January 31, 2011

Lenses

Leica glass is used in the top 3 ranked cinema and still lenses.  Leica R lenses come in right behind Panavision and Dalsa Cinema lenses but 3 spots above Canon L series glass. We have a complete set of Leica R lenses that were converted to Canon EOS mount and declicked for use when shooting motion on an HDSLR cameras.

We currently carry the following Leica R lenses:

19mm Elmarit f/2.8
21mm Super-Angulon f/4.0
28mm Elmart f/2.8
35mm Summilux f/1.4
50mm Summilux f/1.4
60mm Elmarit f/2.8
80mm Summilux f/1.4
100mm APO Elmarit f/2.8
180mm 3 cam f/2.8

Lecia R –  Custom Canon EOS Mount

Elmarit-R 19 mm f/2.8 ROM

Elmarit-R 19 mm f/2.8 ROM, a top class super wide-angle and currently the best lens in the world in the 18-21 mm scope for a SLR full frame camera. It features 12 elements in 10 groups, a floating element, a weight of 560 g and a focusing range from 0.3 m to infinity. Launched into market in 1990, this lens has been and goes on being now in 2011 the world monarch in its focal length in terms of brutal image quality and incredible lack of distortion, being utterly rectilinear to practical effects, in such a degree that photographs taken with this incredible lens show outstanding impact and dramatic effect in such photographic genres as fashion, architecture, landscape, etc, but always with the proportions appearing quite natural, a tremendous optical feat by Leica, bearing in mind that this tour de force lens features an extreme focal length. Thanks to its f/2.8 high speed, it´s also very suitable for candid photography and photojournalism. It includes a built-in filter turret with a x1 ND filter, yellow/green, orange and blue conversion filter for artificial light on daylight film.

Its compactness and low weight are remarkable, along with the exceptional sharpness and the ability to reproduce straight lines without a trace of distortion it delivers.

Elmarit-R 28 mm f/2.8 ROM

Elmarit-R 28 mm f/2.8 ROM. A stellar performer and currently in 2011 the best lens in the world in its focal length and maximum aperture in terms of power of resolution, contrast and superb capturing of details and textures of the subjects on the whole image surface, both in the center and corners, even at full aperture f/2.8, reaching its optimum image quality at f/4 and f/5.6. It was launched into market in 1994 and features 8 elements in 7 groups, with a floating element which greatly helps to attain an impressive quality of image also in the nearest focusing distances.

A highly versatile and compact lens, delivering exceptional image quality throughout its focusing range, from 30 cm to infinite, with a very low weight of 310 g. The correction of aberrations is absolutely top-notch and it sports a high quality sliding lens hood.

Besides, Leica has managed to reduce the vignetting figures of this wideangle lens to almost zero, even at full f/2.8 aperture in the extreme corners!, which is another optical feat fulfilled by the legendary German firm. Pay attention to the wonderful lens shade made with top-notch quality materials.

Canon

EF 50mm f / 1.2L USM

The EF 50mm f/1.2L USM is a peerless new standard lens featuring an ultra-large aperture for a narrow depth of field and soft background blur so loved by photographers everywhere. The EF 50mm f/1.2L USM is suitable for any shooting situation; its lens coating and construction are optimized to minimize the ghosting and flare that frequently occurs when lenses are used with digital cameras. This high-performance, weather-resistant lens delivers all the superb image resolution and contrast you expect in a Canon L Series Lens.

Canon Extension Tubes EF25 and EF12

These extension tubes are placed between the camera body and lens to enable high-magnification photography. Eight electronic contact points allow communication between the camera and lens to continue as usual. The magnification differs according to the lens selected, but for standard zoom lenses it is about 0.3X to 0.5X for the EF 12 II and 0.7X or more for the EF 25 II. By using both tubes together, magnification can be extended. Manual focusing is recommended.

We have talked to many ASC’s and veteran Hollywood camera assistants to get their ranking of the best cinema and still lenses available.

#1- Panavision Cine Primos
#2- Dalsa 4K Cine Primes
#3- Leica R mount lenses
#4- Panavision Zeiss Ultra Cine Primes
#5- Cooke
#6- Canon L Series
#7- Angeniuex Cine zooms
#8- Zeiss Cine Super Speeds
#9- Zeiss ZE and CP2’s Cine primes
#10- Zeiss Ultra Cine Primes

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