy to do lens changes.

Initially the lenses will be offered in focus lengths of 18mm, 21mm, 25mm, 35mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm, and 100mm. Delivery is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2010.

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