The new Elsie lenses from Leitz are designed for full frame use offering consistency in size and speed to serve a broad range of productions. The 13 lens set ranges from 15mm to 150mm, all at T2.1, and cover a 46.5mm image circle.
They are claimed by Leitz to offer “warmth and resolution” alongside a “noticeable but gradual falloff of resolution and illumination as the image approaches the corners to create a dimensional pop that gently draws the viewer‘s eye toward the centre of the frame.” They are designed to complement the existing Leitz Zooms in both image look and feel.
They also boast a new bokeh design developed in conjunction with Leica Camera that more closely mimics Leica’s M-System lenses “by creating out-of-focus elements that are painterly while still being recognisable”.
The lenses are available in LPL mount, with Cooke/i and LDS-2 data connections, to fit cinema cameras such as the Arri Alexa LF or Alexa Mini. They can also be fitted with adapters for use with Canon EF and Sony E mounts.
The Elsie lenses will cost about €19,000 each, making them more affordable than the company’s high-end Cine Primes. The first five focal lengths should be released early next year.