Leitz Elsie Full Frame Prime Lenses
Leitz has announced its new Elsie line of full frame fixed focal length cine lenses. Leitz Elsie lenses are available in 13 different focal lengths, ranging from 15mm to 150mm. All the lenses show a constant aperture of T2.1.
Leitz has a long history of making cutscenes such as the SUMMILUX-C, SUMMICRON-C, THALIA, and LEITZ PRIME. The
Elsie lenses are 6.3 “/ 160mm) in length and most focal lengths have a front diameter of 95mm. The average weight is around 4.4 lbs / 2 kg.
According to Leitz, the Elsie series features a new aperture design so that the bokeh looks more like that of M lenses. The lenses are also said to incorporate the warmth and resolution for which Leitz lenses are known. They also feature a noticeable but gradual drop in resolution and lighting as the image gets closer to the corners to create a dimensional pop that gently draws the viewer’s eye to the center of the frame.
All lenses have a focal length of 270 ° and an aperture rotation of 51.45 °.
Only available in LPL mount
Interestingly, Elsie lenses will only be available in LPL mount. According to Rainer Hercher, Managing Director of Ernst Leitz Wetzlar, Leitz chose to anchor their design to the LPL mount specification to create smaller, faster optics while maintaining the Leitz standard in terms of image quality and mechanical. Leitz believes cameras with shallow flanges and interchangeable mounts are the future of cinematography. Lens designs have always followed camera formats and Leitz expects other lens manufacturers to follow suit.
Why are they called Elsie?
The lenses are named after Ernst Leitz II’s daughter, Elsie Kühn-Leitz. Elsie risked her life during World War II helping Jewish employees at her father’s company and their families flee Germany. She also secretly provided food and aid to forced laborers installed by the Nazis at the Leitz factory before being captured and imprisoned by the Gestapo. After the war she was active with other charitable groups in Africa and Europe.
In honor of his work helping others, Ernst Leitz Wetzlar will donate part of the profits from this range of lenses to the charity Ingenieure ohne Grenzen. Translated as “Engineers Without Borders,” the Germany-based organization works with communities in need across the world to provide technical assistance and secure basic supplies for people in the water and utilities fields. sanitation, energy, construction of buildings and bridges, and others. A cornerstone of their work is partnering with local communities to tailor solutions to their local conditions and create jobs by training community members to continue the work once it is completed.
Pricing and availability
Leitz Elsie Bounties will cost around € 19,000 / $ 22,200 per lens. The first five focal lengths are expected to start shipping in the second quarter of 2022.
The Leitz Elsie lenses are sure to face some very tough competition. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a plethora of full-frame cinema lenses advertised. Benefit sets like these are the number of focal lengths available.