by Tim Fok | 29th March 2017
Leica has just announced a new set of primes for the 65mm Cinema format, compatible also with smaller sensor sizes. The Leica Thalia spherical lenses are compact, come in 9 focal lengths, and will cover a 60mm image circle. The new Leica Thalia lens line. The Leica Thalia collection has been designed with large format cinema in mind – think Alexa 65 and Vista Vision (RED Weapon 8K VV). The large image circle, however, will also enable their use on smaller, more regularly-used formats in Super35 film and digital. Leica has announced 9 focal lengths straight off the bat, with no drip-feeding over time: 24, 30, 35, 45, 70, 100, 120, and 180mm, with T-stops ranging from 3.6 to 2.2 (see the graph further down for itemised T stops). The Thalia lens line features a PL mount, with i Technology contacts for providing metadata. Their uniqueness doesn’t stop at the rather niche large image format, however. Leica are pushing hard for recognition with their aperture construction – 15 rounded aperture blades that provide a perfect circle throughout the range on all focal lengths. “The innovative iris design of the Leica Thalia lenses maintains a circular iris through all aperture stops, creating a cinematic bokeh that comes alive with character. Out-of-focus elements maintain their structure, which further adds to the sense of dimensionality in the image.” One of the aspects I find particularly impressive is their weight and size. Anyone who appreciates the compact size and weight of the Leica Summicron-C lenses will be glad to hear the the Leica Thalia line has maintained a slim design, despite its intended use for large format. The weight varies from just 2.4-3.75lbs (1.06-1.6kg) and length doesn’t exceed 6.9” (175mm) Here are some key specifications of the Leica Thalia line: There is no word on pricing just yet, but don’t expect these to be cheap. Just for reference, a single Summicron-C (designed for smaller format) is over $15k, so be prepared to add a good few $$$s for the 65mm versions. If you’re keen to check them out, the Leica Thalia range will be on display at NAB 2017. Do you shoot with Leica lenses? What do you think of the new Leica Thalia line? Let us know in the comments!Read more
by Tim Fok | 16th November 2016
ARRI has announced two new lines of Cinema Primes designed for the 65mm Digital format. The Prime 65 S and Prime DNA bring 15 new lenses to the ALEXA 65 system, billed “faster, smoother in personality and built for your vision”. The ALEXA 65 has been working its way into a credible list of major motion cinema productions – Transformers: The Last Knight, Star Wars Rogue One and selections of The Revenant and Captain America: Civil War. ARRI Rental (as you cannot purchase) currently offers a set of 8 primes for the complete workflow (aptly named Prime 65), but has now just announced two new lines for the 65mm digital format. ARRI Prime 65 S Building on the clinical Prime 65 line, the Prime 65 S opens things up with 7 new lenses of T2.8 or faster, adding a “smoother personality” through less contrast and a softer look. The Prime 65 S range from 35 to 150mm, utilize ARRI Lens Data System (LDS) for lens metadata and naturally offer full ALEXA 65 coverage. ARRI Prime DNA The second announcement to come from ARRI Rental is perhaps the most interesting. The Prime DNA lens line again builds on the existing Prime 65 platform, offering full ALEXA 65 coverage and apertures of T2.8 or faster. An eighth member is added to the line up, with slightly different integers of focal lengths ranging from 35mm to 200mm. ARRI look for inspiration from their customers to the final look of each Prime DNA set – “An ever-evolving collection, customized by ARRI Rental and guided by cinematographer input. Unusual image attributes and full of character” What a conversation to have: “Just how would you like your 65mm lenses, sir?” I especially like the sound of the 80mm T1.9 ARRI Rental already has their Prime DNA lenses on 2017 features Breathe and Mary Magdalene. Also, if you’re in Poland for Camerimage, you’ll have the opportunity to check out the new lenses there.Read more
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