New Leitz Elsie Cinema Primes

Leitz has announced a new series of full frame cinema lenses.  The set consists of 13 lenses with focal lengths from 15mm to 150mm.  Every lens in the set is at T2.1.


Relevant details:

  • Designed and produced in Germany
  • Has the “warmth and resolution that Leitz lenses are known for”
  • Intentional creation of a dimensional pop via a gradual falloff of resolution and illumination towards the corners
  • €19,000 per lens (roughly $22,000 USD but exact prices are not yet known)
  • Close focus of 1’2″ (0.35M) on most (all?) of the lenses
  • Weights of 5.3 and 4.4lbs have been reported
  • 95mm filter thread except on the 15mm, 18mm, and 21mm which lack filter threads and have a 114mm front diameter
  • 15 aperture blades
  • LPL mount
  • Initial 5 lenses of the set to become available in early 2022

And of particular interest is this statement from the company: “We believe that cameras with shallow flange depths and interchangeable mounts are the future of cinematography. Lens designs have always followed camera formats, and we expect other lens companies will follow our lead.”