Having to do with the film industry (e.g. Leica Cine lenses).

CW Sonderoptic Announces M PL Mount

If you've ever had the inkling to mount Leica/CW Sonderoptic CINE lenses (Summicron-C or Summilux-C) to your Leica M/M-P (Type 240) body - now you can! Just announced is the Leica M PL Mount. The custom baseplate attaches directly and securely to the lens mount adapter providing support for heavier PL mount lenses without putting stress on the native M mount and the integrated handgrip provides more ergonomic and stable handling.

Batman - Shot by the M Monochrom!

This afternoon, film director Zack Snyder tweeted a picture (full size) of Ben Affleck ("Batfleck") as Batman next to the Batmobile - as taken by the Leica M Monochrom. We're betting the overdose of matte black on scene was stunning... Unfortunately, the EXIF info is empty - and doesn't reveal the location of the Bat Cave. Read more below for additional photos!

4K Leica S-System at Photokina?

Our friend Dez gives us a tip that the expected Leica S update at Photokina might also include 4K video capability. We already expected the 40-50MP resolution bump in the move to a CMOS sensor... So adding live view and video capabilities makes a lot of sense, and nice to see that Leica is going for 4K right out of the gate. The real question lies in the lenses... Read more below.

Leica Summicron-C Lenses Are Here

Jon Fauer over at Film & Digital Times is reporting that the newest Leica cine lenses, the Summicron-C, are now available. Similar to the still camera lenses, the new Summicron-C lenses are T2.0 while the existing Summilux-C lenses are T1.4. This first release consists of six lenses (18, 25, 35, 50, 75 and 100mm) and will grow to ten (adding 21, 29, 40, and 135mm). The Summicron-C lenses are about 30% shorter and 20% lighter than the Summilux-C... Which is pretty impressive. Read more below for details.

Theft of $500K in Leica Cine Lenses

CPT Rental Inc. based out of Long Island City, NY is reporting that $500K USD worth of Leica Summilux-C (cine) lenses were stolen off of a shoot being conducted by Doug Emmet in Los Angeles on Sunday, December 1, 2013. The incident is currently being investigated by detective Craig Marquez of the LAPD (case # 13022294) and can be reached at (213) 484-3479. The FBI is also involved. Any information or tips would be greatly appreciated. Read more below for lenses and serial numbers.

Stress Test for Carl Zeiss Lenses

Camera and cine lenses need to operate perfectly in extreme conditions, withstanding everything from scorching heat and bitter cold to sandstorms and severe vibrations. The video shows how Carl Zeiss researchers systematically submit lenses to extreme stresses in order to arrive at findings that can help in future lens design and development.